The NDP’s Thomas Mulcair Goes Down To The Crossroads
So it appears that Thomas Mulcair, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) and Her Majesty’s Official Opposition, is terribly upset over the fact that Crossroads, an evangelical Christian organization is receiving government funding to continue its work to help others. It is irrelevant to him that the funding is used to provide safe clean drinking water in the Third World, what’s important to Mr. Mulcair is that Crossroads doesn’t condone homosexuality.
According to Mr. Mulcair, it isn’t enough to do good – you must think the right way, which means his way, while you are engaged in doing it.
As it turns out, I don’t happen to agree with Crossroads on the issue of homosexuality either but I definitely don’t agree with Mr. Mulcair’s self-righteous hypocrisy.
This is Canada.
In this country we are, according to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, not only entitled to hold differing points of view based on our beliefs and our faith; we’re even permitted to express them. It’s called democracy and in democracy people have the right to their opinions and the expression of their opinions even if others don’t agree with them. The only caveat is that expression of what people believe spill over into becoming a proactive hate crime and there is no indication, from anyone including Mr. Mulcair, that Crossroads has even come close to that.
In fact, while he takes great delight in pointing out that Crossroads is evangelical as if that is somehow relevant, their beliefs about
homosexuality aren’t any different than that of the Catholic Church, mainstream Muslims and several other Canadian faiths. Indeed, Mr. Mulcair himself is a practicing Catholic; a faith which also considers homosexuality a sin, but I don’t hear him calling Catholics anti-Canadian.
This entire sorry hypocrisy is based on a paragraph that had been removed from the Crossroads website months ago. That paragraph reiterated the biblical teachings about homosexuality. Mr. Mulcar, a handful of other politically correct pharasees in both Parliament and the media judged the organization without regard for the fact that Crossroads also works with and provides support to people with HIV/AIDS, regardless of their sexual orientation.
Indeed one gay journalist has stated publicly that they shouldn’t be allowed to provide that support to HIV/AIDS patients which is about as adolescent as thinking you should decide who should follows you on Twitter.
The thinking is so shallow it would be laughable if it wasn’t so dishonest.
I often wonder which is more principled; living your faith despite the criticism you receive from people like Thomas Mulcair or ignoring the teachings of the faith you profess because you don’t consider it politically correct like – well – Thomas Mulcair.
Apparently, Mr. Mulcair thinks that living your faith is un-Canadian but hypocrisy is not. He is, apparently also unaware of the heritage of his own party.
NDP founding leader, Tommy Douglas who is lionized in Canada as the Father of Medicare, was an evangelical Christian. In his Master’s Thesis he called for the sterilization of homosexuals and other undesirables but evolved his thinking to the point that by 1968, he saw homosexuality as a mental disorder. I don’t mention this to vilify Tommy Douglas, he accomplished great things and his beliefs on homosexuality were the product of his religious faith and the times in which he lived.
The point is that we respect him for what he accomplished and for what he attempted to achieve; we don’t condemn him for some of the things he believed as Mr. Mulcair does with Crossroads. We measure him by what he did, not simply by his beliefs or his opinions.
But then, this really has nothing to do with gays or religion. It is just one more cheap attempt to attack the Conservative government by smearing the reputation of a religious organization and trying to smear the government by linking the two.
Politicians like Mr. Mulcair are always very careless with the reputations of others. Perhaps it’s because they themselves have such poor reputations they fail to understand a good reputation’s value.
Crossroads does valuable work that benefits people who couldn’t care less about this petty political argument back in Canada. Their concern is access to safe, clean drinking water for themselves and their families and Crossroads provides that. In fact, it provides far more support for them than either Mr. Mulcair or his party provide.
The NDP are more interested in dictating how people live and think because they believe they have come down from the mountain with the holy word of their god carved in stone. It is a god of very small ideas and hypocritical values.
Nobody has a monopoly on morality or even the right way to think and certainly not the New Democratic Party.
Their latest priority has been to put forward a private member’s bill to reopen the Clarity Act. This is the act that dictates the terms under which a referendum would be held in Quebec to determine whether or not it remains part of Canada or separates.
Mr. Mulcair and his party are recommending that all it would take to win the referendum is a simple 50% plus 1 vote. Imagine that. One person could determine the future of both Quebec and Canada. Now ain’t that a hoot?
His colleague Libby Davis, who supports safe injection sites for heroin and opposes smoking cigarettes while supporting safe inhalation rooms for crack addicts, has now turned her attention to salt. Yes, my friends, it is salt from which we must be protected; not heroin or crack – salt.
I suppose once they’ve eradicated cigarettes, salt and evangelical Christians, they’ll be gearing up to oppose caffeine in coffee or perhaps being self-reliant and paying your own way through life – oh wait, they’re already well along on that one – sorry, let’s move on.
Every time I hear some of these moralizing hypocrites jump on their soap boxes to turn innocent situations into attacks on the moral fiber of the nation, I always end up asking myself the same questions.
Why does everything have to be looked at through some absurd politically correct lens? Are we no longer able to simply accept people for who and what they are, applaud and support their good works even if we don’t agree with everything they believe? Are we really that fragile a society that we are so easily threatened by opposing beliefs and points of view?
What a sorry, mean-spirited way to live that must be. God help us if that is the narrow-minded vision people like Thomas Mulcair think is right for this country and its widely diversified population.
I have friends and family who are gay and believe that being gay is not a choice but a matter of genetics. Homosexuality is found in species throughout the animal kingdom; even penguins and you know that a penguin didn’t get up one day and simply decide to become gay no matter how festive it was feeling that morning.
I support gay marriage because I believe that loving someone and committing your life to them is far more important than the gender, race, religion or even hair colour of the people getting married.
Clearly I don’t share the same beliefs as Crossroads but I respect their right to their beliefs and I respect the work they do; just as I accept that hypocrites like Thomas Mulcair are entitled to hold and voice their opinions.
As for the government providing funding for Crossroads? Absolutely! I’d rather see tax money being given to an organization trying to make the world a better place, regardless of what they believe, than to people enabling the dangerous and self-destructive behaviour of drug addicts.
I know what Crossroads believes and I can deal with it. I have no clue how someone can arrive at the belief that helping addicts continue to use drugs that are slowly killing them either helps them or makes our cities safer or better places.
But then, I’m not Thomas Mulcair and I’m not a member of the New Democratic Party of Canada which is increasingly becoming a moralizing, intolerant secular religion that worships the God of Political Correctness.
They might want to consider removing the word ‘democratic’ from the party’s name and consider inserting the word ‘hypocritic’.So lighten up Tom, not everyone who thinks differently than you is evil. Loosen your tie, sit back with a beer and listen to some good tunes. You might even try singing along instead of continually sitting in judgement.
Who knows, it might actually help you to get your head out of your ass!
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