“Hamza Chaoui’s Islamic community centre won’t get permit”


“Hamza Chaoui’s Islamic community centre won’t get permit” –cbc-(http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/hamza-chaoui-s-islamic-community-centre-won-t-get-permit-1.2939069)

Hamza Chaoui was denied a permit to establish an Islamic community center because he is an Islamic extremist. Chaoui has some controversial views on sharia law and have ties with suspected radicals. Chaoui is very active in Muslim movements. He was the leader of a Muslim association at Laval University. The reason for the denial in permit is due to his ties with the extremists, such as Martin Couture Rouleau and Chiheb Esseghaier. Martin Couture killed warrant officer and Chiheb Esseghaier is on trial for the plot to derail a train between Toronto and New York. In my personal experiences and views, not allowing something does not prevent them from doing it. Even if the city of Montreal does not grant a permit for this community center, it is not going to stop a group of people to gather in their homes or other locations. Also it is in our right to have freedom of conscience and religion, freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression. Montreal is violating their right by not giving them a permit to open a community center. Even if the city is afraid to allow a radical community center, I believe it is better for them to have meetings in a more public environment than private. If other religious groups are allowed to have churches, community centers the government should be allowing them to open. Hamza Chaoui does not pose a clear threat to Canadians and the government should not be taking away his right for speaking his views. For example, religious groups such as the Moonies and Scientologists are allowed to have many businesses and community groups in North America. These are all different sects of various religions, therefore the same rights should be applied to the people of Islam. Many Canadians have a misconception thinking Muslims are violent, however this applies to any radical groups. Most Muslims do not condone violence and are against extremists. There is an example of  Missouri and KKK, where KKK was denied the right to adopt a highway but supreme court allowed them to adopt the highway. (http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/06/12/should-the-kkk-get-to-adopt-a-highway/)This is similar as because they were radical groups and denied of their right. However being radical does not justify taking away their right as long as they are not harming others physically.


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