Alberta Politics: St. Albert Catholic school board has spent more than $367,000 to defend firing of transgender teacher

PHOTOS: Transgender teacher Jan Buterman (Metro Newspapers photo). Below: Duncan Kinney of Progress Alberta, the former Pope Benedict, and David Keohane, Superintendent of Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools. ST. ALBERT, Alberta The St. Albert Catholic school board has spent at least $367,188 of taxpayer money to keep a transgender former teacher named Jan Buterman from ...

Alberta Diary: Tom Flanagan, neoconservative spiritual leader, consigned to utter darkness

Conservative icon Tom Flanagan’s defining moment. Below: Dr. Flanagan in happier times; the six signatories of the Alberta separatist Firewall Manifesto; Richard Nixon saying goodbye during his 1952 Checkers speech. Unlike Dr. Flanagan’s likely career trajectory, Mr. Nixon came back.  Who could have predicted that yesterday would be the pope’s last day on the job? ...

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The Dagny Taggarts, a synchronized skating team from Ottawa get ready to do their popular routine, “Where Is John Galt?” Defence Minister Joan Crockatt is in the front row, second from right. Below: Senator Tom Flanagan; U of C economics student Kim Jong-un, in full Calgary drag; Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk, ecstatic for his boss; ...

gay persons of character: Vatican ups its homophobic rhetoric

I am so sick of Pope Benedict XVI poking his papal nose into the bedrooms of people across the globe to encourage bigotry against LGBT human beings. As Pinknews reports: “The Vatican appears to be continuing to launch a new wave of efforts to [strengthen] its opposition to LGBT rights, particularly equal marriage, using newspapers and ...

gay persons of character: Vatican ups its homophobic rhetoric

I am so sick of Pope Benedict XVI poking his papal nose into the bedrooms of people across the globe to encourage bigotry against LGBT human beings. As Pinknews reports: “The Vatican appears to be continuing to launch a new wave of efforts to [strengthen] its opposition to LGBT rights, particularly equal marriage, using newspapers and ...

gay persons of character: Vatican ups its homophobic rhetoric

I am so sick of Pope Benedict XVI poking his papal nose into the bedrooms of people across the globe to encourage bigotry against LGBT human beings. As Pinknews reports: “The Vatican appears to be continuing to launch a new wave of efforts to [strengthen] its opposition to LGBT rights, particularly equal marriage, using newspapers and ...

Slap Upside The Head: Vatican Reacts To Equal Marriage Advances

Last Tuesday saw some pretty big wins for equal marriage rights in the United States. Voters in Maryland, Washington, and Maine solidly supported same-sex marriage, marking the first time that a popular vote granted marriage rights to same-sex couples in the country. As usual, whenever big steps toward equality is made, I just have to ...

Slap Upside The Head: Pope Says Gays Aren’t Fully Developed Humans Who Threaten Families

In a speech to French bishops last week, Pope Benedict XVI announced that gay people aren’t fully developed humans and are threatening families. While I’m sure very few gay people actually care what the pope thinks of us, sometimes this guy’s just evokes imagery I really want to draw. “The family is threatened in many places ...

Bill Longstaff: The Pope suppots a Tobin tax

In 1972, Nobel Prize-winning economist James Tobin suggested his now famous currency transaction tax as a way to manage the volatility of exchange rates. He believed that governments were not capable of adjusting to massive movements of funds across foreign exchanges without causinghardship to their people and sacrificing their economic policy objectives. By imposing a ...

gay persons of color: Over 20,000 pages of Roman Catholic sexual abuse evidence delivered to ICC

Several boxes containing over 20,000 pages of evidence were delivered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Tuesday in The Hague in a move to begin an investigation of Pope Benedict XVI (pictured above) and three cardinals – Angelo Sodano, Tarcisio Bertone and William Levada – in their alleged attempts to cover up abuse by Roman ...

Want a Twisted Way to Waste 312$ CAD?

Or 229 Euros for that matter? Just when you think you’ve seen everything. Special 9/11 anniversary blessing? Nah, it’s for some visit the Pope Ratzy is planning to make to his home country. I guess that will be his welcome wagon. It is ghastly! Sorry, turning Pope Ratzy into a teddy bear wearing gold lame ...

gay persons of color: At least 100 priests reported involved in same-sex blackmail scheme

The hypocrisy of the Catholic church never ceases to end or to amaze. The Italian weekly, Panorama, reported Friday that police have arrested two gay men in connection with blackmailing “at least 100 gay priests across Italy.” At the home of Diego Maria Caoggiano, 35, and his room-mate Giuseppe Trementino, 30, who are currently under ...

Bill Longstaff: Coca Cola sponsors the Pope

What would Jesus do? Would he take a trip to Spain that cost the Spanish taxpayers, in the midst of a severe economic crisis, $80 million while accepting sponsorship from over 100 corporations, including Coca Cola? Apparently 100 Spanish priests don’t think so. That’s what Pope Benedict is doing and they are protesting it. The ...

LeDaro: Pope Benedict XVI is tweeting: Praise Jesus is the first tweet

Wow! Jesus must be very proud. Read the story here.

Slap Upside The Head: Pope Pleads For Couples To Marry (Except Gays)

Pope Benedict XVI appeared before an audience in Croatia yesterday to plead for couples to marry instead of simply living together as common-law partners. In his anticipated homily, the pope lamented a “secularized mentality which proposes living together as preparation, or even a substitute as marriage.” So, to all you young couples out there: Do not, ...