Ingrid Mattson: “This is Why Canada is Truly an Abode of Peace”

On 24 October 2014, people in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, discovered that the Cold Lake Mosque — The MAC Islamic Centre of Cold Lake — had been vandalized. Some windows had been broken and the words “CANADA” and “Go home” had been spray painted on its exterior. Residents of Cold Lake scrubbed off the hateful graffiti and hung posters that stated, “Love your neighbour” and “You are home.” Nikki Williams, a Cold Lake resident, said, “I just came to help these guys get [the hateful graffiti] off the building and bring them supplies, a ladder, graffiti remover. The people who go to this mosque, I’ve been born and raised with since I was a little kid. This is their home. We don’t condone this at all. We’re a very tight community — the Muslims along with every other religion in this town — Cold Lake is their home.” Mayor Craig Copeland said, “Just what’s spray painted on the mosque, I mean, ‘Go home’ … The Muslim community here is at home here in Cold Lake.” He added, “All of Cold Lake is rallying around the mosque and the Muslim community. So many people from Cold Lake were coming up to them and apologizing and saying this by no means represents Cold Lake … There were actually several people in tears.” Genia Leskiw, MLA [Member of the Legislative Assembly] for Bonnyville-Cold Lake, said, “It’s undemocratic and un-Canadian. It’s unbelievable. It floors me. I’m so upset by this.” Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, said, “Earlier today vandals spray painted the Cold Lake Mosque in Cold Lake, Alberta with hate messages. This cowardly act is unacceptable and has no place in Canada.” He added, “Canada is a strong, peaceful, pluralistic nation, and Canadians will not stand for crimes of intolerance and bigotry against anyone. As Minister for Multiculturalism, I call on Canadians to firmly reject this and any other cowardly expressions of hatred against Canadians of any faith.” Cold Lake resident Matt Downy said, “These guys are peaceful, and I think it’s important for the community to show them that we know the difference between extremists and a religion.” Mahmoud El-Kadri, a director at the mosque, said, “I want to thank everybody. I am in my country, my home, but they assured for me that I am in my country, in my home.” He added, “I had calls from all over Canada, from Vancouver, from Ottawa … Toronto … Edmonton. When I came this morning and I felt the support of Cold Lake, I really forgot what happened. I forgot the windows, I forget about the writing … It made me feel like I am one of the Cold Lake people.” The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), which administers the mosque, issued a statement: “Today, we received an overwhelming and heartfelt response of support from friends across the community who assisted in a clean-up following an overnight incident at the local Mosque. We’re extremely grateful for the support. It is a reminder of the great country we live in and the values that we, as Canadians, hold dear.” Kanata’s Imam Sikander Hashmi tweeted, “Huge thanks to good people of Cold Lake, AB [Alberta] (incl. soldiers) for coming out to clean vandalism at mosque. We’re united against hate & fear.” Ingrid Mattson tweeted, “This is why Canada is truly an Abode of Peace.” The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating the incident.

For More Information: “Cold Lake residents scrub hate messages off Mosque.” IQra.ca (Canada). 24 October 2014

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Awesome Kid’s Halloween Costume

Awesome Costume

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Lab Safety T-Shirt

Lab Safety

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“Being that I Have Sisters of My Own, Several Female Relatives Which I’m Closer to, and Nieces, I Couldn’t Let That [a Rape] Happen”

On 31 May 2014 in Arlington, Virginia, a man allegedly followed a 31-year-old woman after she left the Arlington Metro. Outside the station, he allegedly threw her into a bush and attempted to rape her. She screamed, and four men who were in their 20s rescued her and called the police, who arrested a man and charged him with sexual battery. One of the four heroes is Mitchell Baltimore, a 24-year-old Northern Virginia college student majoring in psychology, who does not consider himself to be a hero. He explains, “Implying that someone is a hero implies that they did something that was out of the norm.” He believes that what he did was not out of the norm. He said that he and three friends intervened to help the woman after they heard her screaming: “[…] I immediately ran over where I heard sounds coming from, and at the time when I got there, there was a woman in the bushes and a guy kind of standing up at this point.” Mr. Baltimore asked what was going on and the woman said that she was being attacked, so he went after the attacker. Mr. Baltimore said, “His first words to me were, ‘You don’t know me.’” He added, “When I ran after him, I just put my hands on his shoulder; when he turned around, I got a sock to the face. At that point, I used some training I had previously in martial arts to put him in an arm bar and restrain him until the cops arrived.” His friends stayed with the woman; they did not want to talk publicly about their heroism. Mr. Baltimore said, “My virtues are selflessness, one of them, and I can’t imagine another human being walking by someone in that situation.” He added, “People let fear paralyze them from taking action that they know can help someone or save a life. Being that I have sisters of my own, several female relatives which I’m closer to, and nieces, I couldn’t let that happen.” The woman was shaken up mentally and bruised physically. The police arrested the suspect and charged him with sexual battery.

For More Information: Paul Brown, “Good Samaritans Stop Sexual Assault In Virginia.” Opposing Views. 4 June 2014

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For More Information: Maureen Umeh, “Bystanders help stop sexual assault outside Courthouse Metro station.” Fox 5 (Washington DC). 4 June 2014

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Strangers Can be Rapists, or Heroes

In April 2014, Good Samaritans helped women who were targeted by a rapist in Tacoma, Washington. On 5 April 2014, a homeless woman who was sleeping near South 13th Street and South Yakima Avenue was woken up by a strange man who told her that he wanted to have sex with her. When she said no, he hit her in the face. She screamed for her, and a passerby heard her and called 911 and scared the would-be rapist away. The man, however, succeeded in sexually assaulting a 59-year-old grandmother later that night. A man approached her, asked if she was lost, and grabbed her and sexually assaulted her against a fence. She screamed for help, and a stranger came and told the alleged rapist to get away from the woman. The alleged rapist lied and said that the woman was his girlfriend, but the stranger hit the alleged rapist and then walked with the victim to a hospital. A third woman was also allegedly assaulted. The police made an arrest in the case.

Source: Michael Harthorne, “Suspect arrested after Good Samaritans stop 2 sexual assaults.” KOMO (Seattle, Washington). 8 April 2014

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Source: Stacia Glenn, “Man charged with two sexual assaults in Tacoma.” The News Tribune (Tacoma, Washington). 8 April 2014

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Death: I Support Everyone’s Troops

Support the Troops

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Donottrythisatwork: “Good Guy Canada”

Good Guy Canada

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