In defence of Herouxville

Herouxville (1)In January this year the small Quebec town of Herouxville hit the headlines when it published a code of conduct for migrants which among other things advised them that it was unacceptable to “kill women by stoning them in public, burning them alive, burning them with acid, circumcising them etc.”

In the National Post Jonathan Kay defended the citizens of Herouxville against the charge that their bigoted and stereotyped views about migrants (and Muslims in particular) represented an attack on multiculturalism from the right. He claims that such views have been “liberated from the odour of racism” and are now commonplace in what passes for the left:

“… in the culture wars, feminists, gay activists and other progressives are no longer willing to risk their winnings by pledging multicultural solidarity with traditional Muslims, Hasidic Jews and other socially conservative immigrant groups … muscular monoculturalism is no longer the purview of the right … it’s becoming a mainstream ideology, even a fashionable one, on the left.”

Update:  See also Yusuf Smith’s comments at Indigo Jo Blogs