Friday 18 December 2009

the lie has become ... a pillar of the State.

In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State - Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Jason Kenney let the other penny drop, when he accused KAIROS of supporting the enemies of Israel.

"We have de-funded organizations, most recently, like KAIROS who are taking a leadership role in the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign" against Israel, he told the Global Forum for combatting anti-Semitism.

Amazing. We speculated here that Stevie Spiteful and his Harpocrites had slashed KAIROS' funding in order to placate their fundamentalist religious base of Con supporters. That theory may still hold water, but it would seem that Kenney used an opportunity to repurpose that Con tactic and exploit it to gain points with a different, yet also powerful lobby group. One with deep pockets too. One that sunk Paul Martin's ship of state in the 2006 election when it withdrew its support and gave it to the CPC.

KAIROS responded to this crude attack:

Executive director Mary Corkery said Kenney's statement was based on incorrect information about her group's positions and raises serious questions about the Politicization of the aid process by the Conservative government. "If any group that criticizes an action by the government of Israel is called anti-Semitic by the government of Canada, that's very serious." ...

KAIROS was stunned by Kenney's remarks because International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda told the public and Parliament the group lost its funding because of shifting priorities at the Canadian International Development Agency.

Corkery denied that KAIROS favours a boycott of Israel or advocated divesting funds from Israeli corporations. "We have taken positions that critique actions of the Israeli government, as have people in many organizations," Corkery said. "We have raised issues that we think cause suffering among people. But we have never spoken out against the state of Israel or tried to harm Israel."

For an excellent overview on the falsifying, groveling and pandering tactics of Stevie's bullies, read Dr Dawg's informal series of blogposts here about CPCCA - the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism.

Update: Bingo! In his blogpost, bigcitylib provides the missing link to the christofascists: "docter" Charles McVety.

Although it seems that Vic Toews isn't using Kenney's speaking points regarding Kairos, here he lays out the classic rightwing goon, union-busting tactic the Cons are rolling out - divide and conquer.
[...] several of KAIROS’ member organizations continue to receive separate funding from CIDA [...]
Many Canadians respect KAIROS' international development work over the decades. Hopefully this, as well as the Harper government maneuver to shift responsibility to the troops (regarding Afghan prisoners of war) could be the tipping point.

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