There is a war on Christianity in Canada. With church arsons and vandalism skyrocketing across this country, it was only a matter of time before these hate-fueled incidents reared their ugly heads in Calgary. This week, they did, and on a scale that has drawn international attention.
No less than 11 Calgary churches were vandalized with dozens of handprints, massive splatters and political messaging in red and orange paint. These crimes took place in one night, so there is no denying that a meaningful amount of organization and planning went into acquiring supplies and vandalizing so many places of worship in such a short period of time.
Calgary Police have insisted that they are taking this event seriously, and in subsequent conversations with their media department I was assured that no effort was being spared in finding the perpetrators, but there was an underlying problem with the public release they issued. A problem that has broadly pervaded the responses to these targeted hate crimes from authorities, politicians and media alike.
Hate crimes against any group do not need qualifiers to accompany condemnation.
Vandalism and arson against any place of worship are reprehensible and should be condemned categorically. Why then, are authorities and media outlets softening their condemnation of these crimes with acknowledgments that seem to lend merit to the notion that perhaps these churches had it coming, because of the tragedies that occurred in residential schools? Why are social media giants turning a blind eye to the now countless tweets and posts calling for more churches to be burned to the ground?
These attacks would not be tolerated against any other faith group and there would certainly be no qualifying language softening condemnations of these crimes from politicians. Christianity has been singled out, whether in the form of arrested pastors or burned churches.
Reconciliation is a vital conversation that we must have, but please, for the sake of any progress that we have made on the path towards reconciliation, do not associate these hate crimes with progress or justice for the tragedies of our history. This is not justice. This is just the start of another dark chapter in Canadian history.
Ezra Levant is offering $10,000 of his own money to the first person who can provide information that leads to an arrest of the criminals burning down churches in Western Canada. Go to FindTheArsonist.com to learn more.