Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Just Putting It Out There

It's interesting that the powers that be in the province of Quebec refuse to succumb to pressure and enact an annual anti-"Islamophobia" day to commemorate last year's mosque shootings. 

Contrast that with what happened back in the 1989, when a crazed male student (known as Marc Lepine; birth name, Gamil Gharbi) shot and killed 14 women in an engineering class at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique. Forever after, that date became fixed in our calendar as an annual time to remember not only those killed by Lepine/Gharbi, but to honour all women everywhere who suffer abuse and worse at the hands of men.

What I'm trying to say is this: if the mosque shooting represents the actions of one deranged and hateful individual and therefore doesn't merit a permanent, annual date to decry a supposedly generalized and endemic "Islamophobia," isn't it time, at long last, to view the Ecole Polytechnique incident in the same way? Why are we still blaming the entire male sex for the actions of one angry young man (who, along with his mom and sister, had been brutalized by his dad, an immigrant from Algeria)?

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