Yay for the perpetuation of ignorance!

January 12, 2009 at 11:47 pm (Rant)

An email I received today:

Subject: Fw: We SHOULD be concerned
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> Our National Anthem – at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics
> Please read and forward to as many Canadians you can think of – thank you
> WE ARE PROUD CANADIANS
Bruce Allen is on the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Committee and new Canadians (specifically Hindi’s/Indian’s) want him fired for his recent comments outlined below:
> I am sorry, but after hearing they want to sing the National Anthem in Hindi at the 2010 Olympics- enough is enough. Nowhere or at no other time in our Nation’s history, did they sing it in Italian, Japanese, Polish, Irish (Celtic), German, Portuguese, Greek, or any other language because of immigration. It was written in English, adapted into French, and should be sung word for word the way it was written.
The news broadcasts even gave the Hindi version translation – which was not even close to our National Anthem. I am not the least bit sorry if this offends ANYONE, this is MY COUNTRY; My Grand Dad served in the military, other family members also served, as well as my wife & I served a combined total of 56 years between us. We made many sacrifices for our country and do not feel we should feel obligated to allow invited people we’ve welcomed with open arms to influence & change our society to better resemble the one they chose to leave to come here!!! – IF YOU AGREE ABOUT THIS GREAT COUNTRY, SPEAK UP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE
I am not against immigration. In fact I believe we need more, my ancestors were immigrants — just come through like everyone else. Get a sponsor; a place to lay your head; have a job; pay your taxes, live by the Rules AND LEARN THE LANGUAGE as all other immigrants have in the past — and LONG LIVE CANADA!’
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> It’s time we all get behind Bruce Allen, and scrap this Political Correctness His comments were anything but racist, however, there are far too many overly sensitive ‘New Canadians’ that are attempting to change everything we hold dear.
ARE you PART OF THE PROBLEM ??? Think about this: If you don’t want to forward this for fear of offending someone, will we still be the Country of Choice and Still be CANADA if we continue to make the changes forced on us by the people from other countries who have come to live in CANADA because it is the Country of Choice??????

> Think about it!

> IMMIGRANTS, NOT CANADIAN’S, MUST ADAPT.

> It’s Time for CANADIANS to speak up.. If you agree ? Pass this along; if you don’t agree?

> Delete it and reap what you sow because of your complacency!
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Wow, it’s rather disappointing that this racist trash disguised as an email is STILL floating around the internet.
Fact: there has been NO movement to have the anthem sung in Hindi at the 2010 games. Not sure where this little rumour came from, but the internet is a wonderous place that allows urban legends to grow exponentially.
Fact: while Allen’s comments on this particular myth are not what I would consider racist, his rants in the past most definitely were. His attitude of ‘fit in or get out’ belongs elsewhere, NOT in Canada. We are not a melting pot, we are a mosaic. This isn’t MY country, YOUR country, or HIS country; this is OUR country, and this nation is comprised of many different cultures.
In case anyone is interested, these are the actual comments that prompted many people to demand some sort of consequences for Allen’s statements:

“If I didn’t know any better, it would seem that there’s been a lot of immigrant-bashing going on in the past few months. A month ago, the Sikh community was all up in arms about Passport Canada refusing to issue passports to three Sikh kids because they were wearing religious headgear for the photos. The children were wearing those handkerchiefs which are knotted at the top of the head to keep their hair intact. That incident came on the heels of an immigration plan that was in the works to have Sikhs with the surname Singh or Khan to change those names so as to avoid administrative mistakes. Too many Singhs, too many Khans, that was the problem. And now we’ve got a controversy over the fact that Elections Canada has said that it’s all right to have burka-covered Muslim women vote in elections when it is very clear that voters have to be able to be identified when going to the polls. All of these issues joined the list that contains the turban-wearing Mounties problem and the one where the motorcycle-rider was angry that he had to wear a helmet as it is impossible to get it on over his turban. This is all very simple. We have laws in this country. They are spelled out and they’re easy to get a hold of. If you are immigrating to this country and you don’t like the rules that are in place, then you have the right to choose not to live here. But if you choose to come to a place like Canada, then shut up and fit in. We are a democracy, but it seems more and more that we are being pilloried by special interest groups that just want to make special rules for themselves. This is easy to solve. These are the rules, there’s the door. If you don’t like the rules, hit it. We don’t need you here. You have another place to go; it’s called home. See ya.”

I AM concerned, damned straight. I am concerned that ignorance like this continues to be spread over the internet where innocent people might read and believe it.

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