Justin Trudeau insists Islamic law isn’t incompatible with democracy. The American Center for Democracy disagrees. Who’s right?
Canada continues to support and implement Sharia Law.
The American Center for Democracy (ACD) quotes Imam Aasim Rashid of Vancouver, British Columbia, who spoke in October 2017 at Thompson Rivers University, explaining why the Canadian government wants to implement Sharia Law.
“I’ll tell you who wants to bring Sharia Law,” Thompson said then. “The Canadian government wants to bring Sharia Law and this is not a joke. Why? Because Sharia Law is simply the way Muslims are doing things.”
“The Canadian government wanted the Muslims to be able to regulate their own issues….to solve their problems amongst themselves [according] to Sharia Law, so it is not a burden on the court system which is already so bogged down.
“The government told us – we would like you to have this system, and we would like to work on these initiatives with you.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told CBC in January 2016 that “Islam is not incompatible with Western secular democracy.”
ACD, however, has challenged this assumption with various facts on Islam and Islamists:
For example, the Quran states that “Men are caretakers of women… As for women of whom you fear rebellion, convince them, and leave them apart in beds, and beat them (lightly without causing injury)…” (Quran 4:34)
In his book, Human Rights in Islam and Common Misconceptions, Abdul-Rahman al-Sheha writes that “the non-Muslim residents of an Islamic state are required to pay a minimal tax called ‘Jizyah.’”
He also notes that “Allah set the penalty of cutting the hand as a penalty for theft,” and says that “if the robber kills and seizes the money, the punishment may be killing and crucifixion. If he takes money and threatens but does not kill or assault, the punishment may be amputation of his hand and leg. If he kills the victim but does not take his money, he may be executed as in murder.”
In a previous article, the ACD exposed a video on Muslim religious leaders’ belief that LGBT individuals should be executed.
In that article, ACD’s Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld noted that “the Islamists make no secret of their views. They promote them in mosques, public lectures, articles and books often distributed free in bookstores and on city street corners.”
Countering those opposed to Sharia Law recognition, the Canadian government’s Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage completed a draft of its Motion M-103 report, which recognizes “the need to…condemn Islamophobia” and “take action” against “religious discrimination including Islamophobia.”