WTF of the day: Homophobic Wildroser Allan Hunsperger now claims he's pro-equality
Talk about an about-face. Or is it a double-face?
Allan Hunsperger, the Wildrose candidate for Edmonton South West and pastor who has been burning in his own little real-life hell for blogging that homosexuals would "suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire", has released a statement that he is all for equality and tolerance. Hmm.
"I fully support equality for all people, and condemn any intolerance based on sexual orientation or any other personal characteristic," he stated on his blog. He added that his views were made in his capacity as a pastor and are his own religious views.
It remains unclear who exactly he thinks will believe his statements, besides his wife Cindy who was a coauthor of the controversial blog post.
The post, entitled "Born This Way" (a response to the anthemic Lady Gaga song of the same name which advocates acceptance), in question was also taken down. He said in the post that homosexuality is a choice and that he wasn't judging but "simply stating a fact". (Does he know that from experience?)
Alberta's Progressive Conservative leader Allison Redford told reporters that it "absolutely blows" her mind that there are Albertans like him who think that views like these are a "legitimate perspective".
Alberta Party leader Glenn Taylor posted a blog on his own site, requesting Hunsperger's removal. Taylor zeroed in on the fact that Hunsperger was against an antihomophobia policy for Edmonton public schools.
"The fact that Mr. Hunsperger has advocated against policies that protect children makes him unfit for public office," he stated in the post.
Members of the Albertan queer community are also calling for an apology and his resignation.
However, Wildrose leader Danielle Smith has stood by Hunsperger, insisting that the statements made were by him as a pastor and that his religious beliefs are none of her business.
Well, we'll soon find out how Albertans truly feel when they head to the polls next week on April 23.
By the way, this uproar comes on the heels of a new study that has once again proven that those with homophobic views are often closet cases externalizing inner conflicts with their own same-sex attractions.
Simply stating a fact.