Hate on display


A friend of mine was directly exposed to the words of hate uttered by the “so-called” preachers from London, Ontario. Good and earnest people, of faith or not of faith (and it makes no difference) embrace tolerance, inclusion and being each others’ keeper. My friend could not believe that such imported venom was on full display in the streets of Kincardine. Too often similar regressive behavior is on display in countless places around the world.

One discussion held was how to respond, in person or after the fact. People such as these hate mongers, proclaiming to represent a faith, have no mandate or authority to speak on behalf of any constituency outside of their own narrow minded followers. It would be easy to write a letter and simply repeat the profound words of acceptance, inclusion and tolerance written by progressive people around the world. Then, I see Catherine Hamill’s letter on the topic. A person speaking from firsthand experience on the topic and tragedy of bigotry. Catherine perhaps unburdened those of us contemplating some form of response by writing, but she has not taken away the burden of reminding people that the people of Kincardine and people around the world are so much better than the repugnant ilk associated with this narrow side of human nature put on display by these London purveyors of values so opposite of the values Canada has been built on.

Every community is forced in some way to be subjected to the words and actions of regressive people. Sadly some of these people act out by subjecting people to hate by word of mouth or by signs and posters. In its most grotesque and ugly form hate looks like the cold-blooded murder of  people in Orlando, Paris and places now too many to list. No faith group or group(s) of people expressing no particular faith has a monopoly on prejudice or morality. The reality of life in the 2016 is that the purveyors of hate somehow see themselves as empowered to blaze their way into peaceful communities and, thankfully in vain, attempt to drag peaceful, tolerant and  progressive people into the abyss.

The late Jack Layton, praised for a lifetime of progressive thinking and action, said it best in the final stages of a life cut all too short all too soon when he said in a letter from his deathbed: “My friends, love is better  than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

The dealers of hate and intolerance will very likely reappear in Kincardineand elsewhere, but we are better and thanks to the empowerment provided me by Catherine Hamill (unknowingly no doubt) she has given voice to a supporter of  her condemnation of those who would sling their disgusting messages of hate.

Dave Trumble