The article by Ian Bushfield (“Leaders should talk about religious beliefs,” Thursday, April 7, 2011), stated that a politician’s religious beliefs should be public knowledge.
Further, these beliefs should not frame public policy, especially in a pluralistic and secular society like Canada’s.
With this in mind, allow me to introduce you to Darrel Reid, former president of Focus on the Family Canada.
According to Rabble.ca, from where I found my information, Mr. Reid was once director for Policy and Research for the Reform Party.
And as president of Focus on the Family Canada, Reid’s extreme religious position was that homosexuality is a disease, but, fortunately, a curable one.
Also, he lobbied hard against same-sex marriage, and he sought to repeal gay rights legislation, arguing that government policy should exercise the Not Withstanding Clause of the Charter of Rights to withdraw their rights.
He views pro-choice as ‘systemic genocide,’ supports spanking children, disapproves of divorce, and believes activist judges are a threat to democracy.
People might be surprised to learn that in March, 2009, Stephen Harper appointed Mr. Reid to deputy of policy in the PMO, and then bumped him up to chief of staff.
Harper then appointed Paul Wilson as director of Policy.
Mr. Wilson is former executive director of Trinity Western, a Christian-focused university based in Langley, B.C.
With two such evangelicals advising Mr. Harper late into the darkness in the PMO, it would be unwise to think that they are not helping to shape government policy.
If I were gay, a feminist, or a divorced women raising a child alone, I’d feel a chill coming down.
Mr. Ian Bushfield has a point.
J. Blair Arsenault