To the Editor,
The murder of four members of a Muslim family in London, Ont., and the orphaning of a 10-year-old boy from the same family was, most certainly, a hate crime by a troubled 20-year-old man.
It seems that this man, in seeking to belong, has turned to radical right-wing internet sites.
It would appear that this man’s hatred of Muslims is based solely on these sites and has nothing to do with nay personal contact with these people — a truly scary possibility. While balancing the right of free speech against incitement of hatred, we must confront this evil on our internet communication.
There are, of course, other sources of hatred that may have influenced this 20-year-old. The Netanyahu regime in Israel’s treatment of Palestinian Muslims is not unlike the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany and the rest of the world in the 1930s and ’40s.
On the other extreme, radical elements of the Muslim faith like the Taliban and the Islamic State and their atrocities could also inspire hatred against Muslims.
Regardless, the fabric of our multicultural society is threatened by both home-grown and imported hatred. A Canadian is a Canadian, regardless of race, colour, religion, language, sexual orientation and ethnicity, and we better damn well support the concept.