PHOTOS: Canadians Take Matters Into Their Own Hands… Do THIS to Mosque
In the wake of the horrific Paris terror attacks, many people in Western countries have become afraid that the next bloody attack will take place in their own country or city.
Unfortunately, this fear has led some individuals to rise up and take matters into their own hands, as they feel their governments aren’t doing enough to confront the threat posed by radical Islamic jihadists.
Such vigilantism is no more evident than in Ontario, Canada, where the lone mosque in the town of Peterborough was set ablaze Saturday night, just one day after the gruesome attacks in France.
“I’m ashamed of my city, of the people who did this,” said Avril Rustaigh-Johnston. “There’s a lot of yahoos here — it’s a blue-collar town — but I never would have expected this.”
Firefighters were able to prevent the mosque from completely burning down, but the damage done inside was tremendous, with an insurance adjuster estimating repairs could cost from $80,000 to $100,000.
The vigilante attack was condemned by politicians at both the national and local level, with new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying the incident left him “deeply disturbed.”
“The values that make our country great are values that celebrate our diversity and our religious tolerance,” Trudeau declared. “Canada is a country that is strong, not in spite of our differences, but because of them.”
Locally, both Christian churches and Jewish synagogues have reached out to their Muslim neighbors, offering them space in their own houses of worship that could be used for prayer.
Rev. Eilert Frerichs, the minister at Mark Street United Church, whose friendship room will be used on Fridays by the local Muslims, called the burning of the mosque a terrorist attack.
“When we use tactics of hate, we become the enemy,” he said, noting that the offering up of space for the Muslims is in recognition of the shared brotherhood and sisterhood of all people, regardless of race, color or creed.
“More than anything else, at a time of fear and hatred, what we need is reconciliation,” he said. “That’s what I want people to know.”
Police are treating the attack on the mosque as a hate crime, noting its timing in relation to the Paris terror attacks.
Some people felt it was necessary to take matters into their own hands and attack a mosque in their own town, even though it had nothing to do with events that transpired halfway around the world.
Sadly, such vandalism takes place in the United States as well. Hopefully, incidents of anti-Muslim backlash like the fire in Canada continue to be infrequent, as they simply play into the agenda of the radical jihadists who aim to spark a much wider and more violent clash between Islam and the West.