Mayor Charlie Clark
222 3rd Ave N,
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5
Dear Mayor Clark,
On June 9, 2021, a man was videoed allegedly harassing a group who were painting a LGBTQ crosswalk in preparation for a Pride celebration.
We are contacting you because this is a recent incident, but our letter is certainly not restricted to Saskatoon, it is applicable for all areas of Canada.
According to the Pride event organizers, homophobic and racist comments were heard by the man in the story, and he allegedly attempted to incite violence.”
This is distressing, but not uncommon in our current climate. Advocating violence is never acceptable, and we hope this man has acknowledged his error.
There is much anger against everyone by everyone in our world today. In the case of the Pride event, our municipal, provincial and federal leaders must keep in mind that there is a diverse mixture of citizenry in Canada.
These include people that, for religious or ethical reasons, do not agree with the LGBTQ lifestyle.
Their reasons may not be discounted, and perhaps they are feeling marginalized for their beliefs.
The Muslim, Christian and Orthodox Jewish communities are examples of groups that are not in agreement with the lifestyle, and it must be acknowledged that Canada has many citizens within these groups.
Wael Shehab, as head Imam of Toronto Masjid, was quoted as saying “Same-sex marriage, on the other hand, imposes serious dangers to the family institution, lacks social support, endangers the real lovely family life, and breaks the social order of the human community.”
Dr. Charles McVety, chairman of Canada Christian College and a well known Evangelical in Toronto, Ontario is known for his stance on marriage between a man and a woman.
Mrs. Bronya Shaffer, a noted lecturer on Jewish women’s issues has stated: “We know that among other sexual behaviours, Torah law expressly forbids the specific act of male homosexuality.”
Again, these views are not necessarily wrong, they are religious convictions. Unless hate speech and violence becomes an issue within these communities, these people deserve to have their convictions and opinions respected.
The city might be well advised to assign certain time slots for Pride events in the public square, and after the completion of the event, repaint the crosswalks the standard white and remove other items that may have been put up during this event, as these are public spaces and are used by all members of the public. This is respecting everyone.
This could go a long way in alleviating feelings of marginalization on both sides. All human beings should be treated with dignity.
Our aim is to defuse hate, while reconciling the very diverse citizenry of Canadian society.
Fighting Hate In Canada