Posts Tagged ‘hate’

Charlottesville – likely just the beginning

Monday, August 21st, 2017

In the space of a decade or so, public debates over differences in policy in US politics have been replaced by mud-slinging over differences in colour, religion and heritage.

Obamacare was the last time when an actual policy was the centre of public debate. It hasn’t disappeared entirely but it being overrun but societal schisms that are orders of magnitude more visceral, if that was possible. It’s not Democrat v Republican but white v non-white. Christian v non-Christian and north v south.  And the differences are deep, emotional and seemingly irresolvable.

Trump’s random Tweets (and I do think they’re random with little forethought put into them) feed into the hate on both sides, but they especially validate the views of those who are white, Christian, anti-trade and anti-immigrant racists and bigots. These groups feel they have little to fear as they wave their Confederate flags, torches and guns.

As long as Trump is in power, debates will not return to legitimate matters of national policy and will remain at the level of raw emotion. Even if he resigned today, it may well be that it’s too late to shut the barn door.

‪I fear for my American neighbours. I really do.

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I hadn’t yet weighed in on Marois’ Charter of Quebec “Values”…

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

… because I was waiting to see exactly what it was going to look like…

And, well, I’m disgusted.

I’m sickened that any government in this country would go far as to prohibit the wearing or display of anything that does not in any way harm another person nor take away their right to  a good life.

It is abhorrent that Marois can stand up and defend such a mean-spirited proposal.

And I feel sympathy for those Québécois(e) who are on the side of decency and respect and shun exclusion and hatred.

Moreover, this isn’t even a secularist Charter as the PQ content because it grants more leeway for Christian (read: Catholic) public sector workers than their Jewish and Muslim colleagues. Yarmulkes are an intrinsic celebration of their faith for many Jews yet the only real restriction on Christian is a prohibition of the display of large crucifixes. Really! Aside from those weirdly dressed dudes like Popes, Cardinals (not the bird), and some rappers, do you EVER see someone wearing a 6 inch cross around their neck?

No, I didn’t think so.

And the 60% funding level for the discriminatory and wasteful Catholic education system isn’t even touched! This funding largesses is second only to Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta (who ashamedly fully fund their Catholic systems).

Let’s call a spade a spade and admit that this is less of a “secular” Charter and more of an “anti-anyone-but-Christians Charter”, OK, Pauline??? This is out-and-out discrimination!

If you have ever followed my scribbles even a wee bit, either here or on Facebook, Twitter, etc.,etc., you know that I’m an atheist and wear this label happily. But being an atheist does NOT mean that I condemn others for believing how they do – I don’t understand them, for the life of me – but whatever.

From time to time, I meet with representatives of one of the Quebec provincial Departments in Montreal. I have half a mind to borrow someone’s yarmulke for the next meeting…

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