Another in the Anti-Harper chronicles. Can October 19th come fast enough? Still, so much work to do. This blog topic, however, causes even me to blink. The following is a link to the very credible and also hard researching journalist, Andrew Nikiforuk. He has written about Harper a lot and several times about Harper’s religion. Here is the link to his latest and I confess it is a bit disturbing.
Bottom line: Harper is a closet fundamentalist.
Normally, I would keep my comments on the state separate from that of the church. That is the modern political protocol, anyway. All democracies claim to separate church and state and, even though I have wondered how one type of indoctrination can be completely ignored while undertaking a high profile, high responsibility public service job, I have always just accepted that the politicians try their best to do just that. After reading Nikiforuk, I don’t think Harper does.
In fact, after reading about Harper’s church, so many petty, nasty aspects of Harper made sense. That women with the niqab, for instance. Harper’s insistence on it and the government appealing the court’s decision – for what? They have SEEN her face in another part of the process! What does violating her religious beliefs have to do with anything? Unless, of course, you hate Muslims because your church urges you to.
Harper, it seems, is a TheoCon in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. He is a type of fundamentalist Christian who believes in dominating the earth (because God gave it to us to do just that with) and thus explaining his climate change denial stance and his pro-tar sands agenda.
It also explains his extremely strong pro-Israeli position because of the belief that the Second Coming and the End of Days requires Israel to exist for that to happen. Christ can’t return if Israel is not there to receive him.
And so it goes. Belief. Very specific fundamental beliefs that are, in my opinion anyway, quite anti-Christianity despite the holy rhetoric surrounding it all. His church condemns rather than forgives. His church encourages disparity and creates poverty rather than shares and helps. His church aligns with BIG OIL and BIG Business which would be quite contrary to the teachings of Christ, I should think. And his church, supported in spirit by Sarah Palin, GW Bush and the weirded-out Right conspire in secrecy to ‘run the world’ in a mind-set fitting of a Robert Ludlum conspiracy theory.
If Andrew hadn’t written it, I wouldn’t have believed it. In fact, I still have some difficulty with the idea that a Canadian Prime Minister would act on the principles of his freakin’ church before acting on the principles of our constitution and our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. And, where they might conflict, the church he attends in secret, prevails!!?? Does that even sound sane? Is that not a plot for a cheap B spy movie or maybe an early James Bond?
Could we really be ruled by such an extreme character and seriously consider letting it happen again?