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Friday, September 07, 2007

Liberalism - The Politics of Fear

Greg Staples says it well... "What are you, new?" Come on guys... we've seen this playbook before.

Greg's post deals more with the media, relating to a story in today's National Post, however, I'd like to put it to my fellow BTer's who are already roasting John Tory, before the writ has even dropped... really stop and think long and hard about the typical Liberal election ploy you may be falling for.

Division, fear, scare-mongering, and half-truths... par for the course in a Liberal election campaign. In my mind, that should be enough to encourage everyone to stand up and say to the Liberals, "WE'VE HAD ENOUGH OF YOUR LIES AND YOUR FEAR-MONGERING... WE WANT CHANGE"

Here's the National Post article Greg was commenting on...
The bogus case against Tory
National Post
Published: Friday, September 07, 2007

Canada is a two-faced country. Most times, we are a moderate, tolerant, easy-going people. But when election time comes, things change. Once the writ is dropped, our elites suddenly become dogmatic secularists. Such is the case now in Ontario where, as we write these words, one can hear a chorus of left-wing pundits tut-tutting at John Tory's common-sensical acknowledgment that some Christian Canadians take God seriously.

The circus began on Wednesday, when the Ontario Conservative leader told reporters that Christian academies that include creationism in their curricula would not necessarily be excluded from his plan to provide public funding to religious schools. In the local media, this earned Thursday headlines such as "Tory downplays religious schools flap" and "Tory gets 'F' for faith-funding idea." Respected commentators are suggesting the comment could cost Mr. Tory the Oct. 10 election.

But there should be nothing controversial about the Conservative leader's position -- especially given that Mr. Tory says his comment referred only to religious studies, not science class. Indeed, creationist material is already included in the religious studies courses taught at publicly funded Catholic schools across Ontario. Any number of creation stories also are taught at the province's various independent Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and (insert your favourite faith here) religious schools. When it suits them, our political and media elites laud these schools and their curricula as hallmarks of our multicultural society. (The same goes for aboriginal creation myths, which many Canadian students learn about in their history courses.) Has political correctness advanced to the point whereby every story of creation is politically acceptable except the one that happens to originate with the country's Christian majority?

We have seen this before. In 2000, the federal Liberals successfully lampooned Stockwell Day after the Canadian Alliance leader mused about his creationist beliefs. And in 2004, Paul Martin based his election campaign on bizarre claims that Stephen Harper was a religious social conservative who would destroy cherished rights and threaten Canada's secular character. Having thus been conditioned to treat every mention of Christian faith as an explosive blunder, the media are now giving John Tory the same treatment -- notwithstanding the reasonableness of what the man actually said.

The trumped-up controversy surrounding Mr. Tory's comments helps explain why more people of his high calibre do not enter Canadian political life. His treatment reflects poorly on both his opponents and the political culture they have been allowed to create in this country.

© National Post 2007

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3 Comments:

  • At Fri. Sep. 07, 12:15:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger zolton said…

    Cmon anyone with half a brain knows that the conservatives are the true fear mongers. IE: This artical is fear mongering lol!
    You guys hate liberals gays, non-christens, lefties, rational people etc... You guys are afraid of "phantom bogymen" Islamic terrorism. During the last election all I heard come out of the conservative headquarters was about how afraid and angry we should be at the liberals.
    Now I don't see you being A fascist, I think you're innocent. Time to get a clue!

    The only thing that lefties fear monger about and I will admit it is global warming, but thats REAL threat!

     
  • At Fri. Sep. 07, 01:32:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    "You guys hate liberals, gays, non-christens, lefties, rational people, etc... You guys are afraid of "phantom bogymen" Islamic terrorism."

    ????? Where in the world have you gotten those ideas from zolton? I don't hate ANYBODY... there are certian political philosophies that I think are destructive and I oppose, but I sure don't hate anybody for holding them!

    As for Islamic terrorism, it is a real threat... the media isn't telling even half the story.

    With my being connected with various missions organizations, you get to hear about what's really going on in the world, the little things the media doesn't pick up on. For example, I'm sure you've seldom heard of the beheadings, the regular threats to missionaries to get out of town "or else" (national, non-western workers, for the record), the night time beatings, the false trumped up charges of "blasphemy", imprisonings, etc... most people in "the West" have no clue what's really going on over there.

    However, for the record, those things are being perpetrated by a minority... but that minority weilds a large degree of the power in many of those areas.

     
  • At Fri. Sep. 07, 01:33:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Brian in Calgary said…

    Any number of creation stories also are taught at the province's various independent Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and (insert your favourite faith here) religious schools. When it suits them, our political and media elites laud these schools and their curricula as hallmarks of our multicultural society. (The same goes for aboriginal creation myths, which many Canadian students learn about in their history courses.) Has political correctness advanced to the point whereby every story of creation is politically acceptable except the one that happens to originate with the country's Christian majority?

    To zolton - it would be nice if you (or one of your ideological soul-mates) addressed the meat of the issue addressed by CC's post, particularly the above part.

     

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