Last week George Smitherman lost to Rob Ford in the Toronto mayoral elections. The margin in the results was very wide and well deserved. It was a no-brainer: Smitherman lacked any comprehensible plan. Beside that, he was supported by the mighty Liberal machine, which fact promptly reminded the voters that he was an inseparable part of the happy spenders, who are bankrupting Ontario.
His record as an Ontario health minister was difficult to ignore as well. Who can forget the eHealth money-squandering operation?
However, during the last days of the campaign another issue came up. It was Smitherman’s sexual orientation. Frankly, before that I didn’t pay much attention to it, but some bloggers already wrote about its possible implications (like Five Feet of Fury). So, the issue probably deserves further discussion.
An anti-Smitherman ad ran on a Tamil radio station, which specifically targeted his sexual orientation. There were also reports of flyers attached to election lawn signs, urging Tamils and Muslims not to vote for a gay man. (The attempts to blame them on Ford’s campaign were beyond laughable.)
Did homophobia play a role in Smitherman’s defeat? Yes, it did, but not in the way most people think.
Let me start with an interesting image that may give us a clue about the problem.
At the end of one of his public appearances, after Smitherman finished his speech, his “husband” approached the podium, holding the kid they have adopted. Smitherman leaned toward his “husband” and kissed him on the lips.
Of course, that action was mirroring the standard politician’s gimmick of kissing his wife to show what an outstanding family man he is. The big difference was that it involved two men and the effect was very different.
I am used to that, it’s not a big deal, I have seen much more shocking things at Toronto’s gay parade. However, to most of the immigrants, who arrived in the recent years, that looks creepy. The number of immigrants from USA and Western Europe, where gay rights have been firmly established, is miniscule. The vast majority of the newcomers come from third-world countries (mostly through family class immigration) and to them the Canadian values are far from self-evident or acceptable.
The liberal mantra of multiculturalism assumes that the Canadian society is a mosaic of happy-go-lucky ethnic groups and cultures that love each other. That would’ve been true, if we were mosaic pieces, which could be arranged in any way that our benevolent government desired. Unfortunately, we all are living and breathing people with different ideas and preferences.
The delusion that everybody who enters Canada somehow magically turns into a poster boy (or girl) for tolerance is very dangerous. This is especially true when we talk about the acceptance of the gay lifestyle. In North America and Western Europe it took many decades of work, protests, education, etc. to turn the public perception around. This is not the case in the rest of the world, where the anti-gay hostility is as bad as usual. And that hostility is imported into Canada in large amounts.
The Muslim religion is extremely intolerant to homosexuality. Although unofficially pedophilia is tolerated in some countries (like Afghanistan), overall the sharia law prohibits homosexuality and the punishment is death.
In Africa the situation is not much better, there is not a single country that gives rights to gays. If somebody has lived in India for any extended time, he would have noticed that the issue of “gay marriage” and “gay adoption” wouldn’t come to be discussed in the parliament in the foreseeable future. In democratic Japan the gay issues are taboo in the mainstream media.
Even in Eastern Europe, the anti-gay hostility is overwhelming. In Russia, the Moscow gay parade has been banned several times. In Bulgaria, for several consecutive years, the participants in the gay parade are vastly outnumbered by the people who want to hurt them and the police that protect them. Most political parties and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church strongly oppose it. In Serbia the first gay parade ever allowed (out of several attemps), which took place few months ago, turned into a battle, with rocks, Molotov cocktails, thousands of protesters and police, which left over 90 people wounded.
All those people are coming to Canada, they come here because they expect to find better jobs, better business opportunities or bigger welfare cheques. Many of them not only do not pay attention to our value of “tolerance”, but they also bring their old beliefs and odd customs that don’t fit with the basis on which Canada’s prosperity is built.
They think that once they are here, they can impose their prejudices on the others. The clash is inevitable and it is already happening. It is only a matter of time before some “vulnerable minority” files a human rights case against pushing the gay agenda at school and in the media (it already happened with the informal protests against the new sexual education curriculum in Ontario schools). If they file an official case, we could be sure that the violation of their sensitivities will be addressed, judging from the Human Rights Cmmission’s track record.
So what will Smitherman’s buddy and suspected fundraiser Barbara Hall do? Would her head explode trying to resolve the dilemma of accommodating both parties? Or she may choose the Swedish model of action? In Malmö, Sweden, with the increase of the Muslim population, the attacks against the Jews increased significantly. Since two minorities were involved, the bleeding-heart Swedish liberals were totally perplexed and couldn’t decide which side to take. So they let the Jews and the Muslims work out their “differences”. Can you guess who won? The Jews are leaving Malmö en masse, because they fear for their lives.
It is not necessary to be very smart to understand who will win in the battle between the gays and the ethnic minorities. Hostile homophobic cultures are being firmly established in Toronto, yet gays still think that the “evil” corporations are their enemies. Corporations will go out of their way to accommodate anybody who wants to buy their goods, while religious bigots will try to wipe out the gays at the first opportunity.
This year’s gay parade showed how out of touch with reality the gay activists are. The “Queers Against Israeli Apartheid”, who were very well represented, protested against the only country in the Middle East where gays have rights. Smithermean took part in that parade (just like Panatalone, Taliban Jack and Olivia did) and none of them expressed any criticism. They never distanced themselves from the extremists. The absurdity of that situation looked as if it came straight from a Monty Python sketch.
In an interview last week with Reuters, Mahmoud al-Zahar the “foreign minister” of Hamas, the gang of thugs, which controls Gaza, said addressing the West: “You do not live like human beings. You do not [even] live like animals. You accept homosexuality. And now you criticize us?” What a surprise! Hamas didn’t appreciate the efforts of the “queers” who defended it!
Then came the issue with Rob Ford and the gay marriage – the activists thought that they could expose his “bigotry”, but it didn’t make any difference, because 99% of the people don’t care about that issue (especially immigrants). The theatrical confrontation with Ford over his correct remark that Toronto cannot accept a million more of immigrants, because it is broke, that was supposed to paint him as a racist, also failed.
Painting Ford as being homophobic is not going to help the gay community, because it is an imaginary problem. When devout Muslims become enough to exercise a real influence in government institutions, it will be hard to imagine getting any grants for “queer artists”. And do you think that they are going to approve any funding for the gay parade, which from their point of view is a demonstration of perverts who try to corrupt their children?
I don’t see any solution to this problem. If you accept multiculturalism and encourage people to keep their original culture, eventually they will try to subdue the tolerant Canada, because most cultures in the world are very intolerant. Then tolerance as a Western value will self-destruct. And thanks to the activists and the progressives, we are not that far from that stage.