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Friday, 3 February 2017

A dark place

Last Sunday was a dark day for our country. A young Canadian from Quebec went into a mosque where men were praying and opened fire on them, killing six and wounding five. How could someone have such anger and hatred in his heart to commit such an act?

This man was a right-wing troll who espoused anti-foreigner and anti-feminist ideas. A loner, he decided in his demented mind that innocent people had to die. He attacked good, innocent people in their place of worship. Prison should be his home for the remainder of his life. 

Canada has a history of immigration. The aboriginal people were the first inhabitants of this land. The rest of us or our ancestors arrived on boats or in aircraft, some more recently than others. Our diversity gives richness and strength to our society, as we each contribute in our own unique way.

Every society has people who have extreme views and we are no exception. We must stand against these people and speak up when we see or hear their hate speech. Silence is complicity. If we stand by and allow people to spew hatred without speaking up, then we are part of the problem.

It's been a difficult week. Canadian Muslims don't feel safe and many of us do not know how to help. It is hard to see a way through this tragedy and how to prevent more of them. However, each can do her part to be open to everyone in our country, to embrace our differences because they make this wonderful kaleidoscope of faith, colour, and culture which is Canada. This way, we create a light through the darkness.

 

Je me souviens.

32 comments:

  1. Well said, Marie. This is a difficult time in the history of the world, but I believe we will come out of this period stronger and more united. I can only do my part and thank those who keep their hearts open. Thank you for this thoughtful post.

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    1. I've felt terrible all week, Jan. I had to write about it.

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  2. That was soooo well-written. You are a natural at this writing thing.

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  3. extremely well communicated, Marie. Thank you!

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  4. I read that the Jewish community has opened their house of worship. This is the correct response. Those of us who are tolerant will win. I am so sorry for all that were impacted.

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    1. Me too, Tabor. There are seventeen children who lost their fathers in such a senseless act.

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  5. This was a tragedy, we must learn to live in harmony.

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  6. I am so very sorry. What Horror.

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  7. I was part of a community walk with our Muslim brothers and sisters in our small town on Wednesday night. Over 200 people walked with candles and lanterns to show support for community. Tears of sadness and yet joy that we support each other in times of crisis.

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  8. How wonderful, Shammickite. That's gone on all over the country! Such a great show of support.

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  9. We also need to speak out against and stop politicians who are trying to poison Canada with Trump's values, like Kelly Leitch and Kevin O'Leary.

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    1. I totally agree, Debra! There is no place for exclusion here. We want a society where everyone can express who they are without fear and are welcome.

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    2. I agree, I can't imagine having either of those two in a position of power. But it seems to be happening all over the world, and it's very frightening.

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    3. It sure is, Shammickite. We have to work against it!

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  10. This is so tragic. Sorrow here for Canada's loss of innocence. Speaking of trolls.......

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    1. We have lost our innocence, SS. Sad beyond belief.

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  11. There is a pall across our country and I fear it is leaking out to you ... our good neighbor Canada. Please know that so many of us down here feel your sorrow and pray that we who believe in love of ALL people will one day see it happen. Sending a hug to you Marie.

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  12. Thank you, Ginnie. There was a great article in Newsweek which described how the rise of the current president parallels the rise of Herbert Hoover in 1928. It explains a lot! The end of the article is ominous but ...

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  13. Well said, Marie. It was a heartbreaking situation right on the heels of Trudeau stating our views of acceptance after Trump put that hideous ban in place. I want so much better for our world.

    Your photo is beautiful.

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    1. I know, Hilary. Our world deserves so much better!

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  14. Well said. Silence is no longer ok.

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  15. It was dreadful to hear this had happened in your country. It was even more poignant after Trudeau had given such a different message the day before. Sarah x

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  16. We, too, have home grown white, nationalist extremists, Sarah.

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