Thursday, September 28, 2006

Creeping things...

1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Well, so much for the biblical position on the environment.

But speaking of creeping things, Public Eye Online reports that Darrel Reid, former President of "Focus on the Family" and former Chief of Staff for the Reform Party, has just been named Rona Ambrose' Chief of Staff. Although his anti-SSM, anti-abortion, anti-evolution, anti-stem cell research opinions were deemed too fuckwitted to get him elected to office in Richmond in the last election, there is evidently a home for them in the Ministry of the Environment.

Says Dr Reid : "I think every Christian's under an obligation to change laws to reflect biblical values."

Sure. Whatever.
I think we can all guess what God's position on the sacredness of the Alberta oil sands is going to be. And it seems unlikely that God's love for the little sparrow will be extended to the 17 remaining spotted owls in BC any time soon.
But this is just a patronage position for Dr Reid, right?
It's not exactly the inauguration of the Ministry of the Environment - End Times Division.

In an offline email, Corinne from YaYaCanada is not so sure and she provides this link to Marci McDonald's article in The Walrus Magazine - Stephen Harper and The Theo-Cons.

Picture courtesy of The Brick Testament.


Anonymous said...

... and people wonder why I keep arguing that HarperCrit isn't being honest with Canadians?

Olaf said...

For balance, I should direct you to Paul Well's less than favourable review of McDonald's article, if you haven't read it yet.

Q said...

Creepy and outrageous that this nut who believes Murdock and Ralph lived together 5000 years ago defying the space time continuum and reality as sane people know it, is now in a government department that should be all about real science.
As always, the lego demonstration is an indispensable aid for me. Well done.

scout said...

creepy yes, but they're hanging themselves too. 'i'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round' (j.l.) is more like 'i'm just sitting here watching the spiels go round and round'.

is EVERYONE waiting till a new lib leader is elected.....where's the protest marches?

Anonymous said...

According to a diary at Daily Kos a scan of the comments on the Foley scandal from the US religious right organizations amounts to the following.

"American Family Association (Donald Wildmon) - no comment

Christian Coalition - no comment
Main page has news updated as of 9/29/06 - no report

Concerned Women for America (Beverly LaHaye) - no comment
Press releases on main page - no report

Coral Ridge Ministries (D. James Kennedy) - no comment

Culture and Family Institute - no comment

Family Research Council (Tony Perkins) - no comment
Scrolling News - no report

Focus on the Family (James Dobson) - no comment

Institute of American Values - no comment

Repent America - YES!!!!!

Southern Baptist Convention (Richard Land) - no comment
SBC President Frank Page - no comment

Talk to Action (Rick Scarborough) - no comment

Toward Tradition (Daniel Lapin) - no no comment
Toward Tradition scrolling news updates - no comment

Traditional Values Coalition (Louis P. Sheldon) - no comment
Press releases page contains five items on homosexuality, none on Foley

Vision America - Rick Scarborough Report - no

World Harvest Church (Rod Parsley) - no

One must necessarily draw the conclusion that for all the high and mighty talk spewing from these groups on a daily basis, the primary mission (pun intended) is primarily political in nature. None other than Pat Robertson makes that point abundantly clear. Religion is used solely as an expedient means to an end...POWER."

Oliver said...

On subject for a second...

I wouldn't paint with too wide a brush there. The logical conclusion of your statements is that you think that anyone who believes in the Christian God is insane, and anyone who believes in the Bible's literal truth wants to destroy the environment. There are many who would argue both those points.

But beside that, on the subject of the spotted owls. Personally, I'd like to see them hang around for a while, they are pretty. However, from an evolutionary point of view, extinctions happen all the time - a result of changing climates and ecosystems, evolutionary niches being invaded by other animals, etc. This is the order of life. Why get up in arms about an extinction? If they can't adapt, they die - this is the law of evolution. Less adaptable species make way for more adaptable. I never understood that logic.

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