Re: “A lesson in tolerance,” Letters, Aug. 23.
After reading Robert Gary Parkes’ letter I couldn’t help but see the irony in what he wrote. He stated that “the pride parade is a far cry better than some parades in Surrey,” referring to Vaisakhi parades.
Standing up for one parade by putting down another does not illustrate a great example of tolerance, Mr. Parkes. Your one-dimensional focus on the unfortunate events that occurred at the Vaisakhi parades completely neglected the generosity extended to all communities regardless of religion, race or sexual orientation.
This is no different than people only focusing on the “overt display of sexuality” at the pride parade.
I support the pride parade and agree if someone feels uncomfortable by it then he/she should not attend. The beauty of living in a country such as Canada is that we are able to experience an enriching mosaic of different cultures and beliefs without having to book a plane ticket around the world. Please refrain from making comparisons. Stating why one is better than the other is not what tolerance is about.