Politics and its Discontents: Something Wicked This Way Comes

There can be no doubt now that true evil resides in the White House. A leaked copy of a draft executive order titled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” obtained by The Investigative Fund and The Nation, reveals sweeping plans by the Trump administration to legalize discrimination. The four-page draft order, a copy ...

Dead Wild Roses: Gay/Lesbian Conversion Therapy for Liberals – Magdalen Berns

Well let’s take a look at the issue of sexual orientation and sexual preferences when it meets with some of the gender ideology that is popular today.  It would seem, at least according to Ms.Berns, that it just homophobia dressed up to look and sound like its progressive and inclusive. Highlights gleaned from ‘never-obey‘. Riley: ...

Montreal Simon: What Christmas Means to Me In The Time of Trump

It's Christmas Day in Canada, and now that the shopping frenzy is over, and with snow on the ground in the place where I live, the country has never seemed so peaceful and so beautiful.But this year even those colourful lights can't blot out the darkness threatening to envelop us.The darkness of those who would appeal ...

Montreal Simon: What Exactly Is Jason Kenney Peddling in Alberta?

I've always thought that Jason Kenney was a bit of a snake oil salesman.For what else can explain that after spending twenty years in Ottawa he should think he's the only one who can unite the right in Alberta?Or explain why he thinks that Canadians should keep paying him his MP's salary, while he campaigns for another job?But ...

Montreal Simon: What Exactly Is Jason Kenney Peddling in Alberta?

I've always thought that Jason Kenney was a bit of a snake oil salesman.For what else can explain that after spending twenty years in Ottawa he should think he's the only one who can unite the right in Alberta?Or explain why he thinks that Canadians should keep paying him his MP's salary, while he campaigns for another job?But ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, and the Gay Pride Parade

For almost ten years Stephen Harper waged a stealthy war against gay Canadians.He forced a second vote on gay marriage, he voted against every gay rights bill that ever came before Parliament, including those designed to protect gay people from hate crimes.He cut off funding for all LGBT organizations, he did nothing to fight homophobia, ...

The Canadian Progressive: Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being homophobic?

This research-based piece discusses the possibility that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was motivated by a struggle with his own homosexuality, Islam and parental pressure. The post Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being homophobic? appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: The Bloated Ambition of the Con Bigot Jason Kenney

For a long time after his Cons were crushed and humiliated, the foul Harper stooge Jason Kenney kept a very low profile.So low in fact that some of his closest accomplices feared he had lost his mind at the thought of losing so much power.But now he's back.His burning ambition has inflated him like some ghastly ...

My journey with AIDS…and more!: I am reminded

I am reminded of December 6, 1989 at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. I am reminded of February 5, 1981 – Toronto’s bath house raids, the catalyst for my coming out. I am reminded of stolen innocence as a child at the hands of a stranger. I am reminded of the “flu” I couldn’t shake in May ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Christian Wrong

That, I humbly submit, should be the new name for the Christian right. They are wrong and depraved morally, ethically, theologically and humanly. It should be a source of collective shame that they are part of our species, as the following clip from Rachel Maddow’s show makes clear: Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: The ISIS Crazies Threaten To Attack the Toronto Pride Parade

The other day I told you that I’m planning to attend Toronto’s Gay Pride parade, even though I’m recovering from knee surgery.Because I want to honour the victims of the Orlando massacre, and show the hate mongers of this world that we are not afraid.Even if I have to hobble through that crowd on crutches, or ride ...

Politics and its Discontents: In Memory Of …

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Montreal Simon: When the Right Wing Media Tries to Deny the Reality of Homophobia

I attended this memorial in Toronto last night to remember the victims of the Orlando massacre.And although it was a beautiful peaceful event, afterwards I couldn't help but notice the anger of some of the LGBT people who attended.Anger over the fact that some in the media are trying to downplay the homophobic nature of the attack.And ...

Politics and its Discontents: Unfiltered Hatred

I don’t feel completely right posting this video in which a hatred-spewing ‘Christian’ pastor, Stephen L. Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church, offers his evaluation of the Orlando massacre. However, we cannot turn away from such evil ranters; their malignity only grows if left unchallenged and not held to account. I will warn you, ...

Montreal Simon: The Orlando Massacre and the Hatred that Kills

I am sure that by now most of you have heard the horrible news. A gunman entered a gay nightclub in Orlando, and opened fire on the innocent.So even though they are a relatively small minority, LGBT people are now the victims of the worst mass murder in American history.And while I'm still so stunned by that act ...

Montreal Simon: The Day a Ghastly Trudeau Hater Came After Me

It had to be one of the most bizarre posts I've ever read. One of the most notorious Trudeau haters in the blogosphere, claiming that he doesn't hate Justin Trudeau. There are some who say that I hate Justin Trudeau. One even claimed that I had suggested that JT be tossed in prison and ass raped. I ...

Montreal Simon: The Cons Claim Rona Ambrose Didn’t Call Justin Trudeau a Woman

It was for me the lowest moment of the Con convention. The sight of Rona Ambrose strutting across the stage bragging about her party's feminist credentials.While making a "joke" about Justin Trudeau as the first female Prime Minister.As only a Con could.But now Ambrose's office is claiming that never happened.Read more »

Alberta Politics: Brian Jean’s Wildrose Party leadership is now unquestioned: the fall of Derek Fildebrandt explained

PHOTOS: Brian Jean will be in the background no more … Back in 2015, Derek Fildebrandt was dominating the conversation, refusing to answer questions from a CBC reporter who had annoyed him, as his former party leader looked on, apparently bemused (CBC photo). Below: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, from her Twitter page, and a very ...

Montreal Simon: Why Rob Ford Does Not Deserve to be Honoured With a Statue

I don't really mind that Rob Ford's body has been lying in state at Toronto's City Hall for the last two days.Even if he did so much to dishonour his city and his country.He was once the mayor, and it did give his so-called Ford Nation a chance to say goodbye. But when it comes to honouring ...

Alberta Politics: Party City’s PR problem illustrates the need to be anticipatory about promoting tolerance

PHOTOS: The ugly message as relayed by mainstream media, in this case the CBC. Below: Shelley Bramhoff Sikorski’s original Facebook post. Party City is a huge chain of party supply stores based in Elmsford, New York, just five kilometres down the road from Sleepy Hollow, the setting for Washington Irving’s famous short story published in ...

Montreal Simon: Why Did the MSM Fail To Dig Up Stephen Harper’s Past?

As you know, a large number of candidates from all parties have had to resign after their past came back to haunt them.Which is depressing, and makes me wonder how far we have fallen in this decaying  Harperland. Rotting like a corpse from the head down.But what it also makes me wonder, is whether Stephen Harper ...

Alberta Politics: Why stop with just one religion? Shouldn’t Ottawa certify clerics for all religions, plus martial arts instructors?

PHOTOS: The Senate of Canada, also known as “the Red Chamber,” possibly for its adoption of tactics for dealing with religion reminiscent of two large communist countries. Actual Canadian Senators may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Andrew P.W. Bennett, Canada’s first “Ambassador for Religious Freedom” and a cantor at the St. John the Baptist ...

Scripturient: One Small Step, One Long Whine

The Supreme Court of the United States made a landmark decision last week that states cannot constitutionally (i.e. legally) ban same-sex marriage. The bottom line: under the Constitution, every citizen is entitled to the same rights and freedoms regardless of sexual orientation. Most of the world celebrated with the USA over this decision (the US ...

Politics and its Discontents: Burn, Baby, Burn

Click hear to learn about pastor Rick Scarborough’s plan to defend ‘traditional marriage.’ Would it be wrong of me to offer this ‘man of God’ some waterproof matches? Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Don Meredith, and the Deathly Bigotry of the Cons

It's been two days since senator Don Meredith resigned from the Con caucus after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl. And since then the Cons have been desperately trying to distance themselves from yet another of Stephen Harper's stellar appointments.But they cannot or will not explain why Harper would appoint a man ...