Letter to the Editor: Re: “Castlegar fights Bill C-51,” March 19

First the good news: Glad to see people are concerned about this bill or any other bill that is put forward. These laws are owned by the people of this country and we should be invested in them.

Now the bad news: Some of the comments made at this rally and printed on the placards are simply bizarre. To equate the brutal violence and genocide we see on the news every day in the name of Islam with the painstaking precision our military experts use to protect peoples of all colours and beliefs from these savages is delusional.

No “we” didn’t make these terrorists the way they are. Their motive stems from their ideology. There is an article in The Atlantic called “What ISIS Really Wants.” I hope some of you will read it.

We are only hated by our enemies. We are only hated by the bullies of this world. We are only hated by people that can’t see clearly and who have believed a lie. My hope is that you will rally against the enemies of all peace loving people whether they be near or far. Support the good things that this bill has in it.

The intent is to allow for greater measures of security and enforcement that will tackle the growing and very real threat of terrorism.

If you have some concerns, make corrections and security checks for those elements of this bill that would infringe on the freedoms of law abiding citizens.

But please do not demonize your neighbour or this country’s political ministers as a means to an end. Hold them to a higher standard than name calling and bigoted hatred.

Do more than sign your name to a petition and spew conspiracies. Understand the facts and get grounded. Engage in a respectable conversation with those that don’t think the same as you. They make up half of the world! This is serious business. We are losing the civility that is the hallmark of a great nation and replacing it with hobby activism.

Tyrone Anderson

Castlegar