Lets take a look at Hunsperger to start. In Alberta he put his name forward to run in the 2012 Alberta election. As a pastor Hunsperger wrote a church blog with many of his religious entries. A year prior to the election he wrote an entry on his site called Born this Way. After a ex-PC staffer found and posted the document it created a political storm in the media, that seemed to be the focus of the remainder of the election. Now I a not religious by any means and the comment that if gay people continue to live like this "you will suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire, hell, a place of eternal suffering." seems pretty harsh. It was also taken from revelations in the old testament of the Bible.Was this some evil man with a hidden agenda? I doubt it, more of a man with religious convictions and a huge belief in his faith. The LGBT community was quick to lash out and condemn the remarks in the year old post, and a reporter going as far as comparing religious views to a hate crime. There is no doubt that in the past the LGBT community has had to fight for their right to be accepted, and overall I believe they have.
Here comes the debate though. Does a queers rights trump the rights of religious? Is it OK to call them bigots, homophobes, or hateful for practicing what they believe as their faith? Are those that practice religion now having their freedoms being taken away to accommodate another group? Seems like there as much discrimination coming from the LGBT side as well.
How about the abortion debate being introduced into the House of Commons by Woodworth? Another political shit storm on a divisive social issue. Pro-choice...Pro-life...who is right and who is wrong? No one, it is opinion on when they believe life does or does not begin. I think Andrew Coyne summed it up quite nicely with his article. Why should we be afraid to have the debate, especially when the law itself is not defined. I have listened for years on this topic.. woman's body so their right to decide...on the other murdering a human...do we need this debate? Sure, why shouldn't we have it. Is it OK for us to supply woman with an abortion because the gender of the baby wasn't what they wanted? Is it right for some woman to use it as a form of birth control when there is contraception so readily available? If we don't provide it, we promote unwanted children, suicidal women with no option.
Are these simply political taboos we should never discuss, or have we just become to afraid too?