“…sit down and shut up.”

By Rick Hiebert All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

Brian Lilley, of Sun News TV, reports something interesting in a recent blog post.

Motion M-408, in the House of Commons, was an initiative by pro-life MPs to address what they saw as the possibility of people using ultrasounds pursue abortions when babies would be born of the wrong sex. As Lilley mentions, a procedural group of the House has decided that the motion cannot be discussed by the House as the matters that would be discussed are properly matters relating to provincial powers. [Not so. If that was the case why did the House vote von Motion M-312 and why does Canada have a federal health minister at all?]

Lilley, for his part argues that this is a smokescreen. Rather, it is Harper’s brains trust using their power to tell pro-lifers to “sit down and shut up”. Any implication that Harper is a so-con eager to impose his agenda, he further argues, is wrong.

I wouldn’t argue that, as Harper has been quoted as saying in a caucus meeting not that pro-life legislation is wrong, but rather that this is the wrong time for it. Rather, a lot of political considerations, namely their need to keep on winning elections, are coming into play.

There is one point that I would like to make, though. The Faytene Grasseschis of the world are making the point that if conservatives just stand up to be counted, as in one instance she explained at length in one sermon that I blogged about earlier, they can bend politicians like Stephen Harper to their will. Dominionism rules! A different version of this sermon, saying much the same thing, was distributed by The Elijah List as one of their “message of the month” MP3s.

If pro-lifers see a moral urgency for legislation, they should certainly give it a try. But, as Lilley might note, they have to ask themselves whether certain things may seem futile for the time being.

Faytene may want to consider dropping that example. At least in Canada, her listeners have to think “Given what is happening, can what she is talking about ever happen again?”

If I were to offer some friendly advice–she would want, one hopes, to be passionate, and sensible, at the same time.

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5 Responses to “…sit down and shut up.”

  1. brano says:

    I find Faytene to be rather bizarre.
    She has no formal education whatsoever.
    Mind you, she did work in a book shop at one time.
    I believe she is deluded and lives in bubble.
    Yet, she wants to give instruction about politics…
    Yet the lemmings gobble it up like candy…how tragic
    Even her buddies on the Elijah List…have not been correct on one “prophetic word”,in 10 years!
    My advice to Faytene would be,take a hiatis… go to school,maybe start with a 4 year BA

  2. fjc says:

    If you take a look at the opinion polls on abortion you will understand why the Harper Government, or any other Canadian Government, will not go there.

    Far too much political risk. The Conservative Party and Stephen Harper have one overriding priorty-to stay in power (ie get re-elected).

  3. Rick Hiebert says:


    She does hold a degree from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby BC, for what it is worth. Not sure in what, though…

  4. Bene Diction says:

    She is listed as having a communications degree from Simon Fraser U at Zoominfo.

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