Don Hutchinson asks who has fuelled church burnings across Canada, and notes Indigenous leaders from coast to coast have been most stalwart in condemning the two dozen arson attacks.
Mainstream media lit a fuse, and churches are burning. Nearly two dozen to date and a greater number have been vandalized with graffiti, paint-dipped handprints, and splatter.
Some congregations have accepted acts of vandalism as a visual lesson on the road to reconciliation. Others wonder if their place of worship is safe, or a safe place to assemble.
MSM was not alone. There were accomplices.
The executive director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) on June 30 tweeted “Burn it all down” in a quote tweet of VICE World News’ headline “Two more Catholic Churches have been torched in Canada…”
Academics and the BCCLA board defended executive director Harsha Walia, “confident that her comments were not meant to be taken literally.” Some B.C. Indigenous chiefs supported their long-time ally, carefully avoiding mention of her four-word tweet.
Walia’s four words have been repeated by others. They have proven divisive among those with whom she had established herself as a trusted ally. Choosing not to recant, she instead resigned two weeks later. An apology and withdrawal might have proven more beneficial, and perhaps sustained Ms. Walia’s career.
Unlike with incidents of hate directed at other religious communities or their places of worship, Canada’s Prime Minister has not yet provided an official statement about the burning of Christian churches.
Prime Minister Trudeau did not publicly address the issue until questioned in a press briefing at the end of a week when four Catholic churches on First Nations reserves had been burned to the ground. He tepidly offered that burning churches in response to the confirmation of unmarked g...