September 3, 2003

Back again

Sorry about the erratic updates. I am now back from Toronto, where one of the major news stories concerned what many Canadians consider to be an excessive mixing of religion and politics: Ontario premier Ernie Eves mentioned that he considered same-sex marriage to be wrong, because of his religion, though he emphasised that that was his personal opinion, adding:

I don't think that I have the right to impose my values on other individuals. That's just a personal belief of mine.

A year ago he told reporters Everybody has their own personal point of view on this issue. My point of view on this issue is that if two people decide they want to be in a union, why would I interfere with that? and mentioning religion as the reason for his shift in opinion seems to have reflected negatively on the Progressive Conservative politician.

Around Toronto, I was surprised by the sheer number of evangelists about town, though most people just smiled sweetly at them and went on their way. I'm not sure how Jews For Jesus thought they would attract any of their target audience on a Saturday afternoon though. Murray Campbell - The Globe and Mail, 27th August 2003; Premier now against same-sex marriage - Toronto Star, 26th August 2003.


I don't really see how that's a shift in opinion.

What he told reporters a year ago would seem to indicate that, a year ago, he didn't agree with same-sex marriage either. Otherwise, why would he even bring up the possibility of interfering?

I'm not sure, but it reflect interestingly on how sensitive Ontarians are to mixing religion and politics. As far as I can tell, the stushie is about the fact that he mentioned religion as his reason for opposing same-sex marriage, not that he personally opposed it.

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