Bigotry

Being a Bigot Doesn't Come With a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth Hawksworth

You do have the freedom to say what you want. You don't have the freedom to escape the fallout from your words. When you are a bigot -- and I use the word without malice -- you are trying to block another human being from having the same rights you have. You can feel however you want to feel. There is nothing wrong with your religious or philosophical beliefs, and in our society, you are free to practice them and believe what you wish. But freedom of speech does not carry a get-out-of-jail-free card.

Don't Separate 'Honour Crimes' From Other Violence Against Women

Amy Awad | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada
Amy Awad

There are thoughtful and effective ways to look at all the facets of violence against women and it can certainly be done without promoting bigotry. For example, in March, the Ottawa Police, the Ottawa Rape Crisis, and Algonquin College partnered to put on a full day event on violence in the name of honour.

2013: Year of the Persecuted Bigot

Ward Anderson | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

Looking back on 2013, I notice a trend that somehow managed to cling to life from the beginning of the year right up to the final chords of "Auld Lang Syne": The plight of the persecuted bigot. Apparently, people who can't stand bigots are the real bigots.

The Soft Bigotry of Low Palestinian Expectations

Mike Fegelman | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

Almost at the same time that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Washington recently, ostensibly in good faith to re-launch Mideast peace talks, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in Egypt that no Israelis would be allowed to remain in a future Palestinian state.

You Can't Point Out Racism In Quebec

Nydia Dauphin | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada
Nydia Dauphin

In an article reacting to my blackface blog post, I am accused of calling all Quebecers racist. Somehow, by sharing my thoughts and experiences as a Quebecer, I ceased to be one myself -- placed by this media outlet as a spiteful outsider to the only society, culture, and civic family I've ever intimately known.

This Author Fights Racism With E-Books

The Huffington Post Canada | Dileen Simms | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Impact

Most people have been in a situation where they have faced discrimination in one way or another — some from a very early age. Many of us survive the...

Don Cherry Is Holding CBC Hockey Back

Rachel Décoste | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

Don Cherry's regressive rhetoric betrays Canada's reputation as a nation of inclusiveness and cultural tolerance. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has tolerated this treatment for too long. Don Cherry's distasteful diatribes belong in hockey's past, not in the Canadian national pastime's present or future.

Should Israelis Care About Innocent Creatures?

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 01.21.2013 | Canada
Douglas Anthony Cooper

Writing in The Jerusalm Post, Israeli Sharon Udasin quoted Nofar Gal, who lives near the border with Gaza: "The situation in the South has been very difficult not only for us humans but also for our pets." Predictably, her writing about an Israeli's pet dog triggered outrage in sensitive non-Israelis. The professionally sensitive -- liberal reporters -- were especially incensed.

If People View Muslims As Intolerant, That's Our Fault

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada
Hina P. Ansari

The film the Innocence of Muslims has recently been thrust into the spotlight and has played the willing role of firestarter to what can be seen as a tinderbox which harbours the sensitive feelings of my Muslim brothers and sisters. You, my dear Muslim brothers and sisters, fell for it. You have played right into the hands of this hate-monger filmmaker and into the hands of his bigoted friends who view Muslims as "crazy," "intolerant," "violent" all in the same breath. And thanks to you we have handed them another high profile example. On a big fat shiny platter.

Obama: Yes Gays Can

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 07.09.2012 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

There was a time when it would have been unthinkable for an American president to utter those words, but today that era has passed. In a nation divided by Democrats and Republicans, secular and religious, north and south, today marks a day where America has moved one step closer to no longer being a nation divided by straight and gay.

The Music Diaries: "Half Angel Half Eagle"

Jane Siberry | Posted 04.05.2012 | Canada
Jane Siberry

Someone's mother falls to the sidewalk; on the next street someone looks up. In the cathedral, a burst of laughter; in another city the pigeons fly up and scatter. Someone put down in a New York subway a newspaper picked up in Australia. For each event, the inarticulate glory, the equal and opposite, will tell the story.

The Line Between Bigotry and Fair Cultural Critique

Mira Sucharov | Posted 01.08.2012 | Canada
Mira Sucharov

Why, when I see other cultures being critiqued, I sometimes bristle, while at other times I welcome it as thoughtful analysis? Because employing a measure of tastefulness and mindfulness and listening to others makes all the difference.