I do a monthly “Letter from
Dallas” column in French for La Presse, the Montreal daily. (To be precise,
I write it in English, and they translate it before publication). I wrote
the other day about the rather shocking effect Canada’s human-rights
statutes regarding homosexuality are having on freedom of speech and
religion for conservative Christians. I spoke the other day with a Canadian
Catholic friend, who told me in all seriousness that there are Canadian
Christians who are considering emigrating to the United States out of fear
of what’s going to become of them given the current trends in their
homeland. I said in my column that freedom of speech and religion are vital
to a healthy democracy, and that Canadians ought to be more concerned about
protecting religious dissenters.
Anyway, I find the e-mail I’m getting from Canadian readers fascinating.
Christians say, Thank you so much for speaking out, it’s incredible
what’s happening here, I don’t recognize my own country anymore, why are my
countrymen letting this happen etc. Nonreligious types — by far the
greater number of letter-writers, say, basically, I’m not religious, but
hey, you American idiot with your stupid Bush president, there’s no problem
here in Canada with anti-religious discrimination, where do you come up with
this stuff, and besides, you can have all our Evangelical idiots anyway.