Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, who initiated Motion 103, also known the anti-Islamophobia motion, condemned the twin terrorist attacks on Coptic churches in Egypt that left at least 44 dead and another 100 injured.
The Islamic State (aka ISIS, Daesh, Caliphate) claimed responsibility for the attacks. The Coptic Christian minority in Egypt is increasingly being targeted by radical Islamic groups in recent years.
In response Iqra Khalid tweeted the following:
My prayers are with the people of Egypt. Terror knows no religion and terrorists know no God.
My prayers are with the people of Egypt. Terror knows no religion and terrorists know no God. https://t.co/Q3cJjXcEI2
— Iqra Khalid (@iamIqraKhalid) April 9, 2017
Liberal MP Omar Alghabra posted on Facebook the following:
I’m deeply saddened by the horrific attack against a Coptic Church in Tanta, Egypt on Palm Sunday. I made a statement in Parliament last December about the sanctity of places of worship.
Earlier, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement acknowledging that “Far too often, religious groups around the world suffer persecution and discrimination at the hands of violent extremists.” the following is Trudeau’s statement that did not mention the Islamic group that took responsibility for the attacks and its Islamic motives:
I am shocked and saddened that so many people were killed in today’s bombings in Egypt at St. George’s Church in Tanta and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria. On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of these heinous acts. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected, and we hope and pray that those injured have a complete and rapid recovery. Today’s senseless attacks targeted churchgoers attending Palm Sunday services, which mark the Sunday before Easter and the start of Holy Week for Christians. Let us remember that the palm branches used in services around the world today are a symbol of peace. Canada stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Egypt and the Egyptian people, and we offer our full assistance to the Government of Egypt in this difficult time. Far too often, religious groups around the world suffer persecution and discrimination at the hands of violent extremists. Canada strongly condemns these cowardly acts of terrorism. As an international community, we must stand united in our efforts to stop those responsible and to fight against hate by embracing the values of diversity, inclusion and peace.
By a vote of 201 for and 91 against, the Canadian Parliament voted on Thursday, March 23, 2017, to endorse Motion 103 “Systemic racism and religious discrimination” also known as the anti-Islamophobia motion.
Motion 103, a private motion tabled by MP Iqra Khalid, demands that “the government should recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear… condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it” and “develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada.”
Petition e-411, which was unanimously endorsed by the Parliament, suggests that attributing terrorism to Islam is Islamophobia.
Trudeau government maintains that the Islamic State (aka ISIS, Daesh, Caliphate) and other Islamic terrorist groups has nothing to do with Islam and that Muslims are the greatest victims of their actions.
In an interview (November 12, 2014) to the Islamic Alameen Post magazine, based in Surrey, BC Trudeau was quoted as saying the following:
In reference to the Ottawa shooting and statements given by the other two political leaders, especially when it comes to Canadian Muslims, he feels that they could have done a better job. He [Trudeau] feels that in light of the 9/11 incidents and lessons learned from it, that any time such an incident does occur there has to be strong message needed to be sent to separate the muslims from the terrorist…
See also: Trudeau: “Horrific attacks on two churches in Egypt are appalling” (click HERE)