I realize that the Canadian leftosphere today is some kind of outraged over this exciting new development in ... in ... well, breathtaking, naked homophobia and seething, hateful religious "values." But let's all calm down, shall we, and take a closer look.
Yes, it looks bad, but let's not jump to conclusions. As my mother used to tell me when I was a sprout, when life hands you lemons, put them in the freezer for several hours until they're rock hard, then use them to club a Blogging Tory into unconsciousness. Um ... wait, that can't be right. Anyway, where was I?
Oh, right ... let's not get unduly perturbed over this since a careful reading of that article opens up a world of fascinating possibilities. Consider, in particular, this part (emphasis added):
The Conservative government is planning measures, including a Defence of Religions Act, to allow public officials, such as Justices of the Peace, to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.
Yes, this would allow ignorant, religious fuckwits in Canada to take public funds, and then use those funds to discriminate against other Canadians. But, as they say, what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Or one good turn deserves another. Whatever. The point here is that, if publicly-funded religious individuals in Canada are allowed to openly discriminate, then it would follow logically that all Canadians who hold a public position should be able to do likewise.
I mean, surely no one is suggesting that taxpayer-funded bigotry be restricted to only the devout, are they? If Canadian Christians are granted that kind of freedom, it would seem inarguable that all taxpayer-financed Canadians will have the same choice to associate, or not, as they see fit based on nothing more than their personal beliefs. And, oh, the possibilites are endless.
For instance, teachers in Canada's public school system might decide that they just don't feel like teaching students who are strict Biblical creationists. (Such students are typically a royal pain in the ass anyway, so booting their sorry asses out the door of the science classroom can't help but be an improvement.) And why stop there? Why, indeed?
Left-wing university professors will, I'm sure, absolutely revel in their new-found power, giving any annoying right-wing students the old heave-ho. Boy, that's going to quiet down the political science classes in a hurry, isn't it? But, oh my, this is just the beginning since, if public employees have the right to decide who they're going to serve, it makes only logical sense that private citizens should have at least that amount of freedom.
I can see it now:
Receptionist for occasional typing and office work.
Should have basic knowledge of Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Catholics need not apply.
Or how about:
Automatic transmission repairperson.
Should have intimate knowledge of both domestic
and foreign models.
Yeah, I can see where all of this might come in handy. Of course, I'm sure there will be griping from Canada's religious wingnut community but, come now, if they're bound and determined to discriminate against other Canadians based on their personal beliefs and convictions, surely they wouldn't be so two-faced as to deny the rest of us the same freedom, would they? After all, fair's fair, right? To paraphrase those folks when they're fuming and sputtering about "gay rights," it's not like they'd be so hypocritical as to demand a "special privilege" that they wouldn't extend to the rest of us. Right?
So chill out, folks. Let's all sit back, relax, crack open a cold one, and watch how this develops. But, if you have any foresight, you might want to get those "No Mormons Allowed" posters ready, just in case. No sense leaving that until the last minute 'cuz, if you do, you generally end up doing a sloppy job.
And you don't want that.