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Advocacy News - Can't Conservatives get priorities straight?

February 5, 2005

Can't Conservatives get priorities straight?
Religious right urged to help the hungry & homeless

By Ian Taylor

Millions of dollars are being spent by the radical religious right to further their own special rights and a not-so-hidden agenda against same-sex marriage. Supremacist special interest groups are buying full-page newspaper advertisements, printing millions of brochures and mailers, opening scores of websites and paying the wages of hundreds of workers. All of this is money is being spent to discriminate against a minority group.

Purging toxic religion in Canada - gay marriage exposes faith-based bigotryThis is the 21st century version of the new Merchants of Hate, as US carpetbaggers and snake oil peddlers flock north to Canada to spread their messages, like Fred Phelps' "God Hates Fags."

Many church ministers are devoting over half their time to fighting for the imposition of their religious views on other minorities. As a public relations expert, I estimate that over ten million dollars is being spent in Canada to advance the special interests of fundamentalists and evangelicals. It's been an orgy of spending and a job-creation bonanza for the religious right.

When you think of all the problems today, those millions could shelter every homeless person in Toronto's downtown. This wealth of riches, from more than church bake sales, could provide clean water to many, many Tsunami victims.

There will likely be hundreds of layoffs in the hate industry once the Canadian civil marriage legislation passes into law. And it will pass.

Right-wingers are reminded of the words written by feminist theologian Fanny Crosby in her great hymn of 1870, Rescue the Perishing:

"Down in the human heart,
crushed by the tempter,
feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,
chords that were broken will vibrate once more.

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying…."

Gay marriage advocates Ian Taylor and George Olds were married February 14, 2021 at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto.


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