A bigot no more: Christians feel betrayed by ex-homophobe Jason Kenney

A bigot no more: Christians feel betrayed by ex-homophobe Jason Kenney November 18, 2018

Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) Leader Jason Kenney, above, has ‘evolved’.

He is no longer the man that Christian conservatives could count on to demonise homosexuals and abortion supporters – and they are not happy.

Jeff Gunnarson, National President of Campaign Life Coalition complained:

It’s very disappointing. Jason Kenney and the pro-life movement have a long history. He was part of the pro-life caucus at one time. He used to be known as a faithful Catholic, a church-going Catholic who strived for the things of God. Now he’s abandoned fundamental moral tenets of the Christian faith.

According to Gunnarson, left, Kenney is also shooting himself in the foot by distancing himself from the UCP’s socially-conservative base of support.

He’s trying to play both sides of the political spectrum, the right and the left, but by saying his position has ‘evolved’ he’s hurting his party. Many social conservatives will be disgusted by Kenney’s abandonment of principles and will stay home on election day.

Unless there is a significant walk-back of his seeming embrace of the culture of death, he has just lost a significant portion of the pro-life vote … Even fiscal conservatives cannot be filled with confidence, watching Kenney jettison his former guiding principles.

If one can throw away moral principles today, how easily might other small-c conservative principles ‘evolve’ tomorrow, given enough time and leftist pressure?

Gunnarson spoke out after Kenney’s earlier homophobia was exposed by a pro-LGBT lawyer on Twitter.

Kyle Morrow tweeted on Nov. 12:

Jason Kenney (@jkenney) wants to block gay adoption, defund abortion and invoke the notwithstanding clause [to stop homosexual ‘marriage’].

Attached to that tweet was an audio recording of Kenney praising another politician “who fought with me to end taxpayer-funded abortions” and to “prevent gay adoption.”

The Star, a large daily newspaper in Toronto, picked up on the tweet, and contacted the United Conservative Party. The newspaper was reportedly told in a statement Kenney’s stand on those issues has changed in the almost two decades since that recording was made.

At the time, Jason’s view was no different than that of the Alberta government of the day. Nearly two decades have passed since this audio was recorded and, in that time, the views of Canadians have evolved dramatically, as have Jason’s.

Gunnarson will be even more infuriated by a commentary on LGBTory, which describes Kenney as “an ally”.

There are few politicians in this country who have done as much as he has for the Canadian and global LGBTQ+  community.

Undoubtedly, left wing ideologues will scoff at that suggestion, based on commentary from a time well before progressive paragons like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were promoting LGBTQ+ rights. The left likes its double standards, where Canadian society, left wing politicos and everyone-but-conservatives are able to ‘evolve’.

Tories, on the other hand, are cast aside as unmoving bigots, despite hard evidence that proves the exact opposite.

During his time in Ottawa, Kenney proved himself to be,not only an ally, but a legitimate global defender of LGBTQ+ rights. It was Jason Kenney who, as Canada’s Minister of Immigration, took the necessary and vital steps to set up a prioritized refugee program for sexual minorities fleeing persecution in their own countries. That strong, global stance was especially important for gay Iranians who faced imprisonment and death for simply existing in their home country. This was unprecedented for Canada and saved the lives of many vulnerable LGBTQ+ people. Incidentally, this program was mothballed by the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau.

It concluded:

When the left-wing organizers of Calgary and Edmonton Pride parades told the UCP and LGBTQ+ conservatives that they weren’t welcome, Jason Kenney led his party in those cities to celebrate Pride anyway.

Jason Kenney has spent his career in public service fighting for the fundamental rights and dignity of all human beings. He has a strong record of support and help for the LGBTQ+ community, both in Canada and abroad. That makes him an ally, and we’re proud to have him fighting on our side.

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  • Kenney is just following the path of his guru, Stephen Harper. Harper decided he’d put aside hot button issues like abortion and gay marriage because he knew they’d cost him votes. He also knew the people who opposed those things would be unlikely to vote for parties that openly supported them. Instead he decided to do as much as possible to push his beliefs on things like economics, law and order, and foreign policy, which had more broad based support.

  • Gene C. Fedderly

    I know that to many Americans Canada is a large, cold, amorphous blob, but Kenney is the leader of the UCP in Alberta, not Ontario.

  • Michael Neville

    Alberta, aka Baja Northwest Territories.

  • Raging Bee

    …by saying his position has ‘evolved’ he’s hurting his party. Many social conservatives will be disgusted by Kenney’s abandonment of principles and will stay home on election day.

    They’re saying that like it’s a bad thing.

    …how easily might other small-c conservative principles ‘evolve’ tomorrow, given enough time and leftist pressure?

    I dunno, let’s find out! “Leftist pressure” did a lot of good in the early-to-mid-20th century, so I, for one, think this could prove promising.

  • Pam

    I always find is funny when Christians criticize progressives as having a “culture of death”. Christianity is literally a religion of human sacrifice where the founder was brutally killed and where adherents look forward to death and consider actual life to be an unfortunate burden only useful for sorting where people go when they die.

  • Raging Bee

    Hey, give us a break, you guys only have provinces, not States, and it seems you’re not done naming them yet! “Nunavut” is pretty new, innit? What other “Northwest Territories” have you not found a name for yet?

  • Raging Bee

    I’d upvote that some more, but they’ve banned bump-stocks for multiple upvotes! TYRANNY! TYRANNY I SAY!!

  • Broga

    I notice that Christians I know are never comfortable discussing death. My conclusion is that they cannot be sure they will not end up in hell. A Christian friend told me that when his father died last year, “He was in a terrible state because the bible truth was so confusing and he could not discover any certainty in how he should behave.”
    My friend added, “It all started when he read that bloody book ,’The God Delusion’ and he never recovered. That’s when the rot set in.”

  • Barry Duke

    My bad. Fixed it.

  • Some guy

    What’s French for “Baja”?

  • Brianna LaPoint

    Christians will constantly try to change with the times. But to me, a truly progressive christian just left the whole belief system behind; Jesus and everything

  • barriejohn

    So many of their “principles” evolve. I lived through the furore over the “permissive society” in the 1960s, when right-wing dinosaurs and religious bigots were going bananas and promising to rescind all the libertarian legislation. Well, they got into power again, but very little was done to “roll back the tide” as promised, and many of them even embraced progressive ideas. Things seem a little different now with the neo-conservatives in Europe and America, but they are meeting massive opposition to any plans to turn back the clock.

  • Raging Bee

    Wait, is BC “Baja Washington,” or is Washington “Baja BC?”

  • Raging Bee

    “La Baja,” with a cedille under the “J?”

  • Michael Neville

    Baja is Spanish for “lower”. Baja California is south of California. So Washington state is Baja British Columbia.

  • Raging Bee

    No, no, no, that can’t possibly be right. Are you sure “Baja” doesn’t mean “further from America?”

  • Michael Neville

    I don’t even… what are you about… I am speechless.

  • Raging Bee

    Sorry, forgot the /sarc tag…