Target: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Goal: Fight back against a new wave of Islamophobic hate crimes against Muslims.
Hate crimes against Muslims are increasing at an alarming rate in Canada while the country’s rates of general hate crime are seeing a drastic decline. This could represent a burgeoning Islamophobia movement in the nation that needs to be addressed at once. Demand that the Canadian government launch a campaign to stem this rising tide of hate.
A recent study of the landscape of Canadian hate crimes revealed that in 2013, the latest year for which there is data available, hate crimes went down by 22 percent compared to the previous year. While this is undeniable good news, the study also found that the rates of hate crimes committed against Muslims specifically increased by an order of 20 percent.
This is grounds for serious concern. Anti-Muslim rhetoric and Islamophobia have been increasing in political and societal circles throughout the Western world, and many were concerned this rising hatred would produce a related rise in anti-Muslim violence. This study’s findings show definitively that that has indeed taken place.
No one deserves to be hated and subjected to harassment, discrimination, and violence for their religion, especially those from a minority faith. Sign the petition below to demand that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper launch nationwide efforts to reduce this horrific rate of anti-Muslim hate crime.
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
I am writing you today regarding the findings recently announced by Statistics Canada which show that hate crimes against Muslims have been on the rise in your country, while overall rates of hate crimes have been declining. This is a serious issue and one that needs to be tackled head-on.
Hate crimes have no place in our modern world. People deserve the right to be able to live their lives in the way they want and not fear that they will be subjected to harassment, discrimination, or violence for no reason other than the color of their skin or the religion they belong to.
The Statistics Canada study proves that this ideal is not being met for the Muslims in your country. Just because they are of the same faith as extremists who use their religion to justify political, social, and ideological violence, law-abiding Canadians who happen to be Muslim are increasingly being victimized. This is not right, and it is not just.
Your country has a responsibility to protect every peaceful person who lives within your borders—that includes Muslims. I demand that you immediately launch a nationwide campaign to reduce the rate of hate crimes being committed against Canada’s Muslims.
[Your Name Here]
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