The New Democrat MP Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre), apparently, cannot contain the contempt with which he holds Christian organizations like Youth for Christ, who he claimed were “preying on vulnerable kids,” and more recently, Opus Dei, which he said gave him “the creeps.”
The Winnipeg Free Press described his Youth for Christ slander as a “capricious outburst,” and described Youth for Christ as “a non-profit, non-denominational group with a solid track record of delivering a variety of programs for young people.”
Martin’s contempt seems to be targeted at anyone or any organization which holds fundamentalist Christian views. Sounds like a bigot to me. The most recent definition of bigotry I remember seeing is:
“a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, especially one who regards or treats the members of a group with hatred and intolerance.”
Interestingly, the much admired Tommy Douglas, a former NDP leader, was an ordained minister of the Baptist Church, many members of which identify with Christian fundamentalism. I wonder: does Martin also find the late NDP leader creepy?
Come to think of it, Douglas did believe in eugenics, the study and practice of selective breeding applied to humans. And that’s pretty creepy.
The Da Vinci Code, a work of fiction, certainly did demonize Opus Dei. Perhaps that is why Martin finds the organization creepy. After seeing the Harry Potter movies, does Martin also think England’s mail is delivered by an Owl?
But can one expect better from this headline hound who is prone to petty theft—by his own admission, he takes tea from committee rooms? Anything for a freebie, I guess.