I’ve been doing a bit of a social experiment. It’s about the media, their pets in the protected social classes and Christians.
Kris Wells is an Assistant Professor and Faculty Director at the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta. Honestly, that sounds made up. Wells is also the author of the Alberta Government’s controversial new homophobic and transphobic bullying and gay-straight alliance resources. He’s a high profile activist the media’s “go to” guy for everything LGBTQ.
Wells tweeted and soon deleted a cartoon that depicted Christians as the mass beheaders of gay people. It was truly shocking. A week ago an Islamic terrorist shot 101 people, killing 49, in a gay bar. Not a Christian, but an Islamist. But the self appointed spokesperson for the LGBTQ community in Edmonton is so delusional for hate with Christians that he put them in the role of the ISIS murderer.
Here’s where it gets worse. The tweet Wells sent was even more reprehensible than just passing the blame for Islamic terror on to innocent Christians. The cartoon Wells tweeted was altered. The original cartoon was a Christian being beheaded by an ISIS fighter. Wells made the victims into the perpetrators and proudly tweeted it.
But it’s worse than that, if that’s even possible. The cartoon, before it was shamefully doctored, was originally drawn to honour 21 real Coptic Christian Martyrs who were beheaded on a beach in Libya by ISIS fighters in 2015. The martyr's’ last words were reportedly “Lord Jesus Christ” and the water on the beach ran red with their blood. And Kris wells, this self professed, anti bullying activist, co opted their memory, their victimhood, their bravery, their Christian martyrdom for himself and his cause. Then put these Christians who died for their faith at the hands of ISIS in the role of ISIS. Deranged.
But what about my social experiment? I patiently waited two days for the media to offer Kris Wells the same treatment they gave Derek Fildebrandt for his innocent social media flub two weeks ago, when it looked like he agreed with a homophobic comment about Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. I was waiting for the outrage. And this time the outrage would have been righteous. It never came.
The media is dead silent.
Kris Wells is the man who drew up the government's anti bullying, anti homophobia literature that arguably violates religious freedoms in religious schools all across the province. And he hates Christians. That’s clear. Local media is too wrapped up with important things, worrying about how cardboard driving range targets with the premier’s head on them perpetuate violence against women.
My social experiment proved that for normal people hate is hate. And for the mainstream media, some people get a pass, especially if the targets are Christians.