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End Religious Hate Speech!

Le Bloc québécois redépose son « projet de loi Charkaoui » (The Bloc québécois re-tables its “Charkaoui Bill”), Boris Proulx, Le Devoir, 2024-02-05. The Bloc Québécois has tabled a second bill inspired by the incident last fall when Montreal imam Adil Charkaoui

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Trans Surgeries Banned for Minors in Alberta

Danielle Smith unveils sweeping changes to Alberta’s student gender identity, sports and surgery policies, Michelle Bellefontaine, CBC News, 2024-01-31. Alberta will prohibit hormonal treatment, puberty blockers and gender affirming surgery for children 15 years and younger, Premier Danielle Smith announced

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English Montreal School Board Wastes Taxpayers’ Money

Commission scolaire English-Montréal: 1,3 M$ pour contester la Loi sur la laïcité de l’État (English Montreal School Board: $1.3 million to challenge Quebec’s secularism law), Patrick Bellerose, Journal de Québec, 2024-02-01. The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) has spent, to date, at

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Nobel Peace Prize to Narges Mohammadi

Iran’s Narges Mohammadi wins Nobel Peace Prize for her work fighting oppression of women, Thomson Reuters, CBC, 2023-10-06. Narges Mohammadi, imprisoned Iranian activist, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Friday. ‘The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to

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Court Rejects Appeal concerning Prayer Spaces in Schools

Quebec judge denies request to appeal decision maintaining school prayer space ban, Jacob Serebrin, CTV News, 2023-07-26-court. A Muslim organization and a civil rights group seeking to suspend Quebec’s ban on prayer spaces in public schools have been denied leave

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Municipal Funding of Opponents of Bill 21 is Illegal

Press Release of Droits collectifs Québec (DCQ) Funding of Bill 21 Opponents by the City of Toronto The Importance of Standing Tall Sherbrooke, 14th July 2023 – Droits collectifs Québec (DCQ or Collective Rights Quebec) and its partners are delighted

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UN Human Rights Council Resolution Against Burning the Quran

UN rights body votes in favour of banning Quran burnings, National Secular Society (UK), 2023-07-12. Members of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) today voted in favour of a resolution for the “deliberately and publicly” burning of the Quran or

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Ottawa Must Stop Funding the NCCM

Ottawa doit cesser de financer le Conseil national des musulmans canadiens (Ottawa Must Stop Funding the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM)), Collective, Journal de Montréal, 2023-04-17. The NCCM has every right to criticize the Quebec government or to oppose

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Secular Ontario Supports Bill 21

We have learned from the secretary of Secular Ontario that the Board of that organization has adopted a resolution in support of Quebec Bill 21. “Be it resolved that Secular Ontario supports the secular (laicite) legislation of the Quebec National

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The Trudeauisation of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Bill Privileges Muslims in State Government, Dexter Van Zile, Focus on Western Islamism, 2023-03-15. The Massachusetts state legislature is considering a bill that would promote and privilege the participation of Muslims in state politics.[…] The bill is “an unprecedented

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Quebec National Assembly Strikes Back. Bravo!

Les députés québécois unanimes: pas plus de racisme au Québec qu’ailleurs (Quebec MNAs Unanimous: Quebec No More Racist than Elsewhere), Geneviève Lajoie, Journal de Québec, 2023-03-15. Members of all political parties in the National Assembly are unanimous: there is no

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Quebec Group and Torontonian Sue Toronto to Stop Misuse of Funds to Oppose Bill 21

Toronto man sues City Hall over $100k donation to Quebec Bill 21 challenge, Andrew Lawton, True North, 2022-03-24. A Toronto man has filed a lawsuit against the City of Toronto to scrap its $100,000 payment to a legal fund fighting

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France: Death Threats for a Report on Islamism

Reportage de “Zone Interdite” à Roubaix : menacé de mort, un militant associatif dénonce la montée de l’intégrisme islamiste dans la ville (Report by “Zone Interdite” in Roubaix: threatened with death, an association activist denounces the rise of Islamist fundamentalism in

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Masih Alinejad Opposes Ilhan Omar’s Islamophobia Bill

Why I’m opposed to Ilhan Omar’s bill against Islamophobia, Masih Alinejad, Washington Post, 2022-01-25. The legislation does not provide a clear definition of Islamophobia,… Is criticism of the Taliban a form of Islamophobia? The bill H.R.5665 – Combating International Islamophobia

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Medical Journal Censors Criticism of Veil

Timeline of Events: 2021-11-08: CMAJ shows on its cover an image of a young girl wearing a hijab, prompting protests on social media, including criticism from Yasmine Mohammed, author of “UNVEILED: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam”. 2021-12-20: CMAJ publishes

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Quebec Creates a Directorate of State Secularism

Loi 21: création d’une Direction de la laïcité de l’État (Bill 21: Creation of a Directorate of State Secularism), Marc-André Gagnon, Journal de Québec, 2021-12-03. The government of Quebec has announced the creation of a Directorate of State Secularism whose

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Legault Announces End of ERC Program

Legault relaunches session with promise to end state of emergency early in new year, Isaac Olson, CBC, 2021-10-19. One of the ways he will change education is by strengthening “national cohesion” by replacing the province’s ethics and religious culture curriculum

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Honour the Memory of Samuel Paty

Honour slain French teacher Samuel Paty by defending rights, defying fundamentalism – UN experts, Karima Bennoune and Ahmed Shaheed, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2021-10-15. GENEVA (15 October 2021) – On the first anniversary of the

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French High Court Validates Dissolution of Two Islamist Groups

Le Conseil d’Etat valide la dissolution du CCIF et de BarakaCity par le gouvernement (French Conseil d’Etat Validates Disbanding CCIF and Barakacity by Government), franceinfo avec AFP, 2021-09-24. The Conseil d’Etat, the highest administrative court in France, has validated the

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The RPL Questions Federal Political Parties

The Rassemblement pour la laïcité (RPL or Alliance for Secularism) Questions the Parties Quels engagements en matière de laïcité ? (What Commitments Will You Make for Secularism?), Claude Kamal Codsi for the RPL, La Presse, 2021-08-24. In preparation for the upcoming

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Ban on Religious Symbols in French Schools: Girls from Muslim Families Benefit

En France : L’interdiction du voile influence la scolarité des filles (In France, the Headscarf Ban Influences Success of Muslim Girls), Luc Cédelle, L’AUT’JOURNAL, 2021-09-01. A new book by economist and sociologist Eric Maurin, to be published in October, sheds new

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Vaccination Passport: Quebec Grants Privilege to Religions

Places and activities requiring the COVID-19 Vaccination Passport , Government of Quebec, 2021-08-24. Vaccination passports will not be required for the following places and activities: […] Places of worship This amounts to an egregious privilege for religion. It is completely

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Canadians of Muslim Culture Denounce the Provocative Recommendations of the NCCM

Opinion: Islamophobia or nourishing the breeding ground of political Islam?, Nadia El-Mabrouk, Tarek Fatah and Yasmine Mohammed, CTV News, 2021-07-26. Given the importance of this article, we reproduce it here in its entirety. MONTREAL — In preparation for the National

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Court of Justice of E.U.: Banning the Veil in the Workplace is Not Discriminatory

EU companies can ban employees wearing headscarves, court rules, Jennifer Rankin, Guardian, 2021-07-15. Private employers in the EU can ban people from wearing religious symbols, including headscarves, in order to present an image of neutrality, the bloc’s highest court has

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Tarek Fatah Denounces Islamist Infiltration in Canada

FATAH: Who will listen to the cries of ordinary Muslims?, Tarek Fatah, Toronto Sun, 2021-07-14. I recently had an informal meeting with 30 other Muslims to chat about their growing concerns over the growing infiltration of Islamist extremism in this

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