Sunday, December 22, 2013

Canada's "ambassador for religious freedom" gets good bang for buck from tiny budget

Canada's Office For Religious Freedom is not yet a year old, but just look where it has been finding religious persecution;
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Sri Lanka
  • Central African Republic
  • Nigeria
  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Syria
  • Pakistan
  • China
Hell, just reading the Pew Research Center reports on all those countries must be a full time job for Ambassador Bennett! And that's a lot of religious persecution to address on a budget of less than $5 millions. Coming from a country where the leader spends over a million bucks shipping two armoured limos to India for a three day visit, religious freedom seems to be getting the short end of the stick.

Luckily for religious freedom, Andrew Bennett is a master of working miracles with minuscule budgets. Before getting this gig he was Dean of Augustine College, a private Christian school with several dozen students.

With all respect to Ambassador Bennett, recent developments within the Department of Foreign Affairs would suggest Mammon has by far trumped God on the list of Canadian priorities. Religious freedom is a subset of foreign aid, which is a subset of economic development, which is a subset of the foreign operations of Canada's "extractive sector".

In other words, if you're not letting us build gold mines in your country, we're going to come down hard on your lack of religious freedom.

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