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Larry Heather, Calgary Mayoral Candidate, Blasts Nenshi's Muslim Faith

10/08/2013 07:08 EDT | Updated 10/09/2013 04:54 EDT
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Calgarians will be tempting God's wrath if they re-elect Naheed Nenshi to the mayor's chair in the coming election, a mayoral candidates forum heard on Monday.

The comments were made by mayoral candidate Larry Heather, who describes himself as the Christian option on the ballot.

According to the Calgary Sun, Heather told the forum, with eight candidates present, how wrong it was for Calgarians to elect someone who took the oath of office on the Qur’an rather than the Bible, as Nenshi did in 2010.

“I firmly believe it is a mistake for Calgarians to endorse a swearing-in for office on the Qur’an. The values from that book do not produce a basis for maintaining a Western democracy,” the Calgary Herald quoted Heather as saying.

Heather went on to quote from the Old Testament a warning about destruction if people stray from God’s will, the Herald reported.

In order to remove all doubt about the seriousness of his intentions, he was grave about the sincerity of his fundamentalist Christian campaign.

“We have a broken covenant with the God of the Bible that needs to be renewed,” he said, according to the CBC.

But the candidate didn't reserve all his fire and brimstone for Calgary's popular mayor

According to the Sun, Heather also pointed a finger at single mothers whom he called a driving force behind poverty and accused city shelters staff of stealing donated items to sell on the street. In regards to his comments about single mothers, Heather later said, "the men should step up and be men."

But in the end, it might have been Heather's website, not his Christian ideals or anti-Muslim beliefs, that got most people online talking.

Fark posted the election site on its homepage, where readers discussed everything from how dated the site looked, to the man's many failed attempts to win an election, to his very conservative beliefs but mainly how dated the site looked.

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