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  •  Her statement is a straw man argument and (0+ / 0-)

    another unfortunate example of the left eating its own children. It is misleading because it invents a non-existent bogeyman, maybe an "out-of-control PC multiculturalist" (who would argue that "culture" can justify violation of human rights) as a fictional opponent of this bill. Why cast aspersions on unnamed multiculturalists? Why go there at all?

    I doubt that people like mojadahttp://www.dailykos.com/... would object to the US government shelters for victims of rape or domestic abuse victims, or microfinance programs, or indeed, the moral agenda behind these things. But the language being used to promote this bill in that quote by Melanne goes beyond this moral agenda, and asserts a more general claim of cultural superiority, which is used elsewhere to justify wars. People are right to be suspicious of anyone using that language.

    ORGANIZE early, ORGANIZE often.

    by bicycle Hussein paladin on Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 12:39:32 AM PDT

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    •  No society lacks its barbaric legacies (1+ / 0-)
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      some of which persist far past the time of their cultural usefulness.

      I often wonder how slavery persisted for so long in this society, never mind racism, child and spouse abuse, homophobia and this outrageous hostility to taking both religious and secular teachings on care for the less fortunate seriously.

      Likewise, I'm just not sure how amputations are useful forms of punishment...or infanticides...or rape of rival families' women...or relocating large aircraft into skyscrapers.

      Which is to say - what a few do, here and there, to much fanfare and media play, is not the definition of either society.

      And, just perhaps, correcting these old, obsolete cultural habits would hardly be damaging.

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