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The [Wednesday] Papers

"In a world often hostile to migration, Canada has stood out, welcoming thousands of refugees fleeing war and seeking a haven. It has been a feel-good time for Canada, proud of its national tolerance," the New York Times reports.

"On Sunday, that was upended when a man walked into a mosque and started shooting, killing six people and wounding eight. The man accused of being the gunman, Alexandre Bissonnette, was charged with six counts of murder on Monday.

"The nation quickly rallied after the attack. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it an act of terrorism, and there was a collective outpouring of remorse and empathy. But the attack also forced Canadians to confront a growing intolerance and extremism that has taken root particularly among some people in this French-speaking corner of the country."

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"We love everyone."

"That's how Mohamed Yangui, the president of the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec, described his organization in June after it was the site of a particularly grotesque act of anti-Muslim vandalism. A man had finished praying at the mosque and as he opened the door to leave, he noticed a package at the doorstep, with the words 'Bonne appétit' written in thick, black capital letters. Wrapped inside was a severed pig's head, still dripping in fluids, an all-too-frequent gesture of contempt for Muslims, most of whom do not consume pork," the Washington Post reports.

"Still, Yangui said at the time, 'We have no problem with anyone, and we respect people. We hope it's mutual. And we are always here to give the image of the good Muslim to all Quebecers.'"

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"Fox News has taken down a tweet about the Quebec City mosque shooter after a complaint was lodged by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau," the Montreal Gazette reports.

"Saying the tweet 'dishonored the memory of the six victims,' Trudeau's office had asked Fox to retract or update the post, which described the alleged Quebec City mosque shooter as being of Moroccan origin."

In the aftermath of the shooting, right-wing media was filled - and in some quarters still is - with claims that the shooter was a Muslim who shouted "Allahu akbar!" during the attack. Not true.

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"The French Canadian university student charged with killing six Muslim men during evening prayers at a mosque was known for far-right, nationalist views and his support of the French rightist party led by Marine Le Pen," AP reports.

The 27-year-old suspect, who has espoused support for Le Pen and U.S. President Donald Trump on his Facebook page, was known to those who monitor extremist groups in Quebec, said François Deschamps, an official with a refugee advocacy group.

"It's with pain and anger that we learn the identity of terrorist Alexandre Bissonnette, unfortunately known to many activists in Quebec for taking nationalist, pro-Le Pen and anti-feminist positions at Laval University and on social media," Deschamps wrote on the Facebook page of the group, Bienvenues aux Refugiés, or Welcome to Refugees.

"An anthropology and political science major at Laval University in Quebec City, Bissonnette had also expressed support on his Facebook profile for 'Génération Nationale,' a group whose manifesto includes the rejection of 'multiculturalism.'"

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"The suspect charged with murder in Sunday's shooting that left six people dead at a Quebec City mosque was a 'lone wolf,' Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Monday," CNN reports.

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Had A Muslim Just Killed 6 Christians, We'd All Have Canadian Flags As Profile Pictures.

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Why Isn't Anyone Talking About The Radicalization of Whites?

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Cruz: 'No Meaningful Risk' Of Christians Committing Terrorism.

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You Are More Than 7 Times As Likely To Be Killed By A Right-Wing Extremist Than By Muslim Terrorists.

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Poem ["The Beachwood Inn Has Collapsed!"]

oh Beachwood we love you get up

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Youth Football Finally Listening To Coach Coffman
"Well lookee here!"

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Allies At Detroit Airport Loaned Protest Signs For Muslim Protesters To Use As Prayer Mats.

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Jared Kushner's Grandmother On Life As A Refugee: 'Nobody Wanted Us.'

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Chicago Restaurants Rally Against Trump's Muslim Ban.

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A Rebrand Goes Wrong In Pilsen.

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Subsidized Stadiums Never Pay Off.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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Reminder: Obama killed that girl's (American) teenage brother. But I welcome you to a debate that is now apparently permissible to have.

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: End times.



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Posted on February 1, 2017


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