The REAL of REAL Women stands for “Realistic, Equal, Active, for Life.” But the Canadian pro-family group proved this week it is none of those things.
On Wednesday, REAL Women issued a press release saying Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird should butt out when it comes to other countries’ policies on homosexuality.
The group said Baird “has abused his position as a cabinet minister to impose his own special interests in the foreign countries of Uganda, Kenya and Russia.”
Russia recently passed legislation banning the “promotion” of homosexuality to children. It’s been seen at home and abroad as a wide-
ranging crackdown on free expression. Western nations, including Canada, have condemned the law, and many voices — including most recently British actor/comedian Stephen Fry — have called for a boycott of the Russian Winter Olympics in Sochi next year.
REAL Women began as a counter-movement to modern feminism, but quickly morphed into an ultra-conservative fringe group. It eschews any deviation from an idealistic “Leave it to Beaver” concept of family, condemning everything from abortion rights to single parenthood.
Wednesday’s release should not even have been top news, save for the sheer offensiveness of the message.
“Just who does John Baird think he is, using taxpayers’ money to promote his own personal agenda and endeavouring to set standards of the laws of foreign countries?” Gwendolyn
Landolt, national vice-president, asked in the release.
“He argues that homosexual rights are a ‘Canadian value,’ but this applies only to himself and his fellow activists and the left-wing elitists. These are not conservative values and that of grassroots Canadians, who, after all, pay the bulk of the taxes.”
If Landolt’s dubious assessment of Canadian values had ended there, it would be merely another intolerant rant from the sidelines.
But it is the group’s references to countries such as Uganda that send it careening over the edge into veritable hate speech.
The release says Baird “insulted the speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, at a meeting of the International Parliamentary Union in Quebec City when he criticized Uganda for its position on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.”
Uganda has been threatening since 2009 to impose laws that could mean life sentences and even capital punishment for homosexual behaviour. If Ms. Landolt suggests the civilized world should quietly tolerate such fascist brutality, she should perhaps think about whose values she’s truly speaking for.
Because her proclamation is more in line with extremist operatives and politicians in the United States who, unable to stem the march toward equal rights in their own country, have clandestinely worked with lawmakers in Uganda and Belize to trample gay rights abroad.
Not exactly laissez-faire.
And definitely not very Canadian.