Hidden in plain sight: The Tory evangelical factor

14 Apr 2011 Hidden in plain sight: The Tory evangelical factor

By Jonathan Malloy, Globe and Mail, April 13 2011: The full significance of the Conservatives’ proposal to establish an office of religious freedom in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has not been recognized. A Globe and Mail editorial supported the proposal as good for refugees and religious minorities abroad, and a news item noted its relevance to, among other groups, Coptic Christians in a key Mississauga swing riding. A prominent Ottawa journalist I consulted said it’s “just a sop to ethnic communities.” But the proposal’s greater impact is among millions of suburban white evangelical Christians, many of whom consider religious freedom a bigger issue than same-sex marriage or abortion. Keep reading

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