Who ever said you weren't free to talk?
An old debating trick is to say your opponent said something he didn't say and then argue that he is wrong. Jerry spent some time this morning on his show trying to argue against something I never said. In a somewhat unusual twist he played tape of me not saying it.
The issue was religious freedom in Canada. Catholic bishops have called upon their followers to bring their religion into the political sphere. I said they're welcome to do so, just don't try to enact laws that enforce your religion. Jerry seems to think this means Christians don't have a right to be a part of the political debate. Nonsense. First of all, where have Christians ever been told they can't be a part of the debate? In the States you can't even run for office unless you talk about God. In Canada religious people speak out all the time and have a wide access to mainstream media. But here's the downside: you don't always get what you want.
Just because religious people didn't prevail in the debate over gay marriage doesn't mean they weren't heard. It's just that the offence they take to gay marriage doesn't translate into a state interest in banning it. The government does not exist to ensure that you are not offended. Some Christians don't like Sunday shopping. Some Muslims can't be around a dog. Some people are offended by interracial marriages or women in skirts, The price of living in a pluralistic society is having to put up with that. You're free to pray and go to pro-life rallies and I can take my dog shopping on Sunday.
The Catholic bishops and Jerry create victimhood where none exists. Christians and other people of faith have the right to say whatever they want. And if people argue with them or even call them names that's just the way things are. People are unpleasant and call each other names while debating gun control and the merits of Jersey Shore so it hardly turns religious people into an oppressed underclass.
Canadians are completely free to talk about faith and politicians are completely free to invoke religion while debating important issues. And parliament is completely free to ignore them because their particular beliefs may have nothing in common with the public interest. As Christopher Hitchers once said "Just because you say it's sacred doesn't make it so".