I wasn't planning to write about politics today. It's Christmas Eve, I've totally surrendered to the spirit of the season.And with all the goodies that arrived from Scotland in the last few days, including TWO Christmas puddings (after my Mum thought the first one had got lost in the mail)Continue reading
I've tried hard to explain why I find Andrew Scheer's religious homophobia so deeply disturbing. I think it's important to do that because it explains so many things about Scheer, including his diseased hatred for Justin Trudeau.But it's not easy to portray something that ugly.Scheer knows how to hide hisContinue reading
Believe it or not, Andrew Scheer is now trying to pose as a tough guy, in a desperate attempt to make Justin Trudeau look weak.Even though Trudeau makes Scheer look like a yappy Con chihuahua.The one they call Weak Andy, who would embarrass us on the world stage, by talkingContinue reading
This month will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that helped spark the rise of the gay liberation movement.And all over the world Pride marches are taking place to celebrate the anniversary, and fire up the seemingly never-ending struggle for basic human rights.A struggle that continues all over theContinue reading
Ever since he became the leader of the Cons, Andrew Scheer has been very careful to conceal his extreme religious views.He won the leadership with the support of social conservatives, but deleted his platform minutes after he was elected.And although did send out one dog whistle after the other to hisContinue reading
It's hard to believe that it has been four years already, since the Canadian actress and producer Ellen Page came out at a gay right's conference in Las Vegas. And delivered a powerful anti-bullying message.Because for people like me who had to fight bullies before I fought Cons, it wasContinue reading
It's like a nightmare come true. And after only three months in power.It's Saturday night. Parts of Ottawa are looking like a disaster zone after a tornado hit the region. Thousands are in the dark.But please don't bother Doug Ford.He's busy. Read more »Continue reading
Like many Canadians I have long wondered why Andrew Scheer hates Justin Trudeau so much.For hate him he does, with a passion that far exceeds what we might expect from an opposition leader in Canada, and borders on the maniacal. I have tried to find out whether there is anything in Scheer'sContinue reading
It's the day of the Pride Parade in Toronto, and in just about an hour or so, thousands of members of the rainbow army, and their straight allies, will march down Yonge Street, while about a million people cheer them on.And it will be what it has always been, a community's celebrationContinue reading
It's been almost two weeks since Andrew Scheer came rushing out to denounce Justin Trudeau for imposing un-Godly restrictions on the government's summer job program.But since then Scheer has been strangely silent about the issue, and has dropped it like a hot or hellish potato. Which is weird, considering he's aContinue reading
Ever since Justin Trudeau came to power, the Con media in this country has found any excuse to attack him like a pack of rabid zombies.But now they may have found the foulest excuse yet. Now they're accusing the son of the man who brought in our Charter of Rights ofContinue reading
Yesterday, I wrote about a Globe article where Andrew Scheer claimed that him and his Cons were more tolerant than the Liberals.And I wondered whether Scheer was losing his mind, and why the Globe would print such nonsense. So I'm happy to see the Globe is now trying to make upContinue reading
Not long ago I warned that Andrew Scheer's shadowy inner circle of religious fanatics, the group known as The Conclave, was in a full blown panic, or a friggin' frenzy.Their attempt to destroy Justin Trudeau had failed, and worse, had left Schmear looking like Mr Ugly.So the time had comeContinue reading
When I heard that Justin Trudeau was going to deliver an apology to LGBT Canadians I arranged to get the day off.I wanted to watch all the speeches, and hear what the survivors had to say about those dark times when gay people had no rights, and were treated likeContinue reading
After fighting for years for their human rights, and having to endure the most disgusting discrimination and violence, this was a good week for transgendered Canadians.A few days ago at a ceremony to mark Pride Month, they saw their flag raised on Parliament Hill for the first time.And yesterday they finallyContinue reading
So, a man by the name of Paul Dirks has created a “Sexual Violence Database” which he claims shows a strong correlation between jurisdictions where trans rights have been provided in law and an increase in sexual predation in female designated spaces. I downloaded the raw data and took aContinue reading
Last week, Norwegian King Harald V gave one of the most powerful speeches ever heard in support of racial diversity, refugees, religious tolerance and LGBT rights.
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Seldom do Alberta’s Bishops allow reality to interfere with their preconceived ideas. In fact, where Calgary’s Bishop Henry is concerned, the idea of reality seems to exist in another dimension entirely where LGBT rights are concerned. In h…Continue reading
Despite the differing signage, ranging from “Flush Bill 10” to “Everyone Can Pee,” the issues are not just about bathrooms, plumbing and urination, parental rights, safety of children, how people feel, GSAs and an imperfect Bill 10. What is at stake is the very order of creation. (emphasis added)
Apparently, protecting LGBT youth in Alberta schools is now such a profound threat to the Bishop that it now represents an existential threat to the world itself! Wow … I had no idea that LGBT, and in particular Trans, kids were so powerful.
Mr. Eggen’s guiding principle for best practices is: “self-identification is the sole measure of an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.” This foundational statement is simply assumed to be true and no evidence is offered to substantiate the claim.
Such subjectivity is ever expansive and morally problematic. LGBT has now swelled to LGBTTQQIAAP2S. … The newest addition is the “2S” which denotes being two-spirited, a term used for one who does not fit into the male/female binary. Some have even added “BDSM” for those into bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism.
Oh yes, the dreaded “slippery slope” argument. Of course recognizing that human sexuality and expression is far more diverse than the simple male/female missionary model that the Bishop seems so hung up on would collapse – a reality that most of us have figured out the hard way.
However, facts, not ideology, determine reality. On April 6, 2016, the American College of Pediatricians, representing more than a hundred pediatricians, issued an important statement concerning gender ideology … The College’s statement meshes perfectly with biblical and theological truths.
Let’s look at this for a moment. “Biblical and theological truths” is a key phrase in here. Let me be abundantly clear about something. In spite of the Bishop’s protestations, we are not talking about biblical or theological notions of truth here. Bill 10 and the guidelines that came down earlier this year are not about those issues at all – they are about protecting children and creating a safe environment for them. For all that the Bishop may wish to blather on about “biblical truth”, the fact is that he is miles offside here, because there is clear evidence that providing safe, secure environments that acknowledge the realities of LGBT youth provide better outcomes for their education. (There’s a lot more like this) From the pulpit, the Bishop is free to spout whatever he wishes, but when it comes to objective realities, the facts contradict everything he is saying.
Pope Francis, “the who am I to judge” Pope, has not minced his words: “the gender ideology is demonic.” He includes gender theory among the fundamental dangers of our era, with the same threatening potential as nuclear weapons and gene manipulation and describes it as an attitude with which man creates a new sin that is directed against God the Creator.
I love this. The political right wing has started to use the language of “gender ideology” in its attacks on gender minorities. Seriously? Lovely attempt at trying to obfuscate the discussion by inventing terminology. Rather than admitting that they are objecting to equality rights for transgender people (which means you have to admit that you are advocating for discriminatory practices), the Bishop borrows a meaningless piece of verbiage and uses it hoping that we won’t notice the sleight of hand.
“Beyond the understandable difficulties which individuals may experience, the young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created, for thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation… Sex education should help young people to accept their own bodies and to avoid the pretension to cancel out sexual differences because one no longer know how to deal with it.”
Really? I wonder if either the Bishop or the Pope realize that most transgender people experience significant levels of dysphoria from the outset? That for some, the only option for a viable life is to transition? Many spend years trying desperately to “accept” the lot that they have been given, only to find that they are perpetually unable to do so. It isn’t merely “accepting their bodies”, most have struggled for years to achieve that, and failed.
Bishop Henry might want to actually get to know the realities that transgender people face, the struggles of their lives and how his hostility to them affects their lives before making grandiose pronouncements about how they should be “treated” in his judgment.
Seldom do Alberta’s Bishops allow reality to interfere with their preconceived ideas. In fact, where Calgary’s Bishop Henry is concerned, the idea of reality seems to exist in another dimension entirely where LGBT rights are concerned. In his latest tirade, carrying the grandiose title “TOTALITARIANISM IN ALBERTA IV“, is soContinue reading