Last week, I discussed B C Premier Christy Clark’s planned appearance at City in Focus’ Young Professionals Network‘s Faith and Politics event on February 5. I would have like to attend Clark’s talk; however, the event was live tweeted by CFI Vancouver and the Vancouver Sun reported, “Christy Clark stands up for her Anglican faith.” Ethan Clow, from CFI Vancouver, wrote a comprehension post for Radio Freethinker, and an email from Pat O’Brien added a few details.
One of the first #Faithandpolitics tweets announced,
The first Event hasn’t even started yet and I’m already disappointed. They will take written questions only.
Asking for written questions was a disappointment, and Ethan Clow reports,
The event unfolded the way I thought it would, however; Clark managed to surprise me a few times. I’ve seen cartoonishly bad characterizations of secularism before, but Clark really upped the ante this time.
One of the irritating assumptions she frequently made throughout the evening was assuming we were all God fearing people who attended church regularly.
Secularism is bad because some religious groups do nice things. (I’m paraphrasing there)
Clark believes government should spend public money on faith based organizations because those groups are the ones doing the good work in society. Helping the poor etc. (Perhaps she’s not aware of the all the good work being done the secular groups like Insite, the Vancouver Food Bank, or Unicef)
She also remarked that it’s tragic that more people don’t go to church.
In an email, Pat O’Brien had very little to add to Clow’s “excellent summary of the event.” He mentioned that Clark
kept referring to the Salvation Army (who were there in uniform) as a good example of how religions support the poor. In the Sally Ann’s case, only if you are straight, they will not allow same sex couple in their shelters, they also use that “Kettle Money” to lobby against same sex marriage and abortion.
Best of all, Clark said,
she does not care about those who criticize her because she has “faith” that she is doing the right thing. And then, as if from heaven, this morning a poll came out saying that 39% of BCers find her “Out of touch” with voters and over 30% found her “Arrogant”. The shoe fits.