I shook my head the other day when a Sydney school rolled over and accepted that male Muslim students could refuse to shake female teachers’ hands to safeguard their religious beliefs. Bill Leak’s follow up cartoon hit the nail on the head. How far will Australia go out of its way to sell its own values out? Talk about a one way street. Cultural sensitivity? Not in my book. This is solely at the feet of the victimhood brigade which is pushed at every opportunity to shame us. The reality is real victims never want to advertise their adversity.
While many of the excuses to allow students the right to refuse a handshake surrounded religious teachings, were it such a matter of theological imperative why wasn’t this emergency pushed decades ago? There is a simple answer to that. We live in an age of apologists. Now the left leaning liberals will take any opportunity to trash our supposed intolerance and try to make a point of how we win moral high ground by yielding everything. We are meant to feel guilty about our heritage.
It would be interesting to see whether local imams pushed the necessity of being able to refuse to shake a female teahcer’s hand 10, 20 or 30 years ago. If they didn’t then you know full well that this is nothing but taking advantage of our weakness.
So when Front Nationale leader Marine Le Pen went to meet the Grand Mufti in Lebanon there was furore that she cancelled the meeting because they were trying to force her to wear a hijab. Good on her. In a sense she was saying “ok, I respect your culture. However you must respect mine. If you can’t meet me on the grounds of discussing what’s in my head as opposed to what is on it we are wasting each other’s time!” I think that would have won her much admiration. Her polling in the first stage of the presidential election looks a done deal and the second looking much better odds. Finally a politician that shows her spine and refuses to pander to the politically correct mob. She is deeply proud of French culture.
We need only look at Switzerland for similar acts of common sense. USA Today reported 6 months ago that the Swiss authorities denied the citizenship applications of two Muslim schoolgirls who refused to swim in a pool with boys based on religious grounds. Authorities cited the students’ refusal to comply with school curricula like all the other children of various races, backgrounds, and religions. “Their refusal to assimilate to and respect the very culture they wanted to take them in and give them the privilege of citizenship was proof enough that they weren’t there to better Swiss society but to force its citizens to adopt their foreign beliefs.”
Step by step we are disrobing the fabric of our society. For all the noise we hear in the press about diversity making us stronger we pave a road which our current political class seems happy to turn a blind eye to. I have never had an issue with any culture, race or religion openly show pride in where they came from provided it does not require everyone else to have to make sacrifices to help them adjust.
Granting a foreigner citizenship is not a right but a privilege. If I want to show the Japanese that I appreciate being granted permanent residency I don’t go around demanding I wear my shoes inside their houses and jump into onsen hot springs before I wash my body. I respect their laws and customs. If I don’t like it I can always go home to live the way of my culture. Sadly my culture in Australia gets more foreign by the day because we fail to uphold our own pride for fear of being labeled bigots. It isn’t bigotry to be patriotic. We haven’t got quite to the stupidity of Canada which is looking to impose laws which criminalize Islamophobia. Why not other religions? It isn’t diversity making society greater when it is arbitrarily forced.
Full credit to the religious clerics who see how easy it is to score goals with a government prepared to rest the goalkeeper during the penalty shootout. That is our fault, not theirs.
Enough is enough. Thank you Madame for showing us that cultural enrichment is a two way street. Vive la France or was it VTFF.