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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

4/20/2004

Khadrs

I find it extraordinary that Canada has been as accommodating to Mrs. Khadr and her son. Part of me wants to say that this is exactly what is wrong with Canada - we welcome our enemies to our bosom and bend over backwards to make them feel at home. But, as Thomas Walkom points out in this Toronto Star article, so far the Khadrs have not violated any Canadian laws.

Coyne gets it right:
No one doubts the family's loathsomeness, not to say their gall. Maybe they should never have been given citizenship in the first place: certainly the father should not have. But having been granted it, you can't take it away purely on the basis of their views. Neither can they be denied access to what is supposed to be a universal health care system: the government cannot, in a free society, be in the business of punishing people whose opinions it doesn't like. (And yes, I would repeal existing legislation to that effect, including the hate laws. The ban on incitement to violence is quite sufficient to keep the peace.)
andrew coyne
Which pretty much nails it. But Andrew's commenters were all over him. Some want to compare the Khadrs to the Japanese and the Germans in World War II, some are irritated at Walkom for pointing out the fact that Mrs. Khadr's views on homosexuality and drugs are indistinguishable from Stockwell Day's.

The comments suggest that there is a lot of bitterness in Canada about our perceived - and very real - failure to stand up with the rest of the Anglosphere and confront terrorism. But most of that bitterness is rather misguided in the case of the Khadrs.

My own frequent commenter KevinG gets it just right in a comment he makes at Coyne:
Bullseye Andrew.

Yeah it stinks. Their views are loathsome. But, there is only one kind of citizenship.

I don't want to go down the path of deciding on what basis you get some of the rights of citizenship and sometimes not.

The only basis on which the citizenship can be revoked is if they lied when applying for it eg: Zundel. If they received it through fraud then they were granted the citizenship wrongly.
And, Kevin, when are you going to get a blog of your own?