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In the News - Islamophobia

Motion 103 - ​Systemic racism and religious discrimination : Introduced by MP Iqra Khalid to the Canadian Parliament on February 15th, Motion 103 seeks to, among other actions:

  • call on the Canadian Government to condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination,
  • conduct a study on how the government can reduce or eliminate system racism and religious discrimination, including Islamophobia
  • collect data to contextualize hate crime reports

Newspapers and social media are calling this an 'Anti-Islamophobia' motion and while it has received support from many politicians and sectors in society, others are claiming that it presents a threat to free speech, and bars any criticism of Islam.  The newspaper articles below discuss some of the opposing views.   What do you think?  

Background & Context:

The 'Muslin Ban' refers to a Trump administration Executive Order (EO) to keep terrorists out of the United States.  The “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,”  Executive Order was signed on January 27, 2017 and immediately came into force. The EO includes:

  • the suspension of all refugees coming into the country for 120 day while a new system of 'vetting' is implemented
  • banning entry of all individuals from 7 countries from entering the United States for a 90 days period; the countries are predominantly Muslim and include: Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iran
  • halt all Syrian refugees from coming into the country until further notice

The EO was challenged in the courts on February 3rd in a number of states, and a court in Seattle temporarily blocked the EO from being enforced across the country.  The government challenged this ruling and it was upheld by the Federal Appeals Court on February 5th.  It is expected that the Trump administration will introduce a new Executive Order in the near future, rather than appeal the court ruling.  Throughout this process, the US government has been firm that the EO is not targeted at one religious group, and is not a 'Muslim Ban'.  The articles below provide a number of different perspectives.  What do you think?

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