Will Muslim refugees change the face of Canadian society? – By Yvonne Sam

Will Muslim refugees change the face of Canadian society?

yvonne-sam– By Yvonne Sam

Is the influx of Muslim refugees the changing face of Canadian society in more ways than one?

Canada once boasted of a firm sense of its own identity— that of being morally conservative compared to its giant neighbor to the south. The land was rooted in biblically based morals and high standards, and an obligation to set an example of civility and uprightness for the rest of the world. That has all changed, with Canada joining the moral decline of North America, vitiating its citizens’ sense of identity and history.  By trampling on its own sense of “Canadianness”, the nation has created openings that are going to be filled up eventually with dogmas of its own.  

Being historically reflective, Canada was founded under the slogan “peace, order and good government,” whereas settlers in the U.S. were spurred on by religious freedom, as well as economic opportunity. In the last 35 or 40 years, so many long-standing traditions, standards, morals, policies, and laws have become relaxed.

Now with President Trump’s 90-day ban on entry to the U.S. to those leaving seven majority Muslim countries, Canada has once again revealed her caring side by opening her arms to welcome the fleeing refugees. As of January 2017, 40,000 Syrian refugees have arrived. What are Canada’s expectations once the refugees become established and are free from any form of persecution? Would the nation be focusing on the most glaring issue at the risk of moral values that define it as a society?

Under Islamic marital jurisprudence, Muslim men are allowed to practice polygamy; that is they can have more than one wife at the same time, up to a total of four. Canadian immigration officials are letting polygamous men into the country as long as they arrive with only their first wife and promise not to have a harem afterwards. Under Section 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada, which deals with the legality of a Canadian law, polygamy is a criminal offence.

From a prophetic, pathetic, or at worst oddly frenetic stance, and with no covert anti-refugee sentiment, Canada may find herself in the not- too -distant future coming face to face in a legal battle with the very same refugees whom she has welcomed with open arms. The relevance of Section 293 would also grow as religions and cultures where some degree of polygamy is tolerated come to Canada.

Herein lies the crux of the matter:  how could Canada, considered a self-consciously liberal society continue to criminalize a form of marriage that has existed the world over for millennia, while at the same time she has already legalized a completely new form of marriage between individuals of the same sex.  Better stated in politically correct terms, why should monogamy continue to be so important, if heterosexuality is no longer socially, morally or legally relevant to marriage.

The jury is out regarding the fact that the laws of Canada have already departed from the principle that it is a heterosexual, monogamous marriage that is essential to social stability.   While serving as Minister of Justice, Pierre Elliot Trudeau introduced the Criminal Amendment Act of 1968-1969, often referred to as the omnibus bill because it contained multiple legislative changes to Canadian society that eventually became law. Canada legally redefined marriage and family in 2005. Since the 1940’s Fundamentalist Mormons in Bountiful, in southeastern British Colombia have successfully managed with little legal recourse, to get away with openly practicing polygamy, believed to be an integral and necessary part of their faith.

Canada has been called a multicultural country, which means that individuals are free to pursue their own religion, and that no one culture is superior to that of another. It has been argued that this is a myth, as Muslims are in no sense at liberty to practice their religious laws, with the prohibition of polygamy and divorce Muslim style. The recent shootings of six Muslim men in a Quebec City mosque, opened the floodgate, underscoring a problem the Muslims claimed they have encountered for years—difficulty in finding burial space. This lamentable state of affairs was remedied with provision made for the opening of a special cemetery in Quebec City, joining St. Johns Newfoundland, Toronto and Nova Scotia with already established Muslim cemeteries.  It is impermissible under normal circumstances, to bury Muslims alongside non-Muslims, or to bury non-Muslims in a land where Muslims are buried. Together when living and giving, but differently set at the time of death.

Canada appears to be struggling with multiculturalism and assimilation, as it applies to the Muslim refugees, whose voices and votes I prophesy will signal an unprecedented chapter come next election.  Welcome may be the forerunner of what will-come .

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  • Clyde Duncan  On March 5, 2017 at 1:00 am

    We have forgotten the original and metaphysical meaning of marriage. A stable and long-term union could occur without a formal religious or legal sanction.

    The union of oneself with another is a worldly representation of a more profound and deep function with another or even one’s environment.

    In other words, living in Guyana is a marriage between oneself and the environment in Guyana; if we cease to benefit or grow – we divorce.

    This concept of marriage could be applied to your formal schooling, for example – at some point, you either graduate or you had enough.

    The other thing that I would like to inject is this concept of anticipating a religious conflict – Look: When it comes to politics, Muslim people are no different from Christian people – I am almost sure I saw signs that read “Muslims for Trump” until they got kicked out of the rally.

    I am sure there is someone who will respond that it never happened …. there were “Women for Trump”; “Blacks for Trump”; “Mexicans for Trump” and others ..

    • Micky  On March 5, 2017 at 11:15 am

      What does it matter what people wear. Canada is so backward and racist

  • London woman  On March 6, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Don’t me know me laff

    • Micky  On March 6, 2017 at 11:23 am


      • Micky  On March 6, 2017 at 11:24 am

        Don’t mek me laff. Racism everywhere

  • Albert  On March 6, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    “Canada is so backward and racist”

    Keep up with the times. The latest figures show Canada has overtaken the US in almost every category having to do with upward mobility.

    • Micky  On March 6, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      Backward country that still has old folks still working because they can’t afford their heating bills . You are either rich or poor . Most people seem to have 2 jobs in Canada because the pay rubbish.

      • Micky  On March 6, 2017 at 2:14 pm

        In fact it’s well known that guyanese people living in Canada can’t afford to put their heating on and Wear thick jumpers and walk around with blankets wrapped around their necks. They don’t enjoy their lives because they can’t afford to pay their bills and have to get a second job. Sounds like it’s just existing

  • Hermina  On March 6, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Are these responses heading to confirmation of Proverbs 23:9 Speak not in te hears of a fool for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. Perhaps a rereading will usher in a rebirth of plain commonsense and understanding.

  • walter  On March 7, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I know families in TORONTO drop their parents and grandparents at the mall in the morning, pick them up in the evening during Winter, in order to avoid heating bill.

    • Micky  On March 7, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Yes exactly and they put pictures of their Newly built flash house that took 24 hours tobuild on social media but struggle to pay bills because it’s just so oooooooooooo guyanese trying to keep up with each other.

  • Clyde Duncan  On March 7, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Walter: If you go to the Mall in the summer – same thing. It is air conditioned.

  • Thinker  On March 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Yvonne Sam’s article is somewhat alarmist. Islam cannot impost its polygamy, honour killings, divorce laws here in Canada. There will be no Sharia courts and only one law for all Canadians. Once Mosques are prepared to pay for the land Moslems can have their own cemeteries. What we must guard again is any law against “Islamophobia” that could be seen as a law against blasphemy. If I think any particular religious leader is a pedophile I must be free to say so. One must also be able to condemn male and female genital mutilation without giving offence to any. The vast majority of young people will accept Western social values by and large. Only a small minority will wish to live in a Sharia state. Girls who want to play sports wearing Islamic headgear can do so at their own risk (if peripheral vision becomes a factor). Same for any Sikh boxer with a beard. There was also a beauty queen contestant who wanted to veil her stomach during the swimsuit (bikini) competition. She was allowed to but was never heard of again. The only other thing that males Canadians have to remember is not to offer to shake hands with a Muslim woman, but then that is a general rule for all women. Multiculturalism doesn’t mean that all must be acceptable. Followers of Zoroaster (Parsis) cannot expect their dead to be eaten by vultures.

    • London woman  On March 9, 2017 at 1:30 am

      Mickey don’t forget swimming pools. I think the old saying is never see come to see.
      With respect to Islam phobia it’s only a small minority who are radicalised. I have lovely Islamic friends who are so gentle sweet and kind.
      In guyana everyone gets on and celebrates each others religious events.
      There are plenty of other man made religions like jehovah witness who think their religion is the best.

      • Micky  On March 9, 2017 at 1:47 am

        These religions are made by man so people can profit from one another. There is only 1 god at the end of day.
        Most Muslims live in peace and are generous and kind. It is small minority of men that has given Islam a very bad name. So sad really .

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