Commentary

Hamilton Stands for Inclusivity

We call on the City of Hamilton to implement a zero-tolerance policy towards the extremist actions of hate groups.

By Hugh Tye
Published June 19, 2019

Hamilton celebrates its rich diversity of people from many places, of many beliefs and of different perspectives. Hamilton is a community of strength, of historical struggles, tremendous capabilities, expertise and high achievement.

We strive to improve our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. The voices of diverse people matter. All of us should have equal opportunity to belong, to succeed and to celebrate our lives without fear.

And yet there are those in our community who would seek to undermine our progress, pit communities against each other, and spread fear, misinformation, resentment, hate and now violence.

In recent months this has led to public protests that spread this message of hate. We are disgusted and horrified that Hamilton has been described as "the front line of Ontario hate-group activity" in recent national media articles, and hate groups feel emboldened to threaten community members at events intended to bring us together.

As community members we stand up for an inclusive, diverse and compassionate Hamilton.

We denounce recent actions by those who seek to deny people their fundamental dignity, liberty and security. Recent incidents of racist and homophobic graffiti and vandalism, of weekly demonstrations at City Hall by groups spreading extremist ideology and the violence at this weekend's Pride event have no place in our community.

History has taught us that hate must be confronted through education and truth and by communities standing united. Hate cannot be allowed to fester. Hamilton stands for inclusivity. We are united in our commitment to each other and our equal right to be respected and stay safe as a member of our community.

We are appalled, disgusted and horrified by what is happening. We are furious that members of our community are being threatened and hurt.

We call on the City, all elected officials, all leaders of organizations, particularly the police, neighbourhood associations, faith groups and all people of conscious to denounce groups that perpetuate hate.

We call on the City of Hamilton to implement a zero-tolerance policy towards their extremist actions. They are not welcome at City Hall or anywhere else. We are all allies in this cause and we must send a clear message supporting inclusion.

Hugh Tye is the Executive Director of Hamilton Community Legal Clinic.

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By PGFontana (registered) | Posted June 20, 2019 at 04:01:12

Then why are you promoting selectivity,with disgust?

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By Blotto (registered) | Posted June 21, 2019 at 11:19:53

How quickly the promoters of 'inclusion' become sanctimonious enforcers of group think. Bullies. Trapped in the state enforced lie.

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By positive1@cogeco.ca (registered) | Posted June 23, 2019 at 21:15:29 in reply to Comment 129965

In response to Blotto's comment - I'm curious as to what this 'Trapped in a state enforced lie" is all about. Sound like a big conspiracy theory. Can you elaborate?

The author stated very clearly "there are those in our community who would seek to undermine our progress, pit communities against each other, and spread fear, misinformation, resentment, hate and now violence." I would not call that bullying, but a reasonable call for inclusion of any groups that do not promote hate, racism, sexism etc.

Comment edited by positive1@cogeco.ca on 2019-06-23 21:16:28

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By Blotto (registered) | Posted June 24, 2019 at 10:02:33

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day to celebrate sodomy instead of God. I believe in Chastity, Temperance, Charity, Diligence, Patience, Kindness & Humility/humble as opposed to Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride. . .
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Activists Push Kids Attending 'Kinky' Pride Parades: 'Nobody Likes Nakedness More Than Children' “I can’t imagine a safer place for families to bring children,” the sex therapist, known as Ren, said.

Ren claimed that Pride Parades, “from kink to nakedness, is an excellent opportunity for parents to do unbiased sex education,” noted HuffPost Canada.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/48532/act...

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By positive1@cogeco.ca (registered) | Posted June 29, 2019 at 08:53:24 in reply to Comment 129987

Blotto - You can believe in anything you like but not hatred toward others, and violence - physical, verbal or implied. We all have our own views of the world but most of us don't smash other people with helmets in the name of 'Christianity'.

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