Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny
I would say that his point is that some people are extremely intolerant.
I don't think so. He asks, "In Canada, what should you NOT say," and offers an example of something you shouldn't say where he lives if you want to have any credibility with friends and neighbours. I think his point is that he wants an answer to the question in the thread title: what should you not say in Canada if you want to keep your friends and neighbours talking to you?
There's nothing that I know of, beyond the obvious. You wouldn't be well regarded if you professed membership in the Church of Satan, for instance, and expressions of racism, bigotry, sexism, intolerance, and other such follies are generally not well received. Really though, there's nothing I've ever wanted to say that felt I couldn't say. Other peoples' experience may be different, I'm a member of the in group in this society, through no particular virtue of my own, just an accident of birth: I'm a white, English-speaking, university educated, healthy male,which at this particular time and place happens to put me on top of the heap. So don't take my word for it, I'm virtually certain I'm wrong, that there *are* things you can't say here. But I don't know what they are, my privileged position has not taught them to me, and I'd be interested to hear other views. Maybe we as a society can do something about them if we get them into the open. And if we don't get them into the open, there's no way to do anything about them.