In my culture, the police exist to frighten and apprehend robbers, murderers, and the violent, and to stay out of pretty much everything else that goes on. This is uncommon in the world community, and it is one of the sacred traditions of my people. Now the Halifax Police are committing hate crimes against the ways of my ancestors.
Police in Halifax are investigating a complaint about a political cartoon that some members of a local Islamic group claim is a hate crime.The police didn't hang up on her, or throw her out of the station with a warning about wasting police resources. In other words, the police are spitting in the face of multiculturalism itself. In my culture the police do not involve themselves with editorial cartoons. Why are the police committing a hate crime against my community? This offends me, and it offends me that anyone would marginalize my people's ancient traditions by siding with the racist Halifax Police in their bigotry against the thousand-year-old ways of my ancestors.
However tempted you may be, do not read the slave-worthy comments to that news story. They are almost uniformly in the "Freedom of speech, but..." zone. These comments are likely to induce hatred or contempt in the bosoms of the Freespeecher-Canadian community for CBC-Canadians -- which come to think of it may even make my linking to this CBC story a hate crime on my part. (Update: After a day in the blogosphere, the comments skew a lot more towards reality.) I'll save you the pain by quoting one person with his head on straight:
The real threat here is not from Cheryfa MacAulay Jamal, or from the handful of radical Muslims who do not - yet - have the power to mould Canada into their dystopian vision of religious purity - they are merely making use of the legal tools freely available to them.SHUT UP SIMPAL MINDED PHILOSAPHER, WHERES MY FREE HEALTH CARE AND ARTS GRANTS?!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Posted by Mike on Thursday, May 08, 2008