Monday, January 29, 2018
The Mosque Massacre and the Bigotry of Indifference
It's been one year since the Le Pen groupie Alexandre Bissonnette burst into a Quebec City mosque and opened fire on a group of helpless worshippers.
He killed six people, and wounded nineteen others. It was a horrifying massacre and a real nightmare.
But what I find almost as disturbing, is what happened afterwards.
When all that solidarity turned to indifference.
One year on, there are troubling signs. Community members say that the initial reaction of Quebecers and Canadians — a very public display of sympathy and tolerance toward the Muslim community — has not endured.
“Just after (the attack), there was a great outpouring of sympathy and empathy. We’d get on the bus and people would smile and be friendly. That fizzled out and it sort of went back to the same,” he said. “It took, perhaps, a couple of months.”
And although I hate to say it, I'm not surprised.
For Quebec City is the coldest place I have ever known, and not just because of the icy wind that can come howling down the St Lawrence, and freeze you to the bone.
But also because it's the Con base in Quebec, a place full of frosty white civil servants, who measure out empathy with a dropper. The pur lain of the pur lain who should know better but don't.
A city full of racist radio show hosts who spend all their time bashing the diversity of Montreal, portraying it as a dark and threatening Babylon. And are always whipping up hatred against those who are different, especially Muslims.
So the pig's head some beastly bigot left outside the mosque seven months before the massacre should have been a warning...
And the question I have been asking myself recently, is whether what happened in Quebec City will serve as a warning for the rest of us.
For as I wrote yesterday, this country is suffering from an epidemic of hatred.
Hate crimes are soaring and becoming more violent.
This porky bigot is our warning...
And unless we crack down on him and all the other bigots poisoning this country.
Sooner or later they will kill our Canada...
Remember the dead.
And embrace the survivors..