The Stormy Days of March
"I’m sorry, but I really think that you’re missing the point. As noted in earlier comments, I was arguing that no one has a right to advocate the violation of a group of people’s human rights.The above is a response I posted to a blog of the title above which Mark Steyn had captured for his Reader of the Day segment on his online blog.
No, actually you're not. You're arguing, poorly, and with malice, that the violation of the rights of individuals should not be discussed. Steyn isn't advocating violation of anybody's rights. He is simply pointing out what should be obvious to many. You should actually read his book. Your reaction is the written equivalent of holding your hands over your ears and loudly proclaiming "I can't hear you!" There is much to discuss about the impact of Islam on western civilization. Islam is not a religion, its a blueprint for society. While you wish to be free from Christianity as you walk down the street, the reality is, no society exists without a religious morality at its core. There is really no such thing as a secular society.
Going through your responses to other commentors, you are all over the place intellectually, contradictory at best.
The irony is that you represent a demographic that can most benefit from a dialogue sparked by the MacLeans' article, but won't listen.
And then there is the Upperdate... "... Here’s another quote for you Steyn; You’re a sad, pathetic excuse for a human masquerading as a writer. Clearly a tapeworm has more talent than you. How you manage to stay employed is beyond me. I suppose I’ll chalk it up to wingnut welfare.
How is it that so many leftist secularists don't know what a bigot is, when you demonstrate with every phrase, every sneer, every condescension, that you are one?"
I've reproduced it here because I've found that leftist bloggers don't take criticism well, and tend to be highly selective about who gets to offer an opinion on their blogsites. I fully expect that my post on her website will be deleted (as my post to yesterday's Reader of the Day blogsite was).
Update: Well, to her credit, she let the comment stand, and has some dialogue going. Good for her.
I guess it really shouldn't be a surprise that leftist bloggers support the censorship mantra that has become the principal raison d'etre of Canada's human rights tribunals/inquisitors/star chambers.
If the oblique statements in the last paragraph are puzzling to you, then I would direct you to, firstly, order a copy of Steyn's America Alone (available from his website), secondly, read it, and third, or maybe even first, visit his blog, above, and also visit Ezra Levant for a broader overview of what's been happening (and about to happen)to Canadian freedoms you've always assumed existed and took for granted.
While you're at it, work through Andrew Coyne's liveblog from the BCHRC hearings in which Maclean's is being drubbed by a coven of witch-hunters. Better set aside a couple of evenings. The sorry details will lead you through a tortuous path that will leave you speechless (or should, because that's what the Human Rights Commissions intend). Pick a day when you can sleep in the next morning...
Given that the HRCs are hellbent on destroying the fundamental freedoms that our lads are committing themselves to die for in Afghanistan, it begs the question, why would any right thinking lad (or lass) want to do that, over there? We might be better served to keep our boys close to home. Its becoming clearer by the day, they'll be needed here, to restore democracy to Canada.
I've said before that the closest historical antecedent to Canada's future is the former state of Yugoslavia. The multi-culti plan to turn Canada into the world's largest First World refugee camp will pretty much ensure the analogy. Given the existing and building tensions between anglophone and francophone Canadians, eastern, central and western Canadians, non-aboriginal native and aboriginal native Canadians, and now Christian, Jewish and Muslim Canadians, the outcome seems inevitable. Taken together with the loss of sovereignty of our non-renewable resources to huge emerging second world economies pretty much completes a view for Canada that is extremely bleak. Once, Canada was about the land. Now, that's pretty much done with as we rush to develop, sell, and ghettoize it. An intellectual Tent City.