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Gad Saad

Chrystia Freeland’s ostrich logic

Chrystia Freeland, the new Minister of International Trade of the Trudeau government, recently appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher. During a discussion of refugees and Islamic terrorism, she exhibited almost every talking point of the Regressive Left, or as I like to call it, the Ostrich Brigade. It is crucial to rebut her arguments, as unless we are able to defeat this ostrich logic, free, secular, and liberal societies will be irrevocably damaged. Here are some of them: 1. Every faith has bad people People who come to Canada and who descend from different religions and cultural backgrounds are equal under the law. This does not mean that specific tenets and values inherent to their cultures and religions are all equally good or equally bad. For instance, no one questions that there are both nice and mean people from all religions. However, we are discussing ideas that stem from those religious traditions. This is fully decoupled from the fact that adherents of any religion will follow a normal distribution along most traits, unrelated to their religion. 2. Diversity is an unconditional good On the Maher program, Ms. Freeland reaffirmed that diversity is part of Canada's richness. I fully agree, but it appears that Ms. Freeland and I have very different notions of diversity. Gastronomical, folkloric, racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity enrich a society. However, no diversity should be allowed when it comes to adhering fully, unconditionally, and unequivocally to our secular and liberal values and laws. We are not enriched by a diversity of beliefs regarding rights for gays. We are not enriched by a diversity of beliefs regarding female genital mutilation. We are not enriched by a diversity of beliefs about human rights for Jews and other religious minorities. The holding of illiberal beliefs by some people does… Read More