Why is it in a world where common sense, decency, dignity, and all are equal are preached, rarely followed by action? Every holy book preaches it, every culture professes to follow it. Yet, like a global advertising marketing gimmick, rarely does everyone read the fine print. Time and again it seems the fine print overshadows the entire spiel, where the spiel is the bait to hook you in, and once hooked, the religious cultural goods you thought you bought into are never what they appear to be, ever.
Of course there is the world wide media coverage of a young Pakistani girl whose only crime was to go to school resulted in her getting a bullet to the face. Yet Politicians the world over state these acts of barbarity are so rare, a lottery winning is better odds. Really?
The case of Multiculturalism in Canada as an epitome of smugness force fed to the world by all Canadian politicians, keeps showing more and more cracks, is just not working out, regardless what Canada shovels out to Canadians and the world. We try to ingrain it into those who come to our shores, but the saying you can lead one to water, but you can't force them to drink it! Well it appears once again some Cultures just won't give Canadian assimilation a sip.
A Montreal Gazette story today has uncovered Doctors being approached by cultures who force their marriage aged daughters to undergo a virginity test. Doctors are then requested by the parents to give the results to the parents, or a groom's family in some cases, determining if the daughter is marriage material. Not only does this go against Doctor patient confidentiality, but apparently there is no test known to the world where a groom has to undergo a virginity test. Using a Doctor to determine the results of the women's hymen, if breached, therefore puts the woman's virginity and honor into question and some rare cases her very life on earth if the parents or the grooms family are privy to this information.
It is a sad world when barbaric religious cultures whose belief that women are cattle, plain and simple, to be owned and treated like so much breeding stock also get Western Aid in the billions of dollars to educate them that their religious customs go against the global sensibilities of humankind. Certainly not money well spent into a bottomless cultural money pit,
It is well known Canadian politicians ignore these issues so as not to offend cultural sensitivities of those who practice it, cause ethic votes are more important than any woman's right to dignity and privacy! Of course when one dies as a result, the Political Apology Cake is baked and presented to those cultures as a way of appeasement and a finger wag for those cultures never to do it again, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
Will a politician or lawmaker ever have the political will to say it as it is, to cultures who never practice what we preach, as they know rarely will Canadian law ever back it up with serious consequences or legal action, when Multiculturalism rules the day?
One would agree when the Russian government dictate cultures follow the "When in Rome philosophy", and any Gay Friendly country, such as Canada, ban gay athletes from competing in the Sochi Olympics.
The Russians warn they have a "Super Duper Big Gay Al GayDar Gun" which can detect a "Gay lifestyle" at fifty paces just waiting to greet any gay athlete once they hit the airport tarmac. Of course political outrage and false bluster ensued, even talk of Canada removing our athletes from participating in the Olympic games! Yeah, we all know how that turned out, as there was never any intention to follow through on that empty threat. Sadly Gay athletes lose in the end, if they are to believe in GayDar technology, unless a Hetro Gun is immediately invented before they hit Russian soil. Guess Gay culture which is perfectly legal in Canada doesn't count as a culture in our multicultural society? Oh wait, I think they call it Gay diversity instead now, thus eliminating Gays from the cultural equation when it comes to their human rights protection! Wow, I'm glad that clears everything up.
If I had the power to make laws, my first order of the day would be this "all are equal into law, get it, got it, good Constitutional Law"! Multiculturalism would be immediately eradicated from the Canadian vernacular, followed by:
"If it is proven in a court of law that you have practiced any cultural inhumane deed against another resulting in loss of dignity, death or serious injury, especially against a child which goes against the laws of Canada, there will be no more trials, jury or appeals, we pack you off to the nearest prison, or if you are a non Canadian citizen, to an airport immediately and sent back to whence you came. " If it is a child or family member you have transgressed against, they will be welcome to stay, granted citizenship, and all assistance to help them in their life in Canada."
It is high time to call it like it is as every time another article which proves beyond a shadow of a doubt Multiculturalism is a joke. When politicians time after time showcase Canada's Smugness for Cultural understanding, force feeding it to the world, infuriates me to no end.
How many times has religion or cultures treated us (Canadians) as a goddamn joke, the religious FLDS polygamous child bride followers in Bountiful, BC comes to mind as it went on for years before the political will finally stopped it. Of course we too have failed to curtail Canadian religious idiocy, but did eventually stop it when mass media reported on it, followed by public outrage. Politicians stopped it knowing it was a Canadian thing and not Multicultural.
So where is the mass media reports and public outrage, followed by political action when other cultures practice the same thing or worse? Simple, many cultures who fall under multiculturalism, especially the religious based know full well the political backlash for anyone to say like it is, results in the slings and arrows of cultural or religious xenophobia! Xenophobia, yet another card of many stacked into a deck full of cultural religious and race cards. An unlimited supply of cards to be immediately played at the slightest hint of Multicultural anti-ism. These cards are politician and Canadian societies Kryptonite!
If we are all truly equal, then Canadians, and politicians must prove it with action, not rhetoric.
In part, Quebec gets it when it comes to assimilation, though the banning of a piece of cloth is little ludicrous in my opinion.
Happy International Womens Day Ladies, though it is beyond me if it is worth celebrating !