I’m taking a different tack on Canada Day this year. On Facebook, I attributed the massacre at the Pulse night club to the killer’s professions of Islamic ideology. A prominent Canadian beauty blogger subsequently ripped into me:
It’s time to examine why your country [emphasis mine] gives guns to people who are mentally unstable. Especially when the FBI knew about them, and had been following them. Who cares about whether or not it was an American who decided to use ISIS to focus his hatred? Your gov’t knew all about him, yet he could still get guns. Stop talking about Islamic hatred and start talking about why your country discriminates against the gay community, which gives people like this shooter a reason for his own hate. IT DOESN”T MATTER that he was with ISIS. The US has had 7 mass shootings this week. Get your head out of the sand.
or did she really mean to say, get my head out of my ass? 😀
It’s time to examine the ideology of your country [emphasis mine] that went to war in Muslim countries, destroyed entire countries, armed rebels and basically created ISIS. Jesus. Read a book.
I felt that her references to your country reeked of contempt for the good old United States and that she regarded me as yet another contemptible illiterate American ignoramus.
Jesus. Read a book.
I don’t know if she had any particular books in mind, but here are some books that I’ve read:
- The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood (in fact, I’ve seen Margaret Atwood read from her works in person)
- Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
- Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
- The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies
- The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy
- The whole series of Anne of Green Gables books (six books) by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I can tell you why Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne of Ingleside are the worst books of the series. I’ve also read Rainbow Valley and Rilla of Ingleside, but these are not considered as part of the Anne canon, as they deal with Anne’s children.
- The three books of L.M. Montgomery’s Emily series
Notice a pattern here?
Happy Canada Day.
It’s Canada Day again, and time to revisit this article Canada Day. Happy 148th Canada!