When I look at the statue of the soldiers in battle at the foot of University Avenue, I think of the reasons that propelled them to fight and even give up their lives. They fought for the freedom that Canada stands for.
All of us, except our aboriginal brothers and sisters, came here from somewhere else, if not us, then our ancestors. They came here to be free to practise their chosen religion in peace and to create a better life for themselves and their children. That’s what our new neighbours, the Muslim community, also want. None have done anything to harm us. They deserve to be respected and allowed to live peacefully among us. It is sad indeed that they have been targeted.
I was compelled to write at this time, weeks after the last assault on the Mosque, because I recently overheard negative comments. I’m calling on all Islanders, who support our Muslim neighbours, to make their voices heard. And, next time you are at a grocery store and see an immigrant, whether Muslim, Asian or other, say a warm hello.