remember Montreal

December 6, 2008

December 6 is the day when Canada remembers the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre when 14 women (mostly in Engineering) were singled out for murder because they were women.

I also remember the day (a couple of years later) when Swift, the Catholic priest at St. Patrick’s church in Schomberg, incited his congregation to hate women who were independent – radical feminists he called them. He refused to acknowledge the Montreal massacre unless everyone started wearing a ribbon against radical feminism (whatever that means) and continued on his tirade against the 20th century.

Priests like Swift should be reprimanded by the Catholic church for their misogyny but we all know what the Catholic church does with priests who offend. They ensure that all communities have equal opportunity to be touched by their wisdom.

Today, remember Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz and the thousands of women who have been killed in hatred.

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