Flashback: October 2006
The Walrus is a general interest magazine about Canada and its place in the world, published by the registered non-profit charitable Walrus Foundation.
The rising clout of Canada’s religious right
“But McVety and others on the religious right are equally convinced that Harper is one of their own. “We’ve got a born-again prime minister,” trumpets David Mainse, the founder of Canada’s premier Christian talk show, 100 Huntley Street. They see him as an image-savvy evangelical who has been careful to keep his signals to them under the media radar, but they have no doubt his convictions run deep — so deep that only after he wins a majority will he dare translate the true colours of his faith into policies that could remake the fabric of the nation. If they’re right, it remains unclear whether those convictions would turn government into a kinder, gentler guarantor of social justice for all or transform the country into a stern, narrow-minded theocracy. And what would his evangelical worldview mean for international relations?”
- Anon: Who Cares.. he’s a douche traitor regardless of who he happens to call God.
- Anon: try that again…
Harper’s Christian Right Wing
How Canada’s Christian right was built
Religious Right in Canada
Christian Crusaders: the rise of Christian nationalism in America
- Anon: thanks Anon and Anon for the links!
- Anon: The dominant, but by no means the only religious right movements in Canada are those connected to Christian churches – including elements of the Roman Catholic Church, evangelical Protestant denominations (such as some Baptists, Pentecostals and independents such as neo-charismatics).
As well the right wings of the mainline Protestant churches (such as the newly established Anglican Network in Canada) fall under the definition of religious right.
Overall, the church as a social and political institution has declined significantly in Canada since the 1960s. However, religious groups retain some strength – and evangelical groups, in particular, are slowly growing.
Since the late 1980s, the religious right has typically gained most of its political visibility through the Reform Party and its successors (the Canadian Alliance and elements of the current Conservative Party).
Preston Manning, Stockwell Day, and Stephen Harper are, personally, evangelical Christians; so are many of their parties’ Members of Parliament and political staffers.
There is also an unusual degree of movement between the party and the religious lobby: for example, Harper’s former director of operations Dave Quist, is now director of the Institute for Marriage and Family which is a division of Focus on the Family Canada. We even have a National House of Prayer now, founded by Rob Parker of Watchman for the Nations.
In general, authentically Canadian religious movements are rare: most draw their inspiration if not their funding and personnel, from the United States. The current growth in the Christian right is not an exception.
Religious Right Alert | The Religious Right in Canada
The dominant, but by no means the only religious right movements in Canada are tThe dominant, but by no means the only religious right movements in Canada are those connected to Christian churches – including elements of the Roman Catholic Church, evangelical Protestant denominations (such as some Baptists, Pentecostals and independents such as neo-charismatics). As well the…
Anon: Oh, noooooo!
Anon: Not in my books! I’m born-again not stupid!
Anon: There go women’s rights. Always a red alert re the rise of fascism.
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