Danielle Smith: standing up for bigots’ rights
Editor’s note: Since Montreal Simon posted on Tuesday about about Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith and her defense of candidate/bigot Allan Hunsperger (see below), another runaway pastor has emerged. Ron Leech, Wildrose candidate in the multicultural riding of Calgary-Greenway, cleverly told a radio station that, as a Caucasian, he can “speak to all the community” better than someone who is not.
One waits with keen anticipation what Wednesday will bring.
Until about 10 days ago I clung to the hope that all I ever needed to know about Danielle Smith was that she was the new Evita of the Alberta Teabaggers, and Big Oil’s Bubbah Barbie doll. The one with the big wheels.
That she had vowed to make it easier to drink and drive. That she had been cruelly accused of not breeding enough . . . like a good Alberta cow. And that Tom “Strangelove” Flanagan was her campaign manager.
Because that’s enough eh?
But of course now that polls suggest she could be the next Premier of the right-wing petro province, I’ve been forced to pay more attention to the Wildhog campaign and the stench is overwhelming.
Not only because her redneck party is full of some of the worst cranks and crazies this country has ever seen.
Including this grotesque anti-gay bigot.
“If you “were born this way” are you going to “die this way?” Well if that is true, and it is, then you have fallen right into the trap that is as old as time. That trap is what satan wants for you, but is that what you want? You see, you can live the way you were born and if you die they way you were born then you will suffer the rest of eternity in a lake of fire, hell, a place of eternal suffering. Now at this point I’m not judging, I am just stating a fact!”
But also because she’s shameless.
“On Monday, Smith declined to critique Hunsperger’s writings, saying she’ll work to protect Albertans with strong religious views from state persecution.
“‘I’m not going to be the sort of politician who engages in discrimination against religious candidates,’ she said.”
Let’s be clear. The issue isn’t Hunsperger’s constitutional right to his sacred beliefs. The issue is his public position that Edmonton schoolkids shouldn’t be protected from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and that public schools are wicked for trying to create safe, equal classrooms. He’s not the victim here. The victims are our community’s children, who deserve to go to school without fear, without being told by their aspiring MLA that they’re damned to eternal torment because of who they are.
I mean really, how many rodeo klowns does it take to ride a burro back to the 1950s?
A leader who can’t tell the difference between free speech and hate speech doesn’t deserve to be elected dog catcher. And a party so full of depraved wingnuts shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near power.
And I mean ANYWHERE.
Oh well. I’ll never understand why there are so many homophobic bigots and other drooling crazies in Alberta. Or why those firewall fanatics hate Canada so much.
But I think I found the Lake of Fire eh?
Somewhere between Sodom and Calgary.
And Hunny’s right, it’s HORRIBLE….
shiny oily new heart of Canada. The New Jerusalem of the West.
Hee Haw. Hee Haw.
Don’t make me laugh . . .