Later we checked out what those posting on Canadians Against Justin Trudeau had to say.
In short, mostly more of the same:
and in a second discussion:
|Lawrence Witko is sort of becoming a regular here. We’ve
assigned him a label now for ease in searching for his name.
|Exclusionist cartoon in Saturday
Sunset magazine by N. Hawkins,
Vancouver, 24 August 1907
Again Canada, etc.
Second, the claim that, “Canadians have never reacted this way towards refugees and immigrants before” and, by extension, there must be a good reason (form her point of view) is erroneous historically. We could discuss the reaction towards the boat people of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution prior to the beginning of World War II. The rise of the Ku Klux Klan in Saskatchewan in the 1920s who, allied with the Orange Order, targeted Roman Catholics, the French, and immigrants from Central and Eastern Europe in the province as “unassimilable” and a “threat to the British heritage” of the country. And how about the response of Canadians towards Asian immigrants in the latter part of the 1800s and early 1900s? In 1907, race riots targeting Japanese and Chinese-Canadians resulted in significant property damage and injury to those who were the focus of rage, the so-called, “Yellow peril.”
So no, Syrian-refugees are not the first wave of immigrants and refugees who have been so targeted by xenophobes. Sadly, they most likely will not be the last either.
Finally, the last claim that, “every terrorist act has been done by a muslim [sic]” is simply not a fact. The claim is even refuted by another member of the group:
Had these acts been committed my a Muslim, there would be no question in the minds of these posters that they are acts of terrorism that directly reflects the “violent” nature of Islam. But as they were committed by non-Muslims…. well….
…. they are, “not the same… not even close.”
The reason for the difference?
Non-Muslims/white folks who commit acts of violence = crazy anomaly and not at all reflective of the mainstream society.
Muslims who commit acts of violence = completely sane and fully aware of what they are doing and totally reflective of the mainstream of Islamic principles.
Interestingly, as noted in our previous article, there was a significant amount of what might be considered religious-based terrorist acts which we can trace to at least 1960 and extending on through the 1970s and up to 1980 in Canada.
They weren’t Muslims though.
A second observation, still on the theme of Islamophobia, is the claim that Muslims are the only religious group (as if “Muslim” is monolith) to use violence which our readers will know is a historically ridiculous claim to make. Though it wasn’t a part of our project, we were struck by the number of incidents in the Canadian Incident Database that puts the lie to that claim. Starting on January 27, 1960 and extending to the early 1980s, the Sons of Freedom engaged in a campaign of bombings focusing on both public and private property. Where the Son’s of Freedom Muslim extremists? Nope. The Sons of Freedom were Doukhobors, a communal Christian community. And while they really did have some legitimate concerns the provincial government of BC and the federal government ignored, we’re not sure that a campaign of bombing was the best way of seeking redress.
It’s just the Muslims.
FEBRUARY 22 UPDATE: And just because they just can’t seem to help both celebrating and justifying anti-Muslim/government vandalism while also accusing Muslims of carrying out, here is a new series of posts from Canadians Against Justin Trudeau and, in an interesting twist for self-proclaimed law and order conservatives, an attack on the RCMP for investigating the crime:
Then again, when they start blaming Justin Trudeau for someone’s heart attack, it really does confirm that these people aren’t exactly rational at this point.
No. Really. They blamed Trudeau for a man’s heart attack.