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This was an amazing Celebration!

Many times when we come to the streets what we see is despair, loneliness, sadness, hopelessness and misery. Thats why I love those special moments even more when we can, in the name of Jesus Christ put some joy and hope in peoples lives. This time was no different.

Hebrews 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Elvis aka Leland Johnson was...



35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35

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McIver’s brief visit to the Lake of Fire costly PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 22 June 2014 00:00

I’ll start with a confession. I quite like Ric McIver.

I know he has some socially conservative views that flow from his deep faith as a Roman Catholic. We don’t share those views. But with Ric, what you see is what you get. He doesn’t pretend.

The equality of gay Albertans has been a sensitive issue at least since the 2012 election, when the Wildrose Party drowned in a Lake of Fire of their own construction. Politicians since have been particularly vigilant to ensure that their words – although not always their actions – carefully respect the equality of gay and lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender citizens.

A recent chance for Alberta MLAs to put action to words was a motion from Liberal MLA Kent Hehr to make Gay-Straight Alliances mandatory in schools if students request them. McIver was not in the Legislature to vote, but not surprisingly was not a supporter of the motion.

Thomas Lukaszuk voted in favour.

(Aside: Jim Prentice, of course, is not an MLA but his moment came in 2005 when the federal Liberal government introduced C-38, the Civil Marriage Act, to permit gay marriage. Prentice was one of only three Conservatives to vote in favour.)

It doesn’t surprise me to find that McIver was open to an invitation from a group that, on the surface, professes love for Jesus and charitable good works in His name.

But someone on his team should have checked it out before saying yes. If nothing else, street preacher Artur Pawlowski’s name should have been a dead giveaway.

McIver is applying to be the Premier of the Province. This stuff matters.

Will this goof kill his chances?

Voters, especially in a leadership contest, are quite sophisticated. I don’t think most will believe that McIver agrees with the lunatic rantings of Pawlowski.

The risk to McIver is not that people might think he believes this crap. The risk is that PC Party members will fear that the publicity surrounding this event may lead to voters confusing PC values with those established by the Wildrose Party in 2012.

As Faron Ellis points out in his post, Albertans are very progressive on social hot-button issues. The PC Party will not want to risk being seen as otherwise. McIver now needs to create some distance between himself and the Lake of Fire Folks.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 02:11
PC leadership roundup: McIver sorry he walked in anti-gay church’s Jesus march PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 21 June 2014 00:00
From Dr. No to Dr. No Freaking Way ... the rapid fall of Ric McIver in Alberta's race for top Tory PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calgary Sun   
Saturday, 21 June 2014 00:00

By ,Calgary Sun

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Minister of Transportation Ric McIver addressed the first phase of implementation for changes to Alberta’s impaired driving penalties at the McDougall Centre in Calgary, with the toughest consequences come into effect on July 1st, new penalties will be introduced for criminally impaired drivers and drinking drivers with a graduated licence. Monday June 18 2012. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Calgary Sun)

From Dr. No to Dr. Oh No to Dr. No Freaking Way over the course of a week.

Rules for Politicians No. 187: The less elapsed time between the commission of a political sin and the sincere apology, the better.

So if you contrive to step on your own junk on a Sunday … don’t let the matter fester until Thursday.

Ric McIver broke Rule No. 187 in spectacular fashion.

He participated in something called the March for Jesus organized in part by self-styled street preacher Artur Pawlowski.

Pawlowski is well-known downtown for feeding the hungry and shouting. He is also well-known for kneeling inside city hall telling a cop to shoot him.

And on his website, he wrote that last year’s floods were “just a tear that came from the eyes of God, a little wake-up call for all of us.”

What have we done to deserve this? Well, let Pawlowski explain on his own website: “He is weeping for the perversions of homosexuality which includes the walking out the pride of their abominations in the streets of our cities.”

So God flooded your basement because Calgarians are cool with guys slow-dancing with other guys in public spaces?

And Ric McIver hung out with this guy.

In public.

While running for the job of top Tory and, by extension, Premier of Alberta.

You can’t get elected hanging out with the lake of fire people. You can’t. Ask Danielle Smith. Politically, they’re no longer useful company.

The acceptance of gay folks by Canadians has been a remarkable civil rights achievement and the vast majority who changed their views to be more inclusive are to be congratulated no less than the activists who worked so hard for those changes.

That those attitudes changed is truly proof that we are a civil society.

And it’s a shame Ric McIver didn’t seem to know that.

He picked up the moniker Dr. No when he was Calgary city council’s leading fiscal conservative.

What’s that kiddies? Fiscal conservatives on Calgary council? You don’t believe in such a thing? Just another tall tale from an old-timer?

Well, it’s true. Fiscal conservatism, just like the onions we wore proudly on our belts, was just the style at the time.

Anyway, old Ric lost the mayoral race to a fellow named Naheed Nenshi because Nenshi can campaign and knows how to smile convincingly. Ric’s campaign skills were less than stellar, and as his poll numbers dropped he seemed to lose the ability to bare his teeth in a pleasant fashion. He looked increasingly like a man who had been forced to eat an entire raw lemon, or watch the Oprah Winfrey Network for longer than 60 seconds.

He still would have won if TV personality Barb Higgins hadn’t crashed the campaign party for reasons that only make sense if you think she was an unwitting dupe in an anti-McIver conspiracy.

But he staged a comeback, went to the legislature as an MLA, and got a cabinet-level post as Minister in Charge of Signing Really Big Cheques and Cutting Really Big Ribbons With Really Big Scissors in Front of Really Big Things.

Or as politicians like to call it: Minister of Transportation.

Then he announced he was running for leader of the Alberta Tories.

He was always probably doomed going up against Jim Prentice but his candidacy was legitimate.

But Ric is the kind of guy who plays well in the sticks, where a lot of Tory power resides.

Folksy. Little awkward. Fiscal conservative. Rides motorcycle. Smiles easily when things are going well. Impressive glower when it isn’t. Successfully ran big government ministry. Was proven to be the guy who put an end to plans for Alison Redford’s so-called Sky Palace.

Basically, his only hope to beat Prentice, the Teflon Prince, was to portray his opponent as a carpetbagging-frat-boy-big-business-lawyer-with-Lego-hair who’s out of touch with ordinary folks.

To portray him as a male variant of Alison Redford.

Problem is, you don’t make your opponent look slick by making yourself look like a rube.

And that’s what Ric McIver has gone and done.

It’s probably too late for him to get his deposit back, isn’t it?

Some comments from the public:

-So when do we start to see reports about all the politicians who have been seen hobnobbing with the virulently anti-gay imams? What is so incredibly weird about this entire steaming pile of nonsense is why it is only when Christians seem to be involved that it becomes such a big deal? Unreal, quite frankly.

-Robinson is a freaking tard as far as I'm concerned. I used to like his columns but lately he's been losing it. Not one person in Calgary ,'' CHANGED THEIR VIEWS '' Robinson. What BS. Calgarians have always been open to the gay lifestyle and most have no problem with it and never had. There are those who will call it the devils work just the same as there are those in every city and town in this country. If anything I would bet money you could say that more are changing their views to being against them more all the time. Not against their lifestyle but against their demanding more rights than ordinary citizens and stuffing their lifestyle down the throats of those who could really care less. I don't care one way or the other myself but why the parades and the need for constant publicity. Live your life like everyone else and no one will really care. Yeah, McIver made a big screw up but I seriously doubt he is anti-gay. It is this very paper that is portraying him as such and will be his downfall. He likely wasn't going to win but with this paper screaming about his mistake to the heavens every day he has no chance in hell now. This paper cost the WRP the last election also by bringing up the views of a couple of idiots constantly and every day until they had the public believing that the whole party was in cahoots with Satin himself. They say they back so and so and then do the very thing that brings that person or party down. What the hell is your explanation for that CALGARY SUN? And don't give me any crap about just reporting the news. It was news last week. No need to drag it on daily and forever until you see a man crushed. Bunch of hypocrites.

-So every politician who doesn't march in the Stampede parade on July 4 is anti-agriculture, anti-ranching and a PETA lover? McIver is a politician, doing what politicians do when it's time to campaign, they go where ever they need to get in front of the people whose support they will rely on to be elected.


McIver tries to weather storm over March for Jesus connection PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calgary Sun   
Saturday, 21 June 2014 00:00




Tory leadership hopeful Thomas Lukaszuk says in half a minute he knew he wanted nothing to do with street preacher Art Pawlowski or his March for Jesus.

It takes fellow candidate Ric McIver years of knowing, supporting and even marching with Pawlowski, along with a media storm this week, to come to the same conclusion.

So here we are Thursday morning.

Calgary's Olympic Plaza. Dark clouds. Rain coming down. McIver trying to weather the storm.

He speaks to newshounds for the first time since this past Sunday when he cuts the ribbon for Pawlowski's march.

The march's website contrasts itself with another parade of "people of wrong sexual preferences" who "openly proclaim and manifest that they are not ashamed to declare the name of their master (Satan)" and are "not concerned with provoking greatly the wrath of the Living God."

While we're on Pawlowski, and since this is exactly a year after the flood, the preacher wrote last year's deluge is Jesus "weeping for the perversions of homosexuality which includes the walking out the pride of their abominations in the streets of our cities."

This past Monday, when the political do-do hits the fan over McIver's involvement, the embattled candidate fires off a statement saying he celebrates the diversity of Alberta at many events.

The March for Jesus was a way of celebrating his faith.

On Monday he says the website wasn't his and doesn't reflect his views.

He's for equality and against discrimination and will "continue to attend events celebrating the diversity of Alberta."

Tuesday, in a short TV interview, he takes it up a notch.

McIver says the website's message is "disgusting" and people have a right to be angry and he's as angry as everybody else.

Thursday, McIver says he backed Pawlowski because "I support somebody who feeds people when they're poor."

He met Pawlowski years ago. It was when McIver sat on Calgary city council. McIver would stop and say hello when the preacher fed people outside city hall.

McIver tells us he was in the March for Jesus four years in a row.

He says "what I did not do and what I regret and what I apologize for is I didn't do my homework."

He didn't check the march's website he sees as "ugly" and "nasty" and "mean-spirited."

"I apologize for drawing attention to it," he says.

McIver says he "knew Art had some strong religious beliefs" but it's another thing "to publish, to broadcast through the Internet ugly, negative, nasty, untrue things I in no way believe or support."

McIver does not want his name or photos on the website. He's asked Pawlowski to take them down. It's not done.

The question lingers.

After all the time and all the contact and the very visible expression of Pawlowski's views how could McIver not know what the street preacher preaches?

"The fact is, I didn't," says McIver, explaining little.

He and Pawlowski were "a friendly relationship saying hello as people were being fed in front of city hall."

For McIver, the March for Jesus sounds like a positive event but "there's an ugly website attached to it."

The act of contrition and the explanation, such as they are, appear over.

By the way, is McIver going to Calgary's Pride parade?

"I'm considering it," he says.

"I'm not sure if it's going to get in the schedule." He is going to the gay rodeo.

Someone puts a lure in the water.

What about his views about changing policy on abortion?

"No, no, no, no, no," says McIver.

The candidate leaves. The clouds are still dark. The rain still comes down.

A while later downtown, Lukaszuk tells the press he talked to Pawlowski at the prime minister's last barbecue in Calgary.

"He conversed with me in Polish for 30 seconds and 30 seconds was as much time as I was willing to give him because of some of the comments he managed to squeeze in during that 30 seconds," says Lukaszuk.

"It became abundantly obvious his beliefs are definitely misaligned with my beliefs."

"His views are, unless you conduct yourself in what he considers to be an appropriate way the wrath of God is going to rain down upon you."

"So I politely dismissed it and let him go on his merry way."

After many years, and now some grief, McIver says he's ready to do the same.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 23:24
Tory leadership hopeful McIver in damage control after march with anti-gay group PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calgary Herald   
Friday, 20 June 2014 00:00

By James Wood and Chris Varcoe, Calgary Herald June 20, 2014


The controversy over his march with a vocally anti-gay group has seriously damaged Ric McIver's chances of winning the Tory leadership, political analysts say.

Photograph by: Ted Rhodes Ted Rhodes , Calgary Herald

As rain pounded down in Olympic Plaza on a grey Thursday morning, Ric McIver stepped into a crowd of reporters to stop his Tory leadership campaign from sliding into his own “lake of fire.”

A little more than two years ago, controversial comments from a pair of Wildrose candidates — including a suggestion that gays would be punished for eternity in a lake of fire — helped sink the party’s chance of winning the provincial election against the PC dynasty.

Now, an emotional McIver — under the gun for participating in a religious march whose organizers had posted anti-gay comments online — moved to salvage his own campaign, apologizing and distancing himself from street minister Artur Pawlowski.

Analysts say the two episodes show how any connection to such views has become radioactive in Alberta politics. At the same time, social conservative issues — once part of mainstream debate in the province — are increasingly avoided by political parties.

“The risk of turning off the progressive voter is far greater than the reward of attracting the social conservative voters,” pollster Ian Large said Friday.

Large, vice-president with Leger, noted in the 2012 general election that polls indicated one in four PC voters turned away from Wildrose during the campaign after candidate Allan Hunsperger’s “lake of fire” comments were revealed.

Lethbridge College pollster and political scientist Faron Ellis said polling he’s conducted over the years shows a significant majority of Albertans support abortion remaining a private choice, while the backing of same-sex marriage has increased dramatically to reach two-thirds support.

“There are social conservatives out there, but they’re a declining bunch,” Ellis said Friday.

McIver, a former alderman and the MLA for Calgary-Hays, is facing Jim Prentice and Thomas Lukaszuk in the race to win the Progressive Conservative leadership and become the next Alberta premier.

With selling party memberships of prime importance, opponents have suggested McIver has been targeting social conservatives in his campaign.

Lukaszuk accused him last week of attempting to create a “wedge issue” by raising and defending a section of the Human Rights Act that gives parents the right to pull children out of class if sexuality, sexual orientation or religion are on the agenda.

Liberal MLA Kent Hehr said McIver’s participation in last weekend’s March for Jesus — the fourth year he took part in the event — was a clear play for socially conservative voters.

McIver cut the ribbon to start the annual march organized by Pawlowski, who wrote in a blog that last year’s flood in southern Alberta was caused, in part, by God’s unhappiness with gays.

In his Thursday news conference, McIver — who has defended Pawlowski in the past — said he attended the parade as a Christian, but was not aware of the “ugly, negative, nasty, untrue” anti-gay comments online.

He brushed off a question as to whether he had been attempting to woo social conservative voters. “Where we are now is nothing to do with strategy — it has to do with me not doing my homework,” said McIver.

Mount Royal University political analyst David Taras said that if McIver was intending to appeal to social conservatives, the controversy will make that more difficult because of the scrutiny he now faces.

Cue The Persecution Complex 3...2...1... PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Concerned Christians Canada was one of Craig Chandler's creations ... until he sold it to its current owner when the political heat got a little to much.

To nobody's surprise, according to CCC's Jim Blake, Ric McIver has been done a grave injustice by the National Post (and other media outlets) for talking about his participation in Pawlowski's "March for Christ" event.

Jen Gerson, with the National Post, wrote an article a couple of days ago stating that Ric McIver has ties to an “anti-gay” evangelical named Artur Pawlowski. 
Firstly, I worked closely with Artur Pawlowski on various Christian events (including the Night on the Street for the Poor, March for Jesus, public youth worship events, various Christian festivals, etc) and acted as a mediator between he and various officials on several occasions. I came to know Artur very well and can attest to the fact that I witnessed, on many occasions, Artur inviting people of all backgrounds and persuasions to various events he was involved in, or events that Street Church itself had hosted. I dare say that they would likely not have invited him to their events, by the way. 
Many people have accused him of being “anti-gay”, merely because he stands on the Bible as the truth, and stands for sexual relationships that align with it. But just because Artur is very vocal about the fact that he stands firmly against homosexual relationships and acts, and against the public promotion of that lifestyle, does not mean that he does not show compassion and a willingness to serve those practicing homosexuality at the table his ministry sets up. Week after week, I would see Mr. Pawlowski serve many of Calgary’s most downtrodden people and always showed a heart of service that is unparalleled in any community. Among those who came out, were people involved in homosexual relationships whom he would serve. He would talk with them, and pray with them, and for them, when they would allow him to. By doing so, he repeatedly and consistently demonstrated that he does not hate people because they identify themselves as homosexuals, rather he sees the homosexual lifestyle as a destructive force in a person’s life, whom he would say was created in the image and likeness of God.

Well yes, I'm sure Pawlowski likes to make a big show of all the "good" he is doing.  That is irrelevant here.  The issue is not even Pawlowski's event, or even the philosophical stance that Pawlowskis (or Blake's) understanding of Christianity take with respect to homosexuality as it is about the sincerity of McIver's damage control apology.

Secondly, I find it sickening that people like Jen Gerson are still writing such intolerant articles against Traditional Christian values. After all, we are told that Canadian society is a “tolerant” one, yet Jen in the clear tone of the article, would have us believe that since Ric McIver is merely associated to the likes of homeless advocate Artur Pawlowski, his leadership ability should be questioned and his candidacy denied. What seems clear from her June 14, 2014 article is the real truth of the matter, which is that she does not like social conservatives or social conservative values, and that she is willing to smear and defame any public figure that would hold those values, or who would in any way be associated with those who do.

Nobody is "persecuting" McIver for his beliefs here.  Calling out hypocrisy, perhaps.  Disingenuity?  Definitely.

Pawlowski is not just a "homeless advocate".  He is a man who wants to ram his religiosity down everybody's throat ... and does so regularly.  Don't believe as he does?  You're on the wrong side of his god.  He's well known for preaching against homosexuals, and we're supposed to ignore that because he helps the homeless?  Uh no.  It doesn't work that way.

Where McIver is concerned, the real question isn't just his association which Street Church and March for Jesus, but rather what are his sincere views.  Does he believe that GLBT people are lesser citizens?  Does he support Pawlowski's anti-abortion, anti-divorce stances?  Where does McIver stand?

Blake then moves on to try and give us a lesson in civics:

Perhaps Jen Gerson, and those like her, should take some lessons from the “real” Charter of Rights and freedoms that clearly states the following: 
Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law: 
1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. 
Then under the section following called FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS: 
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: 
(afreedom of conscience and religion;(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and(dfreedom of association. 
As seen above, the charter doesn’t just allow those identifying themselves as homosexuals or “gay” the liberty to live in sexually immoral lifestyles, Biblically speaking, it also allows perfectly reasonable and loving people to believe that the choices that these people are making are detrimental to them and to society as a whole. Similarly, there are those who believe that it is not compassionate to speak against abortion, or divorce, or premarital sex, or gambling, or drug addiction, or pornography addiction, or alcohol abuse, or drunk driving, or any such thing, and they are entitled to hold that opinion and to debate their viewpoint vigorously and even advocate for it. The same can be said, in a free and democratic society, for those who want to see the word “sin” restored to society, and who want to see traditional family values, virtue, integrity, honesty and morality to be promoted in society due to their merits.

Well, Mr. Blake.  Let me bring a few more details of interpreting the Constitution to your attention.  First of all, the premise statement about the "supremacy of God" is in the preamble, and mysteriously does not stipulate which particular notion of God is held to be "supreme", nor does any other part of the Constitution of this country stipulate any particular faith as having supremacy.  This is important, especially in a society where there are so many faiths practiced (and no small number of people who consciously choose not to practice any religion at all).

Second, Mr. Blake seems to misunderstand the fundamental freedoms in S2.  All of those are indisputably individual freedoms.  They do not extend beyond the individual per se.  Mr. McIver, Mr. Blake and everybody else in Canada all bear those freedoms without question.  That does not grant any of them the right to impose their beliefs upon others either directly or indirectly.

Further, Mr. Blake fails to understand one additional point.  Nothing in those freedoms shields anyone from the consequences of their exercise of those rights.  Mr. McIver is absolutely free to associate with Mr. Pawlowski's church, or whatever else he wishes.  Nobody will charge him with anything for it.

That said, Mr. McIver is a politician - a public figure - and one who is angling to become this province's next premier, and possibly the premier for the next four years after an expected 2016 election.  Mr. Pawlowski's preachings may well carry with it a price when it is put in front of the electorate.  Mr. McIver knew that when he started participating in Street Church events, and he knows it now.  When it comes to political figures, the public has a right to know what a candidate believes, and whether or not he would act on those beliefs legislatively.  McIver now has the unfortunately difficult job of convincing a public that has come to see homophobia as electoral poison that his association with Street Church doesn't influence his legislative beliefs.

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