Thursday, April 6, 2017
"La Meute"? More Like "La Merde"
We cats never cease to be amazed by the paranoia among white men who are slowly realizing they're Yesterday's News.
Take this elegant guy, who obviously just stepped out of a Noël Coward play. He lives in rural Quebec, about 90 minutes north of the province's historic, walled capital — and he'd probably like to build a few walls himself. See, he's head of a group called "La Meute," French for "wolfpack," and he spends his days fretting about Sharia law. The wolfpack guys don't want any mosques in their neighborhoods or face veils on women.
Sharia law? In Quebec? We think not. The last we checked, there was a crucifix on the wall of the National Assembly, and we'd bet a boatload of tuna that it's still there.
Groups like La Meute bother us for a number of reasons. First, they help create a hostile environment in which all sorts of nasty things can happen. (Remember that the six people who were killed at a mosque in Quebec City a couple of months ago were Muslims, not white Christians.) And their language is disturbingly close to hate groups that, sadly, we Americans know too well. La Meute might as well just change the "c" to a "k" when they divvy their members into geographic "clans."
And finally, they insist on creating a problem where none exists. We cats are as fond of secularism as the next liberal, but let us repeat what we've said before: A open and multicultural democracy can easily tolerate a variety of religions and the silly dress that often goes with them. We cats HISS.