Holy days are no longer holy

Holy days are no longer holy. Each time a faith group celebrates, we wait for the bad news. And last week, there was another tragedy – a directed attack, on Easter Sunday, on Christian worshippers in Sri Lanka. In a well-coordinated, multi-pronged attack, Islamist suicide bombers killed somewhere between 200 and 300 people and injured hundreds more.

Will we ever deal with this issue of Islamic extremism head on? For decades, Saudi Arabia has gotten away with fomenting the deadly form of radical Islam that has reared its ugly head again and again around the globe. They have dishonored the Islamic faith by creating and funding a form of Islam that is violent against other Muslims, women, atheists, and Christians.

It’s time Western leaders, including Justin Trudeau, started to treat this seriously, set aside the political and economic excuses, and demand that these teachings and the funding of these groups stop immediately. Otherwise, holy days will continue to be days of misery and death instead of days of celebration.

David Anderson, MP

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