Every time I write a blog, I know that some will agree, others will disagree … and, in fact, during our discussions a whole range of differing views, ideas, positions and beliefs will emerge … sometimes with humour, other times with passion and/or even anger.
That is our right, that is our result, that is our reward …. for living in a free country, where we can speak our minds without fear or intimidation.
WE do have limits: hate speech, threats, libel and slander cross the line for most of us … but even then, deciding what and where to set those limits can engender wide-ranging and never-ending discussion and debate.
BUT there should be ONE standard upon which we should ALL agree: VIOLENCE has no part in trying to determine the ideas, rules and beliefs that govern our society.
Not in Canada!
The attack on innocent Canadian citizens and residents praying in a mosque in Quebec City was really an attack on ALL of us … and our freedoms.
The ultimate target was not only Muslims … but our right in Canada to openly express our beliefs … not just religious ones, but personal, moral, political and ideological.
So we should ALL mourn the victims.
Those killed: Azzedine Soufiane, 57. the Imam; Khaled Belkacemi, 60, professor of Agricultural and Food Sciences; Aboubaker Thabti, 44, pharmacist aide; Abdelkrim Hassane, 41, computer programmer; Mamadou Barry, 42, IT specialist; and, Ibrahima Barry, 39, civil servant.
And 17 others were injured … not to mention the pain and suffering that has been inflicted on all of their families, children, friends and associates.
I have no doubt I may have disagreed with many of those people on a whole myriad of topics and beliefs and policies and politics …just as I do on here.
But HATE? Violence? Terror?
NOT in MY Canada.
And I hope NOT in YOURS.
We are ONE with our Muslim neighbours … or, at least, we should be.