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."
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.
Click through for a complete list of those running for office in the 2013 Calgary municipal election.
Candidates running for Mayor
Heather, Larry R. Hunter, Sandra Jackman, Bruce Lord, Jon Nenshi, Naheed K. Papez, Milan Perrault, Norm Sunstrum, Jonathan Joseph Thomson, Carter
Candidates running for Councillor Ward 1
Harper, Chris Hilton-O’Brien, John Larabie, Dan Sutherland, Ward Vandenbrink, Judi
Candidates running for Councillor Ward 2
Dowhan, Bernie Magliocca, Joe Poon, Richard Ripley, Shawn Douglas Wong, Terry
Candidates running for Councillor Ward 3
Stevenson, Jim Taj, Tanveer
Candidates running for Councillor Ward 4
Chu, Sean Hartford, Michael David Houston, Blair MacLeod, Gael Shterngartz, Yuri
Candidates running for Councillor Ward 5
Dhaliwal, Pritpal Hearn, Bev Jones, Ray
Candidates running for Councillor Ward 6
Bowles, Bob Connelly, Joe Istvanffy, James Donald Pootmans, Richard
Candidates running for Councillor Ward 7
Alexander, Brent Farrell, Druh Nodwell, Joylin Taylor, Kevin
Candidates running for Councillor Ward 8
Mar, John Newman, Ian Woolley, Evan
Candidates running for Councillor Ward 9
Carra, Gian-Carlo Katz, Jordan Lahue, Darwin Waciak, Stan The Man Wilkie, Richard
Candidates running for Councillor Ward 10
Chabot, Andre Dossa, Nargis Elhussein, Numan
Candidates listing for Councillor Ward 11
Frisch, Wayne Maxim, James Pincott, Brian
Candidates running for Councillor Ward 12
Keating, Shane A. Kusie, Stephanie
Candidates listing for Councillor Ward 13
Colley-Urquhart, Diane Marie Frisch, Adam W. Sorokoski, Scott
Candidates running for Councillor Ward 14
Demong, Peter Kao, Shawn
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