The media are finally beginning to acknowledge the presence of an extra large, grey, four-legged creature with massive ears, a short tail and a hose-like nose in the room. We’re even beginning to hear/read its common English name, albeit in quotations and/or preceded with the “so-called” adjective lest anyone dare to do something so un-Canadian as to make a judgment based on objective facts. Yes, dear Canadians, the Kingston massacre is a so-called “elephant.”
It’s about as good as one might expect in The Multicultural Utopia, as Mark Steyn puts it, where the most grievous evil is to rationalize a significant problem with a particular patch or thread in the great multicultural fabric known as Canada. Suggesting that the values of another culture have no place in Canada is worse than calling the premeditated murder of four Muslim women by their very own family for their “disgusting lifestyles” in Canada an honour killing.
As to why this is the case, we have Kingston Police Chief Stephen Tanner:
“In our Canadian society, we value the cultural values of everyone who makes up this great country,” Tanner said. “These individuals (the dead women) had the freedom and rights of expression of all Canadians. Whether that was a part of a motive within the family based on one of the girls or more of the girls behaviour is open to speculation.” (Emphasis added.)
To which I offer, No, sir, Canadians do not and should not value the cultural values of everyone who makes up this great nation.
Canadians categorically reject the cultural values that underpin this massacre of innocent Muslim women. Canadians reject the principles of shari’a law. Canadians denounce Islamic rule. Canadians abhor misogyny. Canadians flatly and emphatically reject shari’a’s provisions for justifiable killing. Canadians reject the cultural value of honour killing, which is prevalent in Muslim cultures because it is arguably justifiable within Islam.
Does this mean we reject all Muslims? Certainly not. But Muslims who insist on exercising their rights under shari’a or living by that law??–Yes, we reject you because we reject that aspect of your culture. Shari’a is illegitimate in this land. It has no place here. If you want to continue on that path then kindly get out and make your home in a place where shari’a is in full swing or be prepared to face our rule of law.
To be clear, Canadians value cultural values that do not usurp our rule of law. The values of other cultures that reflect the spirit and principle of our values and laws, we accept and are glad to include. Those that do not, we reject. Immigrants who make their home here have a choice: leave their anti-Canadian cultural values behind and assume our values or face the Canadian rule of law, which is based on Canadian values. To paraphrase Charles Napier, you build your funeral pyres and we’ll build a gallows. In this case, you kill your daughters to preserve some sort of religious honour and we’ll lock you in prison for what bleeding-heart liberals consider a lifetime. I prefer a gallows myself but that’s beside the point.
There is no such thing as an innocuous value. Imported cultural values are either strengthening or weakening Canadian values. We dare not include them all. It is ours to judge, and judge we must. We are all-inclusive (read non-judgmental, tolerant, uncritical) to our own peril. There can be no middle ground as it relates to shari’a and honour killings or the like.
It’s time Canadians and the media start saying so. It’s time to clearly define what is and is not Canadian. It is time for the demarcation of a Canadian identity.