Political Smear in Parkdale High Park

ontarioI mentioned that we in the Parkdale - High Park riding are going to the polls this month in a provincial by-election to replace Gerard Kennedy as MPP. Signs, signs, everywhere there're signs. Now we have a little smear campaign against NDP candidate Cheri DiNovo to make things a little more interesting.

I only heard about it last night during the CBC radio newscast but a little digging this morning points to this entry and this entry as sparkplugs. These entries reference a VisionTV bio that states DiNovo "embraces street people, addicts and the impoverished into the church because she believes they call her congregation back to the essence of Christianity" and this juicy quote from one of her sermons: "I think I did a really good job and I spoke for quite awhile and I said, "Okay, your turn, questions?" There was this silence and then one kid put his hand up and asked, "What drugs did you sell?" And I answered, "LSD that I imported in hollowed out Bibles (the first introduction I had to the Bible) and back then it was the good stuff, not the kind of crap you kids do." That happened this week."

Cheri DiNovo is intriguing the say the least, and she's the candidate that first captured my attention when the election date was announced. A nice little fact check reminds us that she's quite accomplished and definitely worthy of consideration. When taken out of context, these quotes can be shocking to some, and that's the point. This riding voted NDP in the recent Federal election and clearly the Liberal candidate is getting a run for her money this time around. A little shock in the final week might just be enough to scare the weary back to the comfort of Dalton's big red machine.

It doesn't work for this voter, however. Now I'm really starting to dig the radical reverend. The fact she openly speaks about selling LSD in hallowed out Bibles is refreshing. She's admitted her mistakes, turned her life around and is now giving back to her community full throttle. Politics could use a few more Cheri DiNovos.


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Mike Boon

The news, of course, is focused on the email sent by Paul De Zara. Read about that here.

September 7, 2006 @ 12:13 PM

Pete

Well I think she's screwed now after saying Karla Homolka is being treated by the media as Jesus was by the Jews when being persecuted. She should know better in a Polish (mostly Catholic) area. She just shot herself in the foot for good. Race is over!

September 12, 2006 @ 5:22 PM

Mike Boon

You're referring to her sermon from October 2, 2005 entitled 'Love the Sinner Hate the Sin' is Not Christian.

I'd hardly say her connection between Homolka and Jesus is as strong as you suggest it is. Here's the exact quote:

" Now I don’t know about you but I am absolutely appalled by what I see in our newspapers lately so I’m going to rant about it for a moment. Every day we are subject to what I consider a kind of sadistic pornography. Now I know it sells papers but every day we pick up the Star or the National Post or the Globe and we see the picture of Karla Homolka on the front cover. I can only imagine what this does to the families of the victims. I know what it does to me. Here’s what it does to me, trying to follow Christ. What it does is detract from the news on the 8th page in much smaller type and smaller headlines that says things like ‘800 People Have Died Since the Iraqi Elections’ It detracts from headlines on page six that talks about what’s happening in Cuba at the American detention camp in all of our names. It detracts from the news on the fourth page about the horrors of what we have done to our Islamic brothers and sisters. That’s what it does and it allows us to create a scapegoat, remember Jesus was a scapegoat, and just pour all our hatred and frustration on this one woman. How sick is that? What it prevents us from doing mostly is to look in the mirror at our own sinfulness/separateness from God and do something about that."

Heck, this is too heavy to simply be a comment. I'm going to write an entry about it.

September 12, 2006 @ 6:46 PM

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