Trudeau implies that segregation of women is expression of diversity, strength

Trudeau implies that segregation of women is expression of diversity, strength


September 13, 2016

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Prime Minister visited on Monday, September 12, 2016 the Ottawa Mosque to greet the Canadian Muslim community on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, commemorating the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to Allah’s command.

During Eid al-Adha Muslims slaughter animals (goat, sheep, cow, bull, buffalo or camel) to seek Allah’s pleasure and reward by consuming the meat and sharing it with others. The sacrifice is called Qurbani.

In a short speech at the mosque, Trudeau said the following:

“This is an opportunity for us to come together and reflect on what makes Canada extraordinary as a country.

“We are a place that has figured out that diversity can be a source of strength not just a source of weakness and as I look at this beautiful room with the sisters upstairs, everyone here, the diversity.

“We have just within this mosque, within this Islamic community, within the Muslim community in Canada, the diversity across our country, as we all know, can and must be, an opportunity for us to grow, to challenge ourselves, to improve and to create a stronger more peaceful society.

“But the Canada we live in today didn’t happen by accident and it won’t continue without effort.

“We were a country defined on shared values, values that go beyond religion or ethnicity or language, values that we all share, openness, respect, compassion, a willingness to work hard, a desire to be there for each other, a search for justice, for equality, for opportunity. And it is that challenge around opportunity that we see so much anxiety in the world.

“When we see fear, when we see movements where societies look to turn in, one of the fundamental building blocks of that anxiety of that fear is a sense that the future isn’t bright for you or for your family, that your kids might not have the best possible future. And that worry leaves people to close in.


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