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Quebec's Muslim Moderates Fight Back
If nothing else, the publicity generated by the human-rights-commission show trials of journalists Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn proves that a new word is needed to define good-faith critics of ideological Islam -- something other than the incorrect and chilling, but increasingly reflexive, "Islamophobic."
By coincidence I just discovered one on a Quebec-based Web site --www.pointdebasculecanada.ca -- a nicely inclusive word: " Islamolucide." A clear-headed Islamolucide can be a liberal Muslim, such as Canada's outspoken university professor and pundit Salim Mansur; an ex-Muslim, such as Ibn Warriq, author of Why I am Not a Muslim; or anyone else who accepts Muslims as citizens equal to all others, but who condemns bids for Islamic entitlements that conflict with western values.
Islamolucides defend and more importantly promote the separation of church and state, individual rights, respect for all religious (or non-religious) choices, and a common legal system as beneficial for everyone, including Muslims.
Canada's only well-known institutional example of Islamolucidite is the Muslim Canadian Council, which last week lambasted the Ontario Human Rights Commission and chief commissioner Barbara Hall, characterizing their moral support for the Canadian Islamic Congress' vendetta against Mac-lean's magazine as "coming out to bat for Canada's Islamists," as well as "sending a very dangerous message to moderate Muslims."
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