While right-wing religious zealots like Pat Robertson and Gordon Klingenschmitt are the two crazed evangelicals I most frequently highlight in my blog, we would all be very naive to believe we lack home grown examples of the corrupting influence the bully pulpit can bestow. Here in Ontario, for example, the ‘Rev.’ Charles McVety is a leading exemplar of such madness.
Yesterday, McVety was in his glory at a rally held outside of the Ontario legislature to protest the revamped Ontario sex-ed curriculum which, despite widespread consultation, doesn’t sit well with some.
Many of the protesters were new Canadians, some (Read more…)
This op-ed appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on April 8, 2015. There’s a fundamental misunderstanding, or perhaps, a deliberate mischaracterization, of what constitutes religious freedom in a pluralistic society; of the role governments should play in protecting religious liberties, the extent to which citizens are obligated to facilitate the customs of another, and what it means to be unjustly … Continue reading →
Social media has been buzzing recently over the announcement that the B’Nai Brith has put forward Stephen Harper’s name as a possible recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
This prestigious award is presented to an individual or group of individuals who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
Above all. The promotion of peace.
It boggles the mind.
I can’t think of a single incident or plank in this government’s platform that promotes peaceful resolutions to anything. (Read more…)
Many thanks to The Salamander, who, in his response to a post from last evening, sent along this link to the John Oakley Show. On the show, the Reverend Charles McVetey, as unhinged and extreme an evangelical you are ever likely to encounter, explains the evangelical Christian validation for Stephen Harper’s need to support Israel.
While the clip is long, even listening to five or ten minutes of it will offer great insight not only into the mentality of Dear Leader, but also the trait of absolutist thinking both he and people like McVeety share. And at about the (Read more…)
The Conservative Movement, that has been gaining momentum since the 1960s, has made one of their missions, destroying progressive agencies; especially those that support the Welfare State.
In the U.S., they honed in on ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), that advocated for low- and moderate-income families.
What bothered Conservatives the most about ACORN, however, was their voter registration drives, that encouraged the poor and disenfranchised to take part in the democratic process. They knew that anyone involved with the organization would not vote Republican, so have always worked to make sure that they didn’t vote (Read more…)
During the G20 in Toronto, when Canadian citizens were being arrested, beaten and shot with rubber bulletts, simply for engaging in their democratic right to protest, at Charles McVety’s Christian College, another event was taking place.
With an election on the horizon, Harper’s point man to the Religious Right, was hosting a seminar with none other than Karl Rove, the man who helped to steal two elections for George Bush.
McVety also runs the Canadian chapter of Christians United For Israel, a frightening and Apocalyptic Christian fundamentalist group, that promotes the nuclear annihilation of the Middle East.
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Of course, compliance with ASC rulings is voluntary, so theoretically Sun TV and the other outlets could run the ad again. Luckily, Uncle Ben has taken revenge on our behalf.
They’ve been running that gay/trans-bashing commercial again from McVety and Co. Classy Bunch. Although I suppose it would be more of an issue if anyone was watching the stuff. . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Sun TV: It Doesn’t Get Better
The National Post, Canada’s largest right-leaning national newspaper, has apologised for publishing a transphobic advertisement from the Institute for Canadian Values, headed by anti-gay lobbyist Charles McVety. The ad—which pretends to be written by a doe-eyed, four-year-old girl—is headed by the phrase “Please! Don’t confuse me!” “I’m a girl,” it reads. “Don’t teach me to [...] . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: National Post Apologises for Publishing McVety Ad
Conservatives have a very well defined hierarchy of idiocy. The National Post is about midway down the pack, excelling at Disingenuous, Lacks Moral Clarity and Will Do Anything to Further a Conservative Meme. Not to mention the bottom of the pack for Empathy.
Then you have Sun Media. It’s right there in the basement, . . . → Read More: Another step down the Conservative evolutionary scale. Sun runs homophobic McVety ad. Bonus Shaidle charm offensive. . . . → Read More: Another step down the Conservative evolutionary scale. Sun runs homophobic McVety ad. Bonus Shaidle charm offensive.
Gawd. It’s a horrible thought eh? But when I think about the homophobic porker Charles “Bloater” McVety these days, I can’t help thinking of the Con teabagger Tim “Hoo Hoo” Hudak.Because after reading McVety’s grotesque ad in the National Pos… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Tim Hudak, The Bloater, and the Dirty Game
I find it not a little humorous that the National Post is back pedalling furiously over their publishing Charles McVety’s repulsive homophobic ad. Even more humorous is the Post’s high-minded explanation of why it published an ad that should never have been published in the first place.
The most humorous though is how . . . → Read More: National Post and free speech . . . → Read More: National Post and free speech
I find it not a little humorous that the National Post is backpedalling furiously over their publishing Charles McVety’s repulsive homophobic ad. Even more humorous is the Post’s high-minded explanation of why it published an ad that should never have … . . . → Read More: National Post and free speech
“… the seemingly squeaky clean but morally corrupt Ralph Reed.” Sarah Posner (1)In the movie Casino Jack, based on the life of Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, we are introduced to some of the players in the massive corruption scandal, that took do… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The Canadian Manifesto 5: The Exploitation of Religion
Shorter Charles McVety: “WAAAHHHHHHH!”: An evangelical minister says his television show’s content will now be “pre-screened and censored” after his remarks about homosexuals drew complaints that were investigated by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. [...] The Word TV statement released Wednesday also criticized the CBSC’s “heavy hand of censorship” and the way it investigates complaints [...] . . . → Read More: Charles McVety, champion of censorship, free speech martyr (huh?)
In the wake Marci McDonald’s newly released book The Armageddon Factor: The Rise Of Christian Nationalism In Canada, a political firestorm has erupted on Parliament Hill, igniting debate about just who’s influencing the policy decisions made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The release of McDonald’s book comes amid the brewing tension of apparent ideological moves made … Continue reading →