National Post – (H/T Sheik Yermani) –An updated government information pamphlet for newcomers to Canada, “Discover Canada,” warns against such “barbaric” practices as honour killings and forced marriages (staples of Islamic culture). Federal Liberal Immigration critic Justin Trudeau yesterday made it known that he is “uncomfortable” with the word “barbaric.” “You could say it’s absolutely unacceptable as a phrase,” says Trudeau, adding that the word could have the effect of making newcomers “defensive.”
Reaction from the blogosphere, as well as from Conservatives, to Trudeau’s reflexive political correctness was swift and uncompromising. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney responded that the language in Discover Canada is deliberate and accurate. “There’s nothing more brutal than killing a woman because of some perceived slight to family honour,” Mr. Kenney observed.
I’m puzzled by Trudeau’s logic. Both Justin Trudeau and the Conservatives believe that honour killings are “barbaric.” But according to Mr. Trudeau, the Conservatives’ views on immigration are “cynical.” Therefore, actually identifying honour-motivated crimes as “barbaric” in an official document is unacceptable to people like Liberals, who are not cynical about immigration, and who are therefore made uncomfortable by accurate adjectives pointing to unpleasant realities.
Mr. Trudeau’s shambolic rhetorical dilemma is a very good illustration of the corner into which committed multiculturalists have painted themselves. Multiculturalism depends on a belief that all cultures are equal. To criticize a specific cultural practice is to imply that our culture is superior to others in certain respects, which is multicultural thought crime.
So when a culture-based problem, such as honour-motivated abuse of girls and women amongst some MUSLIM immigrants, becomes pressing enough that it can no longer be ignored, multiculturalists are forced to fall back on myths and debased language to preserve the illusion that all social problems are universal. For years, in a desperate attempt to square a circle, honour killings were herded under the umbrella of “domestic violence.” Earnest pundits and politicians peddled the myth that the killing of teenage girls by their fathers and brothers could happen to anyone.
But honour-motivated violence is a completely different phenomenon from domestic violence, and, in the interest of saving lives, it is time we stopped worrying about what makes us “uncomfortable” and time we started worrying about ensuring immigrant women’s security. That cannot happen unless we first acknowledge that honour-motivated violence against girls and women is a culture-specific problem.
Multiculturalists do newcomers no favours when they softpedal language around customs that, our government wants them to understand, will not be tolerated here. Mr. Trudeau and other sensitive souls might remind themselves that only 200 years ago, slavery was considered acceptable in our culture. We are sure that no multiculturalist would hesitate to call slavery barbaric, and rightly so. Our culture changed to meet our evolving standards of social morality. To suggest that other cultures are incapable of doing the same is the soft bigotry of low expectations.