The journalist and author Marci McDonald discusses her new book The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada (Random House, 2010), with Joseph Planta.
|The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada by Marci McDonald. (Random House, 2010)
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line. This is THECOMMENTARY.CA.
The author of one of the year’s most talked about books joins me now. Marci McDonald is the author of The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada. It’s gotten a lot of press over the last week or so. In this book, the author contends, that Canada isn’t far off from our American neighbours, where fundamentalist Christians wield tremendous power over the politics of the country. The culture wars in the United States has long been a fascinating topic, and this book suggests the groundwork is being done now to influence the government, namely that of Stephen Harper. We’re seeing some policy shifts from the government, such as that on abortion, same-sex marriage, and foreign policy, namely in the Middle East. Critics of the book call it anti-Christian, as she names some of the names that are active in this movement, as well as some of the beliefs they espouse, such as that Canada has a biblically ordained role to play in the final days before Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ. Marci McDonald is an award-winning journalist, and former Paris and Washington bureau chief for Maclean’s, as well as a writer for US News and World Report. The book is published by Random House. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, in Vancouver this morning, Marci McDonald; Good morning, Ms. McDonald.