Different view is not ‘hate’
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.