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Shahla Khan Salter

Director - Universalist Muslims

Shahla Khan Salter is Director of Universalist Muslims.

Religious Rights Don't Trump Human Ones in Canada

In Toronto, this past June, Faith McGregor, walked into the Terminal Barber shop owned by Omar Mahrouk and asked for a haircut. Mahrouk said his barber shop did not serve women. McGregor's decision to file a complaint against Mahrouk was the right one. This is something that should not happen here in Canada.
12/02/2012 11:38 EST

A Muslim Canadian and a Muslim American Talk Politics

The American Presidential election between Republican Candidate, Mitt Romney and incumbent Democratic Candidate President Barack Obama, takes place in only a two days on November 6, 2012. Its outcome may result in a remarkably different future for many. What happens in the U.S. affects us all -- both here in Canada and overseas. As a Muslim Canadian woman, I wonder, what is on the mind of a Muslim American woman right now?
11/04/2012 10:59 EST

No, Banning "Innocence of Muslims" Is Not the Solution

To my fellow Muslims -- the 99 per cent who are peaceful -- here is my message. Online articles, information and resources, including amateur video productions, are everywhere. "Policing" opinions on religious matters is unrealistic in most instances. But some of you say "Innocence of Muslims" is a special case and should be banned. Personally, I disagree. The video should not be banned, nor should any video that one finds disturbing because of its anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian or anti-religious content. Why? For a number of reasons.
09/17/2012 12:06 EDT

Saving Rimsha: Religious Intolerance is the Real Blasphemy

An 11-year-old Pakistani girl with Downs Syndrome might be put to death for blasphemy. Killing people for expressing negative and/or dissenting views on religion, for burning Qurans, for writing letters -- is this Islam? No. In Islam, a law that penalizes a person for challenging or disparaging the religion -- is blasphemy itself.
08/29/2012 07:51 EDT

Canada's No Safe Haven From Breivik-Style Hate Crime

Is domestic terrorism, instigated by white supremacists, such as Breivik, on the rise? Recently, more incidents of hate crimes are reported to be taking place, with alarming frequency. There have been at least seven reports of hate crimes targeting Muslims and mosques in the last 10 days in the United States. Here in Canada we look down at the U.S. and say, "well, everything is worse down there, more guns, more violence, more racism." Not so fast. According to Statistics Canada figures from 2009, the frequency of hate crimes are up.
08/15/2012 12:10 EDT
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Wisconsin Temple Shooting Proves that Hate has no Place in Religion

Yesterday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, seven people were killed and a number injured, including a police officer, when a gunman, named Wade Michael Page stormed a congregation of five hundred people at an American Sikh gudwara. While we and other faith groups dug into our hearts in this manner, the Westboro Baptist Church representative Fred Phelps tweeted: "Beautiful work of an angry God who told Wisconsin to keep their filthy hands off his people." No. Before we are Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, B'hai, Jain, Zoroastrian, Aboriginal, Wiccan, Humanist and Sikh -- we are human. God only cares about the way in which we treat one another.
08/06/2012 02:04 EDT

Have Islamicists Gone (Lady) Gaga?

The ideology that led to the cancelling of a Lady Gaga concert in Indonesia takes ultra-conservative Muslim society to a new level of austerity, wiping out diversity and individuality by destroying culture. It is cultural genocide. This is not Islam. This is Indonesia's twisted, extremist version of it.
05/31/2012 08:28 EDT

Muslims Must Rally to Save Hamza Kashgari's Life

To the King of Saudi Arabia I say this: Our Holy Prophet Muhammad, if alive today, would surely be sobbing tears of despair if he witnessed the tyranny you impose on your people falsely in the name of what you call Islam.
02/13/2012 10:37 EST

Whose Daughters Will Be the Next Shafias?

What must we do -- we Muslims -- to ensure none of our daughters and sisters are murdered by their fathers, husbands, and brothers? Among many things we must embrace foremost the 1400-year-old Islamic tradition that emphasizes not the responsibility to guard our modesty, but the duty to show compassion.
01/29/2012 04:53 EST

Who's Afraid of Moderate Muslims? Lowe's is.

The Learning Channel's series All-American Muslim is the first commercial television program that presents a real look at Muslims in America in all their diversity. Who would not want this show on the air?
12/14/2011 02:31 EST

Bullying Knows No Race, Religion, or Sexuality

Charles McVety is concerned about how a Muslim teacher may feel enforcing the anti-bullying policies. McVety is now speaking out for Muslims? Is this the same Charles McVety who welcomed conservative Dutch politician Geert Wilders to Canada and called Islam a danger? My Islamic values teach me to embrace pluralism and that Allah loves us all -- gay or straight.
12/08/2011 11:28 EST