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Canadians Try To Come To Grips With Quebec City Shooting

(Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

(Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

In the wake of Sunday’s senseless vicious murder of six innocent men as they prayed in a Quebec City mosque many Canadians have been rallying to show their support of Muslims. Online funding sites have popped up to help those families left without a father at least  financially if not emotionally.

They need not be tragic to be considered hate crimes, often they are more subtle.

While we would like to think that these things do not happen here, the sad truth is they do. Hate crimes are possible anywhere. They need not be tragic to be considered hate crimes, often they are more subtle. Last night a man was arrested for posting anti-Muslim messages online.

Not only have people looked outward to see how they can help, but much introspection has taken place as well. What are we, as a society, doing wrong?  Why would a person, a university student, feel such vile hatred for one religion that he would go to their place of worship and slaughter them?  

On Monday I dropped in for a beer at a place I frequent.  One of the regulars was there, with a lovely Quran.  Knowing him to not be Muslim I asked why he was carrying the Islamic holy book. He explained to me that when he woke up that morning and heard the news about the shooting he was so moved – anger, sadness, disbelief – that he knew he had to do something. He felt it was very important to make it clear that we are not all like the shooter, indeed we welcome diversity. So he went to a local mosque, stood by the door as people were coming and going, and shook hands with them while saying “sorry”.

It is too easy to blame it on Donald Trump, although his hateful rhetoric can certainly be inflammatory.

He is not an overly emotional person, but he told me that it was not long before he was shedding tears as he stood there shaking hands and apologizing. When someone told the Imam that there was a man at the door crying and shaking hands he came out to investigate. My pal explained that he had been driven to do something, then offered to make a donation to the mosque. The Imam told him to put his wallet away, and instead gave him the Quran as a gift.  

It is too easy to blame it on Donald Trump, although his hateful rhetoric can certainly be inflammatory. We must take responsibility for these acts in our own country.

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Quebec City Shooting: Spurred By Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric?

(PASCAL RATTHE / LE SOLEIL)

(PASCAL RATTHE / LE SOLEIL)

Two armed masked men armed stormed into a mosque on Sunday evening just as prayers were ending. They opened fire killing six men and injuring 19 others, five of whom remain in hospital in critical condition.  

A nasty divisive debate has gripped the US regarding the nature of the bans. Are they religion-specific?  Is the move anti-Muslim or anti-terror?

Forty-eight hours earlier  President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. This spurred numerous protests across the country, many at airports, as travellers already en route were detained upon arrival.

A nasty divisive debate has gripped the US regarding the nature of the bans. Are they religion-specific?  Is the move anti-Muslim or anti-terror?  Does the new US administration even understand the difference between those two concepts?

So is it surprising that, in light of this debate, this horrific shooting should occur?  No doubt someone must have figured out that sooner or later some rabid anti-Muslim fanatic would take matters into his own hands. It was bound to happen.

But what does come as a surprise is that the murders were not carried out in Michigan or Iowa. But in Quebec City, here in Canada.

Has the cauldron of hate that has been stirred by Trump’s rhetoric throughout the election process, leading to his victory, splashed over the border?  

I suspect some will point out that this just does not happen in Canada. But it does, it did. Others will state that we have lost our innocence. But we lost that long ago, just ask the friends and families of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.and the victims of 1989’s École Polytechnique massacre.

While more will ponder whether the debate to our south played any role in the killings. Often perpetrators of mass shootings take their own lives or are killed by law enforcement officers (commonly called suicide by cop) while in the act. But in the Quebec City case both suspects are alive and in custody. Will they fess up to being influenced by President Trump’s bombastic approach being implemented a mere three-hour drive to the south?  Has the cauldron of hate that has been stirred by Trump’s rhetoric throughout the election process, leading to his victory, splashed over the border?  

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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