In the earlier post I linked to a National post article about a professor in Toronto who is in trouble for sticking to his guns and refusing to rejig an entire class or make special arrangements for one person who refuses to be in a room with women for religious reasons.
The National Post article is not accepting comments but the Globe and Mail article is as is the Toronto Star. This is an important issue and a chance for us to support reason and our own culture. Please go comment there. The story does beg the question, what would happen if women were to say, “We refuse to be in a room with muslim men because it is a clear and demonstrable threat to our safety”. I think we know. But it would be far more reason based a demand than a muslim’s to have a special accommodation because of ancient and irrational demands not to be near women, and which got a professor in trouble at his school.
The professor also asks a reasonable question. Would he be an accessory to sexism if he did accommodate the request? The answer of course is yes, if the request was made by a white Christian male even if the man had a denomination of Christianity which might expect this such as the Pennsylvania ‘Dutch’ perhaps or something similar.
Once again we see people using the notion that their personal beliefs, something we cannot even prove they have in any case, should limit other people’s choices as opposed to their own, the traditional case for people who wish to operate outside the cultural norm, and the consequent inversion of the notions of freedom and democracy that result.
This is an item that requires some action on our parts.
Eeyore for Vlad.
**I just left the following comment at the Globe and Mail site. As they are moderating comments I am quite confident it will not be published, so here it is for them anyway**
I have a couple of questions. What if a woman were to say that she refused to be in a room with muslim males because she felt it was a threat to her safety, which she could easily demonstrate to be true with rape statistics world wide and especially in the West. Would she be branded a racist and a bigot? Yet somehow if a person refuses to be in a room with women for irrational and superstitious reasons we all have to reduce our own freedoms to accommodate that and call it a progressive move.
My advice to women pregnant with a male muslim child is get a sex-selective abortion. That way the male muslim won’t have to endure being in a room with a woman for 9 months, you as a woman can assert your right to an abortion at any time for any reason and you can show you are a progressive and strong female with genuine tolerance for muslim beliefs.
Thank you Grace for finding the links and the story.