By Richard Toews. “There is something inherently wrong that we cannot put someone away for their own good.”
These are the words of the man whose responsibility it is to govern the interests and well being of our fair city, Abbotsford.
These are the words of our mayor, Bruce Banman on the question of homelessness, on the issue of whether or not spreading chicken manure on the homes of the homeless, on the space where the homeless lived, and slept and ate their food.
With these words, Banman has provided us with a logic that purports to relegate the homeless as people deserving the contempt of society for they are devoid of any form of freedom, of the liberty of self-determination, for it is not theirs by right, but the obligation of the state to decide for these, what is, and what is not, within the realm of their rights and liberties as humans … the state, under mayor Banman’s watch, knows, by whatever means, what is good for those not blessed with the privileges of the elites such as Banman.
He who has eyes to see, let him see …You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.