Thousands of Canadians have already signed
A petition against Sharia Law is spreading across the country online, with thousands having already signed.
The petition was sponsored by James Bezan – Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman.
Here is the text of the petition:
- Differential justice based on an individualâ€™s religion is prejudicial and preferential, therefore, an amendment to the Constitution Act of 1982 would ease the minds of all Canadians and ensure equal treatment for everyone under the Criminal Code of Canada.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to propose an amendment to the Constitution Act of 1982, under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, stating that Sharia Law or separate Sharia family courts will never have a place in the Canadian Justice System.
Sharia Law in Canada
Though it comes as surprise to many, Sharia Law has been used in Canada. In an article in the Globe & Mail, Margaret Wente described the story of Homa Arjomand, a woman who lived under Sharia Law in Iran. She only barely escaped from Iran with her life – while many of her friends were executed in Sharia courts.
She came to Canada to live in freedom, only to watch as people tried to impose that same Sharia Law here.
Said Arjomand,Â “We must separate religion from the state. We’re living in Canada. We want Canadian secular law.”
Yet, that didn’t stop the Ontario government from allowing the use of Sharia Law in the province. Elders, lawyers, or Imams could participate in the courts, passing judgements on various matters. Wente notes that the pressure – especially on Muslim women – to go along with the court rulings could be immense.
After protests by Arjomand, Ontario’s Premier at the time Dalton McGuinty said he would block Sharia courts. However, the fact that it took public pressure to do the obvious is concerning. And make no mistake, there are people who are still pushing for Sharia Law in Canada.
That should be deeply concerning to all of us, as it means our Canadian legal system is being undermined – something we must not allow.
Sharia Law Most DominantÂ In Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, & Sudan
Take a look at the map below, and observe the countries where Sharia Law is most dominant (purple). Would you want to live in any of those countries? And if not, why would we want to import any sort of ‘legal system’ from them?
Disturbingly, some in the Western World want to import Sharia, despite what life is like in the countries in which it dominates.
The United Kingdom has enshrined Sharia principles in their legal system. As reported by Michael Coren, the law regarding Sharia (which applies separately to Muslims in the UK) statesÂ â€œThe male heirs in most cases receive double the amount inherited by a female heir of the same class. Non-Muslims may not inherit at all, and only Muslim marriages are recognized.â€
As Coren notes, “what begins in Britain tends to influence other nations, in particular English-speaking nations and especially countries with a British legal precedent and a Commonwealth tradition. In other words, thereâ€™s a good chance it will come to Canada and activists are already pushing for it.”
That’s a good reason for a petition on the issue, and speaks to the importance of making sure it gains many signatures.
“Sharia Law Is Incompatible With Democracy And Human Rights”
The statement above was made by the European Court of Human Rights – Council of Europe. It fits with a long line of arguments that Sharia Law and Freedom are not compatible.
Western Civilization takes pride in our valuesÂ of Individual Liberty, the equality of men and women, and freedom of religion.
Sharia Law does not adhere to those same values.
Consider the words of Peter Tatchell, a campaigner for human rights in the UK:
“While other faiths are also often oppressive, sharia law is especially oppressive. Its interpretations stipulate the execution of Muslims who commit adultery, renounce their faith (apostates) or have same-sex relationships. Sharia methods of execution, such as stoning, are particularly brutal and cruel – witness the stoning to death this week in Somalia of a 20-year-old woman divorcee who was accused of adultery. This is the fourth stoning of an adulterer in Somalia in the last year.”
– generally pretty left-wing but very clear-eyed on the issue of radical Islam – summed it up this way:
“Forty countries in the world have some version of Sharia law. I just don’t understand how liberals who fought the battle for civil rights in the ’60s, fought against apartheid in the ’80s, can then just simply ignore Sharia law in 40 countries. Apartheid was only in one. I am not anti-Muslim and never have been: I am anti-bad ideas. Killing cartoonists and apostates, these are terrible ideas and practices, and it would be lovely to think that they were confined only to terrorists. They unfortunately are not.”
You’ll note that both critics of Sharia Law I referenced are on the left of the political spectrum. Opposition to Sharia Law should not be a partisan issue. All of us in the Western World, all who value freedom and liberty, should be deeply concerned about any effort to open up Canada to Sharia Law.
Unfortunately, “leaders” like Justin Trudeau are willfully ignorant ofÂ the danger of Sharia Law, and instead prefer to live in a see-no-evil, hear-no-evil fantasy land of political correctness.
That means it’s up to the people of Canada to speak out.
Sign The Petition Against Sharia Law In Canada
I have signed the petition, and I encourage you to do so as well.
Once you sign, please take a moment to share this article on social media and encourage others to sign the petition. Help it spread all across Canada.
Let’s show that we as Canadians will not be silenced. Let’s send a unmistakable message to those in power that we will always stand on guard for our freedom.