In a chilling tweet, the leader of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) has called for more Christian churches to be torched in response to the discovery of unmarked graves on the sites of former boarding schools for Indigenous children, many of which were run by churches decades ago. The Western Standard reports Harsha Walia, the association’s executive director, responded to news reports of two more Catholic churches being burned down. “Burn them all down,” she tweeted. Ironically, the BCCLA’s website says, “We were established in 1962 by a group of academics and activists at the University of British Columbia in response to draconian police responses to religious minorities in the province.” The backlash from social media users to Walia’s proposal was almost immediate.
One user tweeted, “This lady needs to be removed from BC Civil Liberties. She is an embarrassment to BC and she has no business being in that role. She is inciting violence and hate. It’s our people that are going to pay the price for her hate speeches. Violence has no place in our society.” Another user pondered if the British Columbia Royal Canadian Mounted Police would pay her a visit, writing: “I wonder if the BCRCMP might like a word with Miss Walia.” “Unbelievable. Can she be charged for inciting violence?” a user asked. Several media outlets have reported a number of churches across Canada have been burned or vandalized, some of them on indigenous land. Canada-based Rebel News reports even First Nation leaders and members have taken to pleading with people to stop attacking the churches.