I received an email forward this week.
It’s my belief that the sender truly didn’t send it maliciously or understand the words that were included in the body of text.
I’m holding fast to that belief.
Because inside that email was directions on how to vote to keep one race’s religion and prayer practice out of our schools. How this race’s beliefs were enraging on our society.
It talked about Muslims specifically. How they had no right to infringe their prayer’s on our children and in their schools, and how prayer had been ripped away from our children so they shouldn’t get it either.
Us and them.
I saw red.
My first reaction was to send an email to all of the senders with my disgust, and I did. I have no tolerance for emails that bread hate. The reaction I received was not favourable but I think it’s important to practice what I preach.
Speak up and Speak out.
The demographic being torn down in that email? They didn’t have the choice to defend themselves.
I’m not going to go into the huge debate that is prayer in schools, or that we have Catholic schools, that some religions take time out and sit during O’Canada because their religion doesn’t recognize it, or that we have Jewish children, Chinese children, and all other races practicing their religions at public schools; but they weren’t mentioned.
I’m not going to take time to explain that just because a Muslim child takes time out to pray that other children have to.
Or that this might bring diversity to children’s lives.
But I am going to stick by my original statement that emails like this breed hate. They encourage an out poor of ridicule and torment towards one specific race and it’s unnecessary.
If you feel passionate about something there are ways to proceed, ways to protest.
Sending emails that are filled with hate backed up by lies isn’t one of them.
How would it feel if someone of that religion received that email? Of their child was about to go to school and they received a mass mailing encouraging them to vote to keep their own religion and believes out of their community?
Us and them.
It isn’t about Us and them!
We are all here together. Why after centuries haven’t we figured that out yet?