A Sikh politician is receiving international applause for the way he responded to a belligerent woman.
The incident occurred earlier this week in Brampton, Ontario, during a meet-and-greet event for Jagmeet Singh. While speaking to the crowd, Sing—a member of Canada’s left-leaning New Democratic Party—was confronted by a visibly angry woman who got in his face preceded to shout racist accusations.
"We know you’re in bed with Sharia," said the woman who introduced herself as "Jennifer." "We know you’re in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood. We know by your vote! […] When is your Sharia going to end? At what point, when we're throwing gays off rooftops?"
Sharia is a system of principles and laws based on Islam.
According to Financial Express, Singh is a practicing Sikh who is running for the leadership of the federal NDP.
Though Singh referred to the incident as “awkward,” he was able to handle the situation with grace, despite the woman becoming increasingly angry and threatening to call the police if anyone touched her.
"We believe in love and courage. Love and courage […] We don't want to be intimidated by hate. We don't want hatred to ruin a positive event," the 38-year-old politician told the crowd. "So let’s show people how will will treat someone with love: We welcome you. We love you. We support you."
The crowd then began chanting "love and courage" Singh’s campaign slogan. The woman eventually ended her rant and stormed off as the crowd cheered.
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