Update: This article has been revised and reposted. This was originally done in response to a concern raised that even though I discourage retaliation, naming names might inspire someone to do so. Which is not my intent. But in removing those sections, the narrative changed, and had to be rewritten for the sake of flow. Comments on the original post also displayed a huge amount of Islamophobia, so it became necessary to address that as well. So the post has changed, but the premise remains the same.
Replies to this post will be moderated, due to the escalating level of bigotry displayed in response to the original post (most of which have been left in the moderation queue). I’m not big on censorship and believe in free speech in Canada, but this is my place, and I won’t have it turned into a platform for bigotry aimed at minorities. That’s my prerogative. (And Jadis, I’m a little confused as to whether your threat was meant for me or for a commenter, but neither scenario is appropriate). I also reiterate that I am not likewise aiming bias at Christians: my issue is with efforts from a small group which is not representative of all people of faith to assert any one specific faith system as law and dictate to everyone else how they should live their lives or whether they even should have a place in our society.
Conservative leader Stephen Harper keeps trying to assure voters that he won’t reopen social debates like abortion and same-sex marriage, since he knows that won’t earn him mainstream votes. Instead, he tries to run on a platform of crime punishment and McJob creation. And yet if one looks further, one overturns a rock which reveals a political base that is a coalition of usually-divided groups working together to oppose social progress. In part one, we saw what led to the rise of the new Conservatives. Here, we’re mapping out the network that makes up his base. Continue reading