The question that haunts Andrew Scheer
Andrew MacDougall: When Scheer was asked if he believes being gay is a sin, he couldn't say 'no'. It's a major political problem in Canada in 2019.Disclaimer: Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.
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Yes, Andrew Scheer should discuss his faith. He should answer questions directly about what he thinks about not only same-sex marriage but also whether or not he believes homosexual acts — what a bizarre thing to write in 2019 — are sinful.
It’s right there in scripture, Leviticus 18:22. And Catholic doctrine is clear: being gay is OK but you must be chaste. This strikes many as absurd, but it’s the doctrine — and Scheer can readily refer to it.
Chris Selley: Asking a politician about sin takes us to new and dangerous territory
At a Wednesday press conference in Ottawa, a Globe and Mail reporter asked Andrew Scheer if he believes homosexuality is a “sin.” He didn’t answer, as has become his trademark on this file; instead he pledged, for the umpteenth time, simply to stand up for gay rights in all their forms. It has been maddening to watch: Despite literally dozens of opportunities, he could never bring himself to explicitly support equal marriage. Bringing “sin” into the question is a novelty, though, and it’s one of which we need to be exceedingly leery.
Anyhow, this isn’t some sort of religious test, whereby only atheists or agnostics or crappy Easter-and-Christmas-only Christians are allowed in Parliament. We are often told that faith is essential to the core identity of the religious observant — and that’s fine. But it’s fine for people who are choosing who will lead the country to find core identities of the candidates meaningful and relevant. This should apply to all parliamentarians — or would-be parliamentarians — who are religious. Heck, ask atheists about their core beliefs, too: you can be pretty meh on the whole religion thing and still oppose abortion, for example.
And, contrary to what Conservative MP Garnett Genuis said the other day, questions about Scheer’s faith don’t amount to “anti-Catholic bigotry.”
Kenney defends Scheer’s refusal to answer whether he thinks being gay is a ‘sin’
The Alberta premier likened the question to a "religious test" for public officials.In an interview with The West Block's Mercedes Stephenson, Kenney was asked about Scheer's refusal to answer when a reporter put that question to him last week, following Scheer's first caucus meeting with new and defeated Tory MPs since last month's election.
I’ve been the best man in a wedding between two men. It was officiated by a gay (now former) parliamentarian who, presumably, crossed paths with Scheer in Ottawa. It certainly matters to me whether or not the leader of a political party believes their lives are steeped in sin.
I find it marginally less objectionable that Andrew Scheer — or any other politician — doesn’t march in a Pride parade, though. That’s a degree or two different than whether or not you believe in the fundamental dignity of your fellow Canadians, my friends and family.
This isn’t about parades, it’s a question of character, a question of honesty. If your faith is as deep as you believe, as deep as you wish it were, then you should be properly honest and open about it. It’s dishonest to avoid queries on it — you should stand behind your beliefs. That’s what young Christians are taught; many a sermon has been cobbled together on this exact subject.
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While I’d object to anyone believing all gay people are sinners, I’d have some modest amount of respect for anyone who at least says it out loud if they truly believe it. If they commit not to legislate on these things, maybe that’s good enough; people are welcome to believe whatever they want in a pluralistic society, and they don’t need to be policed.
That doesn’t mean they get to avoid questions about it. Show a little backbone and say what you believe. Your personal beliefs are public property once you enter politics.
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