As a Canadian living in London, I am deeply saddened to see this happen to the city that I now call home, and my thoughts are with those directly affected. However, despite the recent spate of violence and terror, I still feel safe in my adopted city.
The Manchester suicide bomber was noted to drink alcohol, do drugs, and get involved in gangs. Then he became "religious." Those who focus on his involvement with drugs and gangs, explain the Manchester attack through the lens of social alienation. Others blame Islam.
These politicians prove the thesis of "creeping sharia," ironically made by those who themselves espouse sexist and homophobic viewpoints, as utterly wrong.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted "you have to be kidding me," linking to an interview with Sadiq Khan.
Many observers did not expect it. Former British prime ministers, academics and other experts warned about the negative consequences of a vote for Brexit, but nonetheless a majority of the voting public ignored this advice. While it is too soon to fully judge the implications of this vote, it does not bode well for Britain.
I have been in London for about a month now, and I cannot ignore a feeling of tension and a darkness brought on by the referendum that will decide if Britain stays in the European Union or leaves it entirely.
"As the father of two teenage girls, I am extremely concerned about this kind of advertising which can demean people, particularly women."