What constitutes a Muslim ‘hate crime’ in Canada?

37302_436487015794_647900794_6192323_1009354_nWhatever happened to the real meaning of hate crime? Since when did the expression of free speech that is offensive to a certain group’s ‘sensibilities’ become a ‘hate crime’ deserving of punishment only a few notches lower than murder? Since when did graffiti become a ‘hate crime’ and not a misdemeanor? Since when did insulting words become an assault? When? Only since Muslims started infiltrating the West.

HATE CRIME
HATE CRIME

On Islam  Alarmed by increasing so-called hate attacks, Ontario Muslims have come together to plan a hate crimes workshop later this month to help Muslim women understand the crimes and report them to officials.

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NOT A HATE CRIME

“We’ve been hearing people … heard negative comments directed at them because of their Muslim identity,” Sarah Shafiq, chair of the coalition of Muslim Women of K-W, told The Record newspaper on Monday, April 8.

HATE CRIME
HATE CRIME

The workshop, held by the coalition on April 25, was planned to help Muslims face increasing hate attacks. It was urged after reporting an increase in hate attacks targeting Muslims and mosques in Canada.

NOT A HATE CRIME
NOT A HATE CRIME

For example, a taxi driver made a parting remark to a Muslim woman getting out of a cab in Kitchener, “Don’t go blowing any of us up, now.”

Another Muslim woman found a derogatory message scrawled on the dusty windshield of her parked car outside the K-W Surplus store on Victoria Street.

A third Muslim woman was yelled at by a Kitchener bus driver who called her ignorant and accused her of not knowing English.

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In the spring of 2010, offensive grafitti was spray-painted on the Muslim Society of Waterloo and Wellington Counties on Erb Street West in Waterloo.

A 21-year-old man and several friends smashed windows and spray-painted pentagonal symbols and the numbers 666, often referred to as “the number of the beast,” on the mosque.

In another attack in January 2012, a mosque in Canada’s largest province of Quebec has been vandalized, with anti-Arab slurs and a Star of David spray-painted on its walls.

HATE CRIME
HATE CRIME

Despite the rise in the number of so-called ‘attacks,’ Muslim women were still failing to report them to authorities to take action. “The coalition felt the need to conduct this workshop because many incidences were being discussed within the local Muslim community but were not being officially reported,” said a news release.

NOT A HATE CRIME
NOT A HATE CRIME

These attacks include physical assault, threats, distributing hate propaganda, graffiti, firebombing and mischief.

Trying to measure the increasing phenomenon, the coalition has been collecting reports of “hate incidences” and decided to hold the workshop now “so it doesn’t get worse,” Shafiq said.

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HATE CRIME

Therefore, the workshop will assist Muslim women in understanding what hate crimes are (No, not what they are, what Muslims want them to be), how to whine about them to police.

Muslims make around 2.8 percent of Canada’s 32.8 million population (but comprise nearly 100% of the hate crime accusers).

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