The Parti Quebecois is the democratically elected opposition party in the Province of Quebec, Canada. It has formed the government there in the past and may very well do so again. Halal meat is used by Islamists (followers of Islam) as a food staple. Islamists are in fact forbidden to eat meat that is non-halal. Halal meat is produced by cutting the throat of an animal and letting it bleed to death. The Parti Quebecois has expressed concerns that halal slaughtering does not meet lawful standards and that Quebecers are being sold halal meat that hasn’t been labelled as such. It has demanded that the Provincial Government produce a report on the halal situation in the province by March 23 and then rectify it accordingly.
Mohammed Ghalem, an Imam and the spokesman for the halal meat association, responded by saying that the controversy is tinged by Islamophobia and that it shows a lack of understanding of the Muslim community and by extension, Islam. This is exactly the same way that Islamists everywhere respond whenever criticisms or concerns about Islam or Islamic practices are raised. It is trite, it is a cliche, it is untrue, it is disgraceful and it is very tiresome. It is also designed to intimidate and silence critics and potential critics and divert attention from the issue or issues at hand.
Islam, Islamic law (Sharia) and Islamic practices are fundamentally incompatible with life in the secular, free, democratic West and all are abhorrent and unacceptable to civilized people of good heart, good mind and good conscience. Saying so has nothing to do with Islamophobia or a lack of understanding of Muslims and by extension, Islam. It is exactly the opposite. Criticisms and concerns about Islam, Sharia and Islamic practices are caused by the fact that all three clash with Western values, laws, principles, institutions and practices and that Islam is a supremacist, expansionist religion which is foisting itself upon us and trying to turn Western countries into Islamic states. Those who object are simply trying to protect and preserve their way of life, nothing more. They are becoming knowledgeable about Islam, Sharia and Islamic practices and raising their voices in opposition. That doesn’t make them Islamophobic (although it is hard to see how anyone who knows anything about Islam and how it manifests itself in the world couldn’t be) or ignorant or obtuse. It makes them prescient and very courageous because Islam being Islam and Islamists being Islamists speaking out against Islamic tyranny can and does carry a very price.
The Parti Quebecois is absolutely right to express its concerns about halal slaughter and consumption in Quebec and to demand that the provincial government investigate the situation and meet its demands. We can only hope that the government will have the courage to follow through in the face of what will no doubt be fierce, threatening, violent, unlawful and entirely predictable opposition.
What about that Mohammed? Going to call me Islamophobic, ignorant, xenophobic, anti-Muslim and anti-Islam are you? Going to threaten me too? Rubbish, complete rubbish. Well, anti-Islam yes, as anyone of good heart, good mind and good conscience would be, but not the others, not at all.
Typical, very, very typical.