"Six men were killed and 19 others wounded when a gunman opened fire on worshippers at the mosque as they prayed shortly before 8 p.m. January 29, 2017. Alexandre Bissonette, a university student, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder in relation to the attack. The January 29 shooting was commemorated through different events January 26-29 , said Bruce Myers, bishop of the diocese of Quebec". "Quebec City Anglicans have also been helping support victims of the attack. In the immediate aftermath, the diocese, Myers says, contributed to a widows' and orphans' fund set up to support family members of the victims. More recently, Anglicans have lent their support to Aymen Derbali, a member of the mosque who was shot seven times while reportedly drawing the shooter's attention to himself in an attempt to save others". "Myers said the cathedral parish has designated its Christmas Eve offering to the fund -- according to Facebook post by cathedra; Dean Christian Schreiner, this totalled almost $900 -- and a fundraising concert is being organized in the cathedral". "The diocese has been reaching out to Quebec's Muslim community since the shooting in a variety of ways, Myers said, hosting this fall, for example, a gathering of Muslim and Anglican families in the cathedral, with similar events planned for the near future".
The author, a priest from the diocese of Quebec, reflects on a visit he made to the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau where he saw the cement block foundation of the camp barracks. "The bricks that make up those foundations, that build our society's capacity for mass murder, do not spring up overnight. They are laid gradually through many small actions and omissions of action -- ancient prejudices we fail to question, careless generalizations spoken to a friend, a family member or fellow practitioner whose discriminatory perspectives we will not confront. Over time, these acts and these failures to act accrue and solidify. They form the foundation upon which greater works of darkness can stand. In the aftermath of January's massacre at Quebec City's Grand Mosque, much has been said about the role that the media and identity-politicking politicians have played in cultivating a public discourse where discriminatory rhetoric is normalized and where violent acts become thinkable. It is right that this is so". "In the aftermath of such horrific violence, it is cathartic for us to repeat the words, 'Never again'. As time passes, as the outward appearance of those hateful acts seems to rot away, we may be tempted to believe that this evil has been closed down and emptied out. But it happened. It can happen. It can happen again".
For about three years, Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, the founding and current rabbi of City Shul, a Reform Jewish synagogue, and Canon Gary van der Meer, incumbent of St. Anne's Anglican Church and interfaith officer for the diocese of Toronto, have been doing a preaching exchange between their Toronto congregations. "In early 2013, van der Meer met Ilyas Ally, the son of Shabir Ally -- imam at the Islamic Information and Dawah Centre International, a nearby mosque, and former host of 'Let the Quran Speak', a Toronto-produced television show on Islam -- and the two discovered they shared an interest in interfaith relationships" (p. 13). "The strong links that already existed among the three places of worship ... have made it possible for them to quickly lend support to one another in the aftermath of violent attacks. After the mass shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec on Sunday Jan. 29, 2017 ... St. Anne's and City Shul organized a 'ring of peace' around their friend's mosque" (p. 13). "Tragically, Dawah Centre congregants had the opportunity to send a similar message to City Shul this fall , after a gunman opened fire on worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn., October 27 , killing 11 and injuring seven" (p. 13).
The writer reflects on a recent morning when he pulled into a gas station and glimpsed a man who "had his shoes off and he was kneeling on a spread-out garbage bag. He was facing east. He was praying". At the same time "CBC Radio had Donald Trump on saying: 'No more Islamic terrorists ! We don't want them !'." "The aural message and the visual message, received at the same instant, were irreconcilable. ... Trump's miserable, hateful edict about an important issue that may affect millions, an issue about which he demonstrates no real knowledge, interest or compassion, versus the sight of a devout Muslim, an ordinary man, a cab driver as it so happens, performing his simple morning ritual ... The very next morning, six men were killed in a mosque in Quebec City. They were shot in the back while praying. We cannot allow our private lives or our public policy to be governed by fear and ignorance".
"Anglicans and other Christian leaders expressed their 'sympathy and solidarity' with Muslims following a deadly attack January 29  on a mosque in the Ste-Foy neighbourhood of Quebec City. The attack which left six people dead and 19 others wounded, occurred just before 8 p.m., when a gunman opened fire while evening prayers were underway at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec. Police have charged Alexandre Bissonette, 27, with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder" (p. 1). "In a January 30  statement, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said his heart 'goes out to all Muslims across Canada as they struggle with this terrible attack', and that the church holds in its prayers the victims of the attack, their families and their imams" (p. 1). "Coadjutor Bishop of Quebec Bruce Myers and Bishop of Montreal Mary Irwin-Gibson also issued a statement expressing their 'grief and repugnance at this brutal act of violence against another community of faith' in the midst of prayer'. When one is attacked, we are all attacked, and our whole society is diminished', the said" (p. 15). "The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) expressed 'shock and sadness' at the attack, and in a statement signed by CCC president Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan, recommitted itself to 'opposing the hate and prejudice that disfigures our communities and leads to violence both at home and abroad' (p. 15).