In the aftermath of the Al-Quds rally at Toronto’s Queen’s Park earlier this month, what did we learn? Well, if you had to make a movie about the event, we could entitle it The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
Both the pro and anti Al-Quds crowds, while vocal and sometimes profane, didn't cross the line into violence. That was good.
As for bad, Queen’s Park still has a lot of explaining to do. Would they have let a group like the Ku Klux Klan or a neo-Nazi organization rally on the grounds? Of course not.
But it’s easy to say “no” to hateful white folks, not so easy to say no to hateful Islamist groups. The cowards in charge are terrified of being labelled as Islamophobic.
For progressives, it’s all about optics: many of the pro Al-Quds demonstrators are brown-skinned, wear strange clothes, and speak with an accent. Case closed.
As for the ugly, many of the Islamists bussed into Queen’s Park had an irrational hatred for Jews and Israel.
Watch as I explore a bit of the history and some of the unsavoury characters involved with the creation of this day.
When you do, you’ll also see irony that just a few blocks away from Queen’s Park, the annual Dyke March was being held.
Progressives embrace anti-Israeli policies even though it's the only country in the Middle East that holds Gay Pride Parades. Social justice warriors ally themselves with people who vehemently reject the western values that they supposedly embrace like freedom of speech, freedom of the press, women’s rights, and gay rights.
If the Al-Quds people were to get their way, their first act would be to shut down those LGBT parades just a stone’s throw away from Queen’s Park in a province governed by a woman who is openly lesbian.
Ugly indeed – as well as perversely ironic.