Again, I point to this thread, exhibit A, a clear evidence of the smug anti-Americanism that is endemic to the Canadian left.
There is something of the word *smug* that struck me as wrong in this context, so I looked up the definition again and found the word 'complacent' in there. Certainly when education is under attack from the nuclear morons of the Tea Party, complacency can't be the charge.
We on these boards have had a fair amount of debate on the stupider actions of populists of left and right, so smugness doesn't seem like the right charge.
The reality is that America guarantees a much greater degree of individual sovereignty and protection from governmental discrimination than in Canada. Bush_cheney2004 accurately points out the hypocrisy given the discrimination that is enshrined in some of Canada's laws, although I think this is now primarily at the provincial level. There's a lot more institutionalized racism, sexism, and other unjustifiable discriminations codified into law in Canada, but we can address that later. Canada does not have the moral high ground compared to the USA when it comes to protections from religious, racial, or other unjustifiable discriminations practised by the government. So the smugness from the Canadian left here is quite rich.
Yes, it's wrong to say that one's own country is above reproach on such matters - especially Canada.
But... it is the absolutely comic situation in Louisiana that is the rich part. Allow the leftists a laugh now, and you'll get yours back later.
Alright, so the Louisiana Republican state legislator was silly not to realise that this change to the funding mechanism of education would also fund religious Muslim schools. Somehow this translates to American "public institutions being taken over by religious and private interests"? Talk about hysteria.
Well that's kind of the whole point of it isn't it ? I just don't understand why they're ok with one kind of religious take over and not another.
Also, I don't think the legislator was silly, just stupid and ignorant. Nobody should look down on such disadvantaged persons, it's true, but nobody should vote for them either.
Also, I'd like to go on record to say that I do think religious rights in schooling need to be secured. The recent Ontario political situation is evidence of that.