Government of Canada supporting Anti-Gay religious group in Uganda with taxpayer dollars

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    Feb 10, 2013 11:16 PM GMT
    "Steve Foster, president of the Quebec LGBT Council, said the federal government should stop funding groups like Crossroads.

    "It's unacceptable that the government would accept that kind of organization as an international-co-operation organization,'' Foster said.

    "Taxpayers' money should not be used to finance religious groups working abroad, who furthermore contribute to the creation of discriminatory – even inhumane and dangerous – policy.''

    Foster calls it a "dangerous'' shift from the government toward using religious groups to perform international development work.

    He's not alone to perceive a trend.

    A study by the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crisis and Aid concluded that, between 2005 and 2010, the funding for religious non-government organizations increased 42 per cent. Secular groups saw an increase of five per cent."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/02/10/crossroads-christian-communications_n_2658076.html?utm_hp_ref=canada
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    Feb 11, 2013 4:56 PM GMT
    Not deliberately - though that's a deliberately misleading article given that it isn't Canadian government policy. This is however how conservative politicians should be responding. It's not particularly surprising that Harper has taken this stance for standing up for gay rights and against homophobia considering it's an open secret two of his most senior cabinet members Jason Kenney (Minister of Immigration) and John Baird (Minister of Foreign Affairs - the Canadian equivalent of Secretary of State) are gay.

    http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/02/11/canada-to-review-its-funding-of-anti-gay-religious-group-for-work-in-uganda/

    But once the Crossroads story became public Sunday, the minister sent out a comment on Twitter Sunday night.

    “While original content (of the Crossroads’ website page) is down, I have asked to review this organization before further payments are made,” he wrote.

    This particular CIDA funding may also conflict with the federal government’s own statements.

    The federal government has denounced virulent homophobia in that East African country and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has condemned plans for an anti-gay bill that could potentially include the death penalty for homosexuals.

    Last October, Baird denounced abuses against gays and lesbians and specifically singled out Uganda in a speech at an international conference in Quebec City.

    “We will speak out on the issues that matter to Canadians — whether it is the role and treatment of women around the world, or the persecution of gays,” Baird told the Inter-Parliamentary Union conference.

    “Canada will speak out.”


    More on how Harper may view Kenney as being the key to have achieved a majority here:
    http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/02/02/welcome-to-my-world/
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    Feb 11, 2013 11:13 PM GMT
    Evidently, the minister isn't rolling over so easily...

    "It’s shocking to hear Minister Fantino defending the indefensible, standing up today and defending a group that on its website is attacking something that’s recognized and protected by Canadian law," Mulcair said after question period.
    "It goes against Canadian values. It goes against Canadian law. And he can’t defend that."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/mobileweb/2013/02/11/fantino-gay-christian-group_n_2664162.html?icid=hp_canada_top_art
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    Feb 12, 2013 4:27 PM GMT


    Funding has been yanked and an investigation begun. icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 12, 2013 6:14 PM GMT
    How many orgaizations from other developed countries are quietly supporting Uganda's oppressive, inhumane treatment of its gay citizensicon_question.gif
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    Feb 13, 2013 5:48 PM GMT
    Caslon22000 saidEvidently, the minister isn't rolling over so easily...

    "It’s shocking to hear Minister Fantino defending the indefensible, standing up today and defending a group that on its website is attacking something that’s recognized and protected by Canadian law," Mulcair said after question period.
    "It goes against Canadian values. It goes against Canadian law. And he can’t defend that."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/mobileweb/2013/02/11/fantino-gay-christian-group_n_2664162.html?icid=hp_canada_top_art


    Heh - in your attempt to make a mountain out of a molehill - as it turns out Mr Mulcair is a Catholic. Given the pronunciations of the Catholic church, you must also consider them to be an anti-gay group that goes against Canadian values:
    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/02/13/chris-selley-tom-mulcairs-foreign-aid-hypocrisy/