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The Near Deafening Silence from Christendom on Bill 10

Two days ago on March 11, I went to the streets once again with a small group of faithful followers of Christ who, like me, were not content to mumble and grumble about the shifting tides and changing winds of society and of the decay of morality in Canada. We took signs and dedicated hearts to the front of the Calgary Board of Education for an Emergency Media Interview about the current state of affairs, in response to Alberta’s newly passed Bill 10 (a law that as of June 1, 2015 has the potential of dramatically altering Christian education in Alberta from then on).

Before I go on, let me give a little background,

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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 & 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
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 03:31
 
National Post Happy to Promote Left Wing Pro-Homosexual Smear Campaigns PDF Print E-mail
Written by Concerned Christians Canada   
Sunday, 22 June 2014 20:01

Time to say "no" with our dollars to the left wing propaganda machines - "big media". The National Post published an article, a couple of days ago, against PC leadership candidate Ric McIver for merely being associated to the allegedly "anti-gay" Artur Pawlowski. How absurd. Click this link to read my review of the article in question, and the stance that I believe Christians should have in relation to the matter.

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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.

If a person believes that a lifestyle is destructive, then the loving thing to do is to encourage people you care for to leave it.

Let me give you some food for thought in the form of an example scenario.

Someone may be “perfectly happy” using street drugs, but their family members, seeing many people suffer from drug addiction, may vigorously stand against the choice to continue the practice. Their drug using family member may want to change the name of their addictive practice, since their entire life revolves around drug use and drug culture, especially because there is such a “social stigma” against the lifestyle. Perhaps their drug addicted friends come up with a new name to identify their lifestyle with, and in a group effort they ask that everybody around them stop calling them drug abusers, and rather embrace their “lifestyle choices” as “personal choice” rather than “wrong behavior”. Then more and more people decide to cave into pressure and embrace the new name, and outlook, and even start believing that perhaps these drug abusers were, in fact, “born that way” (in spite of the fact that such a statement cannot be backed up scientifically). As a result, as society moves forward, “sober/high alliances” would start popping up in various places decrying any negative speech toward “druggies”.

After a period of time, these groups start applying pressure on the education system to teach “safe shooting” courses, starting in grades as young as grade three, where the merits of drug use and the tolerance of “druggies” is taught like a faithful mantra. In the course, children would be subjected to much drug culture paraphernalia and imagery, with “users” injecting, laying on a bed “high”, etc and all the while the imagery glorified, to teach the children just how harmless the “lifestyle choice” really is. At some point, optional counseling would be offered to young children who might think that they were born with drug addiction tendencies, and in such sessions they would be told that they should not be afraid to embrace their tendencies toward drug using; that it’s as “normal and healthy” as not using hardcore drugs. As things proceed statistics show an ever increasing trend toward street drug addiction, among the regular population, increasing occurrences of drug related diseases, and even increased deaths due to such diseases. All the while, a culture gone wild on sin promotes the practice in sitcom shows, movies, and other popular media, as though it is no worse a “choice” then choosing to be a vegetarian.

Now the fact that society, in this scenario, has completely lost its common sense with respect to the dangers of drug addiction, and in spite of the fact that there is much evidence that demonstrates that such a lifestyle is in fact detrimental to, not only the drug user but to, those around them, it does not change the friends and family members who still want to see their drug addicted family members set free from a lifestyle that they feel, passionately, is dangerous and destructive to their loved one. In desperation, they may very well call them an idiot, a fool, or many other things out of a desire to see their loved one saved from a life fraught with pitfalls and danger, and even, at points, premature death. Though you may disagree with the language used, the heart behind the message is that of love and compassion for the person, rather than the embrace of their sinful choices.

As a follower of Christ, we see that the Bible calls certain behaviors sinful, and we know that the Bible says that the wages of sin is death. We also know that the Bible says all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God, but that His gift is salvation through repentance from sin and through accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. It’s not that, as Bible believing Christians we believe we are sinless. No, rather, we see that any and all sin is an offense to God under His law and is a destructive force in our lives. We know that God has stated in His Word that He wants none to perish, for their sins, but that all should come to repentance, and receive Him as their Savior and Master.

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.

Jen also raises a similar incident, in her article, where the media distorted the facts regarding former CCC CEO Craig Chandler in his candidacy bid under Ed Stelmach. Craig Chandler too was slandered for being associated to a controversial figure, Reverend Stephen Boissoin the then Northern Alberta President of CCC. Mr. Boissoin, was brought before the Alberta Human Rights commission for letters he wrote to the Editor of the Red Deer Advocate, and who was later, after a tiring five year battle at his personal expense, exonerated of the claim levied against him. So while Mr. Chandler had not personally written the remarks, he was discarded due in part to being associated to the individual who did; the stock in trade of today’s “truth loving” and “tolerant” pundits, our left wing propagandists, the media.

I personally know Ric McIver and can say that I have witnessed him exercise tremendous patience and dedication in his efforts as alderman while he was in office in Calgary. He is a problem solver and is good at bringing the ideas and interests of diverse groups to the table in the form of action plans that serve the people he represents, no matter what their background or beliefs may be, or whether or not he shares those beliefs.

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:

  • (a) freedom 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

  • (d) freedom 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.

Now I fully understand that Jen, and others who write with an anti-Christian bent, are exercising freedom of the press in their efforts, but I think it is laughable that these people, who clearly are very intolerant, would attack public servants for being associated with those whom they feel are intolerant. True hypocrisy.

Shame on the National Post for promoting left wing propaganda, and embracing smear campaigns against those who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to serving the needs of the public. I do hope that those who believe in democracy and freedom will wake up, and speak up against such ridiculous and hypocritical bigotry against Christians who believe in traditional values. I also hope that there is a backlash against traditional media due to their left wing bigotry, veiled in news reporting and feigned compassion for the “oppressed”.

I hope that people vote “no” with their dollars against left wing propaganda outlets, that push liberalism on society, and who say be damned the consequences, live how you want.

Comments on this article:

Vicky Penny · · Top commenter

Fuck you you bitch ass, hating, loveliness, useless piece of shit hate monger supporter. There, my free speech... If you remove it, then you agree some people shouldn't have a right to free speech, thereby making you a hypocrite. If you keep it up, then you're practicing what you preach. It's not as hateful as judging someone for the way God chose. God is perfect, he doesn't make mistakes and knows our sins before we're born. If it's such an abomination to love despite homosexuality, then God is an abomination as well.
 
Victor Penny is a homosexual himself and a very vocal and well known to the media advocate for the homosexual lobby in Calgary. Tolerance and love, one way only. His way.
 
Victor Penny. May God bless you and save you. I wish you all the best in Jesus name.-Artur Pawłowski
 
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Last Updated on Sunday, 22 June 2014 20:19
 
Ric McIver Stumbles…the PC Party Falls PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 22 June 2014 00:00

“Closed-mindedness or intolerance have no place in the PC [party].” —The PC party’s response to Ric McIver’s participation in the March for Jesus led by anti-gay pastor Artur Pawlowski.

Instead of belabouring Ric McIver’s pathetic too-little, too-late apology for participating in last Sunday’s March for Jesus (led by Pastor Pawlowski who says gays are agents for Satan) let’s focus on the Progressive Conservative Party’s response to Mr McIver’s participation in this appalling spectacle.

Artur Pawloski

On Monday PC party president, Jim McCormick, shot out a statement saying “individual members…are expected to follow our statement of principles, which includes that of being an open party that’s accessible to all Albertans.”

Well, a certain “individual member” who happens to be running for the leadership of the party did not follow PC principles and Mr McCormick, who was quick to smack down a sitting premier, Alison Redford, is doing absolutely nothing about it.

On Wednesday, Premier Dave Hancock characterized Mr McIver’s participation as oversight. “Sometimes we don’t necessarily get all the background on things, and I won’t chastise anybody for something they may have done not having the full picture”. He urged leadership candidates “to be careful how you associate, because people will make assumptions that you can’t control”.*

Not having the full picture….? Mr McIver participated in the Walk for Jesus for four years. It defies reason that he was not aware of Pastor Pawlowski’s homophobic views.

What did they talk about as they marched down the street arm in arm…the Pope? No wait, Pope Francis said “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?”**The weather? Well okay, maybe the weather. Pastor Pawlowski did say the 2013 flood was caused by God “weeping for the perversions of homosexuality”.***

Trust me, Albertans have “the full picture” and it isn’t pretty.

Let’s review.

PC’s “support” of LGBTQ Albertans

The PC government made it crystal clear that it would not protect the rights of LGBTQ students when it refused to support a motion put forward by Liberal MLA, Kent Hehr. Motion 503 would have required school boards to support LGBTQ students with policies that allowed students to create gay-straight alliances. NOTE: Mr Lukaszuk voted in favour of Mr Hehr’s motion. Mr McIver and Mr Hancock were absent.

Ric McIver

Much to the PC’s surprise, the government’s Neanderthal response to this motion created an immediate backlash. In an effort at damage control Justice Minister Denis (who was photographed with Pastor Pawlowski in 2012) quickly rolled out a one-time grant from the Civil Forfeiture Fund—a grand total of $76,250—to the Edmonton Pride Centre for a mentoring project to encourage LGBTQ youth to avoid a life of crime by developing relationships with LGBTQ adults who would help them develop safe and positive community connections. The program expires in 2 years.

So the PC party message is this: It has no issues with MLAs who support anti-gay ministries. Remember it green-lighted Mr McIver’s nomination when he ran in Calgary-Hays, by then he’d already participated in at least one March for Jesus, and looked the other way when he continued to do so. It responded only after the issue exploded in the twittersphere. It whitewashed Mr McIver’s participation as an oversight. And it will allow Mr McIver to continue his bid for leadership of the PC party which means it is prepared to take the risk that Mr McIver will be sitting in the premier’s office this fall.  

But this should be of no concern to the LGBTQ community because the PC government has given the Edmonton Pride Centre $76,250 (!!)

Frankly this makes Danielle Smith’s decision not to dump MLA candidate Alan Hunsperger—who said gays and lesbians are doomed to an eternal “lake of fire” unless they changed their sexual orientation—look like an administrative hiccup.

Gay rights in the 21st century

Lord John Browne

The corporate world has embraced gay rights. Over 90% of Fortune 500 companies have policies against homophobic discrimination.****Employees who violate these policies are disciplined or terminated. Lord Browne, former CEO of BP, who kept his homosexuality hidden for decades, says this is good business—firms that embrace gay rights will win the war for talent by being able to attract gay employees as well as gay-friendly employees.  Firms that don’t will be left in the dust.

The same principle applies in government. So why did Premier Hancock make feeble excuses for Mr McIver and why did the PC party allow Mr McIver to stay in the leadership race?

Two possible reasons: One, the PC party knows that Mr McIver reflects the views of many PC members and prefers to tread softly rather than risk losing these members to the Wildrose. Two, the PC party thinks that keeping Mr McIver in the PC leadership race will split the “old guard” vote between Mr Lukaszuk and Mr McIver, thereby guaranteeing a win for Mr Prentice.

This is cynical and short sighted.  Refusing to remove Mr McIver from the leadership race confirmed something most of us suspected. The PC party will do whatever it takes to stay in power, including sacrificing the rights of LGBTQ Albertans.

Welcome to the dark ages.

*Calgary Herald, June 18, 2014, A5

**The Christian Post, online, Sept 19, 2013

***Calgary Herald, June 17, 2014, A4

****The Economist, May 31, 2014, 62

http://susanonthesoapbox.com/2014/06/22/ric-mciver-stumbles-the-pc-party-falls/

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 23:21
 
McIver’s brief visit to the Lake of Fire costly PDF Print E-mail
Written by News   
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.

http://alberta.yolobazinga.com/?p=35262

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.

http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/06/21/from-dr-no-to-dr-no-freaking-way--the-rapid-fall-of-ric-mciver-in-albertas-race-for-top-tory

 


 
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