Don’t let the title deceive you: I’m not. (I didn’t even think Quebecers were intolerant? go figure.)
It’s just that after reading this article, I have to say something about the extremely disturbing and unsettling vibe of anti-Muslim sentiment that’s surfacing in Canada with each passing event or controversy surrounding Muslims or Islam. (Don’t take my word for it, just check the comments of the above article, you won’t be dissapointed; it’s one of the reasons i chose this article in particular.)
Although this particular article is written in regards to the event in Quebec where a certain Muslim female youth was ultimately expelled for being uncooperative with her school, and the result now is a Niqab Bill trying to be passed in Quebec’s provincial government. The details of this case are telling but don’t reflect a black and white image that people are mistaking, and of these details i will elaborate later because how i feel about this case i’m not yet sure of. Something still must be said of what people are saying about this situation. I understand this article is from Macleans, a right-wing conservative leaning magazine and that perhaps most of its readers reflect this position, but this by no means justifies the hostile attitude expressed by readers and columnists towards Muslims and Islam. Steyn states some pretty offensive and intolerant views and this trickles into his readers, some of which already have a decent intolerant fire burning inside of them. This perpetuation of hostility creates an atmosphere of hate and that’s not the kind of air people should be taking in.
It just scares me that people who really don’t know anything about a faith and a people, and who are so deceived by a stereotype, or a misrepresented or over exaggerated scenario are so quick to speak demonize and villainize a people. All this talk recently about the importance of free speech comes into question again because free speech is important, for in Canada we indeed value free speech but all these people want to express is sheer hate speech about something they don’t know or wish to understand. Declaring obscenities under the guise of free speech shouldn’t be taken so lightly and journalists should be held accountable for the things they manifest and spread.
alright that study break took longer than expected, now back to the books.