Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Achieving Equality (For Those That Think Like Us)

I don't rail against nearly enough self-centred, hypocritical organizations that hide behind hot button issues.

I stumbled across REAL Women of Canada's website after reading a press release about the organization boycotting Famous Players movie theatres for showing "a 15-second political, pre-movie ad promoting same-sex marriage in its theatres".1 In the same newsletter article, it states, in regards to Famous Players changing their policy regarding political advertising:

It is troubling however, that this policy change occurred only after a pro-family group requested that a pro-marriage ad be displayed at fair market price in the theatres. In reality, the new-found policy to reject political ads was a very convenient way for Famous Players theatres to refuse pro-family ads on marriage.

I decided, soon after reading this, that I needed to find out more about REAL - I, unlike some, enjoy learning new things and hearing differing opinions on topics.

In their own words, "REAL Women of Canada (Realistic, Equal, Active, for Life) is a non-partisan, non-denominational organization of independent women".2

Now, again, that pesky learning thing:

Partisan: an adherent or supporter of a person, group, party, or cause, esp. a person who shows a biased, emotional allegiance.3
Denominational: limited, conditioned, originating in, or influenced by the beliefs, attitudes, or interests of a religious sect, political party, etc.4
Non: negation of a word or group of words.5

Reading further on the same page, one will find REAL's objectives. Among those objectives is "To promote, secure and defend legislation which upholds the Judeo-Christian understanding of marriage and family life" (very non-denominational), and "To support the right to life of all innocent individuals from conception to natural death" (two very non-partisan arguments and a very non-partisan phrase in one sentence)

And you have got to read their open letter to "all Canadian religious leaders". I would like very much to know to whom they actually sent the letter, what with their (apparently not) espousing Judeo-Christian family and moral dogma. And I haven't even begun to talk about their position papers or publications.

Believe what you want, even if it is that homosexuals will undermine the fabric of society by destabilizing the family unit (and do they mean just homosexual males, or homosexual females as well? And what about transexuals?), but don't let a group tell you what you believe. Especially not a women's rights group that believes in "Women's rights, but not at the expense of human rights".6

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