Letter Sent to Mayor of Brantford, Ontario

This letter was very similar to the letter sent to Mayor Charlie Clark of Saskatoon, regarding issues surrounding Pride festival.

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Dear Mayor Davis and City Council of Brantford,

It has come to our attention the act of vandalism of the LGBTQ crosswalk in Brantford on June 17. This is discouraging when you are trying to build unity in your city.

Several days ago, we also wrote to Saskatoon mayor Charlie Clark about the same issue. We are seeing marginalization of not only the LGBTQ community, but also those who disagree with this lifestyle. This cannot be discounted.

Vandalism, destruction, threats, or violence is never an acceptable recourse and must be addressed, but the following should also be addressed.

We write you what we wrote to mayor Charlie Clark.

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 truly diverse citizenry of Canadian society.

Sincerely,

Fighting Hate In Canada

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