No, #TorontoStrong Doesn’t Owe Anything To The Killer’s Parents

National Post runs article absurdly saying people “should be ashamed of themselves” if they don’t embrace Faisal Hussain’s family as they do the families of the real victims of the horrendous attack.

Terry Glavin is a pretty good writer, who has probably done more than anyone else in the country (perhaps aside from yours truly) to bring attention to the dangerous influence of China’s Communist Party in Canada.

Glavin certainly speaks his mind and tells it like it is – at least from his perspective.

But still, his latest articleabout the Toronto mass shooting attack – is way off.

In the article, Glavin says this about his perception of the reaction to the shooter’s family:

“Maybe the simple, ugly reason that so little sympathy has been on hand for the parents of the severely mentally ill and now-dead shooter — they have another son who has been in a coma for more than a year, and their daughter died in a car accident about five years ago — is that they are Muslim. Or maybe it’s just because it was their son who committed the unconscionable act, that their own crushing anguish and sorrow is cruelly dismissed as somehow less deserving of any public sympathy.”

What makes this concerning is how it fits the usual pattern of people all of a sudden bringing up the idea of islamophobia, as if throwing that concept out there means people shouldn’t be allowed to be angry at a horrible act.

Glavin says more later on:

“Evidence may yet emerge to the effect that at perhaps some very recent stage in the psychosis that tormented him, Faisal Hussein had been twisted beyond recognition by imbibing the online vileness of some bloodthirsty Islamist hate preacher. But all that is, or should be, immaterial to what is required right now of the people of Toronto — Toronto Strong, as the city likes to describe itself in the teeth of these tragic events. If the people cannot find it within themselves to discharge the same duty of solidarity and compassion in respect of Hussain’s parents, to enclose them as warmly within the embrace of their empathy as the families of Reese Fallon and little Julianna Kozis, then they should be ashamed of themselves.”

How about NO.

Note, Glavin doesn’t say that Hussain’s family should be left alone and allowed to grieve in peace. They certainly should be. But he goes further, saying they should be embraced in the same way as the true victims of the attack.

Those are very different things.

The simple truth is that if it weren’t for Faisal Hussain’s actions, Reese Fallon and Julianna Kozis would still be alive.

That creates a fundamentally different situation when it comes to standing with the families of the true victims, and it’s why Glavin’s article is wrong.

Certainly, nothing cruel should happen to Faisal Hussain’s family. Beyond that however, #TorontoStrong is about standing with those who suffered at the hands of the killer.

Spencer Fernando

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