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Anti-Shariah petition emerges alongside M-103 debate
by Anthony Furey
An anti-Shariah law petition is gaining votes on the Canadian government's e-petition website at the same time as an anti-Islamophobia motion faces a vote in the House of Commons.
Liberal MP Iqra Khalid had the final say Tuesday evening as her controversial motion faced its second hour of debate.
"M103 is not an attempt to create Shariah law," Khalid said as she brought up what she labelled "outrageous claims" made by critics of the motion.
The motion calls for a study to look at tackling racism and discrimination but has generated concern, and even multi-faith protests across the country, for singling out the phrase Islamophobia. As I've written in several columns, the vague phrase is used as a tool in Muslim majority countries to justify punishing people for blasphemy.
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