August 17, 2016

A tale of two parades, and what they say about Canada

David MacKenzieRebel Columnist
 

Two Canadian parades that took place this summer encapsulate the spirit of our times, and illuminate our questionable cultural zeitgeist.

First, a progressivist mother becomes upset with a school district’s lack of enthusiastic affirmation of LGBT ideology in middle school, setting the stage for a “Pride Parade” in one of Canada’s most conservative communities, Mennonite Steinbach, Manitoba.

Sexual radicals swoon at the prospect. Devotees of infallible American Psychological Association theories rally together. Proximity to metropolitan Winnipeg provides expanded demographic support and extra publicity.

Justin Trudeau congratulates the initiative, and crowds that would seldom bother to assemble suddenly wouldn’t miss the opportunity to appear progressive all while managing to affront hometown Christian traditionalists.

Predictably, when the local Mayor and Conservative MP for the region indicate their unwillingness to attend, they are publicly chided for their absence. And national mainstream media, in all its sycophantic collusion, repeatedly eats and regurgitates it all — with bloated bovine relish.

Contrast the preceding, however, with the 2016 “Community Parade” in Westlock, Alberta.

A local, likely Christian, pro-life group applies to be part of an anniversary parade commemorating a small town’s founding. It meticulously constructs a parade-float to match the birthday theme. Yet, the group is subsequently told that its float is unthematic.

After this initial rejection doesn’t exactly “float” with the group, the parade committee informs them that there will not be enough room for them in the parade— as though, somehow, Westlock suffers from the same congestion as Pasadena on New Year’s morning.

Then, after showing up in optimism for the day of the parade anyway, this conservative group is threatened by a local bylaw officer with absurdly punitive fines. What, precisely, was their entry’s misdemeanour? By all appearances, the float bore the unimaginably offensive theme: “Everybody deserves a birthday”.

Mainstream media, of course, ignores this parade.

By itself, a parade might represent the best of times— or the worst. Yet, this is not just a tale of two parades. It is a tale of two cities— and one society— with very clear antipathies and sympathies.

Both these parades manage to hold conservative values up to public contempt, while either subtly enabling or overtly flaunting the sexual revolution.

Taken in tandem and contrasted with one another, these events are not isolated anecdotes. They are symbols of a publicly diseased Canada.

These parades are easily placed alongside a number of recent “binary” events: a Dundas public square that punishes Christians for proclaiming Jesus while remaining strangely silent on the issue of Hare Krishna proselytizing; a broad educational pedagogy that rejects Gideon Bibles even while facilitating Islamic prayer-rooms; a cultural climate that doesn’t mind atheist billboards but vandalizes pro-life ones; a Medieval “faire” where it’s okay to promote the metaphysics of tarot cards and goddess worship as long as no participant publicly mentions Jesus.

Politically speaking, these incidents highlight the broader philosophical confusion found within Canadian (and Western) society. Social progressives hide behind certain assumptions of the secular-neutral state when convenient, all while being functionally pluralist in a spiritual and cultural sense.

Combining this conflicted philosophy with identity-based sexual politics and Marxist “solidarity” tactics merely completes the subjective attitude— a “fancy” that favours the fringe (or the novel) while punishing the familiar.

Unfortunately, by so doing, social progressives reflect the antithesis of principled behaviour. Combining cultural relativity with political solidarity, after all, seldom produces judicial impartiality.

When these varied philosophies impact progressive structures, in fact, they may even become havens of petty tyranny, often with administrative rulers who judge by subjective fiat— making decisions as biased as they are shamelessly “contemporary”.

Schools, for instance, that sound so profoundly secular in rejecting the Gideons, over time, host yoga in their gyms and burn sweetgrass in their staffrooms, apparently oblivious to their own hypocrisy, and the truth that cultures come complete with cults.

Should they truly be surprised, therefore, when discerning social conservatives complain about the arbitrary appearance of all this “progress”?

Yet, I’m told, one mustn’t whine. Things could always be worse.

Indeed, this is just a tale of two parades— hardly the “worst of times” for Christians in Canada. We’ll reserve such statements for radicalized contexts like Iraq and Syria.

Nevertheless, these are hardly the best of times, either— unless one manages to emotionally feed off the implications of a liberal society that increasingly lacks a moral foundation, is routinely duplicitous in its public affairs, and is slowly draining itself of all philosophical credibility.

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commented 2016-08-20 14:14:54 -0400
I will repeat this posting again..

“God will abandon us because too many people think that a rectum is a sexual organ… That pretty men are more attractive with boobs while exposing this influence in little girls change rooms and instilling these kind of values on children during a critical time in their sexual awakening is the right thing to do. there are many ways to sacrifice children but one of the worst is to sacrifice them on the altar of homosexuality and transgenderisam like it is normal..”
commented 2016-08-20 14:13:00 -0400
Roger that anonymous… They make it sound as if they speak for a large cross sectional piece of society and they do not and they know it..
They are an ultra of small minority whose life depends on changing enough minds to garner for their cause and they know that too so they must be loud and in our faces as if they’re being miss used or abused.
commented 2016-08-20 13:08:28 -0400
There is nothing to be proud about being an LGBT person today.

In fact, a true representation of the LGBT community today should be a Rainbow Coloured Swastika instead of a rainbow flag

This is because of the actions of LGBT activist groups who insist on being the voice of such people, where such a person is a selfish individual who cares nothing about the rights of others and LGBT rights come first.

The self-elected voice of LGBTs, like Wynne who claims to speak for such people, automatically cry Homophobia if they don’t not get their own way or does not like what someones says.

Said groups/LBGTs are Bullies who use bigotry accusations, demonstrations and their own chosen “marginalized” stereotype to get their own way.

Best example is when others choose to define Gender by physical parts and not by identification often resulting in gender stereotypes, resulting in Transexuals having to use a public washroom or change room by what they actually look like, not what they feel like, like Heterosexuals have too (including women not allowed to use a male washroom because the female one is often packed at events), they go into the bullying tactics above
commented 2016-08-18 17:31:53 -0400
James, I for one, don’t.
commented 2016-08-18 11:19:22 -0400
It is said that stupid people are too stupid to realize they are stupid – or something like that. Examples of this appear in Canadian Politics (Federal, Provincial and Municipal) on a daily basis. OMG, I guess that says we might be just as stupid, for listening/following them.
commented 2016-08-18 10:13:36 -0400
It is obvious that Christian values are despise, in spite of the clear fact that they are the solid foundation of the western civilization and so have been established by the only true God. The Bible still stands as the greatest “best seller” of all time that the world has ever know, and It has the same relevence that in the time past.
commented 2016-08-18 05:54:01 -0400
God will abandon us because too many people think that a rectum is a sexual organ… That pretty men are more attractive with boobs while exposing this influence in little girls change rooms and instilling these kind of values on children during a critical time in their sexual awakening is the right thing to do. there are many ways to sacrifice children but one of the worst is to sacrifice them on the altar of homosexuality and transgenderisam is normal.
commented 2016-08-18 00:26:21 -0400
Yes, Elton, and we also are sacrificing our children to our pagan beliefs about prosperity.
commented 2016-08-18 00:24:24 -0400
“increasingly lacks a moral foundation” Pretty sure most clear thinkers would agree that western civilization was built on Christian princibles. I believe that this is the reason for our prosparity. It has been said that some of the scariest words in the Bible are “and God gave them over”. Many believe that God often pronounces judement on nations by simply allowing them to hang themselves with their sinful ways. Many others question an Old Testament God who would command his chosen people to annihilate their neighbors including women and children. What seems to have usually been the last straw for God was the pagan practice of sacrificing their children and God did not want this practice to be adopted by the Israelites. As western society, for some years now, has turned its back on the true God and Christianity as well as adopting the practice of sacrificing our unborn children for the simple sake of our own convenience, perhaps God is giving us over as His way of pronouncing His judgment on us.
commented 2016-08-18 00:24:24 -0400
“increasingly lacks a moral foundation” Pretty sure most clear thinkers would agree that western civilization was built on Christian princibles. I believe that this is the reason for our prosparity. It has been said that some of the scariest words in the Bible are “and God gave them over”. Many believe that God often pronounces judement on nations by simply allowing them to hang themselves with their sinful ways. Many others question an Old Testament God who would command his chosen people to annihilate their neighbors including women and children. What seems to have usually been the last straw for God was the pagan practice of sacrificing their children and God did not want this practice to be adopted by the Israelites. As western society, for some years now, has turned its back on the true God and Christianity as well as adopting the practice of sacrificing our unborn children for the simple sake of our own convenience, perhaps God is giving us over as His way of pronouncing His judgment on us.
commented 2016-08-17 20:09:00 -0400
Robert Raymond, you’re not imagining things, it’s true. France is evidence. We can’t be silenced. Never discuss religion or politics in public, but it seems that’s all I can do
commented 2016-08-17 19:29:52 -0400
Here in the Steinbach area it is very apparent that the Alphabet Bunch whilst stating their purpose is to end bullying and keep people safe is using the coercive power of the state to bully the population in general and the local Hanover School Division in particular into submission by use of the Human Rights Commission.

If you can’t be shamed into submission you will be bullied into submission. At least that is the thinking.
commented 2016-08-17 19:29:05 -0400
Me too BZ….
I’m hope I’m here to see it and maybe even have a say in how the rebuild goes..
It is a shame that Justin Trudeau thinks that he’s the prime minister of Canada… He wears the title in name only and more than that he is an international embarrassment.
commented 2016-08-17 18:46:21 -0400
@ – Leviticus 2013 commented 2 hours ago
I don’t mean to offend anybody on this site but an anus is not a sexual organ..!
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Agreed

But………

Men lube it up so others can ram their hard dick up inside.

I think the pm likes boys as well a his environment minister.

I cannot wait until the world crashes down – there will be a rebuild – if I am lucky I will live to see it
commented 2016-08-17 16:58:38 -0400
I don’t mean to offend anybody on this site but an anus is not a sexual organ..!
commented 2016-08-17 16:55:56 -0400
We brought this on ourselves the moment we legitimized insanity..
commented 2016-08-17 14:46:45 -0400
Sad state of affairs.
commented 2016-08-17 14:45:47 -0400
I support western canada separating
commented 2016-08-17 14:44:49 -0400
Wonder how trudeau will deal with the members of the LGBT being thrown off city skyrises during ramadan next year?
commented 2016-08-17 13:50:57 -0400
Drew, I agree about hitting rock bottom, but do you really think that there is a chance of coming back from it. Bill Elder said it best in another comment, that governments in Canada have so much power that they can use a sledgehammer to squash a bug. I think our only window is now, to turn it around, before it reaches rock bottom. I also think that separation is our only solution to purge the scourge.
commented 2016-08-17 13:45:58 -0400
Parades are the ultimate symbol of conformity and herd instinct. They’re for joiners not thinkers.

As someone who has never been a “joiner” of any of the popular dogmas and social trends, I watch these things with a kind of detached curiosity, much like someone with a front row seat at a freak show – watching their antics is amusing, and I feel sorry for them at some level, but the one thing I DO know is I never want a place in that parade of freaks. I console myself with the knowledge that in their last dying moments, they will realize they wasted their lives on superficial/fraudulent ideals and “junk” values.

If western culture collapses (and it is in its middle stages now) archeologists studying us in some future date (if humanity can resist extincting itself) they will marvel at all the time, energy and resources we squandered on defending the indefensible and denying the obvious.
commented 2016-08-17 13:34:22 -0400
Robert Raymond maybe it is best to let us hit rock bottom. The blind fools need to learn that their hubris and elitism is not the way to go about things. They deserve to be violently subjugated.
commented 2016-08-17 13:22:40 -0400
It is said that Satan can appear in many guises and many places simultaneously. Wondering if Satan is not working harder today than in the past to corrupt mankind.
Satan does have his own religion . . . It is called Islam and its adherents are the Muslims.
Santan’s minions seem to be parading in the guises of some of our leaders.
I’m not overly religious but as Bob Ross says “you need darkness to see light”, I am paraphrasing here.

DJBT and his minions