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A far-left member of the Ontario Parliament has expressed “solidarity” with an activist who wrote “burn it all down” after a surge of church fires across Canada.
New Democratic Party (NDP) member of the Ontario provincial parliament Dr Rima Berns-McGown took to Twitter to express “solidarity” with British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) executive director Harsha Walia, whose comments on church burnings came under fire in recent days.
“Standing in solidarity with Harsha Walia, @HarshaWalia. She is smart, principled, thoughtful, fierce in the best way,” Berns-McGown, who describes herself as a “Biracial Jewish Muslim”, wrote on Tuesday.
“You know you’re effective when ppl who support inequity & the old racist colonial ways come at you. Change is gonna come regardless, & Harsha is a true leader,” she added.
The comments come days after Bahrain-born South Asian Harsha Walia commented on a Vice report on two Roman Catholic churches being burned down with the comment: “Burn it all down.”
Berns-McGown is not the first person to come to the defence of Walia. Lawyer Naomi Sayers commented that she would “help [Walia] burn it all down… And also, I would help defend anyone charged with arson if they actually did burn things.”
“Burn it all down. Doesn’t literally mean, burn it down. But just in case, I can also defend, both civil and criminal,” she later clarified.
Since the start of June, Canada has seen a wave of vandalism and suspected arson attacks on churches in several provinces.
Among the latest suspected church arsons was a blaze that took place at the House of Prayer Alliance Church in southeast Calgary, Alberta, on Monday. Police have stated that they believe the fire was intentionally set and are investigating the case as arson. No suspects have been identified so far.
The church largely serves members of the Vietnamese community, and according to Pastor Thai Nguyen, many of those who attend services at the church are refugees.
“We are Vietnamese refugees here. So maybe the people who do this don’t know,” Mr Nguyen said and added: “If anybody do [sic] this so they should know that we (are) victims too, before we came here to find a new life.” . . .
According to the Western Standard newspaper, at least 23 churches across Canada have been attacked, five of which have been burned to the ground.
The church attacks are believed to be linked to the alleged discovery of unmarked graves linked to the Canadian residential school system, a system of forced assimilation run largely by the Canadian government and the Roman Catholic church.
Earlier this week, survivors of the residential school system called for an end to attacks on churches, with survivor Jessie Malcolm stating: “It’s not going to bring back anybody.”
“Burning down churches is not in solidarity with us Indigenous people,” Jenn Allan-Riley, a daughter of a residential school survivor, said and added: “Whoever is doing this, you’re going to wake up a very ugly, evil spirit in this country.”
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(Excerpt from Breitbart. Article written by Chris Tomlinson. Photo by Canva)
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Creator, Father God, I thank you for the blood of Jesus. Nothing can make us whole but the blood of Jesus. The wounds are deep but your blood flows deeper still. Government will disappoint us but you are bigger than our disappointments. There is peace that passes all understanding. That peace is your peace. Intervene dear Lord where there is hate and strife replace it with peace. Lord Jesus minister to the heart of the person starting fires. Lord release you Holy Spirit on the Arsonist, the victims and the Canadian government. In the name of Jesus, Amen
Father God, Harsha Walia defies You, Rima Berns-McGown defies You and Naomi Sayers defies You. These women and those who follow them are foolish. I pray they will wear Your shame for all to see. I pray their foolishness brings great punishment upon themselves. I pray none of their illegal words or acts will go unpunished. You are merciful and compassionate Father and they are neither. I pray You will save them or remove them but I pray they will not go unnoticed by You. I pray this in humility and hope, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen
How long, you whose lives have no purpose, will you love thoughtless living? How long will scorners find pleasure in mocking? How long will fools hate knowledge?
The wise win honor, but fools win shame.
Common sense is a fountain of life to one who has it, whereas fools are punished by their own folly.
Judgments are in store for scorners and blows for the backs of fools.
We pray for all of these dear people. I know their hearts must be grieved. However, This is more of an attack on GOD than on them. Also, thank GOD no people were killed! We are the church!!