Always keep a shovel handy when reading the NatPo

ef2079dbIn a recent piece praising the CJC’s Bernie Farber for his part in forcing the United Church of Canada to back down on what Kay calls “its toxic bigotry” (some anti-zionist resolutions that were recently tabled), Jonathon Kay continues his quest to plumb the depths of wingnut dishonesty and hit new nadirs in the downward spiral of dumb.

Discussing the UCC’s diminishing membership, which he of course attributes to the church’s support of left-wing causes, Kay neglects to add that the United Church is not alone in their declining membership, a little context that’s obviously off-message.  That bit of dishonesty by omission might have gone unnoticed if Kay had been able to resist the temptation to continue bullshitting in order to take yet another slap at the Toronto Star, and Antonia Z in particular:

Farber, it should be noted, also appeared personally at the recent Toronto Gay Pride parade to express his defiance of the event’s prevailing anti-Israel flavour (and in the process, got militantly anti-Israel Toronto Star blogger Antonia Zerbisias so hot and bothered that she ended up getting slapped down, probably unfairly, by her own newspaper). He has an admirable willingness to deploy himself personally to hostile territory if that’s what it takes to get his message across. (emphasis mine)

“Hot and bothered”?  Really??  It’s not surprising that although he links to Kathy English’s first column berating Antonia, Dishonest Jon doesn’t bother linking to the actual comment that caused the tempest in a teapot, nor does he link to the lame, sorta-kinda mea culpa-ish column English wrote a few days later.  Most ironically, Antonia’s comment only pointed out the very thing for which Kay heaps accolades upon Farber — that he put himself in “hostile territory” to get his message across.

Context really is everything, isn’t it?

3 Responses to “Always keep a shovel handy when reading the NatPo”


  1. 1 Bruce Monday, August 17, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Bernie and Jonathon would make a lovely couple.

    If you have to work so hard to sensationalize your cause, then you don’t have one. For instance, I had no idea there’s an anti-Zionist branch of the gay-rights movement. Sure, we have all the time in the world to waste on something like that.

  2. 2 JJ Monday, August 17, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Bruce – Haha! Bernie & Jonathon, sitting in a tree… ;)

    There’s a gay rights group that’s also for Palestine, “Queers Against Israeli Apartheid”, I think it’s called. They were already scheduled to be in the parade, then Mr. Farber tried to get them booted out. When that didn’t work, he ended up marching with a zionist gay group, which is what started the little teapot tempest over at Antonia’s.

    It does seem like the crossover into non-related causes might dilute the main cause a little. IMO, pride is for one thing and there are other marches pro or against Israel if that’s what people want to do. But, that’s just me.

  3. 3 Bruce Monday, August 17, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    The people they complain about might number a dozen, how hard does anybody really have to work to be a hapless victim?


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