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  1. I support the right to protest. I don't think think was a very well-planned protest, however. Why pick a random mosque to protest Islam in general? I think some of the signage crossed the line into hate speech. I don't agree with screaming insults or impeding people. (I also don't agree with Muslims impeding when they pour into the streets and block traffic to pray.)
  2. http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/remove-islamophobia-from-motion-cotler/ar-AAn1vkZ Some politicians are also saying it needs to be better defined. Why would Khalid have a problem with the motion mentioning all types of racism/discrimination?
  3. I teach classes for beginners, if you're interested.
  4. My end game? Well, I go to work and pay my bills, go to flamenco classes, like to watch TWD and sometimes engage in discussions like this. That's about it.
  5. I think you are either not reading my post in it's entirety and understanding it or being deliberately argumentative. I will go with the former. I used the facebook convo illustration to ask if that would be considered Islamophobia. I'm wondering what exactly that covers and why our current laws are not a protection to Muslims but enough for other minority groups that experience discrimination?
  6. Do not Muslims in Canada already have the same protections under the law as the rest of us? What exactly are they entitled to that they are not already getting?
  7. If you read the rest of my post, I explain what I don't understand. Yes, I understand antisemitism.
  8. I don't quite understand the "islamophobia" thing, either. What does that mean? If someone rips the headdress off a Muslim woman walking down the street, that's assault. We already have laws against that. If someone refuses to hire someone or fires someone for being Muslim, we have laws against that, as well. And legal recourses for the person discriminated against. If someone like Bissonette shoots up a mosque, is that not dealt with by the authorities? What exactly are they after with this? If I have a discussion on my facebook about child marriages in Islam and say anything negative about it, is that Islamophobia? This is what worries me, because some, here on this site, feel anything negative about Islam is "Islamophobia" and racism. Who decides what's offensive? Muslims? Because everything seems to offend them.
  9. I ask because it seems to me that Islam's propaganda portrays Muslim women's desire for progress as a mimicry of the "West" and therefore offensive to their culture and religion.
  10. Do Muslim women WANT Western feminists to demonstrate on their behalf?
  11. Yes, quite familiar. It's nice to see women tackling this issue in a respectful way.
  12. I hope you enjoy it
  13. Not sure if anyone else in interested in this, but I will continue until I'm told to shut up: Letter 4 – Conviction & Piety The author begins with telling of a visit from her friend in Algiers in 2007. She was wearing a hijab, which was surprising to the author. Her friend immediately blurts out, “I am wearing it out of conviction. You can well imagine that if I did not wear it when the Islamists were pressuring us, I would not be wearing it now that they are no longer a threat.” The author says she was surprised by her quick invocation of “conviction” as the reason for which, in the nine months since she had seen her friend, she had donned the hijab. After discussing it, her friend admits that during Ramadan, she had to wear it a lot (as is customary) and keeping the headscarf on was just easier and more convenient that taking it on and off. When the author pointed out that that was not “conviction” her friend ended the discussion. The author returns to her friend who recently took up the hijab, and their conversations about it:
  14. I ate scorpions on a stick when I was in China. They are salty and crispy, like potato chips. I would not want to eat them every day, though. I could not eat the tarantulas on a stick.
  15. I think it's mostly the latter. I think we all have an inborn humanity that tells us sexually assaulting/harming others is wrong. But when a religion is telling you that other humans are inferior to yourself, it overrides any sense of natural humanity. I believe there's a lot of truth in the saying, " Without religion, we'd have good people doing good things, and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion." Stephen Weinburg