There are two fundamental problems with Liberal MP Iqra Khalid’s Motion 103 calling on the federal government to battle Islamophobia that will likely come up for debate in the House of Commons this coming week.
One concern is practical, the other stems from a dusty old philosophical belief that words can affect ideas and concepts. Used incorrectly for long enough, the wrong words give us bad ideas.
M-103 is mostly politically correct gobbledygook – airy, ill-defined concepts that are hard to disagree with. Indeed, the motion is expected to pass nearly unanimously with all-party support.
Khalid’s motion calls on Ottawa to “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.” Interestingly, though, while her motion claims, in a vague and general way, to be equally worried about virulent anti-Semitism or persecution of Christians, it mentions only Islamophobia by name.
It then calls on the federal government to combat hate and fear against Muslims, implement a government-wide approach to eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination (while again singling out only Islamophobia) and collect data on hate crimes across the country and report back in 240 days.
Of course, these goals have received widespread endorsement from social media warriors who are all in favour of fairness and justice, tolerance and inclusion, but who have an understanding of those concepts that is only 140-characters deep.