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Glen Motz will be the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the upcoming federal by-election in the riding of Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner. Mr. Motz defeated five other men, including former Wildrose Party leader and Cardston-Taber-Warner MLA Paul… . . . → Read More: – Alberta Politics: Conservatives nominate candidate in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner

Politics and its Discontents: A Progressive Vision

Although I rarely attend a church service, this is the kind of vision I heartily approve of.Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Progressive Vision

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Hidden Story of the Anti-Gay Judge

The other day I wrote about how appalled I was to see that Stephen Harper, and his ghastly stooge Peter MacKay, had appointed an anti-gay judge. A law professor named an Ontario judge this week wrote two years ago for a conservative, U.S.-based institute that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada has harmed religious freedom and free speech, and led to the “indoctrination” of children in public schools.Who sounded like he had sprung from the bowels of bigot America.But then I decided to find out more about Bradley Miller. And now I'm even more DISGUSTED.Read more » - Alberta politics: Gay Rights, Abortion big issues at Conservative nomination debate in Medicine Hat

TweetThe Medicine Hat News reports that abortion and the rights of sexual minorities were the hot topics at a debate between Dan Hein and MP Jim Hillyer, the two candidates running for the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in southern Alberta’s newly redistributed Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner riding. “…I’m not interested in somebody parading in front of me their […]

Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

If anyone would like my two cents on the controversy surrounding Trinity Western University, its proposed law school, and its homophobic “Community Covenant,” please see the letters section of today’s Vancouver Sun. My letter appears at the very bottom, under the heading “Trinity’s gay policy anti-Christian.”

Filed under: Education, Gay Rights, Letters to the Editor Tagged: Christianity, Community Covenant, Trinity Western University, Vancouver Sun

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Matt Barber Distorts Reality

Over in the far right echo chambers, we find Matt Barber trying once again to associate homosexuality with pedophilia.   Consider, for instance, a study published in the left-leaning Archives of Sexual Behavior of over 200 convicted pedophiles and pederasts. It found that “86 percent of offenders against males described themselves as homosexual or bisexual.” This demonstrates, as notes Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, that “homosexual or bisexual men are approximately 10 times more likely to molest children than heterosexual men.”

We see this bunch of fiction trotted out on a fairly regular basis in the (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: The Most Powerful Advocate for Gay Rights in America – The Fortune 500

Big Business had its boot firmly on Arizona governor Jan Brewer’s leathered neck this week when she vetoed a bill that would have allowed business owners to discriminate against gays.

…a letter arrived at her office early this week with a stern warning from some of the biggest names in the local business community.

Signed by the heads of four Arizona business consortiums, with board members including officers of Bank of America, Intel and the Arizona Cardinals football franchise, the letter urged Brewer to strike down the measure known as S.B. 1062. The letter raised the prospect that the (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Putin Games and the Fascist Circus

Like millions of others I was dazzled by the closing of the Sochi Games, for it was a spectacular display of the best that Russia has to offer.And I was happy to see the smiles on the faces of our athletes after such a successful Olympics. But I have to admit I really didn't feel like celebrating, not when the biggest winner of those games was the sinister thug Vladimir Putin. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Putin Olympics and the Nazi Games of 2014

Well the Opening Ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics are just hours away, and I'll probably watch them. If only to see the fascist dwarf Vladimir Putin claim them as his own.So soon after his corrupt regime made it clear, once again, why the games never should have been held there. Read more »

Eclectic Lip: The losers of Superbowl XLVIII will be…

Religious moderates.

Here’s my reasoning.

After the game, someone on the winning team, exulting ecstatically, will say “God was on our side” or words to that effect. It’s as sure as a post-touchdown two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter, if the team is still down by a pair.

This will lead humorists and atheists alike to mock the athlete’s egocentric theology, along the lines of the great “God-Man on the Gridiron” cartoon from a few years back. Which will inspire angry rebuttals from offended fundamentalists.

Religious moderates are the collateral damage in this snake-vs-mongoose battle, bitten by both (Read more…) - Alberta politics: Cheer for the athletes but don’t be naive: the Olympics are about politics

TweetNational leaders covet the opportunity to host the international event and multi-national corporations invest billions of dollars in advertising to its massive world-wide audience. Competing in glorious national stadiums and sports centres in between commercial breaks, the athletes appear to be little more than commodities. Make no mistake, the Olympic Games are political by nature. […]

Montreal Simon: Hayley Wickenheiser and the Truth About the Putin Olympics

I'm happy to see that Hayley Wickenheiser will be carrying the Canadian flag at the Sochi Olympics. Not just because she deserves it. But also because I'm sure if she has a chance she'll let Vladimir Putin know what she thinks about his persecution of Russia's LGBT people.“I am supportive of every athlete being able to compete regardless of your race, gender or orientation and I will carry that Canadian flag proudly believing I am representing all the athletes that feel that way as well.”And I hope that Rachel Maddow is right about gay athletes giving (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Archbishop of Canterbury – Homophobes are "Wicked"

Britain’s top prelate, the Archbishop of Canterbury, warns that Christians need to “repent” the mistreatment of gay people and, if they don’t, they’re “wicked.”

The Most Rev Justin Welby told an audience of born-again Christians in London that the vast majority of people under 35 find the Church’s beliefs on the issue “incomprehensible” and equate them to “racism and other forms of gross and atrocious injustice”. While standing by his decision to vote against same-sex marriage in the House of Lords, the Archbishop, who is an evangelical, made clear that he was reassessing his own thinking, saying he wanted (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Gwen Landolt: The Hoggy Homophobe Strikes Back

Uh oh. Bacon Bigot Alert. The ghastly homophobic hog Gwen Landolt is honking again.Claiming it was very VERY unfair to criticize her for attacking John Baird for speaking out for gay rights in Russia and Uganda.Because according to her porcine majesty, LGBT people in those countries are not really being persecuted. The Russian law in question concerns itself mainly with eliminating homosexual indoctrination of minors. Although the law in Uganda does include a provision for jailing of practising homosexuals, which latter law REAL Women does not support, it does not include any provision for putting homosexuals to death.It’s the good Christianists like (Read more…)

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Montreal Simon: John Baird and the Hoggy Homophobe

Lordy. It's taken me a day to recover from this stunning sight. I haven't seen such a match up since El Macho met La Cuca in the finals of the Tijuana Wrestling League.And I still can't believe it eh?Was that really John Baird doing the right thing for once? By denouncing the anti-gay repression in Russia? Brother John?And was that really the old homophobic haggis Gwendolyn Landolt, spewing and farting in his general direction? Read more »

Bill Longstaff: REAL Women’s real bigotry

John Baird – doing the right thing

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has done a commendable job of defending gay rights everywhere from Uganda to Russia. Not everyone agrees, however, with his initiatives. REAL Women of Canada, a group that describes itself as a “pro-family conservative women’s movement,” has roundly criticized Mr. Baird for his attention to gays’ human rights. Referring

The Canadian Progressive: Desmond Tutu: I’d not worship a God who is homophobic

Iconic retired archbishop Desmond Tutu denounces religions that discriminate against gays, declares he’d not worship a God who is homophobic.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Stealth War on Gay Canadians

In just a few hours I'll be following the rainbow, or waving it, at the Toronto Pride parade.Along with about a million gay people and their straight friends and supporters.It's always an awesome spectacle. A chance to celebrate our community, our survival, and in my case at least, send a giant F**K YOU to every bigot in the world.Because that's what the rainbow flag means to me. FREEDOM. Read more »

Melissa Fong: “Fight for liberation, not privilege”: For those who fight for Equity, not equality

Sometimes you read something that is so good and encapsulates what your heart has been wrenching about that you must share it. I have followed the Gay rights movement, the Queer rights movement and the general sentiment of “Just let me be a f*cking PERSON” movement for a long time. I haven’t always been liberal …

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- As would-be frackers show us exactly why it’s dangerous to give the corporate sector a veto over government action, Steven Shrybman suggests that corporations are mostly doing only what we’d expect in exploiting agreements designed to prioritize profits over people: Canadian businesses are simply playing by the rules of free trade which encourages the outsourcing of everthing that isn’t glued to the local Tim Hortons or the tar sands (to cite two prominent examples): that means value-added processing (where the jobs are) of natural resources that are simply ripped and shipped to the (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- The Broadbent Institute’s “Union Communities, Healthy Communities” report discusses the significance of the labour movement in achieving positive social outcomes. And Rick Smith concurrently writes that the right’s attacks on unions represent a solution in search of a problem: (W)hen unions are strong, the gains that they make for their members in terms of decent wages and benefits spill over into non-union workplaces. In the face of Canadian conservatives trying to portray unions as some kind of impediment to economic growth and productivity, actually examining this empirical evidence is instructive.

Economists agree (Read more…) the rapidly rising share of all income going to the top 1% in the US and Canada since the early 1980s is explained in significant part by declining unionization. US-style de-unionization would clearly make Canada a much more unequal society than is already the case.

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Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Shawn McCarthy discusses the Cons’ latest plan to sell Keystone XL to the U.S. – which involves hoping that the best-resourced government on the planet will be suckered into accepting a transparently false pretense that the Cons have the slightest interest in addressing climate change. And Harper cabinet appointee Monte Solberg offers a window into the Cons’ environmental mindset, trying to make a case against “thinking globally” on the basis that there are easier votes to be won by focusing on small vacation areas while shredding the rest of the planet.


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Montreal Simon: Obama and the Shrinking of Stephen Harper

What a fairy tale day it was. What an awesome spectacle of democracy. What a great day to be a progressive.A black President on Martin Luther King Day standing up for freedom, justice, and equality.A solemn President Barack Obama took the oath of office for the second time in as many days on Monday, this time before an estimated 800,000 jubilant citizens who cheered on his appeal for Americans to come together and fight for cherished U.S. principles of justice and equality.Read more »

Song of the Watermelon: Emerging Consensus on Gay Marriage

Assuming that the world survives this coming December 21, the United States Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases in June which could result in the nation-wide legalization of gay marriage.

I cannot forecast with certainty how the court will decide, but supposing for a moment that it rules in favour of marriage equality, the short-term results are easy to predict: conservative commentators across the country will complain of judicial activism, despite having in many cases urged precisely such an overreach one short year before when Obamacare hung in the balance. Right on cue, public support for same-sex

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RedBedHead: Joy At Republican Humiliation Shouldn’t Make Us Forget The Choices Sucked

I was in a bar/restaurant near my house on election night, trying to get some work done and watching the results come in. At first it seemed like a nail-biter (though I was convinced that it would be a fairly easy sweep for Obama) and people were texting and Facebooking their fear that Romney the snake might win. Of course, he didn’t.

I must say that there was a palpable sense of relief.