I live in a small rural community. Mostly white. Mostly Christian -- in name if not practice. Imagine my surprise when I
When I was approached by the BC Conservative Party earlier this year to run as MLA, one of the pre-conditions was that there would be an agreement that I would not suffer the same fate as Ray Lam of the NDP during the 2009 election. I gave party officials full access to my social media accounts and I told them I would scrub nothing. I think voters should get to know the person they elect. We had an agreement. They knew what they were getting, and we were good to go.
Godwin's Law states, if an online conversation goes on long enough, invariably the argument will include a Nazi or Adolf Hitler comparison. Just this week Ontario PC MPP Jim McDonell was forced to apologize when he compared legislation involving the ORNGE controversy and its alleged secrecy to the manner in which the Nazis operated. Falling back on Hitler and the Nazis only tells us that the person lacks both imagination and sensitivity -- but it happens all too often.
If you obsess about Israel's supposedly murderous nature, yet feel neutral about Guatemala, Nigeria, Indonesia, Brazil -- each of which (though arguably not guilty of genocide) is responsible for the outright massacre of at least 100,000 innocent civilians -- then you are a bigot. You may not be an anti-Semite. But you have a problem with Jews.
Women's crimes are seen as something that falls beyond the 'normal' scope of violence. Male criminals in the Second World War and Rwanda were painted as brutal, thuggish. The female criminals were brutal too, but also sexually-perverted, diabolic, and often mad.