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Facing up to the reality of religion and politics

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They say it's impolite to discuss religion or politics, so to write about both together must be positively criminal. It would certainly seem that way judging by the reaction of right-wing columnists and social media warriors recently after I wrote about Andrew Scheer's conservative Roman Catholicism causing us to doubt his position on abortion and equal marriage.

Frankly, I believe the Tory leader when he says he won't introduce legislation regarding either issue, but I don't believe that if he becomes prime minister he'll prevent his backbenchers from initiating bills that, in particular, try to incrementally limit women's reproductive choice. His statements and scrums around social policy have been clumsy at best, and often downright misleading.

The point, and one that must be emphasized in a pluralistic democracy, is that Scheer has every right to believe in the Roman Catholic teaching that abortion is the killing of an unborn child and even to express this view in the public and political square, no matter how jarring it may sound. But he has also has an obligation to make........

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