Well, This Really Furthers Dialogue Between Cultures, Doesn’t It?

It’s as if one of Moscow’s most prominent Christian anti-diversity apostles has gifted us with an example of ugly engagement with others. And yet here I am, not at all thankful.

From Christ Church Elder Dale Courtney’s Right-Mind blog, Sept. 6, 2010:

Quote of the Day: Mark Steyn

“Multi-culturalism means your kid has to learn some wretched tribal dirge for the school holiday concert instead of getting to sing “Rudolf the Red—Nosed Reindeer.”

—Mark Steyn, author of “America Alone”

My goodness. I’m going to assume that defense of a silly, secular kiddie song isn’t the point here, either for Dale or for Mark Steyn.

Rather, their intent is to shower disdain on programs and philosophies that attempt to educate kids about other cultures and ways of life. Now, there might even, I realize, be a deeper purpose to multi-culturalism, in the same way Jeff and I have been determined to raise our two sons to not become convinced growing up that as white American males, they were superior — the standard by which all others ought to be referenced and compared to. Multi-culturalism attempts to open avenues of understanding between cultures. I think that’s a good thing. Clearly, Dale doesn’t. Which, I think, makes my previous post, and the apology therein, all the more necessary.

I wish it were otherwise.

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