A coalition of Muslim and Arab groups and peace advocates is expressing concern about "intolerant and discriminatory" remarks in the debate on reasonable accommodation of minorities.
The group's statement, issued at a news conference yesterday, did not criticize the Bouchard-Taylor commission, but did urge further debate in a serene climate.
Titled A Citizens' Statement for a Harmonious Life Together, it specifically warned against any moves to discriminate against women's dress that expresses their beliefs - a clear reference to the Muslim headscarf…
The initiators listed on the statement include 22 mosques, such Muslim associations as the Canadian Muslim Forum and the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations, and groups representing people with North African roots. (MORE)