I wrote in a recent post about Marci McDonaldâ€™s book The Armageddon Factor, which traces the growing political influence of Canadaâ€™s religious right. McDonald has clearly struck a nerve â€“ two bodyguards accompanied her at a recent Calgary event to promote her book. Reviews and interviews with her (and her critics) have been everywhere since the book was released in mid-May. On the week ending June 5th, The Armageddon Factor was ranked second on The Globe and Mailâ€™s list of hardcover sales among Canadian titles. McDonald and her work have also been the object of close attention among reviewers, Op Ed writers and bloggers. Letâ€™s look at some of the comments.
Charge from the right
The charge from the right was led by the National Post and featured some of its regular polemicists. They included the ubiquitous Ezra Levant, who in his subtle and gracious way described McDonald as a â€œbigotâ€ against Christians, Jews and Sikhs. On his blog he called her a â€œChristian haterâ€ and described her asÂ â€œbigoted, sloppy, error-prone, smug.â€ On his Twitter feed, Levant said this: â€œWatching Marci McDonald on TV. What a hateful bigot. If she spoke this way about Jews, she’d be run out of town as an anti-Semite.â€ Levant and some others throw this latter accusation around rather casually these days.Read More