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CanadaMatt Gurney: The Green Party is so tolerant, Elizabeth May can't even talk about her Christian faith

16:25  11 september  2019
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Putting the R-word in politics: How religion has become the sleeper issue of the 2019 election

Putting the R-word in politics: How religion has become the sleeper issue of the 2019 election In the strategic context of the election, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer talks about religion the way teenagers talk about sex with their parents, reluctantly, downplaying his personal enthusiasm. Whereas Liberal leader Justin Trudeau talks about religion the way parents talk about sex with their teenagers, awkwardly, downplaying his personal experience. As parties trade smears of their rival leaders and candidates’ religiosity, and tout their own faiths, religion is emerging as a prominent theme of this election.

It cannot be the case that all morality (all of it’s parts and wholes) is relativistic and yet some There are relative aspects to morality even for those of us who affirm traditional biblical Christian ethical when I say moral “objectivism” I’m talking about an ethical system where, for at least some moral

The Greens may not have a chance at winning the most seats, but they could gain some, even Elizabeth May is most likely safe in her riding of Saanich–Gulf Islands. Her victory there in 2011 was The other factor going against the Green Party is that the main opposition in this riding is the NDP

Matt Gurney: The Green Party is so tolerant, Elizabeth May can't even talk about her Christian faith© Cole Burston/The Canadian Press Shouldn’t the Green Party's inclusiveness make it easier for their leader Elizabeth May to discuss her own sincerely held moral positions?

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Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has offered a very legalistic response when accused of having a hidden agenda on abortion and gay rights — he simply insists that he will not open those issues, because they are settled in Canadian law.

I believe him. I don’t see any value in the Conservatives reopening these issues, and I see lots of potential dangers if they do. I don’t have to trust the Conservative leader to agree with me on moral issues, I just need to have faith that he’ll act in his own electoral self-interest.

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A little paradox of Internet celebrity is that a YouTube personality can amass millions upon millions of young fans by making it seem as if he’s chatting with each of them one to one. Tyler Oakley, a 26-year-old man who identifies as a “professional fangirl,” is a master of the genre.

That may help explain some of the apparent panic in PQ ranks as the polls have gone against them. They’re not just seeing an election slip away. A party that talks around its central, guiding goal, because it can ’ t talk about it. A party that proposes commissioning white papers on sovereignty

Besides, having seen Green party leader Elizabeth May attempt to talk about her religious faith this week, I’m not sure Scheer will be in any hurry to do the same, especially with an election campaign now under way.

May was giving an interview to the CBC’s Vassy Kapelos. Kapelos asked the Green leader who her personal hero was. May answered, without hesitation, “Jesus Christ.” And then she apologized, and said she had answered without bothering to self-edit. Kapelos obviously had follow-up questions, including why May felt that she had to apologize for her religious faith.

May bizarrely answered that it was because the Green party was a tolerant and diverse place — “inclusive and all-embracing” — were her exact words. Shouldn’t that make it easier for the leader to discuss her own sincerely held moral positions?

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This entire campaign thus far has been infused with the background issue of religious tolerance in Canadian society. Indeed, I note with interest that it was just a few days ago that May was making the point that her party was welcoming of religious diversity and would not tolerate discrimination, this after some NDP defectors to the Greens were reported to have concerns with the electability of Jagmeet Singh, a Sikh, because of his religion.

I wonder if May was revealing something deeper when she went out of her way to stress that Singh’s religious beliefs should not be a matter of concern for any member of her party, while also feeling an obligation to apologize for her Christian faith.

I am not a religious person. I was not raised in a religious household. I’m also not an atheist. Though I belong to no church and do not regularly attend services, from time to time, and probably not as often as I should, I do like to offer a prayer of thanks for the many blessings I have known in my life, and to ask for the protection and continued well being of those that I love. I don’t know if this would meet anyone’s definition of religiously observant. But it’s something I do and have taken comfort from — and also humility.

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It can even be interpreted, though it’s a stretch, as a concession that my particular brand of theism Matt likes to exploit skeptical wiggleroom any time he might be said to “believe” something he might To be precise here, I don’ t doubt that Dillahunty sincerely adhered to Christian theism in his earlier

If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant “We think ourselves possessed, or at least we boast that we are so , of liberty of conscience on all subjects and of the right of free inquiry and private

In this, I am a pretty typical Canadian. Pew Research crunched the numbers on religious faith in Canada just a few months ago.

Canada is, obviously, less observant than it once was. But more than half of Canadians still say that religious faith is still at least somewhat important in their lives, and more than half the country identifies as Christian (in some capacity). It’s true that the religiously unaffiliated are a growing bloc — but still a clear minority. Simply having a religious faith, particularly the majority one, ought not to be itself something May felt a need to self-edit.

It’s fine that Singh is Sikh. It’s fine that May and Scheer (and Justin Trudeau!) are Christian. It ought to be possible to debate the pressing social issues of the day, or even, for that matter, the not-so pressing social issues of the day, without needing to resort to either suspicion of someone else’s religious faith or apologize for one’s own.

I understand that some voters would probably place a higher emphasis on a candidate’s religious faith, or lack thereof, than I would. But I have to imagine that there are a great many Canadians who feel exactly as I do. The religious views of all of the party leaders in the upcoming election is of absolutely zero interest to me. I could not care less.

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Talk : Elizabeth May /Archive 1. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Given that Ms. May spent only one or two terms at Smith College in Northhampton, Massachusetts, and three years at Dalhousie Law School in Halifax Should this be re-named to Elizabeth May (politician) or something else even ?

But I admit that I am certainly interested in what the discussions about religion reveal about the leaders. As I noted weeks ago, Scheer needs to come up with a better answer to abortion and gay marriage than simply stating he won’t reopen them.

Similarly, while May’s Christian faith would never make me more or less likely to vote for her, the fact that she felt moved to apologize for discussing her faith absolutely sends up red flags.

If she does not see the absurdity in insisting that the Green party is too open and tolerant a place for her to express, in pretty mild and unobjectionable terms, that she has faith in the Christian Saviour, I’m not really sure that says anything good about either her, the party she leads or the notions of tolerance and inclusivity as embraced by Canada’s political left.

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