Sunday, June 22, 2014
Rex Murphy: When a Pimp becomes a Pope
Lordy. I swear to Godzilla I didn't think it was possible. I really didn't believe you could be a pimp and a Pope at the same time.
And the resident right-wing demagogue of the CBC's flagship news program.
But Rex Murphy has proved me wrong.
It turns out you can be a ghastly oil pimp, and still publish religious tracts like this one.
What kind of politics are they which require an MP to renounce his deepest moral commitments; indeed, to go beyond renunciation and declare himself positively in favour of ideas and actions that his faith condemns, his Church forbids, and his conscience cannot abide.
Because despite the usual big words that Rexie is always pulling out of his thesaurus or his posterior, or the pious claim that he's above the fray, that's all it is.
A right-wing CATHOLIC tract, and a smarmy theocratic assault on Justin Trudeau...
He classifies abortion under the banner of what he calls “women’s rights” — an absolute status. But he does this mainly by vigorous assertion, and a garbled interpretation of constitutional law, than by any clear argumentation. He has never delineated why the progressive view of abortion cannot be challenged, while it is open season on religiously inspired belief.
Which suggests outrageously that even in a progressive party religious rights should hold sway over the basic human right of women to control their own bodies.
And to add insult or incense to injury, also suggests that the religious rights of politicians are being infringed, because they can't oppose the human rights of LGBT Canadians.
As things now are, a truly religious person must actually stay out of politics — must forgo an active role in democratic government — because in our brazen and new age, he or she will be faced with irreconcilable moral choices. If elected, he or she will be required to betray their faith and themselves, and on those very issues that matter most: issues of life, family, autonomy and the dignity of persons.
For what are so-called "family" issues but a code word for the right-wing assault on the lives of gay people?
And religious fanatics are free to join the Con party or the Christian Heritage party TOMORROW if they so choose.
But then why should anybody be surprised?
When as I have pointed out before, Murphy has always been a closet right-wing Catholic, and a ghastly homophobe...
Who during the gay marriage debate even went so far as to advocate the imposition of the notwithstanding clause to deny gay people their human rights.
When I read of Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic's argument to the Prime Minister that the notwithstanding clause should be invoked to stay the enactment of same-sex marriages, I recognized his position as being within that circle of moderation and calm that is almost ritualistically held out as a model of the Canadian way After all, an urging to use the not-withstanding clause to allow for a period of study and to gauge the social impact of same sex in the other jurisdictions that have enacted it, is neither radical nor incendiary.
And is using the same sticky religious arguments to attack Justin Trudeau and a woman's right to choose.
Which makes the CBC's decision to dismiss the many complaints against Murphy even more appalling.
The most important thing to understand is that Rex is not a regular reporter. He appears on The National as a commentator precisely to do analysis and offer his point of view on issues of the day. His work has to be approved by editors at The National and has to meet a clear and straightforward threshold: that it be rooted in fact and experience, not just opinion or kneejerk ideology.
When he is the high priest of knee-jerk right-wing ideology. Religion has never been and never will be "rooted in fact."
Murphy is nothing but a shameless oil pimp, and a shabby Con stooge.
And if the hapless managers at the CBC had any sense of decency. Or understood what journalistic integrity means. Or how much damage he is doing The National.
They should do the right thing.
And fire the mad prophet TOMORROW...
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