October 24, 2005
Speech in Paris
Sharia Law and
globalization of political Islam
I would like to begin my speech by thanking
the organizers of this tour. My tour started in London,
Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Paris
and will be in Lyon, Marseille and Stockholm.
I would also like to congratulate you
all for this victory. We, under the banner of “One Law For All”, worked
together internationally and managed to gain separation of religion from
justice system. Now, thanks to you all, family disputes will be
resolved under one law and regulation; irrespective of their origin, colour,
language by which they speak, culture or religion. Yes we accomplished this
together.This is a victory in support of the rights the defenders of all women,
children, gays and lesbians. This is a
victory of humans’ rights, not only in Canada but also across the world.
In today’s speech, I will talk about two
movements, the movement of secularism and the movement of political
Islam. I will also talk about the history of these two movements and
their characteristics. I will emphasize on problems we are facing and the
possible solution. At the end I would like to announce the further activities
of our campaign for achievement of one law for all and total separation of
religion from state and education. I am quite sure that we, the activists
of the camp of secularism, will join force internationally for the next step.
The movement of secularism is for separation
of religion from state and education. On the peak of this movement are the
defenders of women and children’s rights, the defender of humans’ rights. This
movement is for the universal rights of women and children. Under the banner of
“One Law for All, we act for one system of education, one system of
court, one recognition of citizenship and by this act we aim to bring
about the civil rights and equality of
all. Only then we can guarantee the well being of our children and equality of
women and men in every aspect. The movement of secularism has over 100 years of
history that started here in France.
Because of this history we managed to gain this progressive norm and standard.
But we still need to work hard for the integration. We need to have measures to
push aside discriminatory beliefs, customs and traditions. We need to promote
progressive social values and relations. The movement of secularism is
constantly struggling for the widest individual and civil rights in the present
The second movement which attempts to push
back the movement of secularism is the movement of political Islam.
Movement of Political Islam is the most
right-wing movement, which is only after its own stats and power. This
movement is well known for its anti-women and anti-secularism. It is
anti-modernism and all the progressive social values. It is very backward. It
came in power in Middle East simply because
there were uprising movements in that region, movement for better life.
No one would ever forget the labours, women, and students’ uprising in Iran
or the movement of “barefooted” in Palestine.
The presence of Russia
at that time next to this region was another reason for the Western power to
fully support the Islamic movement. As
the result Khomeini was highlighted for Iran,
Hamass in Palestine, Taleban
in Afghanistan. The leaders of this movement executed anyone
who talks about a “Better Life”, anyone who stood for universal human and civil
rights. Islam and the God’s Party (hezboallah) became tools of domination. Over 100,000 activists in Iran were arrested, tortured and executed and if
it were not for secularist’s movement, Iran
would have become another Afghanistan.
But since the collapse of Soviet Union,
following the end of cold war, the support of the Western power to the
leaders of political Islam was declined. The job of political Islam reduced to
control any uprising situation in this region. The reality is the leaders of this
move want the same type of support they used to get and are not pleased with
this policy of the West. They do anything to regain their recognition
In the meantime the situation in the West
was shifted to the right both economically and politically. This
shift made it possible for the Islamists to expand their activities in the
West. Because of this shift, the labour unions are declining dramatically.
Education system, health care system and social welfare are decreasing
and religion and notion of cultural relativism are promoted widely. The people
coming from so-called Islamic countries got the most hit. Unemployment
rate increased among this population. People with degrees end up with no jobs
or a job with minimum pay, the youth dropped out of schools as result of
poverty and discrimination. With anti-policy of immigration and refugees the
atmosphere of dissatisfaction grew in the west. The Western power tried hard to
segregate this frustrated subdivision from mainstream society and isolate them
more due to their cultural beliefs and with the notion of cultural relativism
they temporary managed to do so.
The Islamists movement used this
segregation for its own recurrence. With money pouring in from Saudi Arabia and the import of mass productions
of Imams with all the same shape and education from Iran, Community centres and Mosque
were built. Madreseh private
Islamic schools started to work. Veil became the flag of political Islam.
Unpaid bills of poor in these communities were paid by these Imams in order to
gain popularities. Students' dream came through. They were given
scholarship to study as foreign students at universities all over the
world. No wonder why the suicide-bombers
have two degrees from well-known universities.
The notion of Sharia court in Canada
did not come to life from nowhere. As I said before the leaders of political
Islam do anything to penetrate into justice system. It is enough to find a hole.
The Ontario Arbitration Act 1991 provided this opportunity for Islamists to
penetrate into justice system. According to this act an arbitrator could
resolve family disputes outside of court. The arbitrators have no regulation.
They could be anyone, the butcher next door or newspaper sales man. In France the
arbitrators are lawyers and working with judges. They resolve the family
disputes according to French law and regulation. Arbitrators put forward the
negotiation of disputes to judges and it is the court that finalizes the
decision. The arbitrators only make the procedures faster. According to Ontario arbitration Act,
the arbitrators could be the Imams, rabies or priests. The Law could be the law
or the law of Sharia, or
Christianity. This bad piece of legislation provided Islamists movement to call
for parallel court system, “Sharia Court”. Bear in mind in Ontario Jewish and
Catholic had already had their courts but because there was not a political
movement behind them and because women’s rights, children right’s activists were not aware of
potential danger of religious interference with justice system. Their
opposition got them nowhere. Their voice did not get further than some
progressive organizations in Ontario.
With announcement of Sharia court in Ontario, the
International Campaign against Sharia Court in Canada”
was formed. As the move of political
Islam is global so is the fight against it must be global too. The initiator of
Sharia court did not even
have to ask for permission. The law of Ontario
had already provided them a legal right to repress women and children. The only
thing they did was to announce “Sharia Court” in public for more validation and acceptation. In their statement the
initiators claimed that the people who call themselves Muslims ought to use
these courts. We defeated this move in this area. We managed to push this move
back only one step. Now this move is concentrating on our education system.
Private Islamic schools are growing everywhere in every countries. In France because
of prohibition of religious symbols at school and that no students are
identified by their nationalities or their religions. The Islamists are focusing on different
avenues to uphold the flag of political Islam. They pushed for no pork meat at
school; the ministry of education validated this demand. The next demand was to
push for halal meet. The
more we give in, the more the Islamists will demand. This year in France more
children aged 6-16 years were sent to school hungry in month of Ramezan. The parents even asked the
board to provide these children with special forms in order to identify those
who fast, so that the board of education can provide them with pray
One thing I need to make clear in here is
that children have no religions. No parents own the children. It is the society
that decides what is good for children. Public health at school should decide
what food children should eat. I understand that in France children are provided with
four course meals, starters, and hot meal with meat, desert and cheese. This is
how it should be. All children should be treated equally. All children should
participate in sport and music. No one has the right to impose religion on
children under the age of 16. No one has the right to prevent the child from
all norms and standard of the main- stream society and it is the states duty to
protect the universal rights of the children.
Sending children to school fasting for the month of Ramadan, putting cover on their
head, prohibiting them to participate in dancing, singing, playing an
instrument is not acceptable and should be opposed by all the defender of
children’s rights. If it becomes acceptable in France, the next shift will be the
segregation of girls and boys right from elementary schools and early child
marriages. Law must be enforce and anyone who blocks or puts barrier for the
normal social life of a child with any notion whether it is cultural or
religion should face consequences. The rights of parents in regards to the
child are limited and must be safeguarded by the state.
I would like to emphasize on this fact that
the Islamists are concentrating on the children of this vulnerable communities.
What can we do? Under the banner of “One
Law for All” we need to push for integration. Do not forget in France the
system is melting pot but with the notion of cultural relativism
the culture has become above civil rights. Under the same notion all these inhuman acts against
women and children are happening. With this notion the communities are left
under the mercy of Imams. Gang rapes are happening. The veil is put on little
girls, the girls are raped under the name of marriage, polygamy is happening
and women are becoming the second class citizen even in France. Canada, of
course, is the worst of them all as the policy of multiculturalism makes all
these inhuman acts legal and validates them. We need to free ourselves from
multiculturalism and all concept of cultural relativism simply because it is a
civil apartheid. This is a huge barrier
for equal and universal rights of women and children as it creates a headman
(Mulleah) with his own role and regulation that contradicts the state’s law
Every resident of this country needs to
know about his/her civil rights. The rights of individuals must be taught at
schools from elementary stage. Every child must know what violation of her or
his rights is called. Under the flag of “One Law For All” we need to push the governments to adopt a better
policy for immigration and refugees. Under the banner of “One Law for All” we
need to demand for total separation of religion from education. We need to
demand for state intervention for the growth of the child in every aspect.