Hate crimes demand open discussion
RE: Hate crimes in Canada up in 2015 (June 14)
The statistics regarding hate crimes are blind to the fact that we are being urged by the Canadian government to never criticize hate when it is contained in the beliefs and actions of terrorists who are rampaging worldwide killing people by the hundreds of thousands.
When it is seen to be part of their “religion,” the discussion of misogyny, terrorism, and the spread of those beliefs by force and stealth becomes off-limits and quickly ended. Suddenly the narrative shifts from the specific beliefs causing the hate to other peripheral and unrelated matters to fit the agendas of governments and certain groups. To discuss such matters makes you the hater for pointing out the truth.
The statistics are being used to make Canadians look bad for political purposes and to fit a new immigration initiative when, in fact, the truth requires a bit more critical analysis.
Getting to the root of hate requires an open and frank discussion of everyone’s politics and religion and how those beliefs impact others. It is not a one-way street and there should be no exceptions. Gary Gerofsky, Hamilton