So, elected members of the “government has no place in the bedrooms of the nation” party are now siding with Tory religious extremists to defeat their own motions? (Winnipeg Free Press) How does this happen?
I’m still stunned that the Liberals lost their own vote yesterday on developing world family planning aid. There’s (arguably) nothing wrong with being anti-abortion as long as you don’t try to legislate your incomprehensible hang-ups beliefs onto the rest of us. But when people who control funding decisions start voting with their church’s conscience, they cross a huuuge line.
The news is being covered as a tale of political incompetence, and fair enough, it is (Globe And Mail) — but for me the real story is that the party of social liberty is apparently infested with religious freaks who want to stop women in the developing world from making decisions about their own bodies. (Maybe they think they can’t control the womenfolk here so they have to go abroad (yuk!) to do it?)
Michael Ignatieff has apologized but this is bigger than one flippity-floppity dork’s bad leadership. The Grits need to ditch the bible-belters, Catholic clods and/or miscellaneous zealots who can’t tell the difference between church and state.
I expect Stephen Harper’s Hobgoblins to mix faith and politics. But the Liberals? They’re just supposed to be two-faced and kinda sleazy.