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OPEN LETTER TO CANADIAN MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND SENATORS
M-103. Inherent Dangers, Signs of Brainwashing, & al Walaa wal Baraa
I am very concerned about the potential passage of M-103, a big step toward a law being passed against freedom of speech, namely against criticism of Islam. All the evidence indicates that, for MPs even to consider M-103, this shows the serious extent of brainwashing among Canadian MPs.
Why do I claim brainwashing is at work? I will give an example of an exchange with one member of parliament, Mr Obhrai. He claimed to believe all religions deserve respect.
The words may sound good if someone does not do any thinking whatsoever. However,
what about the Greek religion (Zeus, Apollo, etc), where many of the gods went around raping? And what about the Aztec religion, which practiced human sacrifice?
In case you may say, but those religions no longer exist, let's turn to the one and only religion Mr Obhrai expressed any concern about, Islam. I wrote back to him, asking him to explain how one is to respect some verses from Surah 9 - verses such as "Slay the idolaters wherever you find them" (9:5) and "Idolaters (including Jews and Christians) are filth – najisun" (9:28) and "Islam must be triumphant over all other religions" (9:33). Note: Surah 9 is especially important within Islam - it is widely known as Mohammed's last will and testament, as it is one of the last things he wrote.
Anyway, how did Mr Obhrai respond? Silence.
This makes no sense. Does he not want anyone to respect those verses? Or does he hold we should all respect these verses, though they claim Islamics should slay idolaters whenever they find them?
That is not my main point.
My main point is this: if you want to pass any motion, it should be an affirmation of our right to explore, to examine, to question everything - and that includes each and every religion. That includes the right to be against part or all of any religion or of all religions.
Even Thomas Aquinas, a Catholic philosopher from the Middle Ages, was for such questioning, rather than for regulating questioning and criticism. He held we are to explore and question everything.
In connection with the proposal to condemn Islamophobia, I ask you: have you read the Quran? If not, I strongly recommend you do so, especially before favoring any law against something like Islamophobia. As you may or may not know, you are playing into the hands of those who would stop all criticism of Islam, which is considered blasphemy within Islam.
I ask you instead to have the courage to stand up for freedom of speech.
It may seem outrageous, but at present it takes courage to stand up for freedom of speech, to stand against forces favoring silencing exploration of Islam and the right to speak of what we find.
And that brings me back, once more, to brainwashing. People who think they are on the side of human rights have come to be brainwashed into thinking that cutting the human rights of all people - including Muslims - to evaluate Islam and come to negative conclusions, is good, and allowing freedom of thought and speech in relation to Islam is somehow Islamophobic.
However, we may negatively evaluate all other religions, as well as atheism, and this is considered fine. No one will criticize us if we say we don't believe in reincarnation. We are not designated Hindu-phobic or Buddhist-phobic.
I will end with a link to a video - THINK OR SINK. The main point: we think, or the West is sunk. If you are for a motion specifically against so-called Islamophobia, this is a sign that the West is in serious danger:
I am calling on you to become more informed about Islam, specifically how it is inherently against one thing highly valued in the West, tolerance. There is a core doctrine,
al Walaa wal Baraa. This is the doctrine of adherence and dis-association. It's the best-supported doctrine within the Quran (and, for those who look further, in the Hadiths and the Sira).
It is the doctrine of Islamic apartheid. Muslims are to have their separate socializing, free from the contamination of kafirs (a very negative word for non-Islamics) who tend to weaken their faith and make them adopt the lifestyle of disbelievers. In other words, Muslims are to have a separate, parallel society.
If it were only separation, it would be one thing. But it is not enough for Islamics just to hate kafirs, they must - according to this core aspect of Islam - show disdain, and humiliate kafirs. This is established in the Quran, Hadiths, Sira, and the Tafsirs (Islamic 'canonical commentaries').
It is vital to note that al Walaa wal Baraa is an essential doctrine - literally "essential of the faith" (usul ud-deen). This means that Muslims who do not believe and practice it cannot go to paradise. They are called hypocrites (murtad) in the Quran.
This doctrine is the opposite of the Golden Rule.
Al Walaa wal Baraa is also the reverse of the modern Western concepts of tolerance, and of celebration of diversity.
So Islam is inherently intolerant of any ideology other than its own. Islam celebrates uniformity and compliance.
(The scholarly writings of Robert Frankling are a source for more information on this core concept of Islam.)
All this indicates all non-Islamics need to be very careful before any step that in any way lays the groundwork for imposing what is essentially a Sharia anti-blasphemy law on all of Canada. If that happens, criticism of Islam would constitute a speech crime in Canada.
Please let me know that you will not support M-103.
Elsa Schieder, PhD
PS. One of the subjects I have most enjoyed teaching is Ethics, where the emphasis would be on thinking critically about ethics.
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