Very recently in an editorial on the website Catholic Insight a Priest, who lives in the riding of St. Paul, said he would not be voting for Sue-Ann Levy in the upcoming by-election. The reason he cited for his aversion to Mrs. Levy was not her terrible prose style, or her clichéd use of the phrase “pissing tax money away as if it is water” in many of her articles. The priest who commented on the Catholic Insight website is not going to vote for Sue-Ann Levy because she is a lesbian. I have a problem with this for a couple of reasons. The first is that Jesus spent time hanging out with the people society looked down upon. “Jesus made himself a friend of men, even of the tax collectors and the worst of sinners. He set a new precedent among the Jews by accepting and associating with the tax collectors. He ate with them (Mark 2:16), He offered salvation to them (Luke 19:9), and He even chose a tax collector (Matthew) as one of His twelve disciples (Matt 9:9).” Nowadays it is not only the tax collectors*/prostitutes who are at the margins of society. That group has grown and includes homosexuals; there are still many countries where people are put to death for being gay (some of these are countries where converting to Christianity is also punishable by death.) If God decided to send his son to earth today (I can’t write ‘alive’ as Jesus is alive as he resurrected from the dead) he would be hanging out with gay people as well as Revenue Canada employees and celebrity heiresses. Another reason I disagree with Fr. Alphonse de Valk is that I draw from Christ’s teaching that God created everyone in his image and loves everyone he created that one’s sexual orientation in no way impairs God’s love. I am a practicing Catholic and I don’t care about a person’s race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or religion when I vote for them. Besides, there are plenty of reasons to not vote for Sun-Ann Levy if you are a devout Catholic. Here are a few:
Sue-Ann Levy is Against Gun Control:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”
Mrs. Levy is opposed to banning guns in Toronto and also believes that “Crime Prevention” programs are a bad idea. Catholics are very much opposed to guns and violence. Sue-Ann Levy doesn’t support programs that would get rid of guns and lead to less violence. The crime prevention programs she detests help young Canadians turn away from crime and start on a righteous path.
Sue-Ann Levy Hates The Environment:
Today the subject of development is also closely related to the duties arising from our relationship to the natural environment
. The environment is God’s gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole…Nature expresses a design of love and truth
. It is prior to us, and it has been given to us by God as the setting for our life. Nature speaks to us of the Creator (cf.
Rom 1:20) and his love for humanity. It is destined to be “recapitulated” in Christ at the end of time (cf.
Col 1:19-20). Thus it too is a “vocation”
. Nature is at our disposal not as “a heap of scattered refuse”
, but as a gift of the Creator who has given it an inbuilt order, enabling man to draw from it the principles needed in order “to till it and keep it” (Gen 2:15).” – “Caritas in veritate” – Encyclical Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI.
Mrs. Levy has written many articles about why she is against government plans to protect the environment. Sue-Ann Levy is against Greening the Ex, the Green Bin project, Greeining City Hall, Recyclable Coffee Cups, Charging 5 cents for Plastic Bags, funds to assist people in buying Green roofs, Bicycle Lanes, Protecting Trees, and Promoting walking instead of driving down-town. Mrs. Levy dismisses any attempt to act with an environmental conscience. God made the earth and we are to be shepherds of the planet.
Sue-Ann Levy Wants The Government To Stop Helping The Homeless:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” – Luke 6:20.
Mrs. Levy is against building affordable housing for the homeless. As I mentioned before she believes that money shouldn’t be spent on crime prevention programs (many of them help homeless teens.) Levy hates beggars and believes they should be arrested. The Progressive Conservative candidate thinks that counting the number of homeless people in Toronto is a waste and also opposes using social workers to help them. The Church teaches that we must help the poor and fight for social justice.
The 8th Commandment, King David, and Those Who Are Separated:
The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario has no platform so Mrs. Sue-Ann Levy is campaigning with no real promises. On her blog she refers to the HST as “Dalton’s Sales Tax.” Here Mrs. Levy is Bearing a lot of False Witness. Her blog post implies that Dalton McGuinty thought of/implemented the HST on his own which is a lie. Prime Minister Harper and the Conservative Government are the ones who created the HST.** During this by-election campaign Sue-Ann Levy has acted like a Pharisee as she has made up policies/attacks on the government of Ontario just as the High Priests in Israel made up lies about Jesus and spread them when he was not around. She has repeatedly attacked the Premier and is running again him instead of the Liberal candidate running against her in St. Paul. This is very cowardly and is a dishonourable way to campaign. Even though David was outmatched by the more powerful Goliath he faced him head on knowing he has God, truth and righteousness on his side. The Catholic Church has a great intellectual tradition and appreciates rational arguments and philosophy. Mrs. Levy is running with no platform, she is giving misleading quotes/speeches and is not offering positive solutions, only negativity.
Jesus and Holy Scripture teach us to love our neighbour as our self, to abhor violence and live a life dedicated to the truth while protecting the planet that God created for us. Just as reading Jesus’ words gives us insight into God’s great truths we can read Mrs. Levy’s articles to determine her philosophy. Sue-Ann Levy is extremely individualistic and cares not for the community or the environment, and she seeks to punish the poor and would halt any activity that stops crime at its root.
As a Catholic my political opinions are very much informed by the morality of the Church. I vote for a candidate who is prudent, compassionate, intelligent and has integrity. Mrs. Levy, unfortunately, does not possess a single one of these qualities.
* Though Mrs. Levy looks down upon tax collectors.
**Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty is the one who convinced Ontario’s government to go ahead with the HST. He is married to Christine Elliott who is pictured above. If they are campaigning in St. Paul together maybe Mrs Elliott could explain this to Mrs. Levy.