Canada is known politically around the world for two major things: the amount of political freedom it offers and the multiculturalism it tolerates. Few other countries can surpass Canada when it comes to freedom and multiculturalism.
But certain news items lead us to raise questions about Canada’s freedom and multiculturalism. Everyone agrees that the country should have freedom. But are there any limits to that freedom? We know multiculturalism can be a good thing. But what if one of those cultures is trying to spread hate and intolerance?
These are critical questions that need to be answered whenever any discussion about Canada’s future comes up.
Propagation of hateful content
One of the news items that push us to raise these critical questions comes from Toronto where a group of Muslim activists run the Islamic booth at the Dundas Square. As part of their “activism,” they hand out copies of the Muslim holy book, The Quran.
Now, ideally, there should be nothing wrong with distributing a holy book of any religion. Ideally, it’s just like handing Bibles out at church. However, there’s a twist here. These aren’t just any copies of the Quran. These are the copies containing an extremely violent and hateful interpretation of the book.
Death, destruction, and domestic abuse
According to this particular interpretation of the Quran, Allah wishes death and destruction on those who do not believe in the religion. It asks Muslims to kill a non-believer wherever they see them. It asks Muslims not to be friends with people from other religions. It instructs husbands to “lightly” beat their wives if they’re disobedient.
Every multicultural reality is based on the concept of reciprocity. The two or more cultures existing in one place reciprocate positive sentiments that allows for a peaceful coexistence. But what if one of those cultures advocates hate against the others? Can peace be guaranteed then? Absolutely not!
So, all those sayings that the conservatives and the right-wingers don’t like multiculturalism are sadly mistaken. We don’t hate multiculturalism or threaten to undermine it.
The Muslims do.