On August 23, Journalist Peter O’Neil wrote an exclusive column for the Vancouver Sun. Mr. O’Neil is a typical Canadian reporter, and his article is typical of what Canadian reporters write. Since they have a skewed and distorted view of reality, their product reflects that distortion in healthy measure. Anyone who has the stomach to read his anti-Christian “exclusive report” for the Vancouver Sun can do so. I do not intend to offer a critique of it here as to do so would be too long and time consuming, and I prefer not to waste my time on the leftist drivel of losers like Peter O’Neil. There is only one point of clarification I want to draw on in order to show just how the left distorts the media coverage in this country. After confusing my religious affiliation by first calling me an “evangelical activist” and then later a “conservative Catholic”, Mr. O’Neil writes this interesting remark:
“Pacheco, credited with organizing a large April rally on Parliament Hill against gay marriage, is a devout conservative Catholic who wrote to supporters in an email that it was ‘God’s calling’ that he challenge Baird — a claim Mackey says ‘borders on delusion.’”
For a person of faith, every important aspect of their life is impacted by their belief in God. Whether it is buying a house or a car, getting married, making important decisions regarding children, etc., Christians pray to find what the Lord’s will is. This is also no less true when we seek political office. But aside from O’Neil’s marked disgust for a person’s earnest and sincere faith – which, of course, he is entitled to hold – the scurrilous part of this paragraph involves the last phrase: “a claim Mackey says ‘borders on delusion’”. Now, in first reading this allegation, I was somewhat struck by Lloyd Mackey’s description of someone who makes decisions based on a Christian world-view. So I emailed him to find out if O’Neil’s citation was accurate. Lloyd provided me with the exact citation from his book:
“As it turned out, Pacheco was encouraged by party backroomers not to contest the nomination. But he provided a good example of a sense of direct linkage with God that conservative and evangelical Christians sometimes claim as part of their justification for seeking office. Conversely, others– both believers and nonbelievers — find that approach intimidating, because God has not shared that linkage with them. And, if that seeming linkage is strong enough to appear to skeptics to border on delusion, it presents a special challenge to a leader who sees both his faith and his politics in a more cerebral light.” (emphasis mine)
A careful reading of both O’Neil’s representation and Mackey’s actual commentary reveal O’Neil’s misleading and false reporting. It was not Mackey’s claim that “God’s calling” was a comment “border[ing] on delusion”, but rather it would appear to be so with skeptics. Big difference. The reason why this is significant, of course, is that O’Neil is trying to marginalize and separate the Christian base between “moderate” and “radical”, and by falsely attributing this comment to a veteran “conservative” Christian like Mr. Mackey, this shows just how far O’Neil is willing to go to create something which really does not exist. If Mr. O’Neil cannot get my religious affiliation right or simply report on what others correctly say about me, what really, is his opinion worth? And what other things has he misreported on?