Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Political Correctness Demands that Muslims--But Not Catholics--Be Accommodated. How's That Working For You, Infidels?

As Mark Steyn writes, it isn't going too well:
As Commissar Sebelius was laying down the law to American Catholics, a Montreal couple and their son were convicted of a multiple "honor killing." Immigrants from Afghanistan, the Shafias had coolly plotted around the kitchen table the murder of all three of their daughters (plus one of the father's wives), and then carried it out, by drowning them in the Rideau Canal near Kingston, Ontario — for the crime of wishing to live as North American teenage girls. The father was caught on tape saying, "May the devil s**t on their graves!" — which he gamely attempted on the witness stand to pass off as some sort of traditional greeting in Dari.

Zainab, Sahar, and Geeti Shafia had told various teachers, social workers, and police officers that they were being beaten, that they wanted to be placed in foster homes, and that their parents and brother were planning to kill them. And in every instance the enforcers of the secular state prioritized deference to Islam over the fate of the girls. They still do. The court rescheduled its Friday sittings to accommodate Muslim prayers. And, in striking contrast to, say, the Matthew Shepard murder, the media coverage of the case was inordinately preoccupied with emphasizing that no broader conclusions should be drawn about Islam's attitude to women.

In other words, Islam seems to be finding it a lot easier than Catholicism to get a "religious exemption." Here's a caption from the Toronto Star accompanying a picture of the cafeteria at a local public school: "At Valley Park Middle School, Muslim students participate in the Friday prayer service. Menstruating girls, at the very back, do not take part."

Yes, that's right. At the cafeteria of a taxpayer-funded school in North America in the early 21st century, the boys enter through the main door and sit in the front row; the girls, being inferior, enter through a rear door and sit behind them; and the menstruating girls, being unclean, sit at the very back and are forbidden to participate. The school board says relax, there's nothing to see here: So many Muslim kids were bunking off to the local mosque for Friday prayers and coming in late for transgender-history class or whatever, it made more sense to give the imam the cafeteria to hold his prayers in. How's that for a "sensible" balance?
Only an Islamist, a leftist and/or the TDSB could see that sort of gender apartheid (on the taxpayer's dime, no less) as being "sensible."

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