UNREAL CANADA

Baird's just keeping it real 

Editorial, Toronto Sun, Aug 09, 2013


Baird defends gay rights

Canada is a defender of human rights. Full stop.

That's pretty much our response to REAL Women of Canada picking a fight with John Baird.

The foreign affairs minister has recently spoken out against the oppression of gay people in various countries -- such as Uganda, with their proposed "kill the gays" bill.

REAL Women don't like that. They think Canada has no business poking around in Uganda's affairs -- despite the fact we send them tens of millions in aid every year.

They also don't like Baird chastising Russia for their bizarre new law against non-traditional lifestyle propaganda -- whatever that means.

What it seems to mean is that gay people could be arrested for waving a flag, writing their opinions or having a parade.

Well, sorry ladies, but Canadian athletes will soon be heading to Russia and we should do all we can to make sure they compete and come home safe and sound.

Telling other countries what to do and wading into their social issues should be kept to a minimum. But sometimes you've just got to stand up for your values. And persecuting people because of their religion, gender, sexual orientation and so on, is one of the things we oppose as Canadians.

Cultural relativism doesn't cut it on this front. This is about as absolute as it gets.

That said, we're not rushing to call on Canada to boycott the Olympics.

Governments have pulled out of past Olympics for political reasons. In 1980 U.S. president Jimmy Carter called on a boycott of the Moscow summer games to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The Soviets responded by boycotting the 1984 games in Los Angeles.

But if we do it too much it becomes something of a charade. Until the games are held in some neutral territory -- permanent facility in Athens anyone? -- we'll have to learn to all get along.

We'd rather see diplomacy prevail. Which is what Baird is doing.

We're looking forward to Canadian athletes -- regardless of their sexual orientation -- travelling to Russia and bringing home the gold. We'll be cheering them on no matter who they are.

Oh yeah, and REAL Women? Get real!

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