Before now, the Christian right was not a political force in this mostly secular, liberal country. But it is coalescing with new clout and credibility, similar to the evangelical Christian movement in the United States in the 1980s, though not nearly on the same scale.
Today, half a dozen organizations like the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada work full time in Ottawa, four of which opened offices in the past year, all seeking to reverse the law allowing gay marriage.
I'd like to say I told you so. What do you expect when you elect a conservative evangelical Christian Prime Minister?
“With the legalization of gay marriage, faith has been violated and we’ve been forced to respond,” said Charles McVety, a leader of several evangelical Christian organizations that oppose gay marriage and president of the Canada Christian College in Toronto.
[McVety] asked the Rev. Jerry Falwell and other American evangelical leaders for advice on building a religious movement in Canada and traveled Ontario and Quebec in a red-and-white “Defend Marriage” bus.
It's such a familiar refrain. My advice: Get off the bus; it's going nowhere. You folks might consider directing your Christian anger in a more positive direction..something crucial.... like Darfur.
photo credit - Jean Levac/The Ottawa Citizen