What part of "No, that's illegal" do you just not understand?
Back here in the comments section, "Anonymous" just refuses to accept reality. Writing on the painfully clear-cut decision that state-sanctioned marriage commissioners have an obligation to perform all marriages that are legal in Canada, Anonymous writes:
Let me offer a contrary viewpoint: ...
I have a better idea -- let's not have you offer a contrary viewpoint, for the simple reason that you're wrong. Are we good with that? We can ignore your contrary viewpoint because it's crap. What will it take for that to sink in, Anonymous?
Anonymous will, of course, not be deterred (emphasis in original):
What this means, I believe, is that the government is required to perform same-sex marriages, individual government workers may not be, if they can show that these beliefs have a religious basis.
How many different ways does one have to say "no" before it finally penetrates the intellectual permafrost there, Anonymous? As was explained in the Saskatchewan case, you're welcome to all of the wacky, zany, illogical religious beliefs you can memorize off the back of a cereal box but once you become a government employee in any capacity, you are now acting as an arm of the government and you have a legal obligation to uphold the laws of that government. Which one of those words is slowing you down and causing you such grief?
It doesn't matter what your religious beliefs are, you can't bring them onto the job with you to the point where they affect your performance of that job. Allowing a marriage commissioner to discriminate against gays is just as unacceptable as someone at the DMV refusing to renew drivers' licenses for blacks or Jews. There's absolutely no difference -- it's equally illegal. But that's not actually why we're here.
It's not these illogical, lame-brain, valueless arguments from Canada's wankers that are so thoroughly irritating. Rather, what's maddening is that the same people keep promoting the same valueless arguments week after week, month after month and year after year, regardless of how many times you explain to them the error of their ways.
One would have thought that that Saskatchewan decision should have been the last word on the topic. That decision was clear and unambiguous and yet, here we are, with yet another wanker popping up and beginning another ill-informed, right-wing diatribe with, "Well, you know, I believe ..."
Stop it. Just stop it. At this point, no one gives a flying fuck what you believe, because it's rubbish. I've seen this sort of thing before when I was more heavily involved in defending biological evolution. Some idiot would start off with, "Well, there's no real evidence for evolution ...", at which point said idiot would be swamped under a tidal wave of evidence and references, to which said idiot would pause, gather wits and respond, "Well, you know, I believe there's no evidence for biological evolution ..."
For people like this, absolutely nothing sinks in. Anonymous will have read my blog post, will have perused the relevant news articles and, despite all that, Anonymous will still try to resurrect a thoroughly dead issue.
How many different ways can I say this, Anonymous -- at this point, no one is interested in yet another "Well, this is what I believe" or "Well, here's my perspective on the subject" or "Well, let me be contrary with a dissenting opinion."
No one gives a rat's ass what your opinion is at this point, Anonymous. Really. The issue is closed, but you just know that Canada's wankers won't let it go. You'll turn around and run into yet another wanker with yet another, "Hey, what about if I phrase my argument this way?"
That's what's so infuriating about the entire population of Wankerville. It's not the meaningless, illogical arguments. It's that you hear those same meaningless, illogical arguments year after year, regardless of how many times you take them outside and beat them to death in the parking lot.
How simply and directly can someone state this, Anonymous? You're wrong. Learn to live with that and move on. We'll all be happier for it. Well, everyone except for you but, at this point, no one really gives a crap what you think.