Friday, May 27, 2005

GLOBE&MAIL: Christian activists capturing Tory races

Here we've got a pretty good article with a horrendous introduction:
Christian activists have secured Conservative nominations in clusters of ridings from Vancouver to Halifax -- a political penetration that has occurred even as the party tries to distance itself from hard-line social conservatism.

Penetration rarely conjures up a pretty picture.

The bulk of good observations honoured, albeit they are buried in the article:

That said, [John Reynolds - the retiring Conservative MP], is offended by attempts to paint the Conservative party as a harbour for religious zealots.

"There were three dozen Liberals who voted with us on the same-sex thing," he said. "Nobody is going after them and saying, 'Look at these far-right Christians that got into the Liberal Party.' "

Ms. Silver, a lawyer in the federal Justice Department, objects to being labelled a Christian candidate. "That's a form of discrimination," she said. "That's putting them in a class of people and ascribing to them the characteristics of that class without ever giving them a chance to stand on their own merits."

5 comments:

Jonathan said...

Fantastic observation. Had the same problem when a family member ran. A Globe reporter, ironically, labelled my dad a fundamentalist pretty much as soon as the reporter heard he was running for the nomination.

I think the Globe is obsessed with these sorts of things going on.

issachar said...

Christo...

Could you post a link to the full article or a mirror? Or failing that, a bibliographic reference would help me find the article in the library.

issachar said...

Or possibly I could go look at the paper and realize it's right on the front page...

Anonymous said...

Check out Warren Kinsella's comment on this issue:

http://www.warrenkinsella.com/musings.htm

-Dave

www.canadianpoliticsonline.net

kris said...

Good post. I love the globe and all, but I hate it when this kind of labelling occurs.