Sikh Politician’s Response To Islamophobic Rant Is The Definition Of Diffusing A Situation

During an incident at a campaign event, Jagmeet Singh remained calm and composed.

A Canadian politician is being praised for responding calmly and patiently when a woman approached him at a campaign appearance this week and began shouting derogatory remarks at him.

Jagmeet Singh had just begun his "JagMeet & Greet" event in Brompton, Ontario when he was interrupted by a woman yelling about sharia law and the Muslim Brotherhood. 

"We know you're in bed with Sharia," she said. "We know you're in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood. We know by your votes."

Singh, who is Sikh, not Muslim, urged the audience to not to react to the woman's comments. Instead, the member of the provincial Parliament led the crowd in a chant of "Love and courage," his campaign slogan.

"We don't want to be intimidated by hate," he said. "We don't want hatred to ruin a positive event. Let's show people how we would treat someone with love."

Eventually, the woman becomes frustrated and leaves the event. A video of the exchange has since gone viral, and has earned Singh numerous responses of support, including from fellow Canadian politician Niki Ashton, who is running against Singh to become the next leader of the New Democratic Party. 

Saturday, Singh posted a response to the incident on his Twitter account that specifically addresses why he didn't just correct the woman's assumption that he was Muslim.

"While I'm proud of who I am, I purposely didn't go down that road because it suggests their hate would be ok if I was Muslim," he wrote. "We all know it's not."

Singh continued:

I didn't answer the question because my response to Islamophobia has never been 'I'm not Muslim.' It has always been and will be that 'hate is wrong.' Once allowed to grow, hate doesn't pick and choose, it spreads like fire. Once we say it's ok to hate someone based on their religion, we're also opening the door to hate based on race, gender, sexuality, and more. It's important that we stand united against all forms of hate.


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