by MariaJoseAA on October 28, 2014 - 4:38pm
Maria Jose Acosta
The article named: ‘‘Cold Lake Mosque Vandalism Cleaned up by Community’’ from the Huffington posts shows how the Canadian society is in crisis after the attack that the parliament hill suffer last Wednesday the 22th of October 2014. Canadian soldier, Nathan Cirillo was killed by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a 32-years-old Canadian native that converted to Islam. The Islamic community in Canada is under the eye of the entire population, now that this incident had arrived. The article describes how the Cold Lake Mosque was vandalized with graffiti; the words were making discriminatory statements against the Islamic community. Expression like: ‘‘Go Home’’ where all over the mosque. Board member Mahmoud Elkabri who lived in Cold Lake since 1996 argues that before this incident, he had always felt welcomed in the community and the media reinforce his argument showing on TV the tweets that they receive from members of the community arguing against this criminal act. Tweets like: ‘‘@FletcherKent @Paulatics Dear Cold Lake Mosque members, you ARE home. Be proud. Stay strong’’. Tweeted by Renée Laporte. However, the formal member of the mosque believes this crime is not related to anti-Muslim sentiments following by the attacks on the parliament hill earlier this week. The police of Cold Lake are trying to focus on discovering who committed this hatred crime. In the main time, the community tries to arrange the damage this act caused to the Islamic community by cleaning up the graffiti and patching up the broken windows with temporary cardboard sings with words saying: ‘‘Love your Neighbour’’ or ‘‘You are Home’’. Which is presently illustrated all over the media with mention saying that this is what the Canadian society stand for, equality and reinforcement among the other members of the community.
The article makes a strong statement among the view that the entire world has for the Canadian society. The Canadian society is illustrated like a society with open arms and charismatic leaders that promote immigration in the country. The racial difference in the society is present and in the article from Huffington Post, is clear that these differences might disturb some individuals in the whole community, however, this molestations does not take away the strong Canadian value of helping other and appreciating the differences that each community has. BUT, the Canadian society cannot shut their eyes by saying that in Canada there is no racism, because that would be denying the existence of the issue. In the case of the Cold Lake mosque, I strongly disagree with formal member of the mosque: Mahmoud Elkabri. I believe this crime was caused by people that were moved by the incident caused in the Parliament Hill. The vandalism was the result of racist individuals who have extremely negative racist ideologies against the Islamic community. However, the response from the members of the Cold Lake community was really warm full and touching, they illustrate the Canadian values however, it is important to know that there are people in the Canadian community who do not share the same Canadian values.