Its “burn the witch” vibe is getting out of hand
As Justice Minister in the 1960s, Pierre Trudeau articulated the essence of liberal tolerance with his “government has no place in the bedrooms of the nation.” Sixty years later, PET’s son Justin would like to amend that to “the government has no place in the bedrooms of the nation – unless those people are saying nasty things about me.”
What once was a proud definition of liberty has transformed into a confidence game run for the Woke elite and its friends in the Media Party. Example this week: The Philadelphia Flyers – in keeping with the NHL’s sudden conversion as an ESG colossus – staged a Gay Pride night. As part of the promotion, they wore rainbow-coloured jerseys in warmup.
All except Ivan Prokorop, who is Russian Orthodox. His religion is not slack-jawed with Progressive awe at same-sex marriage. So he refused to join the parade. Cue the Church ladies of the sporting press.
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Adam Proteau: “Ivan Provorov has the right to any opinion he chooses. And we have the right to have any opinion on Ivan Provorov that we choose. Like this: he’s a shameful human being whose homophobia is only going to get more shameful over the years.”
NHL Network senior reporter EJ Hradek suggested the Russian-born Flyer should return to his homeland and join the fight against Ukraine if participating in Pride events is “problematic for him.”
Citing the checkered history of organized religion, Breakfast TV’s Sid Sixeiro, coming at you from the beating heart of urban Toronto, was on the verge of “throwing up” over Provorov declining to don the gaudy sweater. “I think you fine the Flyers a million dollars for this; I’m not kidding,” said Sixeiro. “Figure this out and stop offending people on nights where it’s not about that; it’s supposed to be about inclusivity.” (Despite Sid’s strenuous calls for action, the NHL has yet to sanction Provorov or the Flyers.)
Fine. Then answer this: If an NHL team held a Christian night, and players were forced to wear jerseys with a crucifix, would you defend a player who opted out because of his conscience? Or would you go full Proteau and say he’s a “shameful human being whose religious intolerance is only going to get more shameful over the years”?
No one in the chattering class wants to take that on, of course. They don’t comprehend that rights that work for them also must work for people they consider heretics.
Meanwhile, Flyers coach John Tortorella had no trouble with Provorov: “Just because you don’t agree with his decision, doesn’t mean he did anything wrong.” The unwashed mass, the ones who, unlike Antifa, actually support the NHL, responded with their wallets. Provorov jerseys sold out on the NHL Shop and Fanatic. Prompting this tweet from tweeter Colin Rugg: “America hates wokeness.”
Perhaps the “burn the witch” vibe from the NHL upset something called NFL World. Because they contributed their own drive to censorship of Christians over remarks made by former coach and now NBC analyst Tony Dungy, who is a devoted Christian (and whose eldest son committed suicide). Dungy’s Leftist apostasy was mocking the movement beloved by the AOC crowd – that of allowing grown men to use girls’ washrooms if they identify as women.
When it was suggested feminine hygiene products be available in all men’s washrooms, Dungy suggested they also put kitty litter in the washrooms for those identifying as cats. Okay, not terribly clever. But he made his point. No amount of Davos-inspired lunacy was going to make him change his definition of what constitutes a woman.
That highly offended NFL World and those who collect pronouns the way some collect stamps. There were demands from the predictable corners – okay #MSNBC – for him to be taken off the air by NBC and banned by the NFL from its stadiums.” Be better,” said people who 10 years ago would have thought menstruating men was a Monty Python skit.
The joke in all this is not on the fanatical left and its demands for a brave new world of Green economy and Woke sensibility. It’s not on the conservative right which knows what – and who – they are despite the storms of abuse issuing from Justin Trudeau or Vijay Singh.
The joke is on the stubborn centrist liberals of the media who worshipped PET or JFK. They still believe they control the agenda. They don’t.
On the eve of the Biden election in October 2020, I wrote, “Liberalism as practiced today is deader than Tutankhamun. When they’re not planning escapes to Canada, American liberals like Rob Reiner think they’ve achieved a sweet deal, using the radical left to subdue Trump while centrist Joe Biden waltzes to victory. The theory being that once Biden is in the White House, it’ll be tools down for the radicals and the Swamp will rise again.
“Canadian liberals might not notice the change quite as dramatically. That’s largely because the Kings of Smug surrendered to the radical left years ago when the Ralph Goodale Libs gave the keys to Prince Justin. Trudeau has surrounded himself with Woke activists and climate zealots bound on creating a progressive socialist nirvana.
If you’re looking for grownups such as John Turner, Donald MacDonald, Bob Rae or Paul Martin, you’re as dated as Facebook. Freed from icky responsibilities such as Canada’s defence, Canada’s liberals are hellbent on a climate dream world. To solidify his Green bonafides, Trudeau is now incorporating the floundering NDP into his new party, outflanking (for the time being) the Greens.
“Canadian liberalism is a cadaver, waiting for the embalmer to finish the job. American liberalism is not far behind. The radical left is on the move – and it won’t be pretty.”
Just how not-pretty can be seen with the Antifa mob that staged a violent riot in Atlanta recently. Or at Davos, where eating insects, indulging climate fantasies and throttling popular dissent movements are all unquestioned articles of the faith for former liberals. When Biden gets the shove in the near future, the remaining Hollywood liberals will see it’s too late to grab their movement back.
Bruce Dowbiggin is the editor of Not The Public Broadcaster. A two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada’s top television sports broadcaster, he’s a regular contributor to Sirius XM Canada Talks Ch. 167. Inexact Science: The Six Most Compelling Draft Years In NHL History, his new book with his son Evan, was voted the eighth best professional hockey book by bookauthority.org. His 2004 book Money Players was voted seventh best.
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