CBC – Mon, 16 Jun, 2014
The PC party released a statement Monday afternoon saying that “closed mindedness or intolerance have no place in the [Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta].”
This comes after party leadership candidate Ric McIver participated in an event for a group that condemns homosexuals, March for Jesus.
From the group’s website:
“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 the slightest to publicly even present their nakedness in front of families and in front of future generations to openly proclaim and manifest that they are not ashamed to declare the name of their master (Satan) and in the same way not concerned with provoking greatly the wrath of the living God.”
The group held its annual parade Sunday.
A statement from Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta president Jim McCormick on Monday said that tolerance and acceptance were vital to the province.
“Individual members are expected to follow our statement of principles, which includes that of being an open party that’s accessible to all Albertans. Closed mindedness or intolerance have no place in the PCAA.”
McIver released his own statementMonday morning, saying he does not share the beliefs of organizers.
The PC leadership candidate says he is a Roman Catholic, and he deplores “discrimination against all groups and individuals without exception.”
Meanwhile, Twitter users pointed to a marked divide on how another PC leadership candidate spent their day — Thomas Lukaszuk participated in the presentation of Alberta’s first gender-altered child birth certifcate.
Lukaszuk responded to the tweet on Twitter, by posting a photo of him and a priest, saying, “That’s all good, but selfies and face painting with my parish RC priest today is way more fun.”
The PC MLA declined to comment to the CBC about McIver’s participation in the march, but said he has been approached by same group to attend events and declined.
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Former Conservative MP Jim Prentice is also vying to replace Alison Redford as party leader. Redford stepped down as premier and leader in March.
A spokesperson for Prentice released a statement Monday afternoon saying that when he was an MP, Prentice voted in favour of marriage equality.
“He has spent his entire career advocating for the individual rights of Canadians and Albertans, and also for the rights of our communities of faith, Aboriginal Canadians, and learning disabled children,” reads the statement.
Dave Hancock is serving as the interim premier for Alberta until the party holds its leadership vote in September.
There are always people complaining that politicians should keep religion out of politics. If they really think that, then it cuts both ways, and they can’t pass judgement on the practice of faith outside politics. They can’t have it both ways.
So participating in the March for Jesus is now a crime, according to the PC establishment and the media. Jesus promised his own followers would be persecuted. He wasn’t kidding…
So we live in a world where only perverted gays have a voice I hope he doesn’t quit and I hope all the churchs in Alberta sign up as tories and take him to the top. It is time where perverts don’t control the votes in Alberta
We can’t let freedom of religion run this country anymore we should only allow Gay atheist to run for office because perverts know what is right for us only they are torlerate (except to people of faith they sould shut out of all government elections and jobs which is only right)
You new want a christian teaching school when their is a good perverted gay atheist that can do the job …..
What the hell have we become??????