Here in Southern Ontario, we recently had two men charged with terrorism. They were Muslims who had immigrated here, gone to the trouble to become citizens, and then allegedly plotted to load a train passenger car with explosives. The Big Bang was to occur when the train was half-way across a railroad bridge above the Niagara River, on its way to the United States. The loss of life and property damage would have been horrendous.
Fortunately, police got wind of the plot, and arrested the two before they could proceed. One of the pair immediately lawyered up, and denied the whole thing. The other genius is demanding a lawyer who will argue that he should be tried under Sharia law. He claims that the laws of the country should not apply to him, and that the Koran should be the only book to judge his actions. Good luck with that! Even Muslim lawyers are backing away, because they know that the Canadian Penal Code must be the one to apply.
Opinions online, and in op-ed letters are unanimous. How dare you think that you can use your religious beliefs and your holy book to justify illegal activity! You live here in Canada. You have to obey the laws of Canada! Okay now, come along with me. We’re going to take a little trip to visit KayJai, in Newfoundland, for another lesson in religious entitlement and intolerance.
Several years ago, the Province of Newfoundland did away with Catholic separate schools. They were rolled into an all-encompassing Provincial school system, and the pertinent laws stated that no religion would be allowed to display any religious symbols in the now-secular schools.
Recently, a parent filed a request to the Provincial School Board, to have a Christian cross removed from above the door of a previously Catholic school in St. John’s. Saint Matthew’s School, if you care. The school board has acceded to the legal request, but, oh, the howls of Christian anguish.
In an attempt to stick a finger in the dike, to keep special religious treatment and benefits from leaking away, the female spokesman (-woman?, -person?) for the parents association has started asking stupid questions. “What harm is a cross doing to the student, or the complaining parent?” The same, but opposite harm that taking it down would do to you. The complainant does not have to give a reason, but you must obey the law.
“Why do we have to take down our cross, when only one person has complained?” For the same reason that I have to stop robbing banks, even if only one bank manager has complained. It’s against the law, and you don’t get to obey just the laws that you like. “What’s next? Will we have to take down our Saint Matthew’s name, too?” Well, if you keep bitching and dragging your feet on this request, that might indeed be next. Cut your losses and play nice with others.
I’m not saying that hanging a cross and blowing up a bridge are equally serious offenses, but they’re both firmly planted on the Yellow Brick Road of religious intolerance and social disobedience. If attitudes and actions are not modified, it doesn’t take much to proceed from one to the other. I am reminded of the book-burning scene in the movie, Footloose.
I am both amazed and disgusted that Good Christians will decry and deny application of Muslim sharia law, and the validation of the Muslim holy book, but will haul out Catholic benefits and the Bible to justify their own selfish and illegal behavior. They both equally feel that the laws of the country should not apply to them, and their holy book should supersede Provincial legislation.
The Bible may be a great book, and Christian principles may be grand, but, they don’t hold a monopoly. They should not be shoved down others’ throats, just because they’re nice. Everyone has the right to go to Hell in his own way. In the Bible, Jesus ordered that we are to “Render unto Caesar, that which is Caesar’s.” Cast off your feelings of inferiority and insecurity! Live, and let live!
End of yet another anti-bureaucratic religious rant! We will return you to your regularly scheduled program of fun and foolishness in a couple of days.
In a sad post script, a Good Christian couple in Pennsylvania believe in “Divine Healing”, but not in obeying Man’s laws. They have caused the death of a second son in three years from pneumonia, by not taking them to a doctor or hospital. Accommodation of religious beliefs does not extend to allowing the death of children, even your own. They have been charged with third degree murder, for failing to provide the necessities of life.