While quite likely motivated by good will, this unfortunately worded motion raises a series of concerns.
The motion brought forward by Liberal MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers condemns “all forms of Islamophobia” while never defining the term. As we have just seen in the UK, laws that are passed with good intentions can very quickly be turned to mischief.
Failure to define the term, “Islamophobia,” opens the door to its abuse, whether willfully or unintentionally. We have just seen a law outlawing hate is now being used to forbid the preaching of the Gospel or the public reading of the Bible. See Quoting the King James Bible is “abusive and a criminal matter”.
The term “Islamophobia” like “homophobia,” will be weaponised to silence opponents of Islam, just as homophobia has been to silence opponents of gay marriage or Christians who adhere to biblical morality.
The full text of the Ontario motion follows:
That, in the opinion of this House, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario should reaffirm that diversity has always played an important part in Ontario’s culture and heritage; recognize the significant contributions Muslims have made, and continue to make, to Ontario’s cultural and social fabric and prosperity; stand against all forms of hatred, hostility, prejudice, racism and intolerance; rebuke the notable growing tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric and sentiments; denounce hate-attacks, threats of violence and hate crimes against people of the Muslim faith; condemn all forms of Islamophobia and reaffirm its support for government’s efforts, through the Anti-Racism Directorate, to address and prevent systemic racism across government policy, programs and services, and increase anti-racism education and awareness, including Islamophobia, in all parts of the province.