The arrest of three men in the 12 year old attacks on a Muslim Mosque and Hindu Temple is welcome news to the Hamilton community.
Of course, due process of law must be followed , but yesterday’s announcement reminded us how relentless Hamilton Police have been in solving this hate-filled crime.
The attacks occured just four days after the tragic events of 9/11, and the shocking news of those events served as a wake up call to Hamiltonians that hatred and intollerance must not be allowed to pollute our community.
These senseless and hateful attacks became a rallying point for Hamiltonians to create a dialogue within our varied religious and ethnic groups.
Muslims, Jews, Hindu, Christian , Sikh and so many others came together and began talking .
Some of those committees are still active today and they’ve been instrumental in getting issues out on the table.
It hasn’t been easy; sometimes tensions run high and sometimes we’ve had to agree to disagree on contentious issues, but through this process we discovered that there is more that binds us together than divides us.
More importantly, I think the Hamilton community made a conscious decision that we would not be defined by the hatred and ignorance that motivates these kinds of mindless crimes.
The attacks on the mosque and temple were a dark day in Hamilton’s history.
We know we’re better than that, and we know we have to strive to be better each and every day.