Thursday, July 21, 2005

State Run Religion? Booo!

I don't usually follow what's written on, as it gives me high blood pressure. This story did the same, although I agree with them this time.

Ferguson's call for the state to so aggressively interfere with religion is, well, scary. I can hardly believe the CBC gave this guy air time... until I remember it's the CBC.

My personal favorite quote from Comrade Ferguson can be seen below:

"We could also help the general cause of religious freedom by introducing a code of moral practice for religions," he said. "They will never achieve unity so why not try for compatibility? Can't religious leaders agree to adjust doctrine so all religions can operate within the code?"

It's like the Model T of religions! You can practice any one you want, so long as it's this one.

Well damnit, Bob! How am I supposed to worship garden gnomes when you're interfering like this? Isn't one of the great things about Canada that I could worship garden gnomes if I was really intent on doing just that?

And what about beliefs? If I believe that Bob Ferguson is an idiot, are my beliefs encouraging "hate"? Am I discriminating against socialists when I say that they don't want people to be free? I just happen to think that their beliefs are not compatible with freedom for individual citizens, but hey, it might offend someone.

Maybe we should make sure that whatever people are thinking about is acceptable in the eyes of the state, too. If we can't have unity, we can at least have compatibility, right?
(Gee, that doesn't sound anything like an Orwell novel!)

The scariest part of all is that when local socialist radio celebrity Melanie Deveau decided to bring it up as a topic on her show yesterday, there was support for it. Sure, there was also opposition, but how scary is it that people heard this and thought "Yeah, that's a good idea. I hate freedom!" (Ok, maybe they didn't actually think that last part, but still.)

And now, for your daily dose of hypocrisy (for those who haven't/don't intend to read the article):

"Now what is the point of proposing this? I do it because I am worried that the separation between church and state is under threat."
- Bob Ferguson



Andrew said...

I wish that I could intelligently contribute to this thread, but I cannot.

I had given up on any sense of balance on Deveau's show long ago. Admittedly I also have a soft spot for her competitor, Barbara Peacock on CBC (She had me on the show with her once).

Andrew said...
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Andrew said...

Actually, Ezra Levant told me a few weeks ago something that explains CKLW with respect to its sister station CFRA. Broadcasters play to the market, and sometimes you even found a Conrad Black-owned paper taking a socialist perspective. CFRA streams on the net, and I highly recommend giving it a listen, especially Lowell Green and Michael Harris and compare it with CKLW.

Besides that, I fail to see how intruding the state into religion enhances the separation of church and state, but I guess I'm just a total idiot for not seeing the connection.

Liam O'Brien said...

Ferguson is a disgrace to the RMC tradition. A Complete authoritarian nutbar.