14 January 2009

Response to David Crutcher

We received the following message from someone claiming to be David Crutcher, the leader of the Western Business and Taxpayers Association which advocates the separation of the Western provinces from Canada:

"...organizers have to know that the participation of...any other hate group...be that group Christian...is absolutely unacceptable"

Wow!?

Looks like racists hang out at Anti Racist Canada.

Bigots! Christophobes!

Calling Christians a hate group is wrong and just shows how racist you are!


This messages was in response to our article stating our position on Gaza and the involvement of the Aryan Guard in the rally for Gaza this past Saturday. Crutcher posted the same message on BigCityLib's blog as well.

It would seem that Mr. Crutcher is both dishonest and an idiot.
Here is what we posted originally. Notice the actual context of the quote that Mr. Crutcher so carefully tried to twist:

Neo-conservative blogs that have posted commentaries on the rally have omitted Mr. Devine's comments and have some have claimed that the Aryan Guard's participation is proof that the march was instead anti-Semitic in nature. To be sure the Aryan Guard, and two extremist Muslim men we're aware of who were calling for the killing of Jews, found common cause, but most of the people who attended the rally were there to support the end of the fighting and calling for a long term cease fire, the opening of borders and the distribution of humanitarian aid. Unfortunately, the Aryan Guard took advantage of the good will of, and perhaps inexperience of, the organizers. However, that is absolutely no excuse and the organizers have to know that the participation of the Aryan Guard or any other hate group, be that group Christian, Muslim, atheistic, or other, is absolutely unacceptable.

Now, unless one is willfully ignorant or a boldfaced liar, we're not sure how any right thinking person would take what we wrote, remove it from a context that supports pluralism and acceptance of all peoples and faiths (or no faiths) and conflate that with being anti-Christian. However, just in case Mr. Crutcher is as dense as he appears that he may be, we will happily clarify our position here.

1. We believe in pluralism, the acceptance and mutual accommodation of all peoples and the right of all peoples to practice their own cultural traditions, be they Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, pagan, other faiths and atheist. These beliefs hold true for every ethnic and cultural group as well.

2. We will condemn hatred, intimidation, and violence against any identifiable group. This includes people of all ethnic groups as well as Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, pagan, other faiths and atheist.

3. We will condemn individuals who perpetuate acts of hatred, intimidation and violence no matter their ethnic origin or religion or ideology the claim they follow, whether they claim to be Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, pagan, other faiths and atheist.

4. We will condemn groups that perpetuate acts of hatred, intimidation and violence no matter their ethnic origin or religion or ideology the claim they follow, whether they be groups that claim to be Christian (Ku Klux Klan, Christian Identity Movement), Jewish (JDL, Kahane Chai), Muslim (Nation of Islam, Hamas), Buddhist, Hindu, pagan, other (Creativity Movement) or atheistic.

As some members of the Aryan Guard claim to be Christians, atheists, pagans and other, as well as the Muslim extremists whom we've already mentioned, we go after them hard, just as we would if a Christian was targetted by a hate group as well?

Is that clear enough for you Sparky? Oh, and perhaps you should consider dealing with the garbage in your own house before you even think about attacking us:
Mr. Crutcher, if you are the best leader that western separatists can come up with, the rest of Canada has nothing to be concerned about.

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