Monday, February 20, 2006

We are going to win

I just need to remind myself of that when I read something like this.

Yeah, it's American. But the number of Canadian conservatives I've conversed with (using that term loosely) who hold identical views is larger than I care to reflect upon. So I read and hear things like that, and just calmly remind myself of the fact of the inevitable victory of the just. In Canada, we've already won the hardest battle. All that remains is patience, patience and longing for a time when people like the above-linked writer will be relegated to the same category by the population at large as the Ku Klux Klan.

7 Comments:

At 2/20/2006 5:42 AM, Blogger Simon Pole said...

If you substituted Muslim for every occurence of the word homosexual in this article, would you feel the same way?

 
At 2/20/2006 9:22 AM, Blogger clementyn said...

Which side would the social conservatives be on in ancient Rome.The lions

 
At 2/20/2006 11:52 AM, Blogger Clear Grit said...

simon:

Clearly I would not. The ability to make distinctions (in this case, a distinction between an innate characteristic and a religion) is fundamental to an enlightened mind.

 
At 2/20/2006 4:27 PM, Blogger EX-NDIP said...

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At 2/20/2006 7:14 PM, Blogger Simon Pole said...

blue grit:

Okay. How about if you substituted the word Jew for each occurence of homosexual?

 
At 2/21/2006 12:55 AM, Blogger Clear Grit said...

I'm not sure what you're trying to say. Obviously most would consider such things anti-semitic. There is also the difference that "Jew" is both a religion and an ethnicity, and that Judaism is, clearly, different from Islam in the way it manifests itself in the world.

 
At 2/21/2006 2:27 AM, Blogger Simon Pole said...

Here's another way of putting it.

Does someone "chose" to be French? By the defintions you've given above, I must conclude that being French in Canada is not an innate characteristic. It is something that develops by growing up in the culture of Quebec and elsewhere.

If being French is not innate, how can Canada justify special status or protection for French culture in this country? You can give a "realpolitik" answer, but that would have nothing to do with the notion of justice you have mentioned.

If you agree that it is just the French in Canada should have special consideration towards their culture in public life, then the same has to be granted to Muslims.

 

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