Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Kelowna -- Gay Pride Yes, Right to Life No

English: A photo take in Kelowna, B.C.
English: A photo take in Kelowna, B.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"Kelowna abolishes courtesy flag program after Right to Life asks to fly banner"

The flagpole outside Kelowna, B.C.’s city hall has played host to banners from numerous community groups since a process to open it to the public was formalized last summer. Even last week, organizers with the local Pride Week were allowed to fly their flag. 
But when city council faced a request from a local anti-abortion group for a turn, the city axed the program.
Defending the rights of unborn Canadians is controversial and divisive while promoting public sexual licentiousness is uncontroversially harmonious -- what could be more Canadian than a homosexual acting out in public, or more unCanadian than caring about the unborn?

A scant ten years ago Canadian courts were forcing -- forcing -- municipalities to celebrate gay Pride against the wills and better judgements of mayors. Their beliefs were over-ruled and their consciences quashed by the know-better courts juggernaut.

Don't expect these same courts to come to the support of the Right to Lifers. The courts are ideological, they get to impose their social values on Canadians, and they get generously paid for life -- it's a great, soft-totalitarian gig if you can get it.

And that's the way the Ball bounces.

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1 comment:

Anon1152 said...

I think of the Pride flag as less political (or at least, less partisan: there are gay members of every major party, and Harper arguably did more to solidify gay marriage in Canada than Paul Martin).

But... I'm with you on this. I think the flag should probably be allowed to fly.

Anyone who wants to say something publicly should be aware of the fact that others they disagree with have the same right to speak.

I'll quote my hero, Hobbes (admittedly, I am taking him out of context a bit): "those who cannot tolerate even words are the most cowardly of all men."

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"