A growing number of citizens are sharing their opposition to the plan by Toronto City Council to create an “Islamophobia Day.”
A petition created by Torontonian Vivienne Ziner is calling on the Toronto City Council to change their planned “Islamophobia Day” to an “Anti-Hate Day.”
Many people are concerned by the divisive nature of singling out the idea of “Islamophobia,” which is often used by political elites to demonize and silence legitimate criticism of Islam.
Instead, the petition calls for an “Anti-Hate Day,” which will include respect for everybody rather than focusing on a specific group.
Here is some of the key text from the petition:
“Many people and groups feel negated and trivialized by this exclusionary measure and they are angry by it being enforced on them.
What about our Indigenous/First Nations/Aboriginals, our People of Colour, our LGBTQ folk, other religious faith groups, our brave Veterans and Military,women, as well other underrepresented communities??? Are they not as important? Do they not count? To single out only Islam as being”especially persecuted” not only creates resentment and discord amongst other Torontonians and Canadians, but it also serves to further the Muslim community’s sense of victimization and estrangement in our fair city.
PLEASE SHOW THE WORLD THAT IN A WORLD DIVIDED BY IDENTITY MARKERS, OUR TORONTO LEADS THE WAY IN INCLUSION AND HARMONY.
PLEASE BE INCLUSIVE – RATHER THAN SOWING THE SEEDS OF DISCORD – LET US SHOW THE WORLD THAT OUR FAIR CITY TORONTO HAS ZERO TOLERANCE FOR ANY HATRED TOWARDS ANY GROUP.
SHOW YOUR WILLINGNESS AND SUPPORT OF BEING FULLY INCLUSIVE OF ALL!
Change Islamophobia Day to Anti-Hate Day and BE INCLUSIVE OF ALL IN OUR CANADIAN MOSAIC! NOW!!!!!!!!”
Toronto City Council should make the change
Hate against any Canadian is wrong. Yet, hateful acts and criticism of a religious faith are very different things.
Anti-Muslim violence and hatred is wrong, whereas criticism of Islam is something that must be allowed in a free society.
Unfortunately, the idea of “Islamophobia” refuses to see that obvious distinction, and is being used to a create a chilling effect, and even move towards de-facto ‘blasphemy’ laws in Canada.
It’s a divisive agenda being pushed by the political elites like Justin Trudeau, and it’s weakening the unity of our communities and our nation.
That’s why the petition by Vivienne Ziner is an important step in pushing back, and the fact that over 4,000 people have already signed it shows that many Canadians want the Toronto City Council to change the “Islamophobia Day” to a “Anti-Hate Day.”
If you want to sign the petition, the link is below: