Friday, February 02, 2007

You will be good

The council to the people of Herouxville, Quebec.

"We wish to inform these new arrivals that the way of life which they abandoned when they left their countries of origin cannot be recreated here," said the declaration, which also says women are allowed to drive, vote, dance, write checks, dress how they want, work and own property.

"Therefore we consider it completely outside these norms to ... kill women by stoning them in public, burning them alive, burning them with acid, circumcising them etc."
This is funny and serious at the same time. This council is laying down the terms on which the people of this town are willing to accept those from different cultures, just as Australia has done. Though without the comic vividness. We must stop pretending that we can accommodate everything. We can't. Human rights are not 'natural'; they are an imposition on the world. And it is an impostion that will endure as long as we are willing to impose it.

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