According to a new Angus Reid poll, 56% of evangelical Christians say they feel shut out of society for their beliefs, with Muslims at 26%.
“All religious groups surveyed viewed evangelical Christianity as more damaging to society than beneficial, while Islam was also perceived in a largely negative light.”
Rania Lawendy, former Muslim Association of Canterbury spokesperson, says that Islamophobia remains rife in Canada because Muslims are made to feel that their religion is “not conducive to the universal values of Canada.”
Lawendy says that Canadians have a “misperception of what Islam is, often believing it to be a violent religion founded on extremism, due to how it’s portrayed in the media. If Canadians actually knew what it meant to be Muslim, they’d be encouraging Muslim immigration,” she says.
Ms. Lawrendy knows not of what she speaks. Canada doesn’t maintain the highest per-capita immigration quotas on earth based on public opinion– it comes from the will of federal government.
If Canadians believe this to be the extent of government and citizen divergence on religion, they “ain’t seen nothing yet.” To exemplify, we turn to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s attitude on religiosity.
“I have met Justin Trudeau three times,” said Pastor Steve Long, a Canadian Baptist minister. “Sadly my last meeting with him in his office was very disappointing. He told me that evangelical Christians were the worst part of Canadian society.”
In reaction to a discovery of residential school graves in 2021, Mr. Trudeau referred to the burning of Canadian churches as “fully understandable.” We contrast our PM’s attitude toward Christianity with his feelings on Islam:
“I’d like to recognize the incredible contributions of Muslim Canadians who stepped up to help those in need over the past two difficult years. This month is also a reminder for us all that we have a collective duty to reject Islamophobia and fight discrimination in all its forms.”
CAP has a simple question for Justin Trudeau: why should Canadians do so, when you behave in an opposite manner? An animus toward a religious community– his own– is a Trudeau speciality. For over six-years our PM has advanced the virtues of Islam while at the same time running down the Christian faith.
Why? There must be a reason. Fascinating to note media analysis — there has been none.For what purpose has Justin Trudeau worked to ostracize the Christian faith, while attempting to elevate Islam to the top of Canada’s religious totem pole?
It should come as no surprise that multicultural and woke Canadian activists are dissatisfied with the progress. “Not good enough” being the perpetual calling card of woke Canadian academia.
“Broader society still is not fully comfortable and fully clear about what to do with religion, and therefore they show some signs of discomfort,” says Abdie Kazemipur, a University of Calgary sociologist and the chair in ethnic studies.
“There are different dynamics behind the kinds of sentiments that are expressed for these different groups,” Kazempiur explains.
There certainly are. Canadians are unimpressed with government and media favouritism. Islam is handled with “kid gloves,” while secular and religious Anglo-Christians are held responsible for trials and tribulations of migrant communities.
A basic concept underlines the dynamic: who shall adapt to whom. The presumption of 3rd World community leaders is a sight to behold. As Canadians, we must “educate ourselves,” they say. We must understand that religious ritual is to be accommodated under all circumstances. That it is fully incumbent upon “unenlightened” Canadians to adapt to unenlightened religious principles. Thoughts of inversion– in which so-called “minority” communities adapt to the majority– never enters their consciousness.
As Canadian media wax philosophical regarding the 40th year celebration of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, our narrative is nowhere to be found. The general sentiment among people like University of Calgary’s Abdie Kazemipur is typical: “it isn’t good enough, more must be done.” One has to wonder if the insatiability isn’t entirely calculated.
We consider reasons for the social dynamic. One of them has been mentioned– Charter Rights. The remainder is found in the theory of Multiculturalism. Together, these statutes transitioned society into one in which the minority control the majority.
The father of the phenomenon is ex-Liberal PM Pierre Trudeau. It was he who kick-started Canada’s social inversion. Forty years later, we witness the presumption and privilege of “special interest” Canada. In modern times, no one has exacerbated the phenomenon like Justin Trudeau and his agenda of religious favouritism.
Canada as institutionally anti-Christian. It’s obvious as the back of one’s hand. The same exists within the communist societies Pierre & Justin Trudeau have so highly valued. All of it a giant coincidence? CAP think not.