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Montreal Simon: Raif Badawi: Saudi Court Upholds Brutal Sentence of Liberal Blogger

I don't expect much, or anything really, from the barbaric kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The home of the beheaders, and the nexus of terrorism.But even by its brutish standards this is outrageous. Read more »

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and his Ghastly Boyfriends in Saudi Arabia

In the latest chapter of the grotesque love story between Stephen Harper and the backward rulers of Saudi Arabia, today I have both good news and bad news.The good news is that the brutish flogging of the blogger Raif Badawi has been at least temporarily postponed. The case of a Saudi blogger sentenced to . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and his Ghastly Boyfriends in Saudi Arabia

Montreal Simon: The Paris Massacre: The Light and the Darkness

It's not going to be easy to write this post, because the anger I felt earlier today, has been replaced by sadness and shock.Sadness for those who were killed, and those who loved them. Shock at the bestiality of those who would murder others for the "crime" of wielding a pencil.For as you might . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Paris Massacre: The Light and the Darkness

Montreal Simon: The Harper Cons and the Bigot Trap

It was an extraordinary sight. John Baird sitting next to Julian Fantino at a committee meeting this morning, blasting the hideous anti-gay statements of a Canadian religious organization. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird took aim Tuesday at "offensive" and "mean-spirited" statements on the website of an organization that gets federal funding to do aid . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Harper Cons and the Bigot Trap

Montreal Simon: Pope Benny and the Face of Evil

Glory Hallelujah. I see that Pope Benny has decided to take early retirement. "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the Pope said.Leaving us to wonder whether . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Pope Benny and the Face of Evil

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the War on Gay People

He has always been an enemy of gay people. A man who would murder their rights tomorrow, if he thought he could get away with it.He has voted against every bill that would make them equal, or protect them from hate crimes.He discriminates openly against gay organizations. He won't spend a dollar to help . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the War on Gay People

Montreal Simon: When Religion is Murder

Almost every day of my life I read about the cruelty of religion, its ignorance, its bigotry, its barbarism.But most of the time I just shake my head and don't say anything.For what's the point eh? People will believe what they want to believe,… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: When Religion is Murder

Montreal Simon: The Apocalypse and the Monarch Tree

So I'm sitting on a bench down by the swan pond this evening, staring at the signs of The Apocalypse.

Two little trees that have surrendered to the Canadian winter. Already.

And I'm screaming at them, in my mind. How could you do this to me? How could you leave so soon?

And wondering . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Apocalypse and the Monarch Tree