LETTER: Civility needed in SOGI debate

The recent protest of Jenn Smith’s planned talk in Oak Bay was seriously flawed by hooliganism.

READ ALSO: Hundreds of protesters drown out anti-SOGI speakers in Oak Bay

The protesters heckled a trans-identified person, paraded intolerance of any view but their own and displayed general contempt for civil discourse.

Ryan Painter was quoted in the Oak Bay News as saying “It’s hard because there’s so much hatred out there. This is about elevating love, acceptance, and hope and allowing LGBTQ and gender non-binary to speak their truth.”

The hypocrisy should not escape us.

Both sides of this debate need to find a higher ground of civility and dialogue instead of mindlessly shouting down the opposition.

READ ALSO: Anti-SOGI speaker threatens criminal charges against school trustee Ryan Painter

Mark deLeeuw

Saanich

Just Posted

Still barriers to abortion access on Vancouver Island

Experts say transportation, support, doctors can be barriers to accessing abortion

Oak Bay dog walk benefits guide dogs

Two more walks set for Sunday in Victoria and Colwood

Former Saanich councillor joins Cordova Bay community association board

Leif Wergeland served on Saanich council for 22 years before retiring from politics in 2018

Langford trucks vandalized for third time in five months

Staff member spends weekend washing after six trucks hit with graffiti

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

Canada stripping citizenship from Chinese man over alleged marriage fraud

The move comes amid severely strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing

Nevada court orders former Vancouver man to pay back $21.7M to investors

The commission says Michael Lathigee committed fraud over a decade ago

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Young man on Vancouver Island dies after losing control of ATV

Crash claimed the life of a 23-year-old south of Nanaimo over the long weekend

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

Most Read