It is rare for me to discuss the Leftist politicians of countries apart from the United States, but I feel it is fairly necessary here, considering how unbelievable this story is.
You see, last week, The Post Millennial uncovered footage of Trudeau’s Liberal Minister Catherine McKenna eating dog meat and bribing her way into an illegal cockfighting ring during a trip to Indonesia.
That was likely the tamest thing that has been discovered regarding that trip. Most recently, The Post Millennial discovered MORE footage from the same trip, this time around showing McKenna attending an arranged marriage and feasting on some of the buffalo that was used to purchase the bride.
According to The Post Millennial: “McKenna and her friends attend[ed] a wedding where the bride was purchased for three buffalo and $4.5 million Indonesian Rupiah – approximately $400 CAD ($301 USD). McKenna and her friends ate at least two of the buffalo that evening.” This all comes from a documentary titled: “Real Travels: 60 days in Indonesia,” in which the narrator is heard saying: “The male who is the highest bidder, got his bride to be,” and as it turns out, the groom was “the brother of [McKenna’s] tour guide that won the auction for the bride,” according to The Post Millennial.
So this Liberal cabinet member in Trudeau’s administration was discovered to have eaten dog meat, bribed her way into an illegal cockfighting ring, and attended an arranged marriage ceremony in which the bride was bid on as though she were an art piece or a boat, basically dehumanizing her by modern standards.
And these are the kind of people who screech about “ethics” and “morality” and “being on the right side of history”? This is ancient times type of stuff.
According to The Asean Post (not a typo): “According to 2018 figures from the Indonesian bureau of statistics, one in nine children under the age of 18 are married in Indonesia, or 11.2 percent from a total of 79.6 million children across the country. Meanwhile, according to a 2016 report by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Indonesia has one of the highest rates of child marriages in the world.”
“UNICEF has also noted that Indonesia has the eighth highest absolute number of child brides in the world – 1,459,000,” continued the report.
A large part of the reason for so many child marriages and arranged marriages in general occurring is because of widespread poverty in the region. It isn’t uncommon for a man hailing from a wealthy family to negotiate with the parents of the bride so that they take money, livestock, or both, in exchange for the would-be bride’s hand in marriage. And like it was pointed out earlier, this often happens to girls before the age of 18 (which makes me wonder if the Podestas, Clintons, Obamas and Bidens have some sort of interest in the small island nation).
Not at all surprisingly, McKenna received severe backlash from women’s rights groups. One such person to lambast McKenna was Niken Lestari, who is the Executive Coordinator of FAMM Indonesia (couldn’t find exactly what it stands for). She told The Post Millennial that McKenna ought to “apologize by criticizing the practice and supporting women’s organizations in Flores, NTT province that have been working to organize and empower communities for years. There have been small and big changes happening at the grassroots level and it’s still going on. We need international support to push the national and provincial government to give strong action to this case.”
She continued: “Young women are suffering due to child marriages because they are vulnerable to [the] cycle of violence and they usually cannot access many public services such as education and legal documents.”
She concluded with: “Underage brides and grooms cannot have a marriage certificate unless there is an exemption letter issued by a religious court. If they don’t [have] a certificate, their children cannot have birth certificates and they can’t have a divorce certificate in case it happens. Those are the legal impacts, not to mention the psychological damage done to the child bride.”
It is an absolute nightmare to be a child bride (and seemingly, sometimes, groom) as these girls have no rights or say about the matter whatsoever. This is extremely immoral stuff, things Leftists would usually call “regressive” and “neanderthalian”, and yet, it seems McKenna had no issue with it whatsoever.
Now, I’m not saying that she should’ve stopped the wedding or caused some big scene or something, since that would not be productive. However, if she were at all a moral person, she would have, at the very LEAST, left the wedding as soon as she discovered what exactly was going on.
I don’t know the full context surrounding the event, I don’t know if she knew what kind of wedding this was going into it or if she found out at some point during it, but if she knew that the bride had been SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER at any point before or during the event, she displayed utter immorality by taking part in it.
Now, like I mentioned earlier, she also ate dog meat and bribed her way into an illegal cockfighting ring (for which animal rights activists are also lambasting her), so even if she didn’t know about what type of wedding this was until after she left, she’s not exactly a saint by any stretch of the imagination.
Which can easily be said of just about any other Leftist you can think of. Even according to the outward morality of the Left (as in, the things they outwardly claim are “moral”), this woman is still far from ethical. Liberals might be getting a tad bit cozier with the idea of eating bugs “to save the planet from climate change” but eating dogs is a bit of a leap from even that. And, of course, any conservative would tell you how stomach-twisting that idea is.
And bribing her way into an illegal cockfighting ring kind of speaks for itself in terms of its very immorality.
But this is just who these people are anyway. They reject God and in doing so, reject the morality that He has created, opting instead for a “man-made” morality which attempts to resemble God’s morality but fails miserably due to our evil nature.
A whole discussion about morality and philosophy can be had here, but that would take far too long and would make this article far too lengthy.
At any rate, it is absolutely fantastic to me to see people who proclaim themselves to be these great arbiters of progress and morality and truth be exposed for the deeply immoral garbage that they are. This point was subtly hinted at by The Post Millennial as they shared two tweets by McKenna about how climate change “disproportionately hurt women” or how “climate deniers target women” and such nonsense. She expresses, routinely, how she is a great champion of women, particularly as it pertains to things like climate change, but in reality, she offers nothing positive for women.
Again, it’s not like I was expecting her to come to that bought bride’s rescue or anything, but that she stayed there throughout the entire thing (and there is little reason to believe she didn’t know what exactly was going on) displays her true feelings towards other women: indifference.
If she truly cared about women, she would’ve either tried to say something or simply left the joint, followed by her making some sort of outraged statement online that pointed to the horrible situation women face in Indonesia. What she displayed, in the end, is utter indifference towards her fellow woman. “Sisterhood” is something that applies only when it is beneficial to the self; if there is nothing to be gained from it, it is dropped on its head.
I feel sorry for the bought bride and for the millions of children who are forced into such a situation in Indonesia alone, let alone elsewhere in the world. Too bad that McKenna couldn’t be bothered to remotely share in that lament, not that it’s in any way surprising.
“But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than man…’”
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