Interesting fact: the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, to which Prime Minister Stephen Harper has belonged for decades, believes Jesus Christ will return to Earth in an apocalypse, won’t ordain women, strongly opposes abortion and divorce, condemns homosexuality as the most base of sins and believes those who aren’t born-again are “lost.” Born again in a fundamentalist Christian church of course.
Harper worries about islamicism, which is defined by OED as Islamic fundamentalism. I worry about radical Christian fundamentalism but I don’t want the laws changed to dissuade them from their beliefs, as long as they stay away from me.
Harper is certain that tougher laws are needed to confront terrorism, legislation like the Patriot Act of our southern neighbour. However, American experience is that extra powers are used mostly for police work not in the least associated with terrorism.
This graph from New York Magazine shows “delayed-notice search warrants” issued under the expanded powers of the USA’s Patriot Act, 2006–2009. Special warrants were used for investigations of terrorism in fewer than 1% of occasions.
Perhaps, Canada’s federal politicians will encourage Stephen Harper to calm down and forget the idea of further trespassing on Canadian civil rights.
In the words of Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, there
“is indeed a clash of civilisations, not between Islam and Christendom but between reason and superstition.”