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I'm an evangelical Christian, member of the CPC, but presently & unjustly exiled to wander the political wilderness.
All opinions expressed here are solely my own.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Canadian Government Funding Blasphemy

UPDATE: The band and the record label have voluntarily withdrawn the album, and have returned the taxpayer funding for the project. They're intending to re-release the album in a non-taxpayer funded format... as is their right. It's still a piece of blasphemy, but now I simply pray for their souls. :END UPDATE

In a word, DISGUSTING... the Canadian Government has (perhaps unwittingly, I'll grant that) provided over $14,000 to fund a punk album that openly mocks Islam, running the risk of riots from coast to coast.

Oh, did I say "Islam"? I meant "Christianity". (now watch how fast the Left goes from righteous anger to excusing religious intolerance... in 3, 2, 1...)

So, now that it's open season for Government funding on faith, does that mean someone can now apply for funding from the Government of Canada to openly mock Islam's "prophet" Muhammad? I think we all know the answer to that... ABSOLUTELY NOT, and that's EXACTLY how it ought to be. Free speech is one thing, but TAXPAYER FUNDING for things that openly mock the faith of others IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE, regardless of who's faith is under attack.

There is only ONE acceptable answer to this... the funding needs to be revoked and/or immediately repaid to the Government, and the bureaucrat who authorized this expenditure MUST BE CLEARLY DEALT WITH, with a clear and public apology for his/her insensitive and idiotic decision. A clear message needs to be sent... RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE IS UNACCEPTABLE IN ANY FORM WHATSOEVER WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT OF THIS NATION. And if they refuse to apologize... FIRE THEM.

AND... I fully expect ALL PARTY SUPPORT FOR THIS. Your first chance to do the right thing, Mr. Opposition Leader.

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  • At Thu May 19, 02:19:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous John Lydon said…

    You sir, are a wacko.

  • At Thu May 19, 02:24:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    ??? Because I believe that the Government ought not to fund religious intolerance?

    Then yes... a wacko I am.

  • At Thu May 19, 03:24:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Dollops said…

    Why do our governments fund anybody's idea of what is art? Leave the money in the citizens' hands and let them support the art of their choice.

  • At Thu May 19, 03:31:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    I disagree Dollops... my wife is in the "arts", and her group is the headline for a large and internationally renowned festival which is a big part of the local economy... easily brings in 10+ times the funding into the local economy, but without it, the festival would collapse, as they're on a knife's edge.

    Look at it as an advance, if you will... the Gov't helps front the capital, and they reap back more than they've put in via local tax revenues. That's called "a good investment".

    On the flip side... funding any sort of art project who's sole goal is to insult and/or offend a particular religious group, ANY religious group... well, that's "unCanadian", and completely unacceptable. Why are earth are we in the business of funding religious intolerance? THAT'S the question being asked here... NOT the question of arts funding in general. Save that one for another day.

  • At Thu May 19, 04:05:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    MB, newsflash: I'm not Libertarian.

    For the record, I have no issue with funding a lot of things, including "the arts". What I oppose, as every freedom loving Canadian ought to, is the Gov't funding of RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE OF ANY KIND.

    What part of that don't you understand? And you say that I'm being morally inconsistent with that position? Please.

  • At Thu May 19, 11:12:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Drew Costen said…

    So it's okay for religions to be intolerant, but it's not okay to be intolerant of religions?

  • At Fri May 20, 03:34:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Rob said…

    While in general I agree with you, I think it is entirely likely that the person(s) responsible for the funding decision had no idea that this particular album would contain such artwork. I would imagine the grant application was rather vague in that respect.

    The Heritage minister already decried the work and I think the best course of action would be to suspend funding to the band and maybe the label until a statement is made.

    Finally, the Islam analogy is apt but I'm not entirely sure that if the shoe was on the other foot you'd see the reversal of opinions you've predicted.

  • At Fri May 20, 07:23:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Top Can said…

    Wait, the Government of Canada is the one funding this, and the first person you demand answers from is Jack Layton, the Opposition Leader?

    I'm sorry, but while I agree with you that this album should not be funded, I don't think you're holding the right person to account. And unfortunately, you've taken a non-partisan issue and turned it into another political football to bash the other party over with.

  • At Fri May 20, 09:15:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Hey Top Can, you've missed my point... I'm not turning this into a political issue, I'm just pointing out that this ought to CLEARLY be an issue that gets All Party support... maybe just a poor attempt at humour, but not an effort to politic on this one.

  • At Fri May 20, 09:17:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Furthermore Top Can, my first main tweet on this issue was directed to @pmharper, long before I tweeted it to @jacklayton... I added him to it in an effort to bring more attention to this major issue.

  • At Sat Jun 18, 11:48:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Mario Bourque said…

    You'll have to bring me along next time. Glad to finally be aboard.

  • At Tue Sep 13, 03:26:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Anon1152 said…

    I recall hearing about this (and other things like it) earlier, but didn't pay much attention (not due to lack of interest, but due to lack of... attention). I have looked at the links you provided, though I know that whatever I link to today might be different than whatever you linked to just before you posted this.

    When I read that something was offensive to Muslims or Christians or anyone... I wanted to know what it was exactly that gave offense. I read (through one of those links) that the band/label claimed that their work did not specifically mention religious stuff. I saw a video posted (by "them" or their supporters or "the media") and could not see anything religiously offensive (though I admit to not being able to make out many of the lyrics... and I might want three and a half minutes of my life back... and after that the promise of "eternal life" is, at best, something I'm ambivalent about).

    Reading further, I see that the offensiveness came from "the album cover and liner notes". Your sources make reference to "the Christianity-baiting artwork for their album Holy Shit, which referred to the Bible as the 'Poo Testament' and portrayed Jesus as a turd."

    Is that what you are offended by? Have you seen exactly what you are offended by? Have you seen/heard the totality of the recordings? (I don't fault you if you haven't. I haven't. I'm just trying to pinpoint the parts that offend you, and their immediate, if not complete, context.

  • At Tue Sep 13, 03:39:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Yep, saw it all... and what has been seen cannot be unseen. Haven't heard the recordings though, have no intention of doing so either.

  • At Tue Feb 05, 12:09:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    AP - Your threat of libel is uncalled for. Read my tweets. I report CBC Nov 2012 on the panCanada 1 voice robocalls linked to party HQ. In fact my tweet exonerates you, that the alleged fraud is bigger than you. I do think you know that. That's not libel. I only want you to do your best really to solve the issue for Canada and for you your beliefs. Inconveniencing me with suspended accounts doesnt bode well for you. Come on, conversation is the way forward. I think you may have been thrown under the bus but then it's all tweets and in fun and like party chatter. Dont get defensive. It looks bad. you know that. The issue wont go away until to fill in EC with all you know. You avoid them. Dont be paranoid. Ppl want closure not some stupid vengence, at least i dont. Cheers data

  • At Wed Feb 06, 12:24:00 a.m. EST, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    datatect - You consistently state that I am "Poutine". Fact is, I'm not. I have repeatedly and clearly stated that fact, and have shared what I know with EC.

    The only reason I haven't spoken with EC again is because of some members of the media who have been slanting the facts, and because everything I say to EC will be leaked, twisted, then printed with their desired spin. Why on earth would I harm myself by saying anything further?

    Simple solution for you... talk about the issue all you want, but steer clear of my name... and when you get your Twitter back up, it would help your case to point out that maybe you were a little hasty with your accusations.

    And this Twitter block wasn't me... my paperwork hasn't been filed yet. I'll hold off for the time being.


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