aren’t, as a rule, particularly pushy. This is a country of two solitudes,
multiculturalism, universal health care and collective goodwill.
The west in Canada was never really
wild; it was well-managed. Our Indian wars were, with notable exceptions, more
misguided paternalism and land swindles than bloody subjugation. We are a
nation of peaceful tree choppers.
of the defining social principles of Canadians’ lack of pushiness is a sort of
laissez faire, live and let live, you do your thing and I’ll do mine, go along
to get along kind of social interaction. It’s been generations since Canadians
have had to repel invading forces and the idea of Canada starting a war is
what’s an Olympic-fevered mountain resort in a peaceful nation of I’m OK;
You’re OK co-dependents supposed to think when an invading ‘army’ is poised to
assault its placid, guest-welcoming borders?
Whistler councillor Krispi Wells wants to lead an army of Southern Baptists to
our happy mountain home to spiritually transform Whistler. This begs more
questions than can possibly be asked in one column but one of them is clearly
transform Whistler into what?
know; you think I’m making this stuff up like I usually do. Au contraire, mon
cher. It was thus reported in that bastion of hard news, BPSports. BPSports is
an online zine of all things Christian and sport, run by the Southern Baptist
Convention, the largest Baptist group in the world, the largest Protestant
group in the U.S. and the second largest Christian club in the U.S. after the
Roman Catholic Church — ironically an organization the Southern Baptists don’t
view as exactly Christian.
a piece entitled
Planning underway for Winter Olympics Ministry
in the Feb. 14
edition, Alan Au, director of Vancouver Focus
(described as a “church-planting and discipleship initiative sponsored by the
Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists”) says the Olympics are seen as a
great opportunity to “extend our growth into the future.”
VANOC agrees. Among all the other things VANOC is doing to bring the 2010 Games
to fruition, partnering with the Southern Baptists is on the list. Mr. Au is a
board member of the Vancouver Whistler — finally we get some billing — Games
Network (VWGN). VWGN is a coalition of churches, ministries and individuals
VANOC has partnered with to, according to the BPSports story, assist them in four
official capacities: “chaplaincy, lodging for athletes, the use of church
parking lots for carpooling to events, and helping the city build a lasting
legacy after the games.”