Syrian refugee issue brings out the best in Canadians
(and worst in Americans)
By Fred Sherwin
has made me prouder to be a Canadian, and happier not
to be an American, than our handling of the Syrian refugee
we are accepting Syrian refugees by the plane load, the
United States is reluctant to take in single mothers and
orphans for fear they might be terrorists in waiting.
while we are accepting and welcoming of Muslims and refuse
to be sucked in by ISIS, whose main goal is to sow hatred
between Muslims and non-Muslims, Americans are debating
banning them entirely and setting up Muslim registries,
which plays right into their hands.
firestorm of racism ignited by people like Donald Trump,
who is little more than an ignorant megalomaniac, is mindboggling
to observers outside the country and absolutely terrifying
for Muslims living inside the United States.
perfect example of the difference between our two cultures
can be found in the actions of two high school communities.
An entire school district in Virginia was shutdown last
week after a teacher had the gall to ask her students
to copy an Arabic text as part of their calligraphy lesson.
Translated the text reads: There is no God but Allah
and Mohammed is his messenger.
word about the exercise spread, the school and school
board were inundated with threats against the teacher
and hate-filled e-mails directed toward the administration.
especially enlightened parent of a child in the class
had this to say, I will not have my children sit
under a woman who indoctrinates them with the Muslim religion
when I am a Christian. And I want to stand behind Christ.
wonderfully Christian of her.
here in Orléans, a group of students and staff
at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School have spent the
last three weeks collecting donations to put together
holiday hampers for families in need, many of which are
Muslim, in a perfect example of what I like to call the
Im not saying that there are no racists here in
Canada, but they are a silent minority, as opposed to
the United States where a racist is the runaway leader
in the Republican nomination race.
dont know if were smarter, more enlightened,
or simply more empathetic than our neighbours to the south,
but I do know that Im glad I live here and not there.
the challenges we face, Canada continues to be a shining
example to the rest of the world of acceptance, understanding,
love and humanity. And even if that light may sometimes
flicker a little, I can honestly say that Ive never
felt prouder to be a Canadian than I have during the past
7:30 a.m., Dec. 22)
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