Thursday, July 09, 2009

It's all about the gays, isn't it?

It starts with Stephen the Corpulent and a cracker. It continues at more length over here, but it's first commenter "Prairie Kid" who brings the crazy:

So you're a Catholic and you seem to think that some Catholics might remember this little incident at the polls?

Would these same Catholics be voting for the Liberal party in the next election then?

The same party that supports homosexuals, same-sex marriages and abortions? Is that the party you mean?

I can see the next CPoC attack ad now: "The Liberal Party of Canada: Supporting homosexuals."

Every so often, I dream of the notion of all right-wingers being forced to wear a blue badge that reads, "Yes, I'm an idiot." That would make life so much simpler.

. It was, of course, only a matter of time before the Stephen Harper Fluffer Brigade (aka the "Blogging Tories") got all "Geez, making a big issue out of nothing, get a life." Let's start with one Rob Harvie, who casually waves away the controversy thusly:

Apparently the media has been running amock [sic] with the earth-shattering news that PM Harper may not have eaten the communion wafer given to him during Romeo Lablanc's funeral.

There are video's [sic] of the "incident" if you wish to watch it online.. I won't link it here, becuase, in my mind, it's all but irrelevant.

Except, Rob, the Catholic Church certainly doesn't think it's irrelevant. In fact, they're some kind of pissed, because they take their ridiculous rituals very seriously indeed. So what seems idiotic and inconsequential to non-Catholics is a major issue to the devout when it involves a magic cracker with mystical properties. Go figure.

On the other hand, Rob, it's amusing when the situation is exactly opposite, like, say, when the Catholic Church doesn't seem all that concerned about child sexual abuse, while those of us on the outside think it's kind of a big deal. I guess it's all a matter of perspective, eh, Rob?

BY THE WAY, need I really point out that, while Canada's wingnuts are blithely dismissing this as no big deal, if Michael Ignatieff had done the same, the hysterical shrieking and condemnation would have been off the scale. Because, with wingnuts, context is so important.


Mike said...

Frankly, I could care less about the waffer.

I do care about the obvious lying Soudas and the PMO are engaged in and the outright hypocrisy of the BTs - some of the same BT who were morally outraged when PZ Meyers did the exact same thing a while back.

I wonder what Matthew at the Politic has to say. Or Ste. Nitouche at BBW. Or Our Lady of La Shaidle?

When PZ does it, its a horrible insult to Catholics and Christianity, a violation of religious rights worth of outrage and death threats. When Stephen Harper does it, well no biggie...

Consistency really is the hobgoblin of small minds.

James Bow said...

Well, to be fair, Mr. Myers was trying to be provocative and elicit offense from Catholics. Harper made a simple mistake and his handlers are trying to squirm their way out of it, without actually admitting that he made a mistake at all. Of course.

The Artful Nudger said...

In fairness, CC, we don't know that they would have been shrieking up and down the hall if Ignatieff, May, or Layton had done it. We suspect they would, and given past behaviour, there is a high probability that they would, but we can't know it.

I recall (though I can't remember enough of the verbiage to google it) a post where you (rightfully!) pilloried one of the BTs for a "well, if the Liberals were in power, things would be even worse" comment. So, by rights, while we can say that given their past behavior, it is a near certainty that they'd be wetting themselves with appalled glee and shrieking to anyone who would listen if it were anyone but Harper... we can't state this hypothetical as fact.

Adam C said...

How thin was the wafer? Wafer-thin? Perhaps he was full.

Jon Pertwee said...

Adam, look at the gut on the carcass that is Stephen Harper. You don't think he could fit another case of communion wafers in there? Heck, he'd still have enough room for a couple of cans of Pepsi.

jaoc26 said...

Doesn't anyone think that one of the real problems here is that a Roman Catholic priest apparently wasn't aware that the PM isn't Catholic?