Thirty years ago, Pierre Elliott Trudeau said, “There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” His comment referred to an Omnibus bill that changed the Criminal Code of Canada to decriminalize homosexual acts. Trudeau’s declaration and legislation vindicated generations of gay Canadians. It also symbolized, along with his pirouette behind Queen Elizabeth, an absolute end to the unification of church and state in Canada.
Unfortunately, church and state have again been sutured together. Pierre Trudeau is rolling over in his grave. For the next six months, his ghost, burdened by the chains of irreverence and fame, is relegated to pacing the marble hallway outside his son’s Parliament Hill office.
There’s a new megachurch in Canada that has grafted itself into the halls of government. The movement, initially called political correctness, has been rebranded under the name intersectionality. Its high priest, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, presides over a congregation of normal and decent people – gay, trans, straight, left and right. The congregants gather in a vast ideological glass cathedral. Seating is based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and proper thinking as determined by the church. Trudeau, robed in self-affiliated piousness, reads from the scriptures of identity politics, handed down to him by his archbishop, Gerald Butts.
From the pulpit of misplaced power, Trudeau pitches ad hominem communion wafers into the back row, striking the church’s untouchables – mostly male construction workers, conservative families, and effigies of Jordan Peterson. Everyone else celebrates intersectional eucharist at the altar. They drink the wine of antidisestablishmentarianism and eat vegan wafers. Holy water is then dispensed, cleansing the worshipers of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, islamophobia and classism. The demon of white privilege is then exorcized by deacons from the parish of Academia. The service ends.
The Canadian Church of Intersectionality is open for confession once a year. Save the date. June 6 at 6 p.m.