There are immutable laws that govern human affairs. One is named for Murphy, an Irish engineer known to folklore but not to history. The second is based on the principle of Unintended Consequences.
Between the two it is well-nigh inevitable that when one outcome is pursued, the opposite will develop. The struggle against “Islamophobia” in Canada is rapidly providing another proof.
The Muslim Brotherhood seems to have its agents in the Liberal Caucus of Canada’s Parliament (what else are we to think from looking at the background of Iqra Khalid?) It is an objective of the group to inhibit debate on radical Islam and so they created the concept of “Islamophobia” and Ms. Khalid tabled a motion on the subject – M103 — in Parliament.
Unintended consequence #1: “Islamophobia” might be a Muslim Brotherhood construct, but it is also a nonsense word. Phobias are irrational fears and the variety of Islam propagated by the Brotherhood generates a great deal of rational fear in a broad swath of the population (including the many Muslims who came to Canada to get away from the Brotherhood).
Far from getting Canadians to become passive at another restriction on their freedoms, the passage of M-103 is generating a rapidly growing series of opposition groups of all kinds. The “Anti-Islam” (or more properly, the anti-Muslim Brotherhood) movement is being born, although most of its components are quietly organizing themselves… most of them.
Unintended Consequence #2: Now that “Islamophobia” is recognized by the Liberal government – and by Ontario – the Peel Regional Schoolboard engaged in an exercise in virtue advertising by revisiting the issue of allowing Muslim Friday prayers in its schools. Cue the inevitable angry protest.
One unusual and very loose coalition that has made several appearances in the last month involves atheists, Christians, Jews, Hindus and purported “Warriors of Odin” who turned up outside a Toronto Masjid with Brotherhood ties, and at a couple of other protests. They descended on the Peel Regional schoolboard.
As newcomers to protest, this group is… well, undisciplined and amateurish. One of the group even makes a production of tearing up Qurans in their protests. Inevitably described as being Neo-Nazis and White-Supremacists (which is truly odd given their composition), journalists, “anti-fa” Anarchists and the professional racism hunters have descended on the group looking for whatever evil mastermind is at the heart of it.
Unintended Consequence #3: The only member of this loose coalition to give it a name (“Rise-Up Canada), has now found that if he named it, he must be the mastermind that created it. A lone Hindu nationalist named Ron Banerjee is now finding that the Hounds of the Anti-Racism industry are baying for his blood. One can understand a Hindu’s dislike of Islam, but painting Mr. Banerjee as some sort of Christian White Supremacist should strike anyone with a lick of commonsense as being somewhat surreal.
One thing is certain. Many of the politicians who voted for M103 believed it was a grand motherhood statement about combatting the prospect of racial tensions in Canada… and their vote has ramped them up. Well done!