Jul 11 2013

Tell Canadian senators not to pass “Pope Day” bill!

Theobromine of CFI Canada, regular commenter here and elsewhere on FtB, passed along this change.org petition asking the Canadian government to reconsider the private member bill which has passed the House of Commons on its third reading, and is now apparently in the Senate. The bill would honour Pope John Paul II, who attempted to intervene with Chretien and gay marriage, who spent his 25 years as pope furthering the Catholic causes of undermining human rights worldwide, who misspent those same 25 years doing absolutely zero for the children being abused under his watch, with a designated day of celebration in his name.

Bill C-266 is a Private Member’s Bill, sponsored by Wladyslaw Lizon (Mississauga East—Cooksville). It recently passed third reading in the House of Commons, and is currently before the Senate (more information here).

By signing this petition to oppose Bill C-266, you are showing your commitment to the principles of human rights for all, regardless of religion, sexual orientation, and gender. An email will be sent to Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella, and James Cowan, leader of the opposition in the Senate. We encourage you to contact other members of the Senate, by phone, email, or post – contact information is here.

You can find a record of how MPs voted on this bill here.   We encourage you to thank your MP for voting “NAY” or to protest your MP’s “YEA” vote; MPs’ contact information is here.

Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate
Honourable James S. Cowan, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate
Honourable James S. Cowan, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

The designation of a day for Canada to officially recognize Pope John Paul II is inconsistent with the goals and values established and promoted by the Government of Canada.
While John Paul II was a charismatic figure, his record as leader of the Catholic Church is full of scandal and poor management. Barbara Blaine, head of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) group, points out, “In more than 25 years as the most powerful religious figure on the planet, John Paul II did almost nothing to safeguard kids.”
Pope John Paul vigorously supported the Catholic Church’s opposition to contraception, abortion and homosexuality. He personally intervened to advise Jean Chretien against introducing legislation to allow same-sex marriage. His edicts against condom use undermined worldwide public health efforts to control the spread of AIDS.
For these reasons, I ask you to refuse to pass Bill C-266, the bill that would that establish April 2nd as Pope John Paul II Day in Canada.

[Your name]

I can’t stress enough how odious and antithetical to the causes of humanitarianism and charity and every positive trait the worldwide community knows of Canada as a country. Honouring the past Pope would undermine everything we claim to hold dear as Canadian citizens. Go vote. I’m doing so, as a genuinely concerned Canadian citizen who dearly wants my nation to uphold my values, even if I’m not living in the country any more.

I signed the following:

Everything Pope John Paul II stood for is antithetical to Canadian values. His views on so-called moral issues like abortion, homosexuality and AIDS were anti-science, anti-reality, and anathema to more enlightened views on how society should interact ethically. I see no reason, except as a sop to religious sentiments, why a “Pope Day” would in any way be a good fit for Canada or for Canadians. I think honouring people for their stances against basic human rights and civil liberties is blinkered, and the MPs who voted for this should be ashamed of themselves.


2 pings

Skip to comment form

  1. 1
    CaitieCat, getaway driver

    Fuck. My MP won the local election last time by about 25 votes or something. And is a diehard conservative anal milliner. And voted for this piece of shit bill.

    And the fucking Senate is full of old angry white men. No way do they give actual sober second thoughts to this crap, they’ll rubber-stamp it just like they were told to do when given their unelected sinecures. Our Senate is a joke.

    Hopefully, it’ll get a court challenge on the “government promoting religion” line, after it’s inevitably passed. And thank fuck for the integrity of the Canadian Supreme Court.

  2. 2


    Thank you for promoting the petition. Right now there are 2,168 supporters


  3. 3
    Félix Desrochers-Guérin

    And is a diehard conservative anal milliner

    So he’s a maker of asshats* rather than an asshat himself?

    Also, this is yet another appropriate time for this.

    * I had to look up milliner.

  4. 4
    CaitieCat, getaway driver

    I prefer to think of it like Remington: he liked the asshats so much, he bought the company!

    See also “Rectal Haberdasher” and “Colonic Sombreratero”. :)

  5. 5
    Marcus Ranum

    “Pope Day, Eh” does not scan.

  6. 6

    If this passes, I say the Discordians co-opt the day as their own and use it to hand out Pope Cards.


  7. 7

    We might as well set up an Ayatollah Khomeini day as well. The same specious arguments used in favor of c-266 can be used for my idea as well…

    PJPII was not Canadian, he was the head of a foreign state and any Canadian wishing to ‘celebrate his legacy’ is already free to do so any day or time. This bill is such a waste of time it makes me want to puke.

    Here is snippet of what the bill’s sponsor said in parliament:
    “I would like to make it very clear that this is not a religious bill. This is not a bill to aid or promote one religion over another or give a special recognition to one particular Pope.”

    PJP2 day is not meant to give special recognition to one particular Pope…. honestly….

  8. 8

    I wrote my MP and the senators for my region and signed the petition with my meatspace name.

    I doubt my MP (probably one of the few MPs who’s right of Harper) will pay any attention, but I have hopes for my senators. I also plan to write a lot of other senators of previous provinces I’ve lived in in hopes they’ll pay attention, and I might also write the GG in hopes he’d veto it (I doubt very very much that he would since his job is rubber-stamping, but hey, I will be able to say I tried).

    I will also donate time and money to a meatspace legal challenge if/when the bill is passed and becomes law.

  9. 9

    I wrote to my senator as well. I didn’t write my MP Rona Ambrose because I couldn’t say what I had to say using very simple words.

  10. 10

    Maybe make it so they can have pope day but it has to be accompanied by heaps of material to show what kind of vile pieces of shit the various popes have been. Hell, make a gameshow, the “evil, greedy, misogynistic, hypocritical, theocratic fucker” edition of mastermind!

    “Hi, my name is Adrian and my specialist subject is the paedophile enabling of Joseph ratzinger”

  11. 11

    I’m sorry to see my MP voted ‘Yea’. Then again, he is Catholic so I suppose it’s not a big surprise.

  12. 12

    I know Trudeau is Catholic, but he’s still a turd for voting for this. A couple people here mentioned the issue with the gov’t officially favouring one religion, but I’m kinda disappointed the petition doesn’t include mention of that, since I think it would help to gain wider traction. That’s relatively minor however, and I’m still signing.

  13. 13

    Petition signed.

    I’m pleased to see that the leader of the opposition, Mr. Mulcair, voted against the bill. I like him more all the time.

  14. 14

    Yeah! My MP voted against this Bill. I have just finished an email to him thanking him for that. I am almost done composing a note for some Senators explaining why they should not allow this to pass.

  1. 15
    John Paul Day-Update | Canadian Atheist

    [...] of outrage, Jason Thibeault from Lousy Canuck posted is asking his readers to “Tell Canadian Senators Not to Pass ‘Pope Day’ Bill!” Thebeault’s readers’ comments are worth [...]

  2. 16
    Canadian Parliament Seeks to Declare April 2nd ‘Pope John Paul II Day’

    [...] Pope John Paul II day next spring. In which case, commenter Aliaselpha at the Lousy Canuck blog has a clever back-up plan I heartily endorse: let’s honor Pope Day by educating people about the crimes and injustices [...]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>