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Does Andrew Scheer have a religion problem?

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Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is in a very difficult position.

A genuinely decent man, considered by many to be far too timid for the cut and thrust of party politics, he’s a devout and orthodox Roman Catholic leading a party that is divided on socially conservative issues, hoping to govern a country that is largely progressive when it comes to life and sexuality. He treads a fine line on abortion, trying to disguise his personal and theological opposition to women’s choice with all sorts of obfuscating language, and struggles to justify his repeated refusal to march in Pride parades with the flimsy excuse that it’s not necessary because he and his party already support LGBTQ equality. In fact many in his party certainly do, but Scheer is being a little disingenuous when he allows MPs Lisa Raitt or Michelle Rempel to wave the rainbow flag. You’re the party leader and the gay community is well aware of your absence.

Now comes Scheer’s announcement that he wants to learn more details before he supports a federal proposal to ban what is known as gay conversion therapy. The Liberal government wrote last month to the provinces and territories asking them to stop the discredited and dangerous “therapy” and they want to use the Criminal Code to make it impossible or illegal.........

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