The American Taliban takes its show on the road – to Canada
Somehow, I don’t think they had holy roller Dobson’s intolerance in mind as a U.S. export when NAFTA passed.
Can someone get rid of this man already? He is taking his hate-filled AmTaliban road show into the Great White North, polluting the place against the Parliament’s upcoming vote to pass same-sex marriage; he’s also been joined by the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic men’s fraternal benefit society.
Wingnut dollars are financing disinformation and fear as the vote nears. I smell fear here, and we just have to hope Canadian lawmakers see through this sham. (Canada Post):
Powerful U.S. religious groups are sending money and support to allies in Canada to fight same-sex marriage. Patrick Korten, vice-president of communications for the Knights of Columbus head office in New Haven, Conn., said no limit has been set on the help his organization is prepared to offer.
“Whatever it takes,” he said. “The family is too important.”
Mr. Korten said the U.S. headquarters of the Catholic men’s group paid $80,782 to print two million postcards being distributed in Catholic churches across Canada.
“It has been extremely enthusiastically received in Catholic parishes all over Canada. As a matter of fact we may have to print some more — there was a great deal of interest in it. It offers a quick, simple but effective way for Catholics … to make their feelings about the same-sex marriage bill known to their MPs.”
Another opponent of same-sex marriage, Focus on the Family, is also sending support and services worth hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to its Canadian affiliate.
James Dobson, the charismatic founder of Focus on the Family who has been described as one of the most influential Christian figures in the United States, personally waded into the debate two weeks ago in a radio show taped in Colorado Springs, Colo., and transmitted as a paid broadcast to 130 stations in Canada.
“It is clear here in the United States that the American people do not want same-sex marriage. I would hope that Canadians who also do not want same-sex marriage would be encouraged by what has happened down here.”
Mr. Dobson also attacked Paul Martin for refusing Cabinet ministers a free vote. “Your Prime Minister, Paul Martin, has recently done things to subvert the will of the people,” he said.
Knights of Columbus Headquarters
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510
I just received an email from a Canadian that visited our wedding site. She and her wife were one of the couples who took Canada’s federal government to court in order to marry. She wanted folks to know about the web site the litigants maintain — www.queermarriage.com.