Ever since I started blogging I've been warning everyone I can that Stephen Harper isn't the man he pretends to be.
I warned that he was a fanatical ideologue from the sinister Calgary School whose sole mission in life is to change Canada beyond recognition. By turning it into a yankee blowing neocon jungle, where our beautiful, gentle, and noble Canadian values would be replaced by violent and greedy Amerikan ones. But by now most Canadians know that.
What too many of them still don't know is that Harper is also a secret religious fanatic with a hidden agenda, should he ever win a majority, to turn Canada into a hideous theocracy. Well now they do.
In an article in the latest edition of Walrus magazine journalist Marci McDonald shines a light on the inner workings of the Harper government and finds it crawling with theocon maggots. Crazy American style religious extremists who are incredibly powerful and may be influencing Harper's decisions on everything from foreign policy to the environment. Here are a few excerpts:
On the strange little evangelical Church that Harper frequents....
According to its Statement of Faith, adherents believe the Bible is “inerrant” and the Second Coming is “imminent.” Women are still not accepted for ordination, and a position paper on divorce does not mince words on a related matrimonial subject. “Homosexual unions are specifically forbidden,” it decrees, “and are described in Scripture as manifestations of the basest form of sinful conduct.”
Or Jason Kenney's real job...buttering up the lunatic fringe who believe that judges are more dangerous than terrorists.
....these days, Kenney may have more clout than any minister, playing emissary to groups with whom Harper doesn’t wish to leave prime ministerial fingerprints, above all on the religious right. Despite being a Catholic, Kenney is a regular on the evangelical circuit, turning up at so-con confabs and orchestrating discreet meetings with the boss. “ Jason,” says one Ottawa insider, “has a lot more influence than you might think.”
Isn't that a frightening thought?
But the scariest stuff is the haunting question that McDonald raises about whether the government's decision to kill Kyoto is motivated not just by its craven attempts to please the Calgary oil lobby. But also as a sop to the crazy religious wingnuts who believe that environmental degradation is a good thing. Because it will hasten the arrival of their so-called Messiah. Wingnuts like one of the theo-cons closest to Harper, the porker homophobe Charles McVety.
For Charles McVety, any mention of the environmental movement sparks a tirade against the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. “The Bible talks about a false religion and one-world government, and what we have developed is exactly that,” McVety rages. “The false religion is the worship of Mother Earth — I call them earthies!” He dismisses Rio’s Earth Charter as “that pagan document.”
Yikes is that scary!! I must admit that after reading that I began to panic. With the same sex debate about to rear its ugly head again it's entirely possible that some wingnuts might end up knocking on my door. And with my anger management problem I simply can't allow that. Not after how I behaved with the two Jehovah Witnesses who tried that a few weeks ago. When I was alone in the bunker....
Geez I'm sure they must have thought I was the anti-christ.I wouldn't be surprised if they were still running .... by now somewhere in Saskatchewan. Still looking over their shoulders. Still waiting for Big Jesus to strike me down and carry them off to heaven. How disappointing. Sorry.
Anyway after that I decided to put up a sign to warn off wingnuts ahead of time.
Although now after reading the Walrus article I'm not sure that's the right approach. It might just encourage them. Make them think they can see Big Jesus by just knocking on my door.
Instead of having to go to all the trouble of starting the Final Conflict in the Middle East. Uh oh. Maybe I better threaten them with an attack dog.
But what am I going to do? I can hardly teach my gentle lab new tricks at his age. Train him to bite people instead of licking them as he likes to do to every human he ever meets. And I don't really fancy the idea of waking up to find my new doberman wagging his tail at the end of my bed, With a wingnut's head in his mouth. Too messy. Might put me off my breakfast.
Yes I think I can use the pooch to make my point as forcefully as I can. And still please my anger management instructor.
And my point is this. Fuck their little plans for a theocracy. The day I recognize a religious freak government's right to tell me what to do, or who to love, will be the day the world really ends.
You see I don't care from what pretty, pious or self styled divine doggy asshole this theocon bullshit oozes out of. Christian, Muslim, Jason Kenney's or whatever.
As far as I'm concerned.
It's just the same steaming pile of doggy shite.
And the sooner we stoop and scoop these cons, and toss them into the garbage can of history.
The cleaner, and safer, and more Canadian our country will be...