To the Editor;
Re: Mr. Henry Goertzen's letter dated Oct. 17/12
Mr. Goertzen calls me "intolerant" because I don't support MP Kevin Sorenson's political and religious views. That's like calling the kettle black. "He who lives in glass houses should not cast stones". However, I am intolerant of those individuals and organization who try to impose their religious and political beliefs on others. I have as much right to state my opinions as he does, and just because he is a "committed" Christian, he is not entitled to restrict or prevent me from stating my viewpoints.
"Save the children!" is the constant mantra of the extreme right conservatives and their religious supporters, but they never bother to mention that there are thousands of unwanted children abandoned every year in North America, and thousands are stuck in foster homes, and thousands of boys and girls run away, each year, from their homes and foster homes because of physical and sexual abuses, and many of the young runaway girls wind up as child prostitutes
Of course, people like Mr. Goertzen don't want to mention that before abortions were legalized in our country, women who chose to terminate their pregnancies were forced to see backyard "butchers" (many lost their lives to them) or from doctors who secretly performed such operations. Even Barry Goldwater, the most right-wing of Republicans, an Arizona senator, admitted that he paid for his daughter's illegal abortion, and now that Goldwater's are one of the biggest supporters of planned families in that state.
How about Mr. Goertzen and his followers supporting foster children who are waiting by the thousands to be adopted, or how about helping the thousands of homeless people in our society? Hmm? Talk is cheap Mr Goertzen.
As far as Mr. Sorenson is concerned, I don't vote or support a political party; I vote for the best qualified person for the job, unlike so many people in "conservative" Alberta who vote strictly along party lines, regardless of qualifications. Being "religious" or being a "committed Christian" should not be a reason for voting for someone. There are many examples of so-called "born again" Christians who claim they're religious, yet violate religious commandments to suit their purposes. Examples: 1. Ex-Governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford (GOP), used taxpayers' money to finance his relationship with his mistress in Argentina. 2. Herman Cain, GOP presidential hopeful from Alabama, was forced to quit the campaign because the revelations of his extra marital relationships and his sexual harassments of several women. 3. How about Newt Gingrich (GOP)? He has married and betrayed several of his ex-wives (adultery), yet he claims he supports "Christian" family values. A month doesn't go by where a religious leader or politician in North America hasn't been caught cheating on his/her partner or embezzling funds from their followers or from the taxpayers. So, when I hear the term "committed", I ask the question, "Committed" to what?
As a voter, I want to know how my hard earned dollars are being spent by the politicians; I don't want to know his/her religious persuasion. Keep religion out of politics! So-called religious politicians in America have severely divided the country, and that nation has become so dysfunctional, at the state and national levels, that the country has gone bankrupt. We don't want or need that in Canada.
How come the Harper gov't recently rejected a parliamentary committee's recommendation for transparency of the federal budget? Why are we spending billions on an American warplane that will cost us untold billions, yet our federal gov't can spend millions on ads claiming what a great job it has been doing while cutting back on pensions and jobs for civil servants?
I would like Mr. Goertzen to tell his followers that "committed" Christians were killing each other in Europe for centuries, and if they weren't killing each other, they were persecuting Jews and other non-Christian minorities. "Committed" Catholics and Protestants were killing each other in Northern Ireland and Scotland for generations. "Committed" Christians supported slavery and fought to prevent the integration of non-whites in American society. "Committed" Christians stole land from the natives of North America, and when WW II started, the properties of Japanese-Canadians and Japanese-Americans were confiscated, and they were lucky to have gotten 10 cents on the dollar for their lost properties.
So, don't tell me about "committed or born-again" Christians. If one is truly religious, he/she doesn't have to wear a tag or an emblem, or boast to show that he/she is truly committed to helping others.
Lastly, I like to remind you that politicians serve "us", and not the other way around. If he won't explain his position or the government's position on money matters, he doesn't represent "all" of his constituents (In my humble opinion of course).
George E Thatcher