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Monday, August 26, 2013

"Rise of the Rainbow Hawks"

Jonathan Kay penned an interesting article in Saturday's National Post on the Conservative Party of Canada's support for gay rights:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper hasn’t just come around to gay rights: He has made the issue a centrepiece of Canada’s foreign policy. His government has fiercely rebuked draconian anti-gay laws in Africa, to the point of infuriating the social-conservative group REAL Women of Canada, which this month publicly denounced Mr. Baird for using his position “to further his own perspective on homosexuality.” The Conservative government has offered protection to persecuted gays in Iran and worked diplomatic channels to convince Russia to scotch plans to ban foreign adoptions by gay couples.
And in an odd twist, the Tories’ hard-line stance against homophobic governments overseas has boomeranged back to powerfully influence the mainstream conservative view of homosexuality here in Canada — a rare example of a foreign-policy posture setting the agenda on an otherwise purely domestic social issue. In the last two decades, support for gay rights in Canada has advanced, particularly compared to historic fights for minority rights, with breathtaking speed, and much of it happening under a Conservative government.
Reality won't change the narrative on the left that the CPC is homophobic and has an anti-gay agenda, but the facts indicate otherwise.


rabbit said...

Conservatives have long been mixed on their views of homosexuality. On the one hand, social conservatives generally disapprove of it. On the other hand, conservative libertarians avow that what two consenting adults do is no business of the government.

It seems the libertarian impulse is winning on this issue. And it makes sense. The social conservative war on homosexuality is utterly lost anyway.

Anonymous said...

Harper has been on all sides of this issue. He is utterly lost philosophically.

Anonymous said...

I hope the libertarian impulse wins on many other issues as well.

A libertarian Conservative party would appeal to more young people, and hopefully stem the insane anti-Conservative hysteria of the media and academia.

I also believe it is the only positive way forward for our society, with the alternative being a left-dominated decline, which I fear could get quite nasty when the wage bill can no longer be paid.

Whether Harper is a Libertarian, or a Social Conservative I do not know. But I think the Harper-haters are afraid of economic libertarianism, and that is what drives their extremism.

I am reasonably hopeful that, in Canada, libertarianism is gaining within the Conservatives.

I hope the US Republicans can also move that way. Otherwise we are in trouble.