I thought Victoria was deeply proud of its Politically Correct attitude. Then city council pulls this stunt and brings the city to the attention of Islamic terrorists. It declared Sept. 30 as a day to blaspheme all religions. It is International Blasphemy Rights Day. Thus there is no person of any faith who will not be offended.
Here is the official declaration of International Blasphemy Rights Day [Authors Note: I added the picture quote]
WHEREAS freedom of speech is an inseparable element of a democratic society; and
WHEREAS Canada is a nation whose founding principles stand for inclusivity, multiculturalism, and free speech; and
WHEREAS the Charter of Rights and Freedoms entitles citizens to the fundamental rights and protection of freedom of conscience and religion, freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expressions; and
WHEREAS currently in some theocratic nations, free speech is met with punishments ranging from detainment to execution;
NOW, THEREFORE I do hereby proclaim the day September 30th, 2016 as “International Blasphemy Rights Day” in the CITY OF VICTORIA, CAPITAL CITY of the PROVINCE of BRITISH COLUMBIA, the TRADITIONAL TERRITORIES of the ESQUIMALT AND SONGHEES FIRST NATIONS.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand this 22nd day of September, Two Thousand and Sixteen.
Blasphemy is a word specifically implying religion
Here is the definition according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. “Great disrespect shown to God or to something holy.”
I thought Mayor Helps believed that Victoria should be diverse. I thought she believed in multiculturalism and inclusion. If so, then why insult all of those who have chosen a religion to guide them?
As long as you are going to betray the values you have declared important to you, why stop with blasphemy of the various religions? Why not continue on insulting other groups too?
What about a National Insult Ethnicity day?
Or perhaps, a National Insult Sexual Preference Day?
As a momentary aside, Victoria has already suffered enough under our Mayor and Council
Since the current regime took office, Victoria’s “crime rate rise” is the third highest in Canada. Accordingly, we now suffer armed robberies, armed home invasions and a growing number of downtown assaults.
Additionally, the city is a victim to an alarming number [I think 42 at last count] of what Lisa Helps refers to as Medicinal Marijuana Dispensaries. But the truth is, these are simply criminally owned, criminally operated and criminally supplied pot shops.
More than 90% of their products are designed, not to get people well, but just to get people high. Helps says she has plans to close many of them, but she doesn’t have the first clue what she is up against. These pot shops aren’t going anywhere, unless to court to sue the city.
Back to International Blasphemy Rights Day now
Victoria thrives on its international tourism. Lisa Helps just mocked and insulted every citizen who holds a religious belief. Additionally, she has just mocked and insulted every tourist or potential tourist who holds a religious belief.
She has declared that it is “good and just” to blaspheme the most sacred matters and symbols of their faiths. Shame on her! As well, shame on those who voted with her in favor of this Proclamation.
I wish the damage ended there. It does not. No, it is far from ending there. Lisa Helps and City Council have just put Victoria at grave risk of terrorism. In fact, they have invited terrorism.
All religions have zealots and extremist thinking individuals or groups within their followers. I only know of one religion though that currently has disciples steeped in violence, bloodshed and murder.
City council insulted all religions. And in doing so, it has assuredly inflamed the anger of Islamic extremists. They will gladly view this “Proclamation” as a pointed attack on them and on Allah.
Do you remember what happened at Charlie Hebdo when it published a cartoon mocking Allah?
Our city government didn’t publish a cartoon. It went further than that. At least in the minds of the Islamic extremists, it invited an entire city to mock Islam and Allah. Thus, it has put all citizens of Victoria at risk.
To City Council I say, “You have just gone way beyond painting crosswalks pretty colors and allowing illegal pot shops.“
“I assure you that the terrorists have heard you and that they will accept Victoria’s invitation at some point“
The same landmarks that make Victoria such an attractive tourist destination also make it an ideal terrorist target.
Potential soft targets are everywhere
We are the seat of government in British Columbia. That means we have significant number of government officials. As well, we have the Parliament Building itself. Also, there is the Empress Hotel. Then there is our iconic harbour. And don’t forget about Buchart Gardens. These and many other locations are now at greater risk. I truly fear for Victoria because of this “Proclamation”.
Perhaps it is time to alter the reckless course that Lisa Helps has plotted for Victoria. Perhaps it is time to replace those who voted in favor of this dangerous and offensive “Proclamation”.
Our city government has real city business to conduct. It should not waste its time on issues of no concern to it. And it should no involve itself in matters about which it hasn’t thought through the ramifications.