Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Quebec: Muslim immigrants told they are not allowed to stone women to death, burn them or circumcise them

BBC News:

Don't stone women to death, burn them or circumcise them, immigrants wishing to live in the town of Herouxville in Quebec, Canada, have been told.

The rules come in a new town council declaration on culture that Muslims have branded shocking and insulting.

Quebec is in the midst of a huge debate on integrating immigrant cultures.

Montreal police are investigating an officer who wrote a song called That's Enough Already, which says immigrants are undermining Quebec culture.

Herouxville, which has one immigrant family in its population of about 1,300, is 160km (100 miles) north-east of Montreal.

Its council published the new rules on the town's website.

"We wish to inform these new arrivals that the way of life which they abandoned when they left their countries of origin cannot be recreated here," the declaration reads.

"We consider it completely outside norms to... kill women by stoning them in public, burning them alive, burning them with acid, circumcising them etc."

It points out that women are allowed to drive, vote, dance and own their own homes.

The rules ban Sikh children from carrying ceremonial daggers to school, even though the Supreme Court has ruled they can.

The man behind the declaration, councillor Andre Drouin, told the National Post newspaper the rules were not racist.

"We invite people from all nationalities, all languages, all sexual orientations, whatever, to come live with us, but we want them to know ahead of time how we live," he said.

Mr Drouin said there had been a number of recent incidents of culture clashes that meant the new rules were needed.

In one a Toronto judge ordered a Christmas tree removed from a court so as not to offend non-Christians. In another a Montreal gym installed frosted windows after a Hasidic synagogue complained the sight of adults exercising was offensive.

However, the president of the Muslim Council of Montreal, Salam Elmenyawi, condemned the council, saying it had set back race relations decades.

He told Reuters news agency: "I was shocked and insulted to see these kinds of false stereotypes and ignorance about Islam and our religion."

A poll in a Montreal newspaper this month revealed that 59% of Quebecers admitted to some kind of racist feelings.

Montreal police are considering disciplinary action against the 37-year-old officer who wrote the song urging immigrants in Quebec to assimilate.

The song includes the lines: "We want to accept ethnics, but not at any price... if you're not happy with your fate, there's a place called the airport."

Police spokesman Yan Lafreniere said the song did not uphold the values of the Montreal police force and that the officer would be questioned as to his motives.

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Stoning not allowed in Quebec

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You can't kill women, town tells immigrants


At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God we got that whole burning alive, stoning and genital mutilation thing all cleared up. I was a bit confused. My major concern was what should be done on certain days? Was Monday Wed. and Friday for stoning with Tuesday and Thursday for burning? I was assuming that Saturday and Sunday would be for the circumcision, but it doesn't seem right, only 2 days for it. Thank Allah for the clarification. Was there a decision on which days could be for beheading infidels, attacking Jews and whining that nobody understands muslims? I eagerly await the next article. Allah be praised, I was so confused by you infidel dogs.

At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Harrison said...

So I guess that suicide bombings and going nuts over cartoons is still okay?

At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not the matter of ok or not ok, it’s the matter of proper understanding of a religion direct from the holy book not only from the news/media.
Note: Proper understanding means a lot
(Details behind word to word translation of a holy scripture)

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