Further thoughts on the United Church of Canada

- August 21st, 2012

So in my column this week, I took a shot at my former church.

I am baffled at some political and societal stances it takes, especially on the Northern Gateway, gossiping and Israel.

Oppression in some Muslim countries is not of concern to the church, but boycotting Israeli products is.

The gossiping item is just funny.

And then there’s the Northern Gateway pipeline. The church has categorically rejected the pipeline over environmental and supposed economic concerns. But how they can support that on a moral basis is baffling because, when on the other hand there is the benefit it will provide families, the economic spinoff to charities that comes from people earning a living and the benefit, despite the Church’s assertion to the contrary, the pipeline will provide Aboriginal communities through an equity stake in the project. Plus jobs to construct the pipeline, and jobs created through any oilsands expansion in Alberta. They are single-minded in their approach.

As I mentioned in my column regarding gay marriage, not all activism within and on the part of the church is wrong. But just like the Calgary Catholic School Board decision on the HPV vaccine in schools, there are some cases outside their moral boundaries.

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