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Meanwhile, up in Canada — welcome to my world, kid…
In fact, recently at school I made an analogy, comparing a book I had just read in English class to a chocolate chip cookie. I explained that most of the book (represented by the cookie dough) was fairly decent, but there were some stunning parts that made it worth reading (represented by the chocolate chips).
I was automatically regarded as a racist after making this analogy by others who overheard me in the hallway. It may not have been the greatest analogy, but surely using the word “chocolate” in an everyday manner should not be criteria to call somebody a racist.
By now I should be used to this particular view of the world: It’s one in which only bad people, fanatics and crazies disagree with Canadian values, whatever those are. It is a world of “we” versus “them.” And we all know who “we” are and we certainly know “them.”
It is a world in which certain views are smart and others are for rubes. It is a world in which religion has no place in public life, unless, of course, it is “moderate” religion that is never judgmental, thinks of sin as medieval and whose values are always vague and never challenging to anyone.
It is a world in which anyone who strays outside the narrow realm of proper Canadian debate is an enemy…