You wouldn’t want to offend Muslims, now, would you?
Here is a telling indication of how moral relativism encourages the worst forms of barbarity. “Honour killings term angers Trudeau,” by Bryn Weese for the Toronto Sun, March 15 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
OTTAWA – Liberal MP Justin Trudeau said the government should not call honour killings “barbaric” in a study guide for would-be Canadian citizens.
On Monday, the federal government updated its Discover Canada guide, a pamphlet given to new immigrants to help explain life in Canada and prepare them for the citizenship test.
Among other things, it tells new Canadians that gay marriage is OK and forced marriages are not.
But the guide also says: “Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, ‘honour killings,’ female genital mutilation, forced marriage or other gender-based violence.”
“Those guilty of these crimes are severely punished under Canada’s criminal laws,” it reads.
Trudeau blasted the Conservatives for using the term “barbaric,” even though it’s been in the guide since 2009. Forced marriages are the only new item on the list.
“There’s nothing that the word ‘barbaric’ achieves that the words ‘absolutely unacceptable’ would not have achieved,” Trudeau, the Liberal immigration critic, said.
“We accept that these acts are absolutely unacceptable. That’s not the debate. In casual conversation, I’d even use the word barbaric to describe female circumcision, for example, but in an official Government of Canada publication, there needs to be a little bit of an attempt at responsible neutrality.”
But Immigration Minister Jason Kenney fired back Monday, accusing the Liberals of choosing political correctness over women’s rights.
“Despite Trudeau’s opposition, we make no apologies for letting immigrant women know their rights. We won’t turn a blind eye to the abuse of immigrant women, even if the Ignatieff Liberals prefer we err on the side of political correctness,” said Alykhan Velshi, a spokesman for Kenney….