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Islamophobia in Quebec

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Quebec has the second largest Muslim population in Canada. The census bureau says about 200,000 Muslims live in Quebec. It is perhaps the fastest growing religion in Canada and is expected to triple within the next 20 years, but critics say with all of its diversity, Quebec is also perhaps one of the most Islamaphobic provinces in the country. The President of the Muslim Council of Montreal is setting the record straight.

Although, he says, a large portion of Quebecers are kind, religious tension is a well-known part of Quebec’s history. Elmenyawi believes bad seeds exist in the community ….and after 9-11, Islamophobia heightened and became acceptable.

Mosques in Quebec have been vandalized and a bill was introduced banning Muslim women from wearing a veil in Quebec. There was an incident when a Muslim store manager was arrested and accused of being a terrorist all for sending a text message to his staff asking them to quote blow away the competition.

Salam called the move a discrimination against all the inmates of other faiths. The organization is now asking that a religious leader be allowed to volunteer their services.

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