I find it distressing - check that, disgusting - how freely Harper & Co. have been targeting Muslims. Make no mistake, there are at least a few self-identified Liberals who are right with them.
That's why I found these video clips so inspirational. In these days of the surveillance state, where the people are being beset by the fear mongering of Harper and other low characters, we see that ordinary Canadians - and, thankfully, Americans - can resist their efforts to have us tap into our basest instincts.
The premise: A young Muslim man stands in a public square, blindfolded. Beside him a sign that reads "I'm Muslim and I Trust You. Do You Trust me Enough for a Hug?"
It's based on a video shot in January in Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square. Called the Blind Trust Project, it was created by activist Asoomii Jay in response to recent hate crimes and bullying against Muslims. In her video, the subject stood between two signs. One read: "I am a Muslim I am Labelled as a Terrorist", the other read "I trust you do you trust me? Give me a hug."
But how would the people of New York City respond?
See, we can reject the fear mongers and Islamophobes. It's in us. We're better than those who, for their own devious purposes, try to turn us against what we know is right. We need to remember this for this is how we're going to whip their asses.