Conservative politician Wai Young (a Canadian Sarah Palin, if you will) is making headlines after audio surfaced of her telling a church audience that her party acted like Jesus when passing Bill C-51 (a Canadian version of the PATRIOT Act).
“Jesus served, he saved, but he acted, as well,” Young told Harvest City Church, a non-denominational “charismatic” church in her Vancouver South riding, in a recent speech to the congregation.
“I want to share with you what I think our government is doing in the same vein — Jesus served and acted to always do the right thing, not the most popular thing.”
“We will always act and do the right thing,” Young continued, explaining that “we’ve strengthened the consequences for crime and dangerous offenders at every turn where possible” and “enacted Bill C-51.”
It got even worse when she made up a story about how, had this bill been in place 30 years ago, the 1985 terrorist attack on Air India Flight 182 which killed 329 people may have been thwarted. She claimed that CSIS (the Canadian CIA) knew about the bomb on the plane, but couldn’t alert the RCMP (Canadian police) in time to prevent it from detonating:
“CSIS knew or heard that there was a bomb on board this plane,” she said. “But because of the strict laws that government departments have, they cannot share information between departments.… Because they couldn’t share that information with the RCMP, the RCMP could not act to take that bomb off that plane. Today, with C-51, they will be able to share that information.”
All of that is pure bullshit, say people who know what they’re talking about:
The factual record, however, contradicts her. After a series of criminal trials and a lengthy inquiry under retired Supreme Court justice John Major, no evidence has ever surfaced to suggest that CSIS knew there was a bomb on the Air India plane. Nor has there been any evidence, even if it had known, that any law prevented CSIS from advising the RCMP.
In other words, this is like the “Death Panels” thing all over. If you say it often enough, the gullible people believe you and the wiser people can’t do enough to correct the misinformation.
Unlike Palin, however, Young later backtracked when called out on her lies:
In an emailed statement late Tuesday from her Vancouver office, Young said, “I misspoke with regards to the investigation of the Air India bombing.… I regret this error.”
None of this is surprising to people who are familiar with Young. After all, in the same speech, she admitted her own ignorance by saying she didn’t read newspapers because she didn’t trust their “facts.”
It all added up to the hashtag #CPCJesus (Canadian Conservative Party Jesus) trending on Twitter last night with users mercilessly mocking conservatives for pretending to act like Jesus despite pushing policy measures that Jesus would loathe:
God saw the light, and saw that it was good – so he cancelled its funding #CPCJesus
— Mark Critch (@markcritch) July 14, 2015
I hear #CPCJesus can walk on oil spills.
— Kai Nagata (@kainagata) July 14, 2015
— Beverly Frans (@BevOutside) July 14, 2015
In case you’re wondering, it’s not legal for politicians to discuss politics in church as Young did, so the church may be investigated by the Canadian IRS for violating the law:
The Harvest City Church is registered as a non-profit organization with the Canada Revenue Agency. According to CRA rules, non-profit groups are prohibited from taking part in partisan political activities. A partisan political activity, according to the CRA’s regulations, is one that involves direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, any political party or candidate for public office.
“Sounds to me like [Young] has breached the spirit of the law. … It sounds like her speech touched on a lot of hot button issues … there was a lot more going on there than eternal salvation,” said Patrick Smith, professor of political science at Simon Fraser University. “She is a member of government that has been responsible for bringing in more stringent (CRA) rules to curtail mostly opposing views and now they appear to be going around those rules.”
Canada, you’re supposed to be smarter than the U.S. What gives?
(via Sean McGuire)