If you think that the Conservative Party’s connection to the religious right is scary, then I have something even more frightening for you: many Conservative Party stalwarts have contacts with LIBERTARIANS!
I know, I know, this is a frightening thought. You would prefer to think that libertarians and politics would stay far away from each other. But there is a pattern, in Mr. Harper’s own inner circle, of regular contact with organizations that are affiliated with libertarianism.
For more on Marni McDonald, take a look at Charles Lewis' article in today's National Post: Wrong to judge religious right:
By now I should be used to this particular view of the world: It's one in which only bad people, fanatics and crazies disagree with Canadian values, whatever those are. It is a world of "we" versus "them." And we all know who "we" are and we certainly know "them."
It is a world in which certain views are smart and others are for rubes. It is a world in which religion has no place in public life, unless, of course, it is "moderate" religion that is never judgmental, thinks of sin as medieval and whose values are always vague and never challenging to anyone.
It is a world in which anyone who strays outside the narrow realm of proper Canadian debate is an enemy.
Want to know something about social conservatives? The Catholic Church and many evangelical Christians are opposed to abortion and gay marriage but spend a lot of time feeding the hungry and housing the homeless and lobbying for social justice. As well, the religious, some of whom are conservative, pay taxes, support schools, vote, volunteer and look after their neighbours.
They also give to charity, run shelters and give comfort to the sick..
In the view of Ms. McDonald, these activities are distractions.
Ms. McDonald has a sweet voice and Ms. Findlay has the self-assurance of a veteran broadcaster. But together, they helped present a deeply paranoid view of the world in which only one side is ever right.
The next time these two go hunting for real intolerance in this country, they should simply look at each other.