The Totalitarian Ethos
The totalitarian impulse seeks to enforce approval, or at least criminalize dissent
‘All fundamentalisms have a totalitarian impulse, and secular fundamentalism is not immune. Canada has its share of secular fundamentalists infected with that impulse.’
So states National Post columnist Father Raymond J. De Souza.
What is most alarming about the progress of the secular fundamentalists in Canada, however, is that in academia, in Parliament, and in the press, people who have been granted special historic privileges to exercise their freedom have not only refused to exercise it, to preserve their privileges they vote with the totalitarians.
Canada is a Parliamentary democracy. The point at which democracy cannot correct conduct and ideas that are at war with its entire ethos through the ballot box is the point at which those in positions of care and responsibility shift to being predators.
De Souza has it correct when he states that ‘The totalitarian ethos is alive and well in Canada when opposition parties are reluctant to oppose, lest they be branded insufficiently ideologically pure.’
Where he errs is in equating the measures in Quebec with those in Ontario. The difference resides in the distinction between a cultural practice intentionally inimical to Western ideas of democracy and freedom, particularly for women, the symbol of which is the veil, and the exercise of true religious freedom, such as the right of assembly and peaceful protest is in the case of the protestors.
The latter are exercising their Charter freedoms, which are being illegitimately denied by the province, whereas in Quebec the protestors are a symbol of terrorism against women. Suicide bombing is characteristic of this fanaticism.
It is not a ‘choice’ or ‘freedom’ that ought to be recognized by any civil society that recognizes the full humanity of every single human being irrespective of age, sex, or religion.
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