On the im­por­tance of tol­er­ance

Sherbrooke Record - - BROME COUNTY -

Peter Wade wrote an ar­ti­cle with the premise that, “re­ac­tion against the niqab, may not be (as claimed) pri­mar­ily mo­ti­vated by re­li­gious in­tol­er­ance,” but rather an in­stinc­tive dis­com­fort with faces be­ing cov­ered. So, the author is try­ing to say that Cana­di­ans, who spend most of the win­ter with their faces cov­ered, are un­com­fort­able with a few niqab wear­ing women, sim­ply be­cause they can’t read their faces. Se­ri­ously?

If the mo­ti­va­tion of this ar­ti­cle wasn’t a very weak at­tempt to ra­tio­nal­ize re­li­gious in­tol­er­ance, it is still a very ques­tion­able

2) Res­i­dents should have the op­por­tu­nity to present their ques­tions, views, and con­cerns.

D) Be­fore ma­jor de­ci­sions are made by coun­cil, TBL res­i­dents should be prop­erly in­formed and con­sulted. In par­tic­u­lar, from time to time their vi­sion for the fu­ture of TBL should be ob­tained (or up­dated) in a fully pro­fes­sional man­ner, pre­sent­ing al­ter­na­tive views, with the costs, pros, and cons. Full res­i­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion such as that which oc­curred with Imag­i­n­ac­tion should be or­ga­nized when ma­jor changes to the ex­ist­ing vi­sion and ill-ad­vised ar­ti­cle, that didn’t merit to be pub­lished once, never mind twice. This type of ar­ti­cle gives the ig­no­rant a pseudo-sci­en­tific jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for in­tol­er­ance; “I’m not in­tol­er­ant, it’s just hu­man na­ture. I read it some­where.”

Em­pow­ered racists be­come more em­bold­ened. We all see what is hap­pen­ing south of the bor­der, as hate groups climb out of the shad­ows. We should not be do­ing any­thing to en­cour­age that hap­pen­ing here.

West Bolton

are con­tem­plated.

E) When sur­veys of res­i­dents are car­ried out to de­ter­mine opin­ions re­gard­ing pro­posed projects, they should be con­ducted pro­fes­sion­ally, and only af­ter res­i­dents have been pro­vided in writ­ing with cred­i­ble de­tails re­gard­ing costs and ben­e­fits, which they have had am­ple op­por­tu­nity to read.

Knowl­ton-lake­side Fos­ter

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