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New book says Canada is being reborn into ‘Christian nation’! (9 Warning Signs!)

A new book suggests that Christian Nationalism is bringing their “good news” to Canada!

O Canada… my condolences.

According to one reporter north of our border, the timing of [Marci McDonald’s] potentially bound-to-be-explosive book, The Armageddon Factor: the Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada, which hits bookstore today, might be is, if not sublime, downright divine.


And it seems that Canadians are interested in what author Marci McDonald has to say, too! Currently the title sits at #4 on Amazon Canada’s best-seller list.

Well, Canada, since you’re not familiar with how inanimate objects like ideas and government and Sarah Palin become Christianized, here are a few possible signs that you might see…

  1. Look for the words “Put Prayer in Parliament!” to appear on signs, billboards, and bumper stickers. And the occasional sled. It’s a catchy slogan. And Christians love the letter “P.”
  2. Whatever your word is for “Liberty,” look for a college of the same name located about 150 kilometers from Ottawa. THAT college is a training ground for would-be faith-based nationalists. And their hockey team probably sucks.
  3. A medium-sized city, probably in some place like Saskatchewan, will grow into the Canadian Mecca for all-things moral, family, and Christian. Keep an eye out for church-going “psychologists,” especially the ones who have radio shows. Wait. Does Saskatchewan have radio stations?
  4. Outspoken Christian hockey players will begin thanking Jesus for directing their pucks.
  5. If the current leader of the Yukon territory is female, hot, and “just like you,” run!
  6. If Canada has any well-know evangelical Christians, look for them to begin chillin’ with well-known Mormons.
  7. If you don’t have a “Stephen Baldwin” in Canada, don’t worry, you can have ours.
  8. I suspect that Christian nationalists will also want to turn you into a English-only society! For starters, Christians hate France, but too, bi-lingual messaging is difficult. And duh, when read in French, the book of Psalms sounds gay!
  9. No matter what Israel does, you will love her! YOU MUST LOVE HER. No. LOVE. HER.  Shalom.

Found at Christian Nightmares.

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Philip Wiebe

posted May 12, 2010 at 11:59 am

I really think concerns about Canada becoming a “Christian nation” are premature at best. While it’s true we’ve had conservatives in power for the better part of the last decade, this has only begun to shift the perception that power has only temporarily been handed to the Conservatives while the decades-long dominance of the Liberal Party undergoes some repairs and upgrades.

As well, many of the big Right-Wing Christian Conservative battles in Canada have been fought. Same-sex marriage is here. Abortion is here. There really aren’t that many issues to “fire up the base,” if that base really exists in such numbers.

Other Canadians could chime in here, but while I don’t feel alone as a Christian in Canada, Canada’s Christian Nationalism movement is thankfully still underground at best.

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posted May 12, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I know you are used to controversy, but you just mentioned Israel in a post. I just wanted to take this moment to tell you that I have really enjoyed reading you, and I’ll miss you when you go into witness protection.

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posted May 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I sure hope it’s not. As a Canadian (from Vancouver) I know churches are not growing – if anything the last stat I heard indicated attendance is decreasing. But that’s beside the point – we are nationalistic about one thing and one thing only in these parts – Hockey. The rest? Well there are parts of the country, as with the US where politics and religion are inseperable. Same sex marriage and abortion are issues which will always stir up some people, right now I think the churches that are growing understand that there are bigger issues – poverty, social justice and transparency. We’ve seen that same sex marriage etc won’t undermine the church, it can do that itself.

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Kathleen Quiring

posted May 12, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I’m with Philip Wiebe — I just don’t see this happening in Canada. At least, I haven’t sensed anything of the sort yet, and we generally don’t have enough admiration for our neighbours down south (politically, anyways) to start emulating them. We have our eyes set on Sweden.

Very funny post, though. Ha – no, you can keep Baldwin. And you’re right about gay French psalms. Heaven forbid!

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posted May 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Where, exactly, is Canada?
Oh! So can we enact some kind of Arizonian immigrant law up there? I mean, c’mon, they are stealing all the entertainment jobs!

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posted May 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Have to agree with the rest that I just don’t see this. Sure there are pockets where this exists (I live in a small small city so the pockets seem to be all around!), but in general it’s nowhere near the degree of the US.

I just think the country is way too diverse and way too multicultural to really go too far down the ‘Christian Nation’ route.

I would have guessed that McDonald was from out west where this is much more common, but I am surprised that she thinks this is an issue being in Toronto.

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posted May 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I don’t know what Canada that dear Marci lives in. Sure isn’t the one I live in. Thanks for letting me know about the book though, as a Canadian I would be interested to know what part of Canada she did her research in. Thanks for keeping your eye on Canada as well MPT!

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posted May 13, 2010 at 10:49 am

“To most Canadians, the politics of the United States — where fundamentalist Christians wield tremendous power and culture wars split the country — seem too foreign to ever happen here. But The Armageddon Factor shows that the Canadian Christian right — infuriated by the legalization of same-sex marriage and the increasing secularization of society — has been steadily and stealthily building organizations, alliances and contacts that have put them close to the levers of power and put the government of Canada in their debt.

Determined to outlaw homosexuality and abortion, and to restore Canada to what they see as its divinely determined destiny to be a nation ruled by Christian laws and precepts, this group of true believers has moved the country far closer to the American mix of politics and religion than most Canadians would ever believe.”

That’s from the blurb for the book on Random House.

I felt the same as most people commenting here until I heard the author interviewed. She researched within the religous right community and seems to have done a great deal of good journalistic research – I will defintely be getting a copy of this book.

FYI, she mentions that when this movement started in the US, people scoffed too.

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posted May 14, 2010 at 9:33 am


    posted May 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Hmm. Not so much a review as a critique from a strictly pro-Israel perspective.

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