OK, a few things to cover in this post.
First, this article
, where... can you believe this?!... Christian groups are trying to, and have been, influencing Liberals, not just Conservatives.
Really?! But I thought Christians only went together with Conservatives, because don't ya know, THEY'RE SCAAARRRRYY!!!
Socially conservative Christian groups purportedly infiltrating the Conservative party have been equally involved in the ruling Liberal party for years.
"People of faith are engaging in the democratic process in the Liberal party as well as the Conservative party," Charles McVety, head of Canada Christian College and a founder of the Defend Marriage Coalition, said in an interview.
... McVety and other Christian activists counter there's nothing new or threatening about their activities. Nor are they exclusive to the Conservative party.
McVety said his group, which opposes same-sex marriage, helped a number of like-minded Liberals secure nominations prior to last year's election.
Among them were Toronto-area MPs Paul Szabo, Tom Wappel, Jim Karygiannis, Dan McTeague and Albina Guarnieri, now veterans affairs minister, and Oshawa MP Judi Longfield.
"And those are just some of the Liberals we've helped."
Imagine that... Christians helping the Liberals too. Perhaps we Christians aren't so scary after all. Hmm... I wonder if Gloria Galloway at the Globe & Mail
has heard about this.
Meanwhile, recent news that has disappointed most Christians is the Liberals changing their minds and deciding to fast-track the same-sex marriage bill
. I can't figure out for the life of me why the Liberals are doing this. They have gone back on their word to hold more meaningful hearings on this proposal (more on that later), and they seem to be oblivious to how many people are upset by this bill, especially those from whom they usually enjoy support (the ethnic vote and less "activist" Christians). (hat-tip to Angry in the Great White North... read this
for his very interesting and thought-provoking post on his thoughts on the possible ramifications of this bill passing.)
Now, as part of the fall-out of the decision to fast-track SSM, comes today's announcement that Pat O'Brien is leaving the Liberals and sitting as an independent
. O'Brien has long made it known that he is against same-sex marriage. He flirted with leaving the party before, but Martin promised that he would hold cross-Canada hearings to better study and debate the issue. O'Brien says Martin' s reneging on this promised (gee, what a surprise, PM the PM reneging on a promise!) has forced his hand.
"I tried my best as part of the Liberal caucus to achieve my objectives. I now find that I can't do that anymore," (O'Brien) said at a news conference Monday morning in Ottawa.
"I'm not being listened to in the Liberal caucus to the degree I want to be on this issue. They're determined to move forward on this issue and you can see what a rush they are in to do that."
... "The truth is not what you say, the truth is what you do," said O'Brien.
While I wish O'Brien had made this decision long ago, I applaud him for deciding to take a stand and follow through on his beliefs. I'm not sure how much, or even if, O'Brien has any common ground with the Tories on any other issues, but hopefully they can work together on other areas in Parliament. It may be a short-term option at best... the local CPC association in O'Brien's riding have already chosen a candidate
to run in the next election, and I doubt they would bump him even if O'Brien later shows interest in joining the party. I guess one can only conclude that O'Brien is following his conscience at the possible expense of his political career... if that is truly the case then he deserves even more praise for his decision.
In any case, things (as they say) is gettin' interesting.