I really hope that I or my family never cross the law in this country, becuase if I did, the things that I write here in this blog space would surely come back to haunt me. That is the fate of the wives of some of those arrested last month in the terrorist raids in Toronto.
In an article in today’s Chronicly Horrid, comments from a number of chat rooms over the past few years from the wife of one of the accused have been dredged in an obvious attempt to demonize her.
The opening paragraph of the article sets the tone nicely:
The Nova Scotia-born wife of an accused terrorist has a long history of being utspoken on the Internet and has called for Muslims to take up arms against their oppressors while questioning why certain criminals aren’t executed in Canada.
Here we have it all – the “Nova Scotia-born”, which by now means “from here but not one of us” as well as calls for taking up arms and discussion of executions. Nasty stuff, this.
People calling for defending one’s religions brethren makes my skin crawl, however if you prowl the blogosphere you see this crap absolutely everywhere – most of it from Christians whinging about Terri Schiavo, gays, or abortion. However that doesn’t make the reader cringe enough to buy newspapers, and besides many of our readers would sympathize. No, for increased sales and proper drama we need a bogeyman! And the “execution” bit? She was apparently upset that a serial sex offender had been released and would likely, or just had, re-offend. Gee, you’ll never, ever see anything like that posted or mentioned anywhere on the internet.
The average reader of the paper copy of this article might not be aware of the tone of the chat rooms and blogosphere; and it is these people that this article intends to rally and/or frighten. My recomendation for anyone reading the print version of the article would be to spend a few days on the Blogging Tories, Little Green Footballs, or some of the other right-wing blogs, where they’ll find tonal compatriots to this style of discussion and worse.
That some of these statements were made in a chat room mostly used by high school students either means she was a complete loser or she was up to something. In the event of the latter, perhaps an investigation is warranted, but only if the authorities are prepared to charge her with hate speech. But my vote is that she’s just a loser.
Otherwise, this is just context-less fear-mongering and slander.