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Blasphemy laws are the foundation of an authoritarian state

Pakistani Christian villagers march during a protest against the country’s strict blasphemy laws against Islam. Getty images

Pakistan is a?Muslim country and when they introduced blasphemy laws they said they were created to protect people’s religious beliefs but the laws resulted in public death sentences. Naive Canada is being led down the same garden path by a leader known more for his boyish good looks than his common sense. He has introduced motions against “Islamophobia” that are not legally binding but Muslim extremists are already agitating for them to become laws.

A resolution, M-103, seeking to condemn so-called “Islamophobia,” was introduced a few weeks ago in the peaceful country of Canada by Liberal Party MP Iqra Khalid in the House of Commons, sparking a controversy.

A similar motion, labelled M-37, was later tabled in the Ontario provincial legislature by MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers on February 23, 2017, and was passed by the provincial parliament.

M-37, like its predecessor, demanded that lawmakers condemn “all forms of Islamophobia” and reaffirm “support for government efforts, through the Anti-Racism Directorate, to address and prevent systemic racism across government policy, programs and services”…

There are, of course, no comparable motions against “Judeophobia” or “Christianophobia”.

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Another satirical magazine silenced by an extremist Islamist

www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk620 ? 467Search by image Cartoonist Renald Luzier is overcome with grief during a Press conference to launch the first issue

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Cartoonist Renald Luzier is overcome with grief during a Press conference to launch the first issue of Charlie Hebdo after the terrorist attack that murdered all his fellow cartoonists

We all know how extremist Islamic terrorists ?silenced the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by slaughtering ?almost all of its cartoonists. ?For a short period of time the remaining cartoonist continued to bravely mock Islam but eventually the strain was too much and they made a public declaration that Islam would be the only religion that the magazine would not satirise.

In an Islamic country that the media have repeatedly ?held up as an example of moderate Islam, you would not expect a satirical magazine to be silenced. ?In Turkey ?however, in the wake of the failed coup by the army whose role is to keep ?mosque and state separate, that is exactly what has happened.

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