Today I want to talk about something that is happening in Canada. We need to get involved and stop the efforts to make islomophobia a crime. There is a bill making its way through the Canadian parliament, and there is something you can do to put a stop to it. There is a petition that you can sign, and we also need you to spread the word across Canada.
Before I get into this, let me keep you up to date on our opportunity to increase you daily broadcasts from 15 to 30 minutes. Our home station, KARI in Blaine, Washington, has given us this opportunity, and it is our hope that our other stations will go along with it. We are getting two different responses from our listeners. Some are saying that they want more content, but since our broadcast is at 8:45 and they listen on the way to work, if we increase to 30 minutes they will miss the second half. Others are saying they like the 15 minute length of the present broadcast. This second response is, to a large extent, from our online listeners.
The 15 minute space after us is available, and KARI has offered us a very good rate for the slot. They are eager to help us grow our broadcast, but to do so we must raise 12,400. At present I just don’t have the budget to do this. In 2016, we had $40,000 less in donations that we had in 2015. A lot of this is due to the exchange rate of the Canadian dollar. God bless you Canadians for your support of this ministry, but the increased value of the American dollar has taken its toll on our income. To compensate for this we are attempting to change our national broadcast on American Family Radio from one hour to a half hour.
If I go to a half hour program it will open more opportunities to get into other radio markets in cities we want to target. A lot of radio stations don’t have 15 minute slots. Most broadcasters today do a half hour program. There are stations that do have the 15 minute slots.
I amI am going to leave this in your hands. The final answer will come from whether or not we can raise the necessary funds. If you want to give to this project you can give by calling us at 1-800-616-0082, our buy using the donations button above. If you want to donate by check, give us a call and we will give you the address. We have both a US address, and a Canadian address.
I know that we just came off of our winter fundraiser, and some of you give so sacrificially, and I am very honored by your willingness to make this sacrifice. You are the ones who make this broadcast possible.
Now let’s get to the subject I want to cover today. There has been a motion in the Canadian Parliament call M103. Its title is Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination. Liberal MP, Iqra Khalid, called for a Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to produce findings and recommendations within 240 calendar days of the motion’s acceptance. What is sinister about this is that the whole purpose of this bill is to make speaking against Islam a criminal offense.
The person who is standing against this is from the media group The Rebel. I believe the Ezra Levant is the founder of this group. He has been a victim of the government stepping on his rights of free speech. He has had to spend a tremendous amount of money in his defense. A precedent is being set in Canada. If he looses, and if we don’t stop this bill, freedom of speech in Canada will be dealt a severe death blow. This is a critical matter.
Canada is following the example of European governments that are yielding to the pressure of the United Nations. If you search this site for UN Resolution 16/18 you will find more information on this subject. It is an effort by the UN to make it a crime to defame Islam. It has passed and become an international standard.
We have had Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff on our program several times. She was speaking at an event about the history of the Prophet Muhammad. She spoke of the 6 year old girl he took as a wife, and called that relationship pedophilia, which of course it is. She was sued by her country for disparaging the Prophet and offending Islam. She said something that was true, and it got her into legal trouble.
The purpose of the Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination bill is to make it a crime to say anything negative about Islam. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Government is trying to get this bill through Parliament, which is not a surprise to those who are paying attention.
The journalist, Faith Goldy, is speaking out against this bill. She is running an online petition for you Canadians to sign. You can sign it at Freedom To Offend. This doesn’t mean that we want to be offensive, but the truth is offensive to those who are doing something wrong. They don’t want to hear the truth. Go to this site, watch the video, and read the article. After you have done this, sign the petition.
There has been a petition to push the bill through Parliament, and if the Muslims can get 70,000 signatures for the bill, I am sure that the Canadians who love Canada and free speech can get at least 150,000 signatures against the bill.
Let’s take as stand against this bill. If we loose our freedom of speech, then we have pretty much lost everything.