A Canadian independant politician was caught with his hate down during a Q&A session at a school:
More than 200 students gathered in the school’s auditorium to hear candidates from the NDP, Liberal Party and the First Peoples National Party.
Popescu introduced himself with a public prayer, blaming environmental damage and economic unrest on the wickedness of society. His comments were met with silence as some students grimaced and shifted in their seats.
Near the end of the more than two-hour event, students were invited to ask the candidates questions. As a long line of pupils waited to speak, Popescu told a young female student who asked about stem cell research that, “God would hurt” those who had an abortion.
The crowd jeered and many rose to their feet in protest after Popescu answered another teenager’s question on gay marriage.
During a telephone interview later in the day, Popescu reasserted his view. “A young man asked me what I think of homosexual marriages and I said I think homosexuals should be executed,” he said. “My whole reason for running is the Bible and the Bible couldn’t be more clear on that point.”
Candidates and teachers looked on in silence as students called for him to be “cut off.” Despite their outrage, the discussion moved to other topics. Paul Camillo, principal of Sudbury Secondary, emphasized the school’s inclusiveness in his closing remarks but did not condemn the statement.
I guess I knew there were intolerant fucktards above the 49th parallel but I guess I didn’t realize they’d be so vocal about it. I wonder if he’s on the Westboro Baptist mailing list. I hope nobody votes for him.
But some will.
Edit: 2:55 PM
Coffee breaks aren’t long enough for research, however, I remembered something I wanted to include. David Ahenakew’s anti-Jewish comments landed him in hot water. He resigned and publically apologize for what he’d said. Wiki has more.
Hopefully Popescu will be asked to do the same.
edit Oct 3, 2008
Pharyngula has linked to this article as well, I notice. Comment 11 is noteworthy.
Edit Oct 4, 2008
Update: Anti-gay candidate banned from schools
David Popescu is a “perennial candidate” and never polls more than a tiny fraction of 1% of the vote. Presumably he just uses elections as a platform for his extreme views.
Well, that’s good news, at least, that he’s not really in a position to be too influential. It’s still too bad that he thinks it’s okay to think like this, that he’s morally justified to hold and encourage such derogatory views of a minority group, whether it’s due to bible verses or not.