Dispatch from the Front Line: We need an antidote, not more poison in a blue bottle
On the death of pluralism, what the CPC wants, how the views from Toronto and Calgary differ, and McGill finally finding its balls.
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We at The Line had a stray thought related to Jen Gerson's column on Friday about Calgary mayor Jyoti Gondek's decision to abstain from attending a local menorah lighting ceremony because a poster advertising the event included the words "supporting Israel."
We would like to draw a hypothetical analogy to this case, and draw from it what we can, what it means to live in a pluralistic society, and what we owe to one another within it.
Imagine, for a moment, an Islamic jihadist blows up a train in London. Let's say we have a local Muslim community in Calgary or Montreal or Toronto respond to this tragedy with a press release that doesn't support the attacks, but calls on everyone to "support the ummah" — the brotherhood of Muslims around the world, in this difficult time.
And let's say the mayor in one of those cities responds to this situation by pulling out of pre-arranged plans to offer a speech at the opening of that community's new mosque because he did not wish to be seen supporting Islamic terrorism.