The absurdity of Kellie Leitch’s ideological purity test

I published the very first post on this new blog: “The cowardly, lazy notion that liberalism cannot tolerate dissent”. The immediate inspiration was a comment on Canadian Atheist, but it was a response to an attitude I’d seen seen widely expressed for some time. The most widely noted example was Donald Trump’s proposal for extreme vetting of immigrants, but I deliberately avoided citing his particular example because he’s well on his way to becoming the star of the next iteration of Godwin’s Law. Besides, I thought, that kind of wacky “politics” is an American thing; my blog focuses on Canada, and we don’t have that kind of nonsense in Canadian politics. Well…. Continue reading “The absurdity of Kellie Leitch’s ideological purity test”

The cowardly, lazy notion that liberalism cannot tolerate dissent

I published an article on Canadian Atheist blasting the absurdity and hypocrisy of Islamophobia masquerading as secularism and “concern” for women’s rights. Naturally, supporters of faux-secular bigotry showed up in the comments, and their defences have been… underwhelming. No big surprise there; bigots are hardly known having particularly well-thought-out ideologies. Or being intelligent in general – one even had to resort to calling me a “wife-beater”. For simple attempts at deflecting criticism, like complaining that the word “Islamophobia” can be misused, I prefer to respond directly in the post’s comments. But there was one apologetic that I felt deserved a little more space. Continue reading “The cowardly, lazy notion that liberalism cannot tolerate dissent”