What does Islamophobia mean?
RE: Don’t mention Islamophobia (Feb. 16)
Dear Howard Elliott: Please define, precisely, Islamophobia. The problem with M-103 is vagueness. You and the Liberals and the NDP all think the word is clear and concise and not subject to misinterpretation or a range of application.
On a benign level, does hydrophobia (commonly used for rabies) but meaning a dread of water, mean the fear of all water, fear of large bodies of water, fear of fresh water, fear of looking at water or touching water or imbibing water or ... It can have a wide range of understandings or applications.
Much like the popular rush to make spaces ‘safe,’ Islamophobia can mean just about anything the speaker wants it to mean. If someone wearing an “I like Donald” T makes you feel unsafe, I say both people have a problem.
Parliament needs to offer Canada clarity and courage, not vagueness. Ian Shaw, Simcoe