- The Honourable Mélanie JolyMinister of Canadian Heritage, Department of Canadian Heritage
Keep Christine Williams on Canadian Race Relations Foundation Board & Protect Free Speech
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KEEP HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST CHRISTINE D-WILLIAMS ON THE BOARD OF THE CANADIAN RACE RELATIONS FOUNDATION
Christine D-Williams is a journalist, author, and television host, long-renowned as a frontline defender of human rights and democratic values. For these reasons, she was appointed by the government to the Board of Directors of the federally created Canadian Race Relations Foundation (“CRRF”) in 2012.
Despite Christine’s proven record of positive and effective advocacy, today she is being criticized and threatened with removal from the CRRF Board because of her writing and advocacy against radical militant Islamism, arguably the worst human rights abusers of our time. Groups that seek to silence criticism of the jihadist-Islamist agenda are now lobbying the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, The Honourable Mélanie Joly, to have Christine removed from the CRRF Board, where she has diligently served for many years.
Christine’s recent book, “The Challenge of Modernizing Islam: Reformers Speak Out and the Obstacles They Face”, tackles the very real challenges of radical Islam, including honour killings, violent persecution, execution for apostasy and homosexuality, black slavery and supremacist views that shut down free speech. In her book, she carefully differentiates between radical Islamists and the overwhelming majority of human rights-respecting Muslims who thrive and live peaceably in Western nations.
In Christine’s own words: "Genuine Muslim bigotry should be condemned. Islamic supremacy needs to be confronted and condemned." The victims of this radical ideology are Muslims as well as non-Muslims.
Yet, the threatened removal of Christine from the CRRF Board is the latest example of people being muzzled by so-called ‘political correctness’. All Canadians - and Muslim Canadians in particular - must not be afraid of questioning radical Islam and standing up to its enforced social stigmatization, lawfare and physical violence, out of fear of being needlessly and improperly labeled “racist”, as Christine is being accused today. Free speech and one rule of law for all Canadians are at risk if Minister Joly concedes to demands to remove Christine from the CRRF Board.
We ask you to sign this petition to protest this unjust and sinister attempt to remove Christine from the CRRF Board, and call upon Minister Joly to uphold Christine’s appointment to the CRRF Board and therefore defend the freedom of speech.
- Minister of Canadian Heritage, Department of Canadian Heritage
The Honourable Mélanie Joly
Regarding the petition to "Keep Christine Williams on Canadian Race Relations Foundation Board & Protect Free Speech":
We ask you to uphold the freedom of speech in Canada enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by keeping Christine Williams on the Board of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Those who seek to have Christine removed are only reinforcing the existing radical Islamist policy of silencing critics. If you decide to have Christine removed from the CRRF Board, you will be joining these Islamists in suppressing the freedom of speech in Canada. This is a dangerous and deeply alarming proposition.
Christine is a widely respected author, journalist and writer, whose latest book, “The Challenge of Modernizing Islam: Reformers Speak Out and the Obstacles They Face”, presents a nuanced, deliberate and engaging discussion about one of the core cultural issues of our time. The reviews and discussion of her book, and of her body of work more broadly, demonstrate the high level of care and sensitivity Christine applies to these vital topics.
Removing a visible minority from the CRRF Board specifically because of her commentary about religious and ideological issues - arguably among the most pressing matters of our modern era - would set a terrible precedent for our country, and would discourage other visible minorities (particularly Muslim Canadians) who seek to engage in high-level discourse about the dangers of radical Islam and violent extremism. Moreover the public advocacy Christine engages in outside of her respected role within the CRRF Board should have no bearing on her ability to fulfill the mandate of the CRRF.
We call upon you to take a considered and measured approach to your forthcoming decision about Christine's role on the CRRF Board. With the Islamic State group facing military defeat internationally, Canada needs more people like Christine who are bravely speaking out about the overwhelming need to encourage, develop and support reform within Islam and across the Muslim community in Canada.
Now is the time to stand with Christine, not shut her down. We trust and know that you - particularly as a lawyer - will do the right thing in defence of the freedom of speech in Canada by keeping Christine on the CRRF Board.
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