Why, why, WHY is it that whenever someone who is Muslim, or has a Muslim-sounding name, does something… it’s automatically blamed on Islam? Every time I’m expected to condemn something done by a Muslim, I want to demand in turn that all Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Wiccans, Communists, Germans (on behalf of the Nazis), and Caucasians apologize and condemn every single crime committed by those who belong to their religious or ethnic group.
Isn't that an elaborate strawman?
I urge you to read more about Islam and Muslims (this website is a good start!), and better yet, to get to know Muslims personally. Discover for yourself how Muslims in Canada aren’t all that different from you. Yes, we may have some beliefs and practices that differ from yours, but in general we share many of the same values. Those “Judeo-Christian” values, based on the Ten Commandments, that I’m constantly told Canada was founded upon - guess what? Muslims believe in each and every one of the Ten Commandments too. Food for thought, eh?
These Islamic values are compatible with Canadian traditions to such a degree that just a couple of years ago the Ontario government allowed the use of the sharia regulations for family matters.
Oops, my bad.
What could be possibly wrong with a subset of laws that result in
- The death of 15 girls for not wearing the hijab.
- The bloody beatings of Iranian women for uppity behavior.
- The restriction of women's rights in matters of divorce.
- These lovely outcomes.
Perhaps Islamic values aren't shared by Canadians, eh?