This article by Mark Steyn is excellent but I certainly believe something is missing. It’s awfully difficult to “hold the line” against Muslim extremism when there isn’t one. (And I’ve been looking for a while now. Next step, an ad in the papers… SWF seeks cultural, western civilizational line to have and to hold, til death do us part.)
So let’s talk alarm, shall we? One area where North Americans are alarmed is that many Muslims fail to believe in “reproductive choice.” Women’s rights types would be more than happy to confer on Muslim women their ideas on how and when women can exercise said choices. A safe and legal termination–now there’s your answer to severe birth defects.
So can we bring immigrants round to our way? I sure hope not.
When we accept abortion on demand, which we most assuredly have, then truly, we can afford to be unperplexed by just about everything else. When dismembering a fetus limb from limb results in exclamations of “We need choices!” there’s a problem. And that is most often the reaction in my social circles, when abortion comes up at all. It’s a miracle my friends still invite me back. (But thanks to this site, I’m less of a downer at parties. No need to wax on about societal decline orally when you can do it in writing.)
I take great comfort in knowing that history moves in many directions. Onwards and upwards, pro-life people! “Hold, hooooold…” Those are probably my favourite two words from any movie. (Gladiator)
Andrea is feeling particularly alarmist today: Who can you count on to hold the line? Probably not these folks.
Véronique adds: Makes it awfully hard to take the moral high ground with regard to polygamy I’d say. So polygamy is generally perceived as bad for women but poly living, now, that’s liberation!