When Yer Right Yer "Right", eh?
Age of Blasphemy: Right Wing Christian Terrorists Kill More People In The US than Muslim Extremists
When Yer Right Yer "Right", eh?
Puritans still minding other people's business ...
Why have we been led to believe that the Puritans came to America to escape persecution? They no sooner arrived in the West than they set out to reform everything they found here that was unlike them. The very word "Puritan" has become a synonym for "judgemental".
They are now known as the Christian "Right", and they are still trying to force other people into what's acceptable to them - er, God. Islam, abortion and sexuality set their teeth on edge, but guns and the obscenity of war, not so much. The upcoming Canadian federal election is going to be fraught with the knashing of pious teeth.
CTV: Women flood social media with abortion stories in backlash over Alabama bill
It's sad, the circumstances that drive good women to abortion, and I'm very glad I've never had to wrestle with that sort of decision. I did however, work as a volunteer during the 70's for an Ottawa group that helped desperate women get access to Henry Morgentaler's Montreal clinic, and I don't feel bad about that at all. I'm not God; I don't know everything, but I do know suffering when I see it, and if there was a Jesus at all, his greatest advice was to have compassion for the sick at heart.
Morgentaler didn't perform abortions because he was murderous, sinful and evil, or because of a low regard for human life, or indeed for women. He did it because, having survived the evils of the Nazis, he felt humans should, if nothing else, be at least allowed control over their own bodies, and the right to act from their own conscience and no one else's. I'm sure the women on Twitter know, however, that their stories are interpreted by their detractors as self-centred insults to God, and there's not a hope in Hades of softening the hearts of the Christian Rightists.
"When the great figure of God appears, can the shooting be far behind?" (Mark Twain)
Yep, that's right; the Christian Right is not averse to certain other kinds of killing, and therefore does not advocate for gun control or against capital punishment.
GlobalNews: [Ontario Premier] Doug Ford says he’s in favour of gun control after Liberals release audio
Ford said that when he was running for Premier of Ontario. Now that he's well-ensconced as Premier, he changes his tune.
Politicians have to keep checking to see which side of their slice of bread is facing upward. Ford knows he's safe on the abortion issue so he doesn't need to obscure where he stands on that:
PressProgress: Doug Ford Says He’ll Roll Back These 4 Laws Protecting the Rights and Freedoms of Women
NationalPost: Doug Ford anointed - literally - by controversial evangelical pastor as part of effort to win social conservatives
Anyway, now that we know for certain that we need to be prepared to take election promises with a massive grain of salt, how should we view Conservative Andrew Scheer's recent pronouncement:
CTV: Scheer says Tories 'will not re-open' abortion issue
This being a federal election year and Scheer needing the votes of the undecided, it stands to reason he might be fibbing about not re-opening the abortion issue. Trudeau's got a lot of former supporters feeling embarrassed at how he personally has performed, so, of course, like any politician, Scheer wants to avoid offending the resulting "swing vote". Let's see what happens when the Christian Right tells him they won't vote Conservative under those circumstances.
Or has he already (wink, wink) quietly shared his real intentions with them? The guy's supposedly a devout Catholic, so it's his job, mandated by God, to punish people who have or provide abortions -- and the Rightists are certainly allowed to tell public fibs for God's sake. And even if not really for God's sake, even if deep down they know their motives are dead against Matthew 7, they learned early in life how to get around that. In fact, that's what "Now I lay me down to sleep" is pretty much about.
The Party, under Scheer's leadership, may well not re-open the abortion issue, but what if they don't actually have to? What if Maxime Bernier and one or two of his minions are elected, and Maxime re-tables the issue, as he had earlier (2016) promised to do when running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada:
One of his minions could turn out to be somebody like Brad Trost, who sued his own party, the federal Conservatives, and was banned from Scheer's "Shadow Parliament". Trost is an anti-abortion, anti-gay, ever-so-Christian (let's keep Canada Christian) conservative MP, and next time he runs, under what banner might he choose to do that?
He would certainly be in his element in Maxime Bernier's "People's Party":
TorStar: Maxime Bernier’s alt-right problem
CBC: Tory MP Brad Trost ready to go 'all the way' in legal fight with Conservative Party
What do you think the Tories will do? (Actually, "Tories" is not the right term for these guys; the real Tories were "Progressive" Conservatives, but the relatively newly-coined (2003) Conservative Party of Canada is a hybrid -- another whole kettle of smelly fish. Read about it; these guys will do anything they have to in order to gain - and keep - power.
AlJazeera: Canada's political compass is veering far right
Vice: La Meute: The Illusions and Delusions of Quebec’s ‘Largest’ Right-Wing Group
Whether or not La Meute has the influence it claims, the Quebec government itself has put forth some very right-leaning laws: Bill 62 and Bill 21.
There's more, but suffice it (I hope) to say that the Christian Right has made significant anti-abortion inroads in the US (in states which still retain the death penalty for criminal adults, and, of course, they proudly don't mind sending their own grown children to die and kill other children in wars intended to spread "democracy" in other countries -- while also taking over their oil production.
NBCNews (May 12/19): Anti-abortion bills mount as GOP-led states angle for Supreme Court fight over Roe v. Wade
Finally, here's a delightful Christian "news" site that would support any politician, anywhere, (even Trump) who would legislate control over the intimate lives of their fellow citizens. It's called a "Ministry" but it would be more aptly called a hate site. You could get a close-up indication there of the viciously judgemental mind of the Christian Right by reading the comments accompanying the news items.
This comment by "Jeanette": "Double minded people! We are keeper of our bodies, but we do not commit murder on and [sic] innocent child" is a prime example of "cognizant dissonance" or "the pot calling the kettle black". The fact is that the Christian Right has never been averse to killing innocent children they have been taught to believe are threats to their way of life.
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