Liberal Senator Mobina Jaffer introduced a bill shortly after the Liberals took power in December 2015 that would remove mention of “barbaric cultural practices” from a law passed by the Harper Conservatives.
The “Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act” referred to acts of barbarism ranging from female genital mutilation to honour killings.
It appears Jaffer has a problem with the word barbarism, but why?
If one doesn’t want to be labelled as carrying out a barbaric cultural practice, then isn’t the solution to not embrace acts of barbarism?
In a speech introducing her bill, Jaffer said use of the term “barbaric” is “insulting to cultures in Canada.”
Regrettably, there’s at least one Conservative Senator, Salma Ataullahjan, who agrees with Jaffer that “barbaric” is a problematic word, saying in the Senate recently:
“In my view, [barbaric] is incendiary and deeply harmful, as it targets a cultural group as a whole rather than individuals who commit the specific acts.”
But, which cultures find condemnation of barbaric practices “problematic”? Is it perhaps members of those cultures that defend and/or practice barbaric practices?
Mind-numbing political correctness has brought us to the point where it’s “insensitive” to call barbarism, barbarism.