Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs gathered at a Montreal Synagogue on March 9, 2014 to meet and speak and sing in support of friendship among all people who love peace and who respect each other's religions, races and mother tongues.
The gathering was convened in response to oppressive legislation perpetually enacted by the Quebec government and carried out by the despised Office of the French Tongue. Endless harassment and ludicrous oppression: Remember the Anglo yogurt spoons and Pasta Gate. It brings to light the fact that the separatists do not represent the interests of all Quebec peoples.
The synagogue was filled to capacity with people of many races and religions, some garbed in beautiful saris, others in turbans. The instrumental and vocal music presented by the Sikh musicians was spell-binding and the swinging song of the Imani Choir, moving - literally. It was not easy to sit still.
Due to my illness, this was the first public assembly I have attended in a few years. It was inspiring throughout. As Rev, Darryl Gray preached in the fashion of the Civil Rights Movement, I would have called out "Halleh-luia!", but some of the more conservative guests might have been shocked.
You had to be there. If you were not, keep an eye on this blog. The Canadian People of Quebec are gonna rise again!
Presenting their witness were:
The organizer of the event,
Mr. Norman Simon,
Founder of Canadians for Coexistence.
Mr. Anthony Housefather,
Mayor of Cote St. Luc, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Rabbi Lisa Grushcow,
Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom
Bishop Thomas Dowd,
Auxiliary Bishop of
The (Catholic) Archdiocese of Montreal
The Imani Family Choir
Rev. Darryl Gregory Gray
Keertan Hymns Children's Group (Sikh)
Imam Zihad Delic,
Resident Imam of South Nepean Muslim Community,
Ottawa Gatineau Imam's Council
Granthi Balkar Singh,
Spiritual Leader of
The Sikh Community of Montreal
And Jaiseema Kaur  (Interpreter and
Active member of the Sikh temple, LaSalle, Mtl.)
Father John Walsh
Ramnaraine P. Tiwari Balbahadur, Priest,
Spiritual Leader, Hindu Devotional Society
Imam Azeddine Hmimssa
President of Bel Agir and
Imam of Al-Ihsane Centre, Montreal
Rabbi Alan Bright,
Temple Shaare Zedek Congregation
Host of the gathering of nations.
Photo courtesy of Mr. Norman Simon

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