Canadians have drawn a basic distinction between themselves and Americans by financially promoting the concept of “multiculturalism” as opposed to the American concept of “the melting pot”. This is with respect to how we handle the various peoples who settle in our two countries. Canadians revel in how we promote our ethnic differences while ethnic Americans supposedly assimulate and abandon their heritage.
Well several major events have raised serious doubts in my mind as two the validity of this relative concept. Canada’s huge ceremony of 100,000 people on Parliament Hill in sympathy to the WTC/Pentagon/Pennsylvanian attack was completely devoid of prayer. A token display of a silent Priest, Rabbi and Muslim cleric spoke volumes. These cultural leaders were to be seen but not heard. What a joke.
No doubt this was prompted by fears of offending someone. Well Canada, you pissed off a lot of people by wasting a lot of money promoting multoculturalism. Now when we put on a major national display of our character you suppress it. What a joke.
What a stark contrast to the American participation of its cultural/spiritual leaders at the National Cathedral and even more evident at the Prayer for America. America has bared her soul and she truly is the multicultural capital of the world.
I have put this in GD, because I expect some negative response from fellow Canadians.