By Ihsaan Gardee
National Post | September 12, 2014
If the aim of recent commentaries by Rex Murphy and Tasha Kheiriddin ('The I-word,' Aug. 23; 'Western civilization to the barricades,' Sept. 4.) was to enlighten readers about the threat that Islam poses to the world, then they earn a failing grade.
Instead of facing the reality of the situation, both writers preferred to regurgitate outdated stereotypes, by arguing that the first step toward stopping the threat of terrorism, is to acknowledge that it emerges from Islam. This argument is flawed for the obvious ...
The fuss over Justin Trudeau’s Park Ex mosque visit is unwarranted and disturbing
By Ihsaan Gardee
Montreal Gazette | August 15, 2014
There are more than 1 million Muslims living in Canada today. Is the community supposed to know what each and every one of them is up to, at any given time? Of course not; the question is both preposterous and offensive.
And yet Canada's governing party, encouraged by cheerleaders at Sun News, want Canadians to believe that Liberal leader Justin Trudeau knows what Muslims are up to (no good), and that he supports them anyway.
By Amy Awad
National Post | August 7, 2014
There was a time when Canada was known as an open, fair-minded country, led by level-headed politicians striving to bring about positive change at home and abroad. This reputation transcended the political party in power and set the tone for how Canadians saw themselves. This is no longer the case.
Rather than nuance and context, our federal leaders have adopted simplistic notions of “good” and “evil” to drive their policy decisions. Not only has this marginalized certain segments of the Canadian population, it is ...
By Amy Awad LL.B., LL.M.
Huffington Post Canada | June 26, 2014
There's something about a Canadian passport that offers its owner a degree of confidence. After all, in the hierarchy of citizenships, Canada ranks near the top. A Canadian passport can get you into 170 countries without a visa.
But it can't get you out of jail; even if it's clear that you've been wrongfully accused.
Along with the widely-publicized sentencing of a Canadian journalist in Egypt, several other Canadians are currently being held abroad under dubious circumstances and critics say the ...
By: Abbas Kassam | Toronto Star, June 16, 2014
As Canadian citizens, we have a right to justice, equality and fairness under the law. No one is above the law, including those elected to formulate it. Bill C-24, ironically named the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, changes these basic assumptions in important ways, most critically by removing decision-making powers from independent courts and replacing it with the entirely subjective discretion of the immigration minister.
Under current immigration laws, naturalized Canadians can lose their ...
By Ihsaan Gardee
Winnipeg Free Press | May 16, 2014
In "Terrorists in our midst" (May 12, 2014), Danny Eisen and Tom Quiggin apparently sought to educate the public about the threat of terrorism.
Instead, they presented a conspiracy-laden diatribe that, in a sweeping stroke, smeared our long-standing Canadian organization as "terrorists" and despicably suggested we intend to destroy Canada from within.
By painting a far-fetched plot of sedition, the writers deliberately avoided the truth and mimicked the documented anti-Muslim cottage industry south ...
By Amy Awad, Huffington Post Canada | April 10, 2014
Most would agree that with a women murdered every six days in Canada, we need to address gendered violence in all its forms. This cannot be done, tempting and reassuring as it might be, by simplistically attributing the problem to one religious group to the exclusion of others.
In the Clarion Project's latest documentary titled Honour Diaries, now making its way around North America, the producers seem bent on doing just that. The documentary claims to expose the paralyzing political correctness that prevents us from ...
By Amy Awad, National Post 27/02/2014
The Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI), a national public policy think tank, claims its mission is to make “poor quality public policy unacceptable.” Their first debate of 2014 is tonight.
Unlike recreational debating societies, MLI is supposed to be providing real policy alternatives. But the resolution being debated tonight is informed by fear: “Muslim immigration is no threat to Canada or the West.” Can you imagine if the word “Muslim” were replaced by any other religious or ethno-cultural group — say “Jewi...
By Ihsaan Gardee
Toronto Star | February 3, 2015
One would think it unfathomable in Canada that the heart of our democratic government – the Prime Minister’s Office – would use the bullying tactics of undemocratic regimes to silence dissenters, but it has.
Our organization, a mainstream Canadian NGO has worked tirelessly to protect civil liberties for over a decade, was recently smeared by the PMO as being affiliated with a banned terrorist group. Why? Because we dared to exercise our right to criticize Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to ...
BY SHIRIN EDARECHI, MONTREAL GAZETTE
September 23, 2013
State neutrality is a classic concept embraced by secular and liberal states to address religious and cultural differences.
The Parti Québécois government in Quebec isn’t unique in claiming to strive for neutrality, but it is doing so with a twist that adds a certain political charge to the debate. In its promotion of the idea of a neutral Quebec, the proposed Charter of Quebec Values is being portrayed as a knight in shining armour, saving and protecting Quebec’s values and heritage under threat by the ...