La­bels won’t change the way peo­ple think

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Omar Khadr

Over the last week or so I have read let­ters call­ing those who op­pose the set­tle­ment to Mr. Khadr as big­ots.

Hav­ing an opin­ion that dif­fers from those of the two let­ter writ­ers does not nec­es­sar­ily make any­one a bigot or point to the blan­ket state­ment that Is­lam­o­pho­bia and xeno­pho­bia con­tin­ues to be ram­pant es­pe­cially among Cana­dian con­ser­va­tives.

Mr. Trudeau stated he shares the con­cerns of Cana­di­ans who ob­ject to the gov­ern­ment’s mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar set­tle­ment to Mr. Khadr, but it was the re­spon­si­ble path to fol­low. I did not hear or read that he thought those op­posed were con­sid­ered big­ots.

As Cana­di­ans we are all en­ti­tled to free speech and to our opin­ions as long as we don’t in­cite or spread hate. I have not yet read where those op­posed have based that op­po­si­tion on re­li­gious be­liefs or race, and right or wrong it is an opin­ion they are en­ti­tled to. Name call­ing or labelling some­one for an opin­ion will not change the way they feel. San­dra El­lis, Stoney Creek

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