I am sick.
I just heard about the horrific events that occurred in New Zealand, and it makes me so incredibly sad.
I heard an interview this morning with a gentleman who went to pray at a mosque in downtown Toronto and what he said sums it up.
I’m paraphrasing here, but he essentially said that it could be a mosque, church, synagogue, or any other place of worship, but the fact that a “human” would take weapons and video the absolute massacre of defenseless people praying is not only racism, but it’s also murder, and it’s a clear sign of mental illness.
He’s 100% right.
It has happened in churches.
It has happened in synagogues and temples as recently as a couple of months ago.
It has happened in mosques.
It has to stop. NOW.
I think the solution is obvious. People who talk about, praise, and promote violence towards others as a result of their ethnicity or religion should be forced to undergo mental health testing.
While we’re on this topic, I think the same stands for people who willingly enter into gangs for the purpose of theft, violence, and criminal activity. It has been widely communicated that people who intentionally set out on a life of crime cannot be thinking clearly, it is possible that there is a mental health issue there, and it should be looked it.
But going back to this horrific event, it’s time for the people of the world to finally unite and get rid of this hatred – all hatred – based on religion and ethnicity.
There are a lot of families like you and I whose lives changed forever today, and I guarantee you that they will not stop going to pray, and they will not stop being proud of who they are, and they will not stop contributing to their community and the economy of their country. What they will do, however, is find ways to eradicate hatred and violence and if we unite to help, we can put a stop to this forever.
That’s not going to bring the families back, but hopefully it will shed some light on the evil intentions of all people who want to do harm to others.
My sincerest condolences go out to the families of those impacted by this tragedy and by all such senseless acts of terror.