Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently commented on the recent terrorist attacks by Muslim migrants in France. The brutal slayings Trudeau referenced included the slaughter of three Christians at a Catholic Church in Nice, as well as the decapitation of a fourth grade teacher earlier this month.
The attacks were a response by a Muslim who answered the call to jihad against Samuel Paty, a history teacher. In his class, Paty showed a cartoon of Islam’s central figure, Mohammad, drawn by satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
To its credit, the French state stood firm on one of its foundational principles enshrined in law – the concept of laïcité, or official secularism. France is officially a secular state within which, people may worship as they see fit, but no religion may impose restrictions on the population for religious reasons. It also contains a strong precept of freedom of speech.
As a result of President Macron’s refusal to submit to sharia rules on images of Mohammad after the decapitation of the history teacher, leaders from the Islamic world condemned France, resulting in an increase of security globally at all French consulates and embassies.
Yesterday, Trudeau weighed in on the issue in his typical fashion, firmly taking both sides of the issue.
Opening with one of the most common canards used in the Free Speech debate, Trudeau stated, “We don’t have the right, for example, to shout fire in a crowded cinema”.
But, in fact we do. Not only do citizens have the right to shout fire in a crowded cinema, we have the moral obligation to shout it when the theatre is actually on fire or if one genuinely believes it to be so. It would be criminal, if not just highly unethical to keep it to yourself when the building in truth, is on fire.
Trudeau tried to balance the religious sensitivities of Muslims against the right in a free society to criticize religious figures:
There are always limits. In a pluralist, diverse, and respectful society like ours, we must be aware of the impact of our words, our gestures, on others. Especially toward those communities and populations that still live in a system that continues to discriminate extensively.
But it needs to be understood that the entire point of freedom of speech from its very inception, was the fundamental right to criticize in any way at all, religious and political authority.
There is no freedom of speech without that right. In fact, removing the right to criticize or even mock religious authority immediately creates a fortress within which anything can be placed such that it is now free of scrutiny and criticism.
This is both how Islam and communism work. That which flows from authority is sacred. And all who dare question it, or diminish its sacredness, are guilty of blasphemy, or heresy as the case may be.
Trudeau finishes with a moral inversion that has become a trademark of Western leaders. He manages to make jihadis, acting in strict accordance with Islamic scripture, history and contemporary society, to be the real victims of these jihad attacks, by claiming that the jihadis do not represent Islam.
Perhaps Mr. Trudeau should pay more attention to the dangerous messages and calls to violence being taught within Canadian mosques:
Alert Canada: Terror Threat— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) October 31, 2020
Canadian Imam Younus Kathrada prays anyone who slanders Muhammad is killed & slams the beheaded French teacher
“Oh Allah, annihilate all those who slandered Prophet Muhammad”
“Samuel Paty was a Cursed, Evil-Spirited, Filthy Excuse for a Human-Being” pic.twitter.com/Dvh5QTrg8h
In essence, Trudeau in his usual doughy edged way, pretends to uphold the most important value of a Western democracy while actually explaining that Islamic sensitivities will define what is allowed in Canada.
Watch JustinTrudeau’s speech exclusively translated by RAIR Foundation USA:
Many thanks to Sassy for the translation below:
Trudeau: First, we will always protect freedom of expression. It is a right protected in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is a value and a fundamental principle for all free societies, and we will always defend it. But freedom of expression is not without limits. We don’t have the right, for example, to shout fire in a crowded cinema. There are always limits. In a pluralist, diverse, and respectful society like ours, we must be aware of the impact of our words, our gestures, on others. Especially toward those communities and populations that still live in a system that continues to discriminate extensively. So, yes, we will always defend freedom of expression, but we must act with respect toward others and not hurt them arbitrarily and unnecessarily, those with whom we are sharing a society and a planet. Journalist: So, I understand that you think we shouldn’t show cartoons and make fun of religion. That’s what I understand with your comparison of shouting fire in a crowded movie theater. Should we be afraid of the terrorists who use this pretext to slit people’s throats? Trudeau: First, I think that in a society like ours, we must seek to always be respectful and not to insult others… with whom we share a society… uh… it’s all about respect. It’s about not seeking to dehumanize or deliberately hurt… I think there is always an extremely important debate to have; it’s extremely sensitive, about possible exceptions, about issues… We don’t want to hurt. Often, the intention is less important, and it can still be upsetting and thus, in a society based on respect for others, listening and learning, we need to have these complex conversations in a responsible manner. But, I’ll repeat what I said yesterday: there is absolutely nothing that could ever justify the dreadful and awful terrorist acts that we have seen in France, that we see elsewhere in the world. It’s unjustifiable and Canada empathically condemns such acts. At the same time, we stand by our French friends who are living through a extremely difficult time. However, let’s remember that these terrorists, these criminals, these murderers don’t represent any religion, or any Muslims here in Canada or around the world. And we owe it to ourselves not to let them represent this religion.