Is Canadian foreign policy being guided by Old Testament prophesy? Are the Cons waging a secret war? You be the judge.
First let's start with some excellent work by Paul Wells, who has been looking into the Rights and Democracy tragedy, and has come up with some really interesting material. You should read all of his posts.
But let's start with this one.
By January, the Harper government had ﬁlled the two board vacancies. One new appointee was David Matas, the legal counsel for B’nai Brith Canada. The other was Michael Van Pelt, who heads a Christian think tank called Cardus. At the Cardus founding conference last autumn, Van Pelt said, “Canada’s new debate and that of the world will be one of faith and belief. It will be one of a religious character.”
Then let's read this one.
Where we learn that the sweaty SoCon Jason Kenney either misspoke himself or LIED about his attack on the decent humanitarian organization KAIROS. Or did others IMAGINE what he said?
Steinberg also helpfully links the Rights and Democracy controversy to the government’s recent decision to cut funding to the ecumenical group Kairos. Which is odd, because Jason Kenney has angrily denied he meant what he said when he said Kairos’ funding was cut because of its stance on Israel
Then let's go to the funeral of poor old Rémy Beauregard, and find out what the new chairman of Rights and Democracy believes about Jerusalem.
(UPDATE: Turns out he published a doctoral thesis two years ago arguing that “Jerusalem belongs to the Jews by international law.”)
Then let's take a side trip and follow the hideous SoCon sheriff Vic Toews all the way to the Middle East.
Toews, who met on Monday with senior Palestinian Authority (PA) officials in the occupied West Bank, is quoted by the Post saying, "Canada is not reducing the amount of money given to the PA, but it is now being redirected in accordance with Canadian values."
And then let's ask ourselves the obvious question: Why are Stephen Harper's Cons so OBSESSED with the Middle East?
Answer: because a lot of them, and their rabid religious base, believe that Israel's main purpose in life is to provide a landing pad for the Christian Messiah. Which requires a Greater Israel, an all-Jewish Jerusalem, and no Palestinian state.
And also requires the poor Israelis...who will be left behind like the rest of us heathens... to provide a battlefield on their territory for the apocalyptic conflict that will precede his arrival. The Battle of Gog and Magog.
You know the one George Bush was babbling about.
The zombie battle the PMO's unofficial chaplin, the porker homophobe Charles McVety, preaches about all the time.
In a PMO, where the Deputy Chief of Staff Darrel Reid served for five years as the President of the Christianist group Focus on the Family. And believes this:
"I think every Christian is under an obligation to change laws to reflect biblical values," Reid said on the website CanadianChristianity.com.
Another Christianist Paul Wilson is the PMO Director of Policy.
And Stephen Harper himself belongs to an apocalyptic church that believes that the world could end tomorrow. And that's a GOOD thing.
Oh boy. Paul Wells sums it up like this.
The goal of the government’s action on Kairos and Rights and Democracy has been to make moves that would be noticed by almost nobody, but would have narrow-cast appeal to a very small, very engaged component of the Conservative voter base. Simply by getting noticed outside the target voter market, that strategy has lately gone a bit awry.
And he's right. Although I would take it further. By connecting the dots, and asking this question again: are these Harperite SoCons overhauling Canada's foreign policy to conform with the hallucinogenic doomsday visions of Old Testament
And is it just to appease their rabid base, or is it also because the base is THEM?
Because if that's true, and Canadians find out what's really happening, the Cons will be finished FOREVER.
First they try to shutdown our democracy, now they're secretly trying to turn us into a THEOCRACY?
Oh.My.Goggy. What else can you say eh?
Fight them. Fight them. Fight them.
Don't let them win...