Letter #12 to the Islamic community from a high school student after #MosqueShooting

[Reprinted with permission from TDSB teacher Mr. Sam Pisani. More info on the initial story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/letters-to-toronto-mosque-1.3959341]

To whom it may concern,

I’m a 16 year old boy who is an atheist and I don’t personally like any organized religions. I respect anyone who does as long as they are good understanding people. Even though I am an atheist, my heart goes out to the Muslim people who were shot and killed and their families. Even though we have different beliefs, they are still people and the senseless killing these men did is horrible and has no excuse and these men deserve to be severely punished. Anyone who is suffering, I offer you encouragement and support and know that even people who aren’t religious support you. There is no excuse for killing anyone, no for religious reasons, racist reasons, homophobic reasons, or sexist reasons and no one deserves to be pardoned for this. I hope that the Muslim community can come together and find ways to heal after all that has been done to them.

#Muslims #Mosque #QuebecShooting #MosqueShooting #HateCrime #Islamophobia