Albertans go to the polls next Monday. It is very possible that after 41 years in power, the creaky old Conservatives will be ousted in favour of the new, shiny Wildrose Party.
Wildroses are, in general, disaffected Tories. Some are former Tories kicked out for speaking out. For others, the Conservatives were simply not conservative enough.
This brings me to Wildrose candidate Allan Hunsperger, a pastor who has offered up for public consumption his views on gays and lesbian.
If gays and lesbians go about their lives he has written: "You will suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire, hell, a place of eternal suffering.”
The blog post he put it in has since been taken down.
He also doesn't like it that Edmonton's public school board has made efforts to welcome gay and lesbian students. He has an honest belief that gays and lesbians can and should change.
You can read more about his interesting world view.
He's scary. His thinking disturbs me. I don't want to live in a province where someone in power thinks this way.
Why in the world would I thank this man?
Because we're being shown what Alberta will look like if Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith becomes Premier.
She's sticking up for her candidate and his right to his personal opinion, and she's twisting it to make him look like a victim.
Sure, he has a right to believe what he wants, but please don't insult my intelligence by saying it won't colour the policies of a Wildrose government. He's not the only candidate who feels this way.
Smith has said her government will respond to what Albertans want. This kind of thinking will bring out those who feel the same and who will make it known what they want.
So thank you Candidate Hunsperger for bringing this to our attention while there's still time keep you and yours away from power.
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