Hate crimes de­mand open dis­cus­sion

RE: Hate crimes in Canada up in 2015 (June 14)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

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

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