Among my friends is a high-strung genius who is as much of a progressive as I am a conservative. Part of my friendship is rooted in respect for his principles. He understands that if he engages in civil disobedience (and he has), he has to take the consequences for it (and, again, he has) without pleading for special considerations.
Protest is not supposed to be a license for riot, vandalism and mischief. If you think your cause is worth breaking a law to make your point, your trip before the judge and the dignified acceptance of what they award is even more important than parading with a placard. This is a critical duty of a responsible citizen, a point lost on far too many petulant whiners nowadays.
The Canadian MP Iqra Khalid is someone I regard with the same suspicion I would have reserved for a member of the German Bund in 1938 or a Communist Party of Canada member in the early Cold War. The strong suggestion of her linkages with the various fronts of the Muslim Brotherhood are very troubling… and are not helped by her Motion 103 for various proposals for the Government to address “Islamophobia”.
“Islamophobia” is a nonsense word — we might as well be proposing sanctuary areas to conserve Jabberwocks or spending R&D money on Phlogiston. For a start, phobias are irrational fears and the concerns so many of us have about the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists, Deobandis, Wahhabis and others of that ilk are very, very rational ones.
Islamophobia as a term is a construct of the Muslim Brotherhood. Courageous Canadian Muslims like Tarek Fatah, Raheel and Sohail Raza, and Salim Mansur have been warning anyone who will listen about both the group and their constructs. M-103 represents the latest in a broad series of attempts to constrain free speech and frank discussion, and none of us should stand for it.
M103 does not propose any laws that I can deliberately and consciously flout; but it might well create the circumstances that lead to such laws. Any law based on concepts of Islamophobia is one I intend to break as soon as it passes, and I’ll be proud to take the consequences for it.