Wednesday, February 28, 2007

I thought Canada was civilized

Also from The Brussels Journal:

The subject of reasonable accommodation between Canadians and immigrants has been in the news in Canada for the past month or so, with the stories of two separate communities. The small working-class town of Herouxville, Quebec, population 1,338, made international headlines when it came up with a controversial and provocative code of standards for immigrants.

The code stipulated the following: That women should be able to show their faces in public and should also be permitted to drive and write cheques. That it is “completely outside norms to [...] kill women by stoning them in public, burning them alive, burning them with acid, circumcising them etc.” The resolution had no legal weight but nonetheless, roused passionate debate.

So it's still legal there to stone women, burn them alive or with acid, circumcise young girls, force them to wear burkas, forbid them to drive or write checks, etc.?

Forbidding these things arouses "passionate debate"?