[Byfield] Why Has Canada Purged Its Pastors From Political Office?

[Vince Byfield] Why has Canada purged its pastors from political office?

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Despite an impressive political track record clergy are no longer welcome on our nation’s ballots

[CHRIAS.org] Canada’s governments are in love with the word ‘tolerance.’ It peppers most political screeds and is an indispensable requirement for any speech by Justin Trudeau. However, to quote Hamlet’s mother, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” In my experience, when politicians parade a certain virtue deeper examination often reveals the precise opposite to be true.  Case in point: one political hack is on record as saying “evangelical Christians were the worst part of Canadian society.” The source of that precious little gem of concentrated bigotry? None other than our current prime minister Justin Trudeau.

VIDEO: Speech where Ernest Manning, Alberta’s premier from 1943 to 1968, shares his testimony on how a scrawny Saskatchewan farmboy came to discover ‘Bible Bill’ Aberhart, Alberta’s premier from 1935 to 1943.

Here in Alberta, although you will not find it in any party bylaws, pastors are essentially banned from running for public office. Two elections back, while talking to a scrutineer from the Alberta Progressive Conservatives he pointed out to me that not a single candidate running for the PCs was clergy. With a very serious expression on his face he finished with, ‘That is no accident.’

The reason for my interest was that that election race included the celebrated “Lake of Fire” incident. During the 2012 Alberta election the Edmonton Journal sensationalized an old blog post by Alan Hunsberger, Wildrose candidate for Edmonton South West. Hunsberger, a pastor for a church in the nearby town of Tofield, had written:

“You see, you can live the way you were born, and if you die the way you were born then you will suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire, hell, a place of eternal suffering.”

Note that the above statement essentially condemns all humans (i.e. not just homosexuals) who choose to not change from the ‘way they were born.’ The Edmonton Journal, however, chose to twist Hunsberger’s text to imply he was only condemning gay people. This political hit piece achieved its desired effect: Hunsberger was drummed out of Wildrose and the party went on to suffer a humiliating defeat. The lesson learned by most Alberta conservatives: never let another pastor near political office ever again.

Our memories in this regard are notably short. Was not Saint Tommy Douglas of the CCF (ancestor to Canada’s NDP) a Baptist minister? And what of Bible Bill Aberhart, Alberta’s premier during the Dirty Thirties and World War Two? Or his successor Ernest Manning, Alberta’s longest-running premier and setter of the stage for our province’s bountiful energy economy? Did Manning not first host a national radio program called “Back to the Bible?” Why were these gents not pilloried out of office for their regrettable clerical connections?

So here we are, with a sociopathic socialist government bullying independent schools, essentially saying they are free to call themselves Christian just as long as there isn’t a trace of their loathsome religion to be found in any school policies. Something tells me this sort of asinine interference would never have happened under an Aberhart, Manning or even a Douglas watch.

So what can we do about this?

For a start, media could begin exposing this secularist bigotry and stop alluding to baseless fears that all Christian politicians are “intolerant.” Readers and listeners can do their part too by calling pundits out who continue to engage in such religious slander. The next time the Journal or Herald chooses to flog a Christian hit piece church-goers throughout the province should get into gear with a flurry of emails, letters, social media posts and subscription cancellations. Henceforward, being able to play the “Christian Card” is a necessary argument in our rhetorical arsenal for us to master. Finally, if you haven’t already done so, join a party. This simple act dramatically increases your personal political clout.

The next time a pastor builds up the gumption to run for office we should be ready for the inevitable media onslaught. Christian slander should trump all denominational biases. I look forward to the day when the following can be heard over Alberta dinner tables, “I was not going to vote for Jones. But since they’ve run that story slamming him as evangelical, now I *have* to choose that jackass. Thanks a lot, Edmonton Journal.”

The same would apply, of course, if Jones was a cradle Catholic and that dinner table was surrounded by Spirit-filled Pentacostals.  Regardless of denomination, he (or she) is now our chosen candidate. In this political climate divisionary thinking is holding us back. Jesus died for us all, folks. Let’s make Him proud.

One thing is undeniable. Christians are being bullied out of politics. Whether this is a change for the better society will ultimately find out, perhaps sooner than we realize. And Albertans should think carefully before voting again for such needless and unprecedented meddling in societal and economic affairs. Instead of landing in a lake of fire we may very well wind up drowning in a sea of debt.

Vince Byfield

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  1. Vince, from what I can see, this was a well-formed argument. I was disappointed that your closing sentence focused on debt. That’s a bit of a low-hanging fruit to leave readers to ponder. I would suggest there are other very present, pressing matters at hand that aren’t as obvious as debt, such as the gov’t’s intrusion on religious schools, or the forcing of gender and sexual ideologies in schools and in the health system. There will always be a beef by the general populace about jobs and debt (probably for a long time to come, since we have so much to pay off now), but it seems to me that most people are ignorant of the blatant encroachment by this gov’t on their rights and freedoms, and that encroachment isn’t going to stop with my above examples. That concerns me, and seems worth addressing.

  2. There is an attempt to keep religion out of our government and its policies, simply because the majority of Canadians don’t want people running our country, that believe in the insane stories written in a book by people that were ignorant in how the world worked, so they created strange stories to try and explain it to themselves, with those stories having no basis whatsoever in reality.
    If you believe in talking snakes, that people lived 900 year lives, that the world is flat or only 6,000 years old, that we all came from the incestuous relationship between Eve and her sons, and again from the incest required to start again after Noah’s flood, or if you truly believe there exists a god so narcissistic that he requires daily worship or he will torture you for eternity, than we don’t want you having any control of our lives or future.
    If you are so delusional that you believe what some men wrote in that book called a bible as any kind of truth, then you obviously lack the ability to differentiate between reality and fantasy, and have no business in telling other people how to live their lives, and really should be put in an institution to attempt to show you how delusional you really are…..
    If you still believe in gods this far into human evolution, then you simply missed out on evolution yourself.
    The greed and stupidity in politics, does not need the insanity of religion added in to make it even more self serving than it already is.
    What kind of a person worships a god that forces children to be raped and tortured? Since you claim your god is all powerful and everything is part of his great plans, what purpose does your god raping children serve?

    1. I am not an Evangelical Christian, but after reading your response, I trust them far more than I trust you. At least they are not intolerant bigots like you.

    2. Where’s the bigotry in that post? Are you claiming I’m a bigot because I believe those that worship imaginary men are foolish?That’s not what bigotry means
      Or do you just automatically resort to calling people names when you have no counter arguement, much like children do when they have nothing to add, but feel compelled to say something, anything, just to feel included?

    3. I may believe in Talking snakes but you believe in explosions from nothing (not even with intelligent help) creating all we know and bacteria that turned into humans. Your fairytale seems just as far fetched as you consider mine.

    4. Ken Evans and Gregg young. Are we seeing the beginnings of more hate groups? This time evangelical and atheist ‘learning’ to hate each other.

    5. I have no hate, I haven’t called anyone names even.
      I just find that those that believe in a specific fairy tale based on where they were born, and the fact that they were convinced of these tales when they were children, as 99% of religious people are, is insanity.
      If these people had not heard anything about their religion until they were teenagers or adults, they wouldn’t believe them either, any more than they believe in Santa Clause.
      The contradictions in each religion should be enough by themselves to show any person capable of thinking for themselves that they are complete B.S.
      Genesis 32.30 says “Men have seen god”
      John 1.18 says ” No man has seen god”
      Which one is correct Ken?
      Need more contradictions? There’s quite a few.
      Jeremiah 5.12 “god doesn’t keep anger forever”
      Jeremiah 17.4 “god keeps anger forever”
      A contradiction from the same page, same person even…
      God cannot make a mistake, so how can yur bible have such opposing statements?
      If your god is all powerful, why does he let so many children be raped so often? Can he not stop it with his unlimited power? Does he believe a newborn child has done something to deserve being raped as punishment? Is that child being punished for something he hasn’t done, but will in the future, even though we have free will so his future choices haven’t even been made yet? Is the rapist being rewarded by your god for something he did or didn’t do?
      Worshipping a god that allows children to be tortured in such ways, is to worship something far worse, far more evil than even the one you claim is the epitome of evil, the devil. You know, the guy that killed 10 or 12 people in your bible, as your god killed millions(everyone but Noah and his family).
      Does no one born before 2018 years ago deserve that great afterlife in heaven simply for being born too early, since none of them could get into heaven because they didn’t know your god existed, and therefore couldn’t worship him?
      No Steven, I don’t have hate for religious people, I just think they’re wasting so much of their lives they could spend better by actually doing something to help humanity, than sitting there week after week thinking there’s an invisible man listening to them as they talk to themselves (usually in their own heads as prayers)
      I’d love to debate the contradictions and insanity of religion, but the believers just won’t do it, they cant defend the undefendable, so they instead just resort to name calling if they respond at all, or claim things are taken out of context when they don’t agree with reality.
      Could a virgin birth be believed today? Not likely, it would just be another episode of “who’s the baby daddy” on Maury Povich.

  3. Evangelicals are responsible in part for the rise of Trump. The same could happen here Faith based countries have higher rates of war. Fundamentalists of any kind are a threat to peace.

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