Views fuelled by fear

Reader surprised by pair of letters in opposition to Muslim immigration

This is a response to two letters – one published Sept. 21 (Timea Eszaros) and the other Sept. 30 (Throddy Borkins).  I was surprised to see a second letter expressing the same fear-mongering and self-centred viewpoint on Muslim immigration, prompting this comment.

There is no evidence that “our children will all be burka-clad, beaten, unworthy housewives” (Sept. 21) nor that immigrants “demand that we change our ways to better suit them” (Sept. 30).  That letter went on “Sure they need help, but what about Canadians? Why should we sit back and watch the country turn into one where the minorities and migrants get everything free paid for by us…. This is not racist, it’s self-preservation.”

Building a viewpoint upon misguided lies like these is sad and dangerous, whether the writers are real people or computer robots.  I prefer this later-nullified comment from the first letter:  “I believe love is the ultimate answer to any moral question.”

Fortunately most Canadians do believe in love and compassion matched with positive action.

Connie Foss More



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