Thursday, March 27, 2008

Levantian Logic

Remember the Calgary bus crash that killed young Kathelynn Occena? Remember how Ezra Levant, in an Op-Ed piece so unhinged that the Calgary Sun pulled it from their website, blamed this accident on the fact that the bus-driver's eyes were covered by her hijab?

Well, charges have been laid today. The bus-driver's name? Louise Rogers! How Islamic is that!

But wait! Ezra's original argument was just filled with nuance! The woman didn't really have to be Muslim, and her head scarf didn't really have to be a hijab, and didn't even have to be impairing her vision, for this unfortunate accident to have been the fault of Muslims:

What matters is that a school bus driver was allowed to operate while wearing a hood.

Clearly, that is an unacceptable risk -- and something that should be banned by common sense.

Ten years ago, to say that head scarves on bus drivers should be prohibited would have been uncontroversial.

But to say so today is to be called Islamophobic -- even if the bus driver in question was not a Muslim.

So there you have it: another poison fruit of multiculturalism and accommodation! You can't even criticize non-Muslim women for wearing scarves anymore!

(By the way, I've read Ezra's latest on the pathetic non-event in Ottawa the other day so you don't have to. The boy sure can rave on. But the shorter version is that, yeah, we lost, and blind people suck.)

h/t to Holly.

8 comments:

fakename said...

"Levantian Logic"

...is positively Aristotlian in comparison to lib-left logic.


Harper halves the head tax and sets immigration records for most brown people ever to immigrate to Canada in a calendar year? Racist, at least according to the "intellect" of the average lefty.

bigcitylib said...

What's Harper have to do with this? He wouldn't and won't touch any of this crowd with a ten foot pole.

Ti-Guy said...

...is positively Aristotlian in comparison to lib-left logic.

Busted! The word is Aristotelian, and your mistake is common for poseurs.

Please take this opportunity for quiet reflection and remorse.

Anyway, this tired assertion about how politically-correct multi-culties have made it impossible for people to pass judgment at the expense of common sense is really only made by racists like Ezra Levant.

Of course, none of his pals in the media ever calls him on it because he's "such a character."

What an asshole.

fakename said...

Heh, busting me for a typo is the best you'll ever do.

Shouldn't you be in a better mood, since the Ontario budget just gave a raise to the underproles? Think of all the extra scratch and win tickets!

Ti-Guy said...

That wasn't a typo. I deal enough with poseurs to recognise the shibboleths.

Making the quite natural mistake of deriving "Aristotlian" from "Aristotle" leads me to believe that you've probably not heard the word "Aristotelian" pronounced all that much.

Now, no more of this. Feel remorse and express contrition and let us move on from your unfortunate contretemps.

Shouldn't you be in a better mood, since the Ontario budget just gave a raise to the underproles? Think of all the extra scratch and win tickets!

What a petty, bourgeois slag. Thank God I find cheap snobs more amusing than irritating.

Gayle said...

"Ten years ago, to say that head scarves on bus drivers should be prohibited would have been uncontroversial."

Clearly Ezra has never met my Ukranian Baba.

20 years ago all kinds of Babas were wearing scarves all the time, driving or not. No one would have even suggested they be forced to remove their scarves.

Of course, they were all white...

Dr.Dawg said...

Your summing up of Ezra's post is succinct, accurate and remarkably restrained. There's a rant at my place about that bigot.

Anonymous said...

bcl, it seems you haven't yet appreciated the significance of this event. Nor what it means for you to be on the wrong side of it. Truly disheartening.