Readers Speak Out: March 6, 2022

  • March 3, 2022

Unnecessary Act

I concur with your Feb. 20 editorial “Damaging Lies” in its non-partisan criticism of the Prime Minister’s “political lies” directed at the trucker “Freedom Convoy” protesters in Ottawa. He mendaciously called them a “fringe minority” of violent “racists.”  Many politicians, including two Liberal MP’s, voiced their disapproval of his “divisive and stigmatizing” comments.

In fact, the protesters were peaceful.  The PM’s demonizing of them indicates that all along he may have intended to end the standoff by the invocation of the Emergencies Act and the use of force via the police.  His refusal of the trucker’s offer to discuss lifting COVID restrictions and mandates also suggests this.

Using the Emergencies Act and police against peaceful protesters was unnecessary. Sadly, the dispute might have been peacefully resolved early on had the PM chosen to respectfully dialogue. 

Claudio Ceolin

Toronto


Hypocritical stand

Your insightful editorial of Feb. 20 prompts me to point out the perfect example of the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s willingness to be totally hypocritical if it helps promote his “low ball wedge politics.”

Prime Minister Trudeau supports and applauds pro-abortion feminists who claim, “the government can’t tell me what to do with my body.”

Yet he vindictively vilifies anti-vaxxers who claim, “the government can’t tell me what to do with my body.” Of course, Trudeau would argue that an unvaccinated person may infect someone else, possibly in a remote case leading to that person›s death. Abortion, on the other hand, guarantees a death.

Robert Gallivan

Thornhill, Ont.


Genuine test

The Feb. 27 reflection by Fr. Scott Lewis, “Be thankful for God’s loving care,” alludes to the temptation of Christ in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11), asserting that it was a genuine test and not a charade.

Being perfect in holiness, Christ could not be attracted to evil but could be led to consider a different way of fulfilling His mission. His refusal of Satan’s suggestions therefore amounted to an embrace of the Cross.

This topic is covered in depth in The Deceiver: Our Daily Struggle with Satan by Fr. Livio Fanzaga. He writes, “Satan wants to buy you at a cheap price, but Jesus has poured out His blood to obtain your soul.”

Lise Anglin

Toronto

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