Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Canadian Rules

A small town in Quebec, Hérouxville, has taken a stand against Dhimmitude, and bravo for them. The town council has put its stamp on some basic rules of behavior expected of those who live there. The National Post reports in the cynically titled article, Welcome! Leave your customs at the door:
Among the information the municipality asks federal and provincial officials to distribute to potential immigrants:- It is forbidden to stone women, burn them alive, throw acid on them or circumcise girls.- Consumption of alcohol is common in Herouxville, as is dancing. "At the end of every year, we decorate a tree with balls and tinsel and some lights. This is normally called 'Christmas decorations' or also 'Christmas tree.' "- Boys and girls swim together in public pools.
Of course "circumcise" is not really an accurate term for the practice being prohibited: genital mutalation of girls, a forbidden, but all too common practice in Europe's immigrant populations these days.

Not surprisingly, the good folks of Hérouxville are being derided by the cultural elite for being so gauche as to bring up these uncomfortable cultural differences with some immigrant groups. Interestingly, the only examples cited are some recent accomodations to Hasidic Jews on segregation of the sexes. Could the problems be with the many Chinese immigrants to Canada in recent years? American emigres fleeing Chimpy McBusHitler?

One searches in vain for any mention at all in the National Post article of Muslims or Islam, and therein lies a big part of the problem. These are obviously the immigrants that are practicing the problematic behaviors, but the Post won't even say so. It's not multiculturally correct to point out that some cultures are strictly better than others. Some lead to wealth and progress. Others lead to stagnation and a perpetual dark age. Ideas do have consequences. If no value judgments can be made or even discussed, how will multiculturalism as an "ideal" ever solve anything?

Contrary to the howls of the critics this is not racism at all. For one thing Muslims are not a "race." Andre Drouin of the Hérouxville town council explains:
"We are not racists. We invite people from all nationalities, all languages, all sexual orientations, whatever, to come live with us, but we want them to know ahead of time how we live."
It's just good sense, like the DVD about life in Holland that the Dutch made for potential immigrants. Come to think of it, the Multiculture Police didn't like that one either...

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