To the editor,
In "Message needs to be taught" (Oct. 16) you wrote, "While it's wise not to leap to conclusions ... singling one person out for no reason, was a hate crime." The horrific act may well have been a hate crime and therefore, encouraged by a hatred toward homosexuals. However, at the writing of your article, no court trial had been held to uncover the circumstances of the crime.
You had even written the "New Glasgow police are not saying they believe that (hate crime) is the case..." The newspaper's bias is showing. I know the statements fall under "Our Opinion," but many read "Our Opinion," and rather than inciting prejudice, perhaps for an agenda, you should work harder on reporting news and sticking with the news.
Having a bias and letting it show is to be expected from those with an agenda such as Gerard Veldhoven, who in his articles reflects his bias. He made it clear in his letter to the editor "Brutal attack on man was a senseless act" (Oct.19). He has me wondering if the horrific act was a "senseless occurrence" only because it was perpetrated on a homosexual and not on a heterosexual. I wonder would he come out against it as much had the person who was attacked been a heterosexual.
Such a crime is horrific not because a homosexual was attacked but because it was a horrific crime. It does not matter what the sexual orientation of the person is. We should not feel more angry toward a crime based on sexual orientation.
Also, Mr. Veldhoven expressed “the need to educate in the early years...." Is there nothing left for the young to be young? Do we need to teach toddlers about sexual orientation and sexual activity before they have even had time to be children? I think not.
The problem with horrific crimes is an adult problem. If adults are educated not to hate one another whether regarding sexual orientation or otherwise, and adults are taught to teach it to young children; that is regarding not hating people, then the young, without having had their minds thrust into an adult world while they are children, will not grow up hating others. Prejudice is a taught mindset. In addition, some will hate regardless of their education. There are other factors to consider. Let's allow children to be children. They cannot be children while being taught to be adults.
Regarding the horrific crime and any such crime committed toward another person, consider what Hugh Segal stated regarding the senate scandal, "we don't bring people into court for sentencing before we've actually had a discussion about whether they are guilty or not. Let's not sentence people in the newspaper before there has been a trial to bring out the circumstances of the crime. Let's not seek to build a prejudice but first let the facts be known.