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What’s going on in Toronto?


City of Toronto Credit: Duncan Rawlinson/Duncan.co/@thelastminute/Creative Commons

City of Toronto Credit: Duncan Rawlinson/Duncan.co/@thelastminute/Flickr/Creative Commons

You might have heard the news, a man with a gun walked down a quiet street in Toronto and shot people who were enjoying a warm summer evening. Many people were injured and at this time, two have died, a girl and a young woman. The alleged killer, Faisal Hussain, was a Muslim from a Pakistani immigrant family.

Faisal’s brother is in a coma from a drug overdose, and his father has Parkinson’s disease and there is a history, in their community, of dangerous drug gangs. That’s where the guns and bullets allegedly came from. Also, ISIS has now claimed Faisal was one of their soldiers.

If we ever learn the truth, we will probably find a toxic mix of immigrant desperation, with all the sources of stress we can imagine. All the bad things seemed to pile on that young man. If there is a good life, he could see it but he couldn’t live it.

The authorities, including police and politicians, supported by journalists, have worked hard to apply PC whitewash to this story. We have been told many times that there is no evidence of a connection to ISIS; specifically ISIS, but no other group is mentioned.

Faisal Hussain’s family of poor immigrants gave a written denial that was obviously composed and edited by a professional. Even asking some questions, like what is the family’s immigration status, would brand a person as an alt-right extremist, and a dangerous bigot.

Note that I am not asking questions here, I am describing the situation.

Everything that we are told by the authorities might be true, I have no way to discern, but the official denials and sterilized comments are feeding the conspiracy theories. People can’t know and start thinking there might be a cover-up, maybe, so it’s easy to make things up and speculate, or to be afraid. This is not healthy, so the official response is to say the man with the gun was mentally ill. They are slow to give more information with more detail and accuracy. All the blame is put on mental illness.

The author of the article above is Tarek Fatah, a Muslim writer.

I am offended for all the people I know who suffer with various types of mental illness. I have met a few in my lifetime, and so have you, and the ones I know wouldn’t poke a cat with a toothpick. If they harm anyone, it is only themselves. I’m sure many mental health professionals cringed when they read the news spun from Toronto about mental health. This is an attack on one group that can’t defend itself, as if we are saying ‘He committed that terrible crime because he is one of them, and we know ‘they’ do things like that.’

No they don’t.

And then there is the strange case of the Australian Islamic cleric, Imam Mohammed Tawhidi, who is quoted in the article above “If you think all these Jihadi terrorists kill because they have a mental illness, then perhaps you are the one with a mental illness. It’s not mental illness, it’s their allegiance.”

I am with the Imam on this one, if I understand him correctly. Religion is not mental illness. Sterilizing religious news by making anything we don’t like “mental illness” only shows our ignorance, and our fears. The whole world believes, and we can know the truth when we accept that.

There is an extreme idea among atheists that all religion is mental illness, and by extension, people who believe in God are crazy. That is coming out in the news about the Toronto shooting. Christians should know this because we will be painted with the same brush as the Jihadis.

This is not a new accusation. Two thousand years ago Paul was called ‘mentally ill’ because he was a Christian: At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable.” (Acts 26: 24 to 25)

I hope that we will learn more truth about the shooting in Toronto, soon. Honesty still is the best policy and maybe we can find answers.

And I hope that anyone out there who struggles with mental health issues will find peace and better health. It is grossly unfair to dismiss them and throw them into a basket with vicious criminals.

And we can all know that the true Christian life is sanity and good judgment. In my experience, that is one of the best reasons to follow Jesus, in this twisted world. Paul was right to defend himself.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (Colossians 3: 12 to 15)

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