Tradescantia Zebrina .:. The Wandering Jew

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"Reasonable Accommodation"

Oy. Still annoyed from the intolerance coming out of the CSDM, I’ve tried holding off from posting about a news story that also broke earlier this week. But it’s becoming bigger, and I really need to rant.

Hérouxville, QC, has adopted an immigrant code:

Hérouxville made international headlines after its city council approved a long list of rules that, among other edicts, forbids women from covering their faces in schools, bans female circumcision, and explains the tradition of Christmas trees.A handful of towns in the region near Trois-Rivières have said they want to create similar codes to the one in Hérouxville. Charest dispatched his minister in the region, Julie Boulet, to meet with local mayors and discuss their plans.

Hérouxville leaders had no choice but to create the code because Quebec has its head in the sand when it comes to the delicate subject of accommodating immigrants, said Mario Dumont, leader of Action démocratique du Québec.

“Anybody who looks at the way things are evolving in the last year or so, it’s obvious that things are slipping.” [CBC]

Another example of people being intolerant of other cultures, religions, and customs, not understanding what the traiditions are based on, and making ridiculously xenophobic “laws” aimed at creating homogenous towns and societies. Unbelievable!

I wonder how these people in Quebec towns would feel if, for whatever reason, they had to move to the US or anglo-Canada and were forced to stop speaking French, forced to distance themselves from French/Quebecois culture, and were not permitted to practice Catholocism (including Christmas and Easter). How would they feel then? The only reason they are making these declarations is because they are in the majority, they see their culture as the norm, and don’t understand that people can live together despite, or because of!, their differences.

I know I’ve used the word “ridiculous” several times, but I just can’t get over how… ridiculous this all is! (And how scary that people can think this way.) Especially if you consider the the percentage of Hérouxville that is made up of the immigrants that they claim are such a problem.

Herouxville has a population of 1,300 and is home to only one immigrant family; the rest of its citizens are white, French-speaking and Catholic.

If you read the declaration, which first attracted notice on the town’s website, you can’t help wondering, “are these people real?”

Included in the declaration are the following items: women should be able to show their faces in public (aside from costumes worn on Halloween); women should be permitted to drive cars and write cheques; and women should not be publicly beaten to death or burned alive. [Media Monitors]

And stating that immigrants

must not stone women to death in public, burn them alive or throw acid on them [Gazette]

is just ridiculous, as those acts are already covered by Canadian laws. Further, the rights of women (and men) are protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Unfortunately, then you get the media who applauds the likes of Hérouxville:

The heroes of Herouxville (updated)

Kudos to the mayor and six city counselors of Herouxville, a small community northeast of Montreal. Fed up with the demands of immigrants that the city change its values to accommodate them — can you guess the religion of these demanding immigrants? — the city has published a set of standards that is, well, priceless:

We would especially like to inform the new arrivals that the lifestyle they left behind in their birth country cannot be brought here with them and they would have to adapt to their new social identity…

Read the entire document; it gets better as it goes. (Click on the Avis Public link at the city’s website and scroll down to the English version in .pdf format).

And let’s get our own municipalities to follow the lead of His Honor Mayor Martin Petigny and his six splendid counselors. They’ve set a set of standards for us all. [American Thinker]

AAAh. Ridiculous. It saddens me that this exists, and so close to home.

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