Dif­fer­ent view is not ‘hate’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I ac­knowl­edge that there is zero tol­er­ance for hate. But not all of us hold the same opin­ion concerning the Pride flag and what it rep­re­sents, and it doesn’t equate to the very strong word ‘hate.’

It is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to ex­press opin­ions that counter. No one wants to be called a hater.

Ev­ery Cana­dian has the priv­i­lege of hon­our­ing his or her own con­vic­tions, val­ues and faith. Does this em­body hate for peo­ple who choose not to com­pro­mise with their con­vic­tions?

The woman in­volved in this in­ci­dent re­fused to com­ply with her neigh­bour’s sim­ple re­quest to move the flag so the wind wasn’t blow­ing it onto his prop­erty.

Not only did she refuse to com­ply, she called the po­lice with the likely in­tent of hav­ing her neigh­bour Paul MacGre­gor charged.

How did this story get to the newspaper any­way? Ms. Arse­nault can­not give her­self a pass on be­ing a beacon for tol­er­ance and love when she dis­re­spected her neigh­bour’s wishes and opin­ions by not mov­ing the flag, and when af­ter be­ing asked to do so and not com­ply­ing, Mr. MacGre­gor was forced to re­move it him­self.

Pri­vate prop­erty is pri­vate prop­erty. Re­spect for your neigh­bours’ rights and free­doms are in­her­ent in this coun­try, which is a democ­racy.

Paul MacGre­gor should not be tagged with the la­bel “hate” be­cause re­spect needs to be given to oth­ers also who don’t share the same con­vic­tions.

Ber­nice McMil­lan,

Corn­wall, P.E.I.

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