Monday, February 08, 2010
The Cons and the Armageddon Factor
Sometimes the Rights and Democracy story reminds me of the scene in the movie 2001, when a bunch of apes come across a strange black monolith. And start to scream and jump up and down.
They know it's scary. But none of them knows what it means.
Because it is a strange and sinister story. And it's a complicated one, so it's hard to see the trees for the forest. And the full horror has yet to be revealed.
But really all you need know for now, is that when the Cons say they didn't have anything to do with the brutal right-wing assault on Rights and Democracy, they're blowing smoke out of their pie holes.
The board didn’t spring fully-grown from the forehead of Jupiter; it was appointed, name by name, by the government. It’s easy enough to draw the connections. Brad Farquhar ran for the Conservatives. Ian Brodie thanks Marco Navarro-Génie in the acknowledgments of his doctoral thesis. And so on. Any government has a perfect right to name people it likes to boards. But that makes it all the more rich when the government suddenly proclaims that it has nothing to do with a dispute involving the board.
Then all you need to do is take a good look at the people the Cons appointed....the so-called Gang of Seven.
Brad Farquhar. A management consultant in Regina, he ran against Liberal Ralph Goodale in the 2006 election on an anti-gay platform, according to The Canadian Press.
Rights and Democracy is mandated by Parliament to work for "the promotion, development and strengthening of democratic and human rights institutions and programs that give effect to the rights and freedoms enshrined in the International Bill of Human Rights."
Yet five of the seven have little experience in human rights....Add the anti-gay and pro-Guantanamo Bay views on the board, and you can see how much the agency's mission is being subverted. And how it's mostly the Reform/Canadian Alliance tail that is wagging the Conservative dog.
Add a few little details...like how some people at B'Nai Brith have been known to work with some of the worst homophobes on Earth... rabid hatemongering leaders of the Christianist Right.
A former B’nai Brith officer himself, Scheinberg points to the decision to seek common ground with the Christian right, especially Charles McVety and the Canada Christian College - fundamentalists preaching the literal inerrancy of the Scriptures, traditional roles for women, the prohibition of gay marriage, the criminalization of abortion - and the Christian Zionist philosophy that God’s original covenant with Israel remains in effect and must be respected by all nations.
Or consider the interesting footnote that Marco Navarro-Genie, the climate change denier, and Guantanamo fan, once wrote a book called Augusto Cesar Sandino-- Messiah of Light and Truth. That focused on the Latin American revolutionary's beliefs that the End Times are here, "The Messiah is" coming, and the "Chosen" will rule the world.
Which just happens to be what the rabid religious bigots in the Con base believe.
And then ask yourself what on earth are these people doing in an organization that is supposed to be working for HUMAN RIGHTS ? Why are the theocons in the PMO appointing these kind of people? And what exactly is their hidden agenda?
I told you it was a complicated story eh?
But don't worry the monolith is coming.
Few Canadians are aware that a militant band of conservative Christians with a direct pipeline to Harper's cabinet is also attempting to reshape the country's social, cultural and even scientific policies, driven by a belief that Canada has a biblically ordained role to play in the final days before Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ.
Nobody has ever written a better article on the theocon penetration of the Harper Cons than Marci McDonald.
Now she has written a book. And when Canadians finally understand what is going on.
And the full horror is REVEALED.
Those ghastly alien Cons will scream like crazy apes.
But NOTHING will save them....