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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.

Organizations: Ugandan Parliament, International Parliamentary Union

Geographic location: Uganda, Russia, Kenya Canada Sochi Quebec City United States Belize

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  • Ed Power
    August 17, 2013 - 09:17

    My apologies, Mr. Burke, I did misread your original post. Thank you for clarifying your comments.

  • Colin Burke
    August 15, 2013 - 20:17

    Mr. Smith, people ought to care about others' sexual behaviour only, perhaps, if they are citizens of the same country and therefore obliged to defend the others' sexual behaviour. For instance, it would be wrong to oblige practicing homosexuals to be citizens of a country where other citizens were willing actively to uphold legislation punishing deviations from strict heterosexual monogamy, even if some homosexuals were to welcome that kind of legislation as an incentive to refrain from doing what those latter homosexuals might rationally regard as gravely immoral.

  • Colin Burke
    August 15, 2013 - 08:28

    Mr. Power, I did not say that anything homosexuals do privately makes me angry; you misread; what I said was that people's adversely critizicing homosexual behaviour does not make me angry -- as it seems to make many people, especially practicing homosexuals. What I meant was that I have read nothing about homosexual behaviour which would move me energetically ("angrily" if you prefer) to defend it or to scold those who rationally object to it as immoral and therefore not to be promoted but confined as closely as possible to the bedrooms of the nation.

  • Doug Smith
    August 10, 2013 - 14:57

    The group Real Women, remind me of the Catholic church trying to force its views on people. Why can’t these narrow minded people just concern themselves with their own behaviour? Groups such as the above just don’t respect individual rights and have no place in a thoughtful and respectful country. Why on earth does anyone care about someone else’s sexual behaviour as long as its legal and does no one harm? Why promote discrimination? Doug Smith, Grand Falls-Windsor

  • Will Cole
    August 10, 2013 - 08:47

    With regards to Landolt and her ilk, that's why it's referred to as "the lunatic fringe".

  • Ed Power
    August 10, 2013 - 06:02

    Why would anything that two consenting adults do in the privacy of their own home - or bedroom - make you "angry", Mr. Burke? To be quite frank, it is none of your business. As former national leader said, "the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation". Neither does the church, the ancient writings of Hebrew shaman notwithstanding. It is the religiously-based anger of "REAL Women" and people like yourself, coupled with a gross misunderstanding of biology, that fuels the hatred - and murder - being directed at homosexual people around the world today. Anger, that sees US based Christian ministers, churches and politicians funding and promoting ignorance and bigotry in places like Uganda. Many of these same people rant about Sharia law being imposed in the US to their gullible congregants, and then skip off across the oceans to impose their own version of Sharia law upon the citizens of other countries. Naturally, they fail to see the irony in this.

  • Laid Back Larry
    August 09, 2013 - 15:03

    I wonder if the Russkis are real scared of John Baird!

  • Colin Burke
    August 09, 2013 - 12:08

    Joey Smallwood once told a young writer -- the future Mr. Justice P.Lloyd Soper -- that one should write not to show that one is angry but in a manner which will make the reader angry -- where, of course, anger is rhe right emotional response.The writer of this editorial has made it clear that he or she is indeed angry at REAL Women of Canada. However, I have yet to read or hear anything about homosexual behaviour which would make me angry when people adversely criticize such behaviour. Can the editorialist here concerned offer me anything of that kind?