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dialamah

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  1. *laughing* Did you stop reading after that and missed my (admittedly sparse) examples of Christian violence? I entirely agree, Christianity is no more or less peaceful than Islam, regardless of what they claim. In my perfect world, all humanity would agree on giving up religion of any kind.
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    That's a good question. I personally don't like the niqab, so my *preference* would be that they not wear it. Niqab wearing women look strange to me, I am uncomfortable with what it implies about that woman's culture and by extension, my own - we aren't that far from a completely male-dominated, patriarchal society. I think it would show respect on their part to remove it given that we are a different culture; on the other hand, why am I more entitled to respect for what I believe, than they are for what they believe? I also support the idea that people should have as much freedom to
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    Again you prove my point. The *victim* does not take action to help themselves until they are ready to do so. It doesn't matter if their mother tells them how bad the spouse is, or if the cops arrest, charge and jail the spouse - until the victim decides not to be a victim, he/she will just take the spouse back over and over and over. Every Canadian in Canada could carefully explain to the niqab-wearing-woman exactly why she shouldn't wear the niqab; we might even be right in our reasons. We could ban it in government offices, in workplaces and on the street. She'll ignore our good advi
  4. It was kind of a joke, eh. Sometimes I'm just too subtle for my own good. Vacuous hyperbole could be another way to describe it.
  5. There is this thing on the right which demands that emotions rule intellect, that excuses be found to justify bigotry and cruelty, that facts be disregarded in favour of myth and hyperbole. Mind you, when their arguments are demonstrated to be false, they blame anything but their own flawed reasoning. It's a weird sort of determination to find something - anything - to prove they are the victims, even when they occupy the most powerful and privileged position in society. Christianity is also a religion of peace. I wonder how the victims of abortion clinic bombings/shootings feel about
  6. dialamah

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    The laws against nudity are also applied to everyone equally, regardless of their societal niche. A ban on the niqab targets a very tiny minority.
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    I agree that the oppression of women, or anyone, is evil. But until they, themselves, are ready to make that determination, we can't do a lot about it. Like domestic abuse or drug addiction - the victim can end up in the hospital multiple times, they can be offered all kinds of help, but until they figure it out, no amount of trying to forbid certain behaviour is going to work. Banning the niqab entirely would probably make Canadians in general more comfortable. It will do nothing to help currently oppressed women become less-oppressed; in fact, it's more likely to create more oppressi
  8. Meh. I don't think it's such a black and white issue. I do know that you can go online and read Court decisions regarding reasons behind sentences. They often make a lot more sense than does the uninformed public, if only because they have details that we lack. Don't know where you are from but in BC there was a trial of a couple of terrorists recently. The media had a great time running video of the sting operation that caught these two, repeating over and over how they were going to blow people up at the BC Legislature buildings. The government was only too happy to share all the detai
  9. dialamah

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    I'm not sure how a face covering can be 'evil'. It can be disliked, either by the wearer or by the viewer, but in and off itself it has no moral value. People who do not like see it as a symbol of oppression to women. They are no doubt correct. People who like it see it as a symbol of faith. They are no doubt correct. Conservative politicians see it as a way to whip up the electorate, get some votes. They are also correct.
  10. Actually, no. I'd be all emotional and I'd want to kill them myself, engage in a little vigilante justice. And it wouldn't matter to me if these were terrorists, or just run of the mill murderers, their country of origin, or their skin color either. But I think you've just employed a logical fallacy called "appeal to emotion". It suggests a weak argument. Making a decision based on emotion doesn't always result in the best outcomes. To be consistent with my personal values, I would say that a Canadian terrorist who attempted to murder my family should face the full penalty of Canadian l
  11. dialamah

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    Gosh, I wonder exactly what that act defines as 'Barbaric Cultural Practices'. Child marriages, clitoral removal, death by stoning (or any other means) - that all would make sense. But those were already illegal in Canada, so why would another law be needed? What else not covered in our already existing laws is in this legislation? Or is it just an unnecessary law created for optics? I'm thinking somebody has already got that number on speed-dial.
  12. Do you suppose Conservatives don't lie? Nanos overnight poll has Liberals** leading again. Doubt very much anyone is getting a majority.
  13. "Almost nobody" isn't the same as "nobody" so you've only proved my point. As far as I know, the laws have not softened. What has happened is that in some areas of Canada, enforcement varies, which is more the function of police and prosecutors. Judges are subject to laws relating to sentencing minimums if the cases come before them. In terms of law enforcement being responsive to the will of the people, Halifax is better than Winnipeg. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canadas-patchwork-pot-policy-how-possession-charges-vary-from-city-to-city/article16377021/
  14. "Demonstrated wishes of the majority of Canadians" does not trump the law, else nobody would still be going to jail for marijuana possession. Canadians fooled by the rhetoric of the niqab being a security risk or a harbinger of shariah law arriving next week might feel differently if they really understood the extent of the "problem", the actual issue, or that until 2011 women could and did take the oath while wearing a niqab. I think it might have been politic of the NDP/Libs to offer a referendum after the election, cooler heads and some sanity might have prevailed. It'll be a shame if
  15. Calling Trudeau a 12-year-old boy suggests you've failed to learn anything about him, but have instead simply swallowed the Conservative line, ready to regurgitate. Weren't you just saying that you wish people would do some research instead of just spouting the party line? Maybe take some of your own advice.
  16. Are you saying that money spent on infrastructure and social programs is a waste? If so, why do you think that way? Harper rotates two main messages on my FB feed - security (national and international) and the economy: 'deficits are bad, and Trudeau plans to run a massive deficit forever and ever. NDP don't know what they're doing and will raise taxes on everybody. Only the Conservatives will lower taxes and keep a balanced budget". So, maybe when Harper/Conservatives stop repeating how awful Trudeau/Deficits are or how incompetent NDP is, maybe the other parties will stop remind
  17. So there I am, farming away on my little quarter section and I notice that I need to get more seed for next years crop. But wait, I promised the wife we'd have a little extra this year! What to do, what to do?? I know! I'll only get half as much crop as I need, so that I'll have a little extra THIS year AND a little extra next year! Yup, that'll work. Same reason Harper keeps harping about Trudeau's planned deficits without mentioning his own historical deficits. And either way, they're both fudging the other side: Harper creates fear by claiming Trudeau plans to go into unlimited
  18. I've been hearing complaints about this system from long before Harper was elected, so it's just because of Stephen Harper. I think people are getting more vocal about it, but that could also be because of the internet and social media.
  19. I suspect many people underestimate Trudeau because he's enthusiastic and idealistic. He's much smarter than people give him credit for, and he's likable in a way Harper isn't. "Likable" people get farther in terms of negotiating than unlikable people, and the apparent lack of sophistication can be disarming ... until it's too late. What you see as a weakness could actually be a strength - but only time will tell. And you have to admit, he's brought the party from the ashes to a possible second place finish -- that should tell you something.
  20. dialamah

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    That seems perfectly fine to me. I'd rather err on the side of 'too much' than too little when protecting people's rights. What about those communities that say "I want you to be whatever I want to be and to hell with what you want" ? Is that a better approach? This is what all religions teach, with the possible exception of Buddhism. This is also 'taught' by political parties, which is why we see extremely partisan people making really outlandish justifications for all kinds of stuff their guy does (or doesn't do). This isn't pointing a finger, it applies to all parties equally
  21. Since I voted for him once, that would be a fail for you. He managed to turn me from a supporter to a non-supporter strictly on his own merits. But hey, I'm glad he's got you on his side.
  22. They wouldn't *intend* to destroy Canada, it would just be collateral damage from protecting us from the invading Russian Hordes you posited. Kinda like those other countries the US has defended ...
  23. Maybe because you aren't looking very hard. I can help .... http://www.newstalk1010.com/news/2015/09/28/report-canadas-influence-on-world-stage-has-declined From http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/has-canadas-reputation-dimmed-and-does-it-matter This is a good article, because it presents both sides. To read the "other" side, you'll have to click on the link. And, now that we're preventing ex-pats from voting, stripping citizens of their citizenship and some of us want to force Muslim women to take off their niqab, this will soon no longer be true: From an ex-pat li
  24. You have the wrong user-name. The polls that rate Canada "best place to live" aren't wrong; but they're also the opinions of civilians who know little more about a country than what they see on prime-time TV. Where Canada has lost reputation and influence is in relation to other governments, not among people who might come here for a vacation.
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