Brent Hawkes, the gay activist celebrity pastor from Toronto, has been charged with indecent assault and gross indecency.
The allegations are that Hawkes assaulted a boy in Nova Scotia back in the 1970s, who finally came forward.
Hawkes is the favourite clergyman of the far left, including Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne and Justin Trudeau.
Hawkes also led the funeral of former NDP leader Jack Layton.
I would have ignored this news until the trial, but then I saw this comment by Bob Rae, former NDP premier and Liberal MP and interim leader of the federal Liberals:
"Brent Hawkes has been a friend and inspiration to thousands of people, and that includes us - stay strong Brent and John, we're with you”
Seriously? Rae should know better — he’s a senior lawyer. In the first place, he knows how hard it is for victims of sexual assault to come forward.
Furthermore, Rae makes millions as a lawyer and advisor for Aboriginal groups, one of whose complaints is how Aboriginal children were treated in residential schools, including being molested by Christian clergy.
Can you imagine Rae’s reaction if some lawyer responded to a sexual assault charge against the Catholic Church by saying, "Stay strong, Catholic priest — your politics are more important than the laughable claims of some boy who was probably asking for it"?