By Jenn Smith.
(Written in reply to this article)
Brad Dirks, the “Smokey the Bear” of all things LGBTQ, has clearly eaten his Caitlyn Jenner-box Wheaties and is on the loose again seeking to warn Langley business owners that bigoted lightning may strike at any moment. Saying to business owners in his gruff bear voice “only you can prevent hate crimes,” Dirks and his band of merry followers are strongly encouraging Langley businesses to put up propaganda signs in their shop windows to scare away the legion of hate criminals that normally stalk the streets of Langley terrifying and bullying anybody that wears pink.
No doubt, many of these businesses were previously very intolerant of LGBTQ people. Their callous indifference to hate crimes in the past of course resulted in all LGBTQ people being too scared to walk into a business that did not officially state support for LGBTQ. In fact, we have reports of transgender persons such as myself starving outside grocery stores because they were too scared to go in. While somebody’s home was being invaded by masked bandits and a woman sexually assaulted in a washroom, Langley police dispatched a smiling officer from their over-burdened staff to help and presumably guard Dirks from the hate mongers that hide behind every telephone pole in the city. Thanks to Smokey the Dirks, bigoted Langley shop owners are now reluctantly contemplating taking down their confederate flags and swastikas, telling their employees KKK hoods are no longer acceptable attire, and will be putting up signs to ward off hate.
Meanwhile, back in the real world, the latest stats we had from police in Canada regarding hate crimes (in a nation of 35 million) showed an annual total of 186 “hate crimes” based on sexual orientation or gender identity, with 120 of those involving violence, and with 40 or so involving “serious violence.” To put this “epidemic of hatred” in perspective, environment Canada reports an average of 174 people struck by lightning each year in Canada, with almost all of those being very serious in nature. Thus, it would seem those worried about hate crimes in Langley should also regard this threat from above just as seriously, maybe even more so. By Dirks’ admittedly very, very liberal standards, we must also conclude that we are having an epidemic of lightning assaults on Canadians too, although admittedly it is not clear how many lightning strikes specifically target LGBTQ people — but we can be sure that queen of all bigots, Mother Nature, whom stubbornly refuses to recognize men as women, is no doubt specifically targeting trans people and other members of the LGBTQ community.
We can only hope Brad Dirks and his merry band of social justice warrior, virtue signalers, will start plastering stores with lightning advisories too so people will know to wear rubber boots and rubber hats when they go out from now on, and that Langley businesses will offer them shelter from the equal threat of lightning and hate crimes.
Meanwhile, back in the real world again, 186 hate crimes against LGBTQ were reported in Canada in one year, and we now have signs going up everywhere to protect them, with full support from Langley police, despite the fact these events are as rare as being struck by lightning. At the same time, 460,000 Canadian women were sexually assaulted in one year. Women thus really are running for their lives in huge numbers, but no posters or safe zones are being established in Langley in response, in fact their safe places are being stolen and have now been opened up to men by Bill C16, thanks to the advocacy of people such as Brad Dirks and the silence of Langley police. That valuable and increasingly scarce public and police resources should be dedicated to this campaign when they could be much better utilized elsewhere, speaks to the political power of LGBTQ activists, whom are essentially engaged in a shaming program designed to remind business owners that anybody that does not subscribe to LGBTQ hyperbole will be under suspicion.