When is a Leech a Leech? When He’s a F*cking Bigot. Alberta Election: Wildrose (Tea) Party
Posted on April 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm by Dr. Jim
A candidate for the Alberta Provincial Election (on Monday, April 23) from the right-wing nutcase Wildrose Party (which is probably going to win) has shown himself to be a fucking bigot. According to the Edmonton Journal today:
I think as a Caucasian I have an advantage,” Ron Leech told a radio station on the weekend. “When different community leaders such as a Sikh leader or a Muslim leader speak, they really speak to their own people in many ways. As a Caucasian, I believe that I can speak to all the community.”
Leech, a longtime pastor running in the multicultural riding of Calgary-Greenway, has previously been at the centre of controversy for some of his religious views against homosexuality and abortion.
The Journal’s story goes on to say that Leech apologized but can anyone really take that seriously? Honestly, can anyone who really does not believe that “White is Right” even generate that kind of BS in the first place?
Of course, the Wildrose party leader, Dannielle Smith charged to the rescue of
decency and egalitarianism Leech, refusing to condemn the remarks. Instead, she tried to explain their correct interpretation spin-doctoring them into something else entirely:
“I think every candidate puts forward their best argument for why they should be the person the way represent the community,” she said in Calgary. “I know Dr. Leech runs a private school that has a large number of people from cultural communities, he has an ethnically diverse riding, he’s made great friendships and inroads with leaders of different cultural communities there so I assume he was probably commenting on his own ability.”
Own ability? What special ability does being Caucasian have to do with anything? According to the Journal’s story, Leech prefers the title “Dr. Leech” since he has a degree from an unaccredited university (the article does not name which one). But the article does remind the reader of something else that happened recently with the Wild Rose:
The incident comes a short time after Edmonton-South West nominee Allan Hunsperger, another pastor, came under fire for a blog posting made last year that decried “godless” and “wicked” public education, and questioned the Edmonton public school board’s policy of welcoming and accepting gay students.
“You will suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire, hell, a place of eternal suffering,” Hunsperger wrote, suggesting gays and lesbians have chosen a sexual orientation for which they will suffer in the afterlife. The blog was removed Sunday afternoon.
Smith also refused to condemn Hunsperger, calling the controversy a product of fearmongering and saying her party will not discriminate against anyone’s religious views. She said the Wildrose will not legislate on any controversial social issue, though rivals have said Wildrose plans to allow citizen-initiated referendums will open the door to exactly those kinds of debates.
Now, Dannielle Smith seems to be getting a lot of mileage from these two boobs.
The party appeals to the right builds on long-standing fears about a meddling federal governments, out of control human rights legislation, loss of control over oil revenue (while letting big Oil pay a pittance for it in the first place), godless liberalism and environmentalism that has been the staple of Provincial propaganda for decades. Most of their support comes from disgruntled former supporters of the Progressive Conservative Party which has run this place for decades (and they took over from the Social Credit
Conspiracy Theorists Party in the 1970’s.
It seems that Alberta is closing in on the US Tea Party in terms of nuttiness and general bullshittiness.