Those of us who want to engage in constructive dialogue need the facts. Here are some links and resources – and a petition you might want to sign.
The post “Even so, I’m not giving up on you” has certainly gained some interest. It has had over 45,000 page views and generated a slew of comments. Overwhelming most are supportive, some are critical – some border on angry. I’ve read each one and responded where appropriate. I will continue to do that as I always do on my blog.
What surprised me from those who were critical was the misinformation that informed the angry opinions. Some obviously hadn’t read the post in its entirety. Some accused me of having no credentials to speak about this. One asked how many refugees I had sponsored. Nothing I can do about the ad hominems – but I tried to thoughtfully address each one.
Others truly had fears about the process which, as I pointed out, is a legitimate question. That legitimate or constructive dialogue was a pleasure to have. I’m not an expert, but I have kept on the facts from reliable and legitimate sources. For those of you who might wish to engage in this dialogue and correct the misinformation, I have assembled a list of links – not a ton of them, but a list that will give you some information share with those who truly are fearful and need assurance.
I will update this as new information emerges, so check back from time to time if you like. Also, feel free to suggest new resources in your comments.
And please – in the spirit of this post, let us all share these compassionately.
My friend Peter Turner shared two of these links with me.
For those who want to express support publicly, there is a petition on Avaaz – link below. And for those who wish to engage in constructive dialogue and counter the misinformation – here are some links that you may find helpful and at the bottom a petition that you might want to support. I never thought of starting a petition like this, for the most part because my blog gets several hundred views per post (at most). But thankfully, some resourceful person who is also trying to help has added one.
My friend Peter Turner shared two of these:
How the UNHCR’s refugee resettlement process actually works. This is from Macleans Magazine.
No, Canada doesn’t spend more on refugees than retirees is from Global News and it debunks one of the myths. I’m still looking for the facts on the other – that we give refugees “gold plated” health care. I’ll post that when I dig it up for anyone who thinks that they know more than the Supreme Court who have ruled on this already.
Michael Enright, the former head of CBC Radio News and a world renowned journalist succinctly debunks the idea that the accelerated process is somehow very risky. His opening monolog is a few minutes long. If you want to go to CBC and listen to the first hour of the Sunday Edition you will also hear an imam (and Islamic worship leader) who debunks the idea that there is something in Muslim theology that supports terrorist ideas.
Last, one of my favourite politicians Naheed Nenshi, the mayor of Calgary, himself a Muslim, talks rationally about how we need to conduct ourselves in our dialogue.
This study of attitudes in the Arab countries was provided by one writer who felt that it justified the idea that 31% of Syrians “didn’t want to see ISIL harmed”. I disagreed with that conclusion, and I’m cautious about using polling data from a point in time to typify a population – as Trudeau said, if he believed in polls he’d have gone golfing in September instead of campaigning because according to the polls, he was doomed to lose the election. But again, some great data.
For those who wish to support it, this petition came to me in the comments to my post, “Even So, I’m Not Giving Up On You.” The link goes to a petition that supports bringing in refugees. If you feel inclined, you may wish to sign it or share it.