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An Open Letter from a Christian to the March for Jesus PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Olenick   
Sunday, 13 July 2014 13:38

Posted by Kevin Olenick on June 16, 2013

Some of you may or may not know about this event going on in downtown Calgary Sunday afternoon. No, it's not a specific Father's Day event. It's an event called the March for Jesus. It is expected over 1,000 Christians will be taking part in this event. They will be wearing T-shirts, providing food, and live music. They will be walking from Millennium Park to Olympic Plaza along 8th Avenue. They have 9,642 likes on Facebook so the idea clearly has caught on for many Christians.

As a Christian, I've seen this event. I've seen what goes on. I thought I would write an Open Letter to the March for Jesus as they prepare to go.

An Open Letter from a Christian to the March for Jesus.

Dear March for Jesus.

I have been around the Christian scene for a long time.I've participated in youth groups, young adult groups and several other "revival" like events.

I've heard the messages. The encouragements. The challenge.The Bible verses. The questions if I'm ashamed of Jesus. And the reminder that if I am, then He's ashamed of me. The call to share the Good News. I've heard several times why we can't cheer for Jesus as much as we cheer for our local sports team.Because He deserves it.

Looking back, there was a part of me that got caught up in it. There was another part that this didn't sit right with me.

Of course as a Christian, my desire is to honour Christ the best that I can. And of course, as a Christian I'm not ashamed of Jesus. I am also not ashamed of the good news that is the Gospel. But, I must admit honestly, as a Christian, I'm actually really ashamed of this.

Let me tell you of my experience in 2011. I thought it would be interesting to tell this story. The story of what this March for Jesus is. The story of this Jesus you wish to share.

From the moment I stepped in, I have to tell you that my heart hit the pit of my stomach.

There was lots of red t-shirts . T-shirts reminding people that Jesus is returning. T-shirts reminding us to repent. Reminding us that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. There was flags, microphones, dancers. There were signs to remind us that Jesus is King. There was Gospel tracts to give out. Tracts that were given and immediately thrown away. Or left on a car. There was hamburgers, hotdogs, and music. Music praising Jesus. There was even advertising on "Gods plan for marriage" Anything possible to ensure that the name of Jesus was spoken.

Except well, it felt like... Jesus.

I took some time to actually ask people what they thought of this. The people I talked too weren't really aware it's a March for Jesus. Some thought it was a March for Pride parade. Others a protest. Others were reminded of Westboro Baptist. I don't think this was what you are trying to display

The city of Calgary is full of concerned Christians. Some of you that will attend this event. Concerned about real issues in the city. The homeless. The poverty. Their colleagues. Their family. They have developed a reasonable amount of respect within their community. They may have been their for families and friends in times of trouble. They may have sincerely listened to questions and concerns. Some may have been told that they act like Jesus. Even if they don't agree with Christianity, there was a sense of respect developed.

People know the story of Jesus. They are familiar with who Jesus is. They know the story of how He died and rose again. They also know stories of His healing's and His miracles. They also know of His teachings. The ones about loving your neighbours, your enemies, do good to each other. The reminder of "Judge not lest you be judged."

They also know about the stories how He spent time with sinners and confronted the religious. Some may see this as the religious confronting the sinners.

For some people seeing events like this or things they may see on TV ask why would I want to become a Christian. Or for some of us, admit they are one at all.

But we do. Many of us for different reasons. Mainly because we do love and want to share the good news that we know. Not with threatening t-shirts, loud music, or flags. But with a sincere heart, a listening hear and with no fanfare at all.

So today as you go out and March for Jesus, I ask you just to take a moment to stop. Take a moment and look around. Please see the impact you are making. Have real conversations with people. Put down your loudspeaker, your flag, your gospel tract and really really listen.

This world needs more real people willing to listen and willing to care. Not a parade reminding them that their faith is better than everyone else's.

Thank you,

Kevin Olenick

A Christian

http://kevinolenick.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/an-open-letter-from-a-christian-to-the-march-for-jesus/

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Ongoing legal dispute with the Calgary Stampede PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 June 2014 20:32

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My One on One interview with controversial MLA Ric McIver PDF Print E-mail
Written by News   
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 00:00

Jun 24, 2014

Am I a shit disturber?  That’s the question I asked myself a lot last week. In cause you don’t follow me on Twitter (AND WHY AREN’T YOU?!) You may have noticed last week, I was very upset that Calgary-area MLA Ric McIver walked in a parade called March For Jesus.

The issue, of course is not that McIver was walking in a parade that celebrated his faith, it was that that particularly parade was organized by a man with extremely hateful views about the LGTBQ community, including blaming Calgary’s Pride Parade celebrations for last year’s flood and consequently, the death of five people.  I, along with a lot of people were frustrated and sad that in this day in age, we had to explain to an MLA how hurtful his actions were.  The days after the parade weren’t exactly the stuff that political strategists would call a success story.  McIver posted a message on his Facebook page about celebrating diversity, then three days later he finally issued a mea culpa.  But a lot of people weren’t satisfied. A lot of people had a lot of questions, including myself. I wrote about those questions in last week’s Metro column. Still not satisfied with how the issue has been unfolding, yesterday, I got the opportunity to talk to McIver and ask the questions that I think people should have been demanding the answers to. This, is that interview. I’m not sure if I’m a shit disturber. I mean, I don’t think I am. I think, I like to ask questions, especially when I think politicians aren’t answering them.  The trick is, of course, politicians are professionals at not really answering questions.  I’m glad I got this opportunity to talk to the man, who is also in the running to be the leader of the Alberta PCs and subsequently, our next Premier.  I’m not sure if he answered the questions to the point where I was completely satisfied, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Mike: I have to admit, your actions last week caught me off guard. Why is the LGTBQ issue is still an issue in Alberta politics?
Ric: It shouldn’t be. I didn’t intend for it be one. In my mind, it isn’t an issue. But I was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong person. I drew attention to a very ugly and harmful website.  You know what? I’m taking my public beating for it, but it doesn’t reflect my personal views in anyway.

Had Artur Pawlowski expressed to you his thoughts on homosexuality?
Ric: They have some strongly held views, but I hadn’t heard anything that’s even in the neighbourhood of what’s on that website.

Given your long and documented history with him, do you understand why people are skeptical?
Ric: What I didn’t apologize for and what I won’t apologize for now is my feelings towards gay and lesbian people. I don’t have any negative thoughts. That’s why I haven’t apologized for it, because I have no negative words or thoughts on that.  But what I will apologize for is allowing a website that ugly to get that much attention. You’re right, I thought people had the right to ask about the history and I tried to explain that. That’s why I did the press conference in front of City Hall. The guy I became friends with was feeding the poor on the street. I felt frankly that bylaw officers were picking on him and I used to take time to say hello to the people he was feeding. Then he invited me to March for Jesus and I thought, “Well, I’m a Christian, what can be wrong with that?” My Christian faith is “Love thy neighbor and love yourself.” What’s on that website is the exact opposite, which is wrong and I don’t agree with it.

 

Mike: The timeline of last week is a bit confusing. You walked in the parade on Sunday, by Sunday night people were very upset, but then on Monday you said that you’d continue to attend events that celebrate diversity. But it wasn’t until Thursday that you said that one was the wrong one to attend.
Ric: That event should have been about diversity, but as it turns out, based on the website, it’s not. That’s my fault for not seeing it.

Mike: On Sunday night, you knew what the website said, but the next day you made the comment about celebrating diversity. That’s where the issue comes from.
Ric: Honestly, Mike. The most important thing to me on Monday was to say that I don’t agree with the views on that website.  Because they don’t in any way reflect who I am, what I think and feel. And frankly, that was the most important point and I wanted to make that quite deftly.  People were asking questions, “How could you be there, Ric?”, I knew I owed people a further explanation and that’s what I tried to do on Thursday.   Even if you look at the video that I did, it was all about the guy’s work with feeding people on the street. In no way did it support negative views or the hurtful website issues.

Mike: On the note of you attending events that celebrate diversity, what LGTBQ events have you attended in the past?
Ric: I don’t know if I have attended any.

Mike: Why do you think that is?
Ric: No explanation. I’ve certainly gone to lots of events in the community, but not sure if any LGTBQ events. The only one I’m really aware of that happens on a regular basis is the Pride parade. I know there’s other events, believe me.

Mike: Do you think it’s important that you go to this year’s parade?
Ric: Quite frankly, I’m not sure what I’m going to get to this year’s. I know I’m going to the Gay Rodeo this weekend and I’ll look for more opportunities to meet with more of my bosses. I guess my whole campaign is based on that all Albertans are my boss, and by all, I mean all. Gay, straight, lesbian. That’s how I think.  I think it’s important that I try to go. I think it’s important to get to know people and acknowledge that people can live the way that they are born and live the way that they are.  That’s what I mean when I go to events based on diversity, its celebrating people’s freedom to be who they are.

Mike: When will you decide if you’re going to the Pride Parade or not?
Ric: I don’t know the answer to that. That’s a good question. One of the humiliations that you go through when you run for leadership is that you give life’s control to somebody else and that’s where I am.

Mike: If you do go this weekend’s gay rodeo and hypothetically the Pride Parade, do you think you’ll hear from people who are upset that you attended?
Ric: I’m not sure. I wouldn’t be surprised.   I say this all the time: I’m happy to hear whatever people have to say. I’m happy if people say, “Ric, you’re so wrong, it’s unbelievable. I’m happy if people say, “Ric, you’re so right it’s unbelievable.” Obviously I want them to say the second one.  But I’m happy to hear both. When people say nasty things just to be mean, I don’t have a lot patience for that. When people say nasty things, because they genuinely believe it to be true, My initial reaction to ask them why they feel that way.

Mike: Does the gay community have a friend in you as Premier?
Ric: Yes. As do all Albertans.

Mike: Have the actions of last week hurt your campaign?
Ric: I’ll give you a definitely maybe. I’m not sure. Straight up. I don’t know. There’s no doubt. I’ve won and lost a few elections, you never really know what people are thinking until election day.

Mike: Is there any reason the LGTBQ community should be worried about your involvement in the Alberta government?
Ric: Only if they think I spend too much money on things that aren’t important to them. They have nothing to worry about.  If they don’t like the policies I put forward, they should worry about that. But no, they shouldn’t feel any personal way troubled at all.

http://mikesbloggityblog.com/my-one-on-one-interview-with-controversial-mla-ric-mciver/

 
In Alberta, it’s all about your base instincts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Macleans   
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 00:00

Colby Cosh

A cool summer Sunday in Alberta. Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful Thomas Lukaszuk observes Father’s Day with his daughters, then leaves home early to attend the annual mayor’s Pride brunch in Edmonton. The brunch is a fundraiser for Camp Fyrefly, an institution some might not expect to find in the province of Mordor. It’s a “leadership retreat” for queer youth, founded in 2004 by scholars at the University of Alberta’s influential Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (ISMSS).

Lukaszuk, a colourful Edmonton MLA who stepped down as jobs minister to run for his party’s big prize, had a special mission to perform at the brunch. Along with Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk, he was present to hand over one of the first Alberta birth certificates ever revised for a non-surgical change of sexual identity. The PC government moved fast to make this possible in the spring after a 23-year-old trans female, “C.F.”, took the province to court and convinced a Queen’s Bench justice to strike down part of the Vital Statistics Act. (“C.F.” got her new birth certificate Apr. 24.)

The recipient of the new document, Wren Kauffman, is a Camp Fyrefly alumnus aged 12. Born Wrenna Kauffman, Wren is living as a transgender boy and receiving hormone treatments to prevent menarche. He will be offered the opportunity to start taking male hormones later in adolescence, and could opt for reassignment surgery at 18.

Meanwhile, in Calgary, Lukaszuk’s rival Ric McIver was having a different Father’s Day. He summed it up conveniently in one tweet, albeit one requiring some annotation. “Loops for the Troops. [It’s an annual Father’s Day fun run benefiting military-related causes.] Phone call with Dad. Shooting Edge with son. [A gun range.] March for Jesus. Dinner with daughter.”

The March for Jesus is a Christian identity parade organized by Calgary’s non-denominational Street Church and its controversial leader, Artur Pawlowski. Pawlowski is perhaps best known for repeated legal run-ins with the city of Calgary, having invaded city hall for rowdy prayer sessions and unlawfully “hijacked” the front end of the 2012 Stampede parade. These shenanigans haven’t stopped Pawlowski from acquiring some political influence, and an interview in which McIver declares the pastor “great” and “a fearless man” appears on the Street Church’s website.

Also on the website: an explanation of the purpose of the March for Jesus, which complains that, “Last year alone, Calgary’s streets were flooded with people of wrong sexual preferences during a homosexual parade of over 30,000 attendees and none of them were embarrassed in the slightest to publicly even present their nakedness in front of families . . . they are not ashamed to declare the name of their master (Satan) . . .,” etc., etc.

In case you’re beginning to wonder, PC front-runner Jim Prentice spent the Sunday celebrating Philippine Independence Day in Calgary and visiting an Airdrie food bank event at that city’s bottle depot. Pretty boring stuff, compared to combatting Satan or opening up new battle theatres in the sexual revolution. Boring is probably just how he liked it.

All three candidates for the Alberta PC leadership agree that their party needs to act less like a booze-addled junta, so they are left to struggle over the fashionable preoccupation of our time: the treatment of sexual minorities. There is an emerging fight over the Alberta Human Rights Act, amended in 2009 to explicitly include sexual orientation. As a concession to conservative parents, the amendment required schools to warn parents in writing before bringing up religious or sexual topics in the classroom.

Groups such as ISMSS have painted a target on that clause, which McIver and Prentice support. Lukaszuk says he “would have a robust discussion” about throwing it out. Calgary Liberal Kent Hehr later stoked the fire in the enemy ranks with an assembly motion asking the government to require school boards—including Catholic ones—to permit “gay-straight alliances” in schools. The Conservatives split 22-12 against the motion, with Lukaszuk among the 12.

These are fringe issues, though, like all fringe issues, they are profoundly important to a few people. There are principled libertarian arguments on both sides of those controversies, but public schools are inherently illibertarian: Basically, it’s a debate over details of state indoctrination. Most people in Alberta probably aren’t worked up much. (Ask them about the math curriculum, if you want real anger.)

But a leadership race isn’t settled by “most people.” Lukaszuk wants to marshal the “keep the Progressive in the PCs” forces that decided the last two leadership contests. McIver, experienced at rabble-rousing in Calgary civic politics, has a base to stir up. There is room for two candidates on the final PC ballot. One of them will probably be Prentice. You can take the math from there.

http://www.macleans.ca/politics/in-alberta-its-all-about-your-base-instincts/

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 21:26
 
Just what was Ric McIver’s campaign thinking by having him attend March for Jesus parade, again? PDF Print E-mail
Written by News   
Monday, 23 June 2014 00:00

This morning I read with interest the ample coverage of Ric McIver’s sojourn into the abyss of social conservatism. After my initial reaction – ‘Yikes!’ – faded, I could only shake my head in amazement while muttering “when will they ever learn…” as I meandered to the kitchen for a second cup of coffee.

My bemusement is based on my observations of many conservatives over the years and on my reading of the data collected by my students working in the Citizen Society Research Lab at Lethbridge College (and other sources) that clearly indicate Albertans are increasingly progressive in their thinking when it comes to issues of individual choice, inclusion and acceptance.

Hence, one would think that McIver should have understood how the vast majority of those increasingly progressive Albertans would likely evaluate his participation in and support for the Calgary March for Jesus event held over the weekend.

Because Rob Breakenridge, Graham Thomson and Don Braid, among others, have done a fine job of describing the situation and providing context, I won’t repeat that here.

Suffice it to say that Albertans are continuing their own march towards entrenching a more progressive than socially conservative or traditional political culture in this province. At least when one considers some of the most significant ‘hot button’ topics in contemporary political (abortion choice, capital punishment, medical marijuana, doctor assisted suicide, same-sex marriage, and recreational marijuana).

In our Traditional or Progressive? Albertans’ Opinions on Six Policy Issues, we found that, by a four to one margin (79.7%) Albertans strongly support abortion choice remaining a private matter. Albertans also strongly support marijuana remaining legal for medical purposes (76.9%). Support has remained relatively consistent on both these issues for the past five years.

Alberta Issues Single Bar Chart Graphic

A majority of Albertans continue to support reinstating capital punishment for first degree murder (61.9%), making this the only issue of the six where Albertans are more traditional than progressive in their thinking. Support has remained relatively consistent at this level for the past five years.

On the more progressive side, Albertans strongly support legalized doctor-assisted suicide (78.8%) and strongly support same-sex marriages having legal status with traditional marriages (77.3%). Support has increased from approximately 65% in 2009 on both these issues.

And for the first time, a slim majority of Albertans support decriminalizing marijuana for recreational purposes (50.1%). Support has grown from only 36.5% in 2009.

By way of summary, an index of opinion structure was created allowing for easier regional and demographic comparisons. The index scores range from a possible “0.0” for the most traditional Albertans, to “6.0” for the most progressive Albertans. The mean score for the province as a whole is 3.8, clearly on the progressive side of neutral (3.0) and steadily increasing from only 3.4 in 2009.

Alberta Traditional vs Progressive Single Bar Chart Graphic

On a regional basis, Calgary is consistently the most progressive area of the province, moving from 3.6 in 2009 to 3.9 in 2013. Edmonton and southern Alberta outside of Calgary rival for the next most progressive areas of the province, while the north outside of Edmonton remains the least progressive, but still more progressive than traditional.

The final graph demonstrates where various groups of Albertans place themselves on the traditional-progressive index continuum.

The graph is organized with supporters of the federal political parties at the top, followed by supporters of the provincial political parties, regions of the province, and the average Alberta score, all above the bar. A selection of various demographic groups is found below the bar.

Alberta Traditional vs Progressive Single Demographic Group Graphic

Normal patterns of opinion divergence are measured between demographic sub-groups. For example, and as expected, the very religious are the most traditional in their perspectives, followed by seniors, and Wildrose and federal Conservative voters. Alternatively, federal and provincial Liberal voters have leapfrogged their NDP compatriots to become Alberta’s most progressive sub-group, followed by federal Green voters, the non-religious, the higher educated, and upper income Albertans.

Now, while I don’t expect every politician to be intimately familiar with the results of any one study, even a casual observer with a cursory understanding of the overall political trends and the behavior of fellow politicians, parties and voters over the past couple of decades should be able to instinctively know that participating in an event like the Calgary March for Jesus would be potentially troublesome for an active, province-wide campaign.

Simply recalling how long and hard parties have had to work to overcome similar transgressions should have set off some alarm bells with the candidate’s mind or within his organization.

Maybe some reflecting on how hard Reform had to work to overcome the 1996 Brown-Ringma-Chatters “gays and ethnics to the back of the shop” episode is in order for the next McIver campaign strategy session. Or, a brief review of the damage done to the federal Conservatives’ 2004 election prospects by Randy White’s “to heck with the courts” comments. Or, if need be, something more recent like the “lake of fire” debacle Wildrose is still recovering from.

Simply put, if the McIver stunt was deliberate strategy, which it appears it was, his campaign should give itself a collective head-shake and take a long, hard look at what they are trying to achieve and the means by which they are going about getting the job done on behalf of their ‘bosses’.

If, on the other hand, the stunt simply wasn’t thought through… well, they should start thinking, before it is too late.

Either way, this is one episode that is going to haunt the McIver campaign for a very long time.

http://alberta.yolobazinga.com/?cat=168

 
McIver & gays June 23, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 June 2014 00:00

Dave Rutherford

It was a dream come true for Art Pawlowski and a nightmare for Ric McIver, but most of all it illustrates again how politics and religion are intertwined.

Premier wannabe McIver cut the ribbon and proudly tweeted how his Father’s Day was complete after he took part in the March for Jesus, put on by Pawlowski’s street church, trouble is, the group says gays are Satan’s minions, perverse and sinful who brought the wrath of God in the form of floods.

McIver tried to cover his backside but in doing so highlighted the hypocrisy facing those who profess to be religious. McIver says he deplores discrimination, and I believe him, but on the other hand his defense for the participation in the parade was that he was celebrating his Roman Catholic faith with other Christians. So, what does the Catholic church say about homosexuality? Oh yeah, it’s a sin and moral evil. So, does McIver believe homosexuality is a sin or not? Is he a Christian of convenience like most other politicians who say they are Christian but won’t publicly express exactly what that means? This dance around so called “values” goes on all the time, as politicians try to be all things to all people, hoping that a muted expression of faith will get the religious vote but not alienate those who don’t believe.

In the end, it’s politically dangerous to be anything other than a smiley Teddy Bear. It’s working for Nenshi.

 

http://daverutherford.com/2014/06/30/mciver-gays-june-23-2014/

It was a dream come true for Art Pawlowski and a nightmare for Ric McIver, but most of all it illustrates again how politics and religion are intertwined. Premier wannabe McIver cut the ribbon and proudly tweeted how his Father’s Day was complete after he took part in the March for Jesus, put on by Pawlowski’s street church, trouble is, the group says gays are Satan’s minions, perverse and sinful who brought the wrath of God in the form of floods. McIver tried to cover his backside but in doing so highlighted the hypocrisy facing those who profess to be religious. McIver says he deplores discrimination, and I believe him, but on the other hand his defense for the participation in the parade was that he was celebrating his Roman Catholic faith with other Christians. So, what does the Catholic church say about homosexuality? Oh yeah, it’s a sin and moral evil. So, does McIver believe homosexuality is a sin or not? Is he a Christian of convenience like most other politicians who say they are Christian but won’t publicly express exactly what that means? This dance around so called “values” goes on all the time, as politicians try to be all things to all people, hoping that a muted expression of faith will get the religious vote but not alienate those who don’t believe. In the end, it’s politically dangerous to be anything other than a smiley Teddy Bear. It’s working for Nenshi - See more at: http://daverutherford.com/2014/06/30/mciver-gays-june-23-2014/#sthash.KXLJlp2Q.dpuf
It was a dream come true for Art Pawlowski and a nightmare for Ric McIver, but most of all it illustrates again how politics and religion are intertwined. Premier wannabe McIver cut the ribbon and proudly tweeted how his Father’s Day was complete after he took part in the March for Jesus, put on by Pawlowski’s street church, trouble is, the group says gays are Satan’s minions, perverse and sinful who brought the wrath of God in the form of floods. McIver tried to cover his backside but in doing so highlighted the hypocrisy facing those who profess to be religious. McIver says he deplores discrimination, and I believe him, but on the other hand his defense for the participation in the parade was that he was celebrating his Roman Catholic faith with other Christians. So, what does the Catholic church say about homosexuality? Oh yeah, it’s a sin and moral evil. So, does McIver believe homosexuality is a sin or not? Is he a Christian of convenience like most other politicians who say they are Christian but won’t publicly express exactly what that means? This dance around so called “values” goes on all the time, as politicians try to be all things to all people, hoping that a muted expression of faith will get the religious vote but not alienate those who don’t believe. In the end, it’s politically dangerous to be anything other than a smiley Teddy Bear. It’s working for Nenshi - See more at: http://daverutherford.com/2014/06/30/mciver-gays-june-23-2014/#sthash.KXLJlp2Q.dpuf
It was a dream come true for Art Pawlowski and a nightmare for Ric McIver, but most of all it illustrates again how politics and religion are intertwined. Premier wannabe McIver cut the ribbon and proudly tweeted how his Father’s Day was complete after he took part in the March for Jesus, put on by Pawlowski’s street church, trouble is, the group says gays are Satan’s minions, perverse and sinful who brought the wrath of God in the form of floods. McIver tried to cover his backside but in doing so highlighted the hypocrisy facing those who profess to be religious. McIver says he deplores discrimination, and I believe him, but on the other hand his defense for the participation in the parade was that he was celebrating his Roman Catholic faith with other Christians. So, what does the Catholic church say about homosexuality? Oh yeah, it’s a sin and moral evil. So, does McIver believe homosexuality is a sin or not? Is he a Christian of convenience like most other politicians who say they are Christian but won’t publicly express exactly what that means? This dance around so called “values” goes on all the time, as politicians try to be all things to all people, hoping that a muted expression of faith will get the religious vote but not alienate those who don’t believe. In the end, it’s politically dangerous to be anything other than a smiley Teddy Bear. It’s working for Nenshi - See more at: http://daverutherford.com/2014/06/30/mciver-gays-june-23-2014/#sthash.KXLJlp2Q.dpuf
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