Sunday, May 09, 2010


Apparently this person is very afraid of the Evangelical right like my friends Joseph Ben Ami and Karen Selick. ROFL. This article shows extreme paranoia and a severe bias against faith communities. So I guess this radical atheist thinks only others of her faith tradition should be allowed to organize or vote. I wish the religious right was as powerful as this paranoid believes.

From the moment I began this book, I was confronted by skeptics who insist that a truly influential religious right could never take root in Canada. For some, that denial seemed like an exercise in wishful thinking, a refusal to face the possibility that the idea of the country they cherish — liberal, tolerant, and not given to extremes of action or belief — might not be in sync with the changing reality. Others argued that if a Christian right did exist here it would have burst fully formed on to the political scene, a carbon copy of that in the U.S. — raucous and confrontational, openly pulling the strings of the Conservative party and captained by outspoken television preachers with millions of viewers ready to respond to their bidding. But the American movement has had more than three decades to take shape and flourish; by the time scholars and the mainstream media noticed, it had already infiltrated nearly every level of government from school boards to the Senate, often by stealth.

In this country, where the CRTC has kept the reins on religious broadcasting and Catholics make up a larger proportion of the faith community, the emergent Christian right may look and sound different than its American counterpart, but in the five years since the prospect of same-sex marriage propelled evangelicals into political action, it has spawned a coalition of advocacy groups, think tanks and youth lobbies that have changed the national debate. The “sleeping giant” that Capital Xtra! magazine had warned against in 2005 is now up and about, organizing with a vengeance that will not be easily reversed. As Faytene Kryskow, leader of Christian youth lobby called 4MYCanada, told a parliamentary reception, “We are here, and we are here to stay.”

1 comment:

Shawn Abigail said...

I would say the Evangelical Right in Canada is a bit more sophisticated than our brethren in the United States. While those in the United States want to "make America great again", the current (and likely future) goals of the Evangelical Right in Canada are merely to be heard, rather than ignored. The idea that one opinion can be considered valid because it is based on atheism, secularism, etc, and another opinion is considered invalid because it is based on religious reasons, is abhorrent to us. We only want to be heard insofar as the influence of our votes, volunteerism and political donations merit.

That said, the political Left should be very concerned by this. Evangelicals are taught from childhood about the personal responsibility to support those ministries and works we believe in. Rather than demonstrating for more government money, we believe in digging into our own pockets. And so when it comes to supporting the politicians who do listen to us, we are very comfortable with taking out our checkbooks and providing a campaign donation. I don't know the numbers, but from the little I know I think the CPC is getting a good chunk of money from citizens who are motivated by their religious faith.

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