Mulcair dodges question on homophobic Catholic views

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair speaks to his caucus at the conclusion of the New Democratic Party (NDP)...

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair speaks to his caucus at the conclusion of the New Democratic Party (NDP) caucus strategy session on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:18 PM ET

OTTAWA – Not all homophobia is equal in Tom Mulcair’s eyes, it seems.

After calling homophobia within the Evangelical Christian church un-Canadian, the NDP leader declined to admit how the Roman Catholics’ almost identical views of homosexuality is any less contrary to Canadian laws and values.

Mulcair raised eyebrows earlier this week when he slammed the government over $389,000 in funding to the group Crossroads, an Evangelical aid organization that does work in Uganda, a country where gays are persecuted.

“We don’t understand how the Conservatives can ... subsidize a group in Uganda whose views are identical to those of the Ugandan government,” Mulcair said at the time, adding that those views go “completely against” Canadian laws and values.

But when asked whether the homophobic views of the Roman Catholics are equally un-Canadian, Mulcair – himself a Roman Catholic – instead continued to attack Crossroads.

 


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