No matter how they try to diversify their following, there’s no escaping the fact that Wildrose hardliners want to defy more mainstream concerns and stick to the basics, namely the marginalization of Alberta’s LGBTQ population.
The latest shocking initiative by the Wildrose’s rural-based, out-of-touch party caucus is to honour a party candidate who fell from grace in the 2012 provincial election. Caucus members apparently want to create a lake of fire somewhere in the Edmonton South-West riding, where Hunsperger lost to Tory MLA Matt Generoux. That was when Wildrose candidate Allan Hunsperger shocked the province and galvanized a backwards, squirrel-eating contingent with anti-gay sentiments.
“You can live the way you were born,” declared Hunsperger in response to a Lady Gaga hit at the time. “And if you die the way you were born, then you will suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire, hell, a place of eternal suffering.”
“That’s the kind of guy we needed at the time and these days, more than ever!” declared one Hunsperger supporter, who felt the election was rigged by Satanist covens in the neighbourhood. “More moderate party members and politicians were tempted by the evils of progressive thought and that eventually led to the domination of that Wiccan Socialist Notley.”
Valuing Hunsperger’s ill-fated political legacy will be immortalized in the form of a giant lake somewhere in the riding where it will be set ablaze 24 hours a day. It is guaranteed to spark a new wave of tourism, allowing fundamentalists to visit the fiery body of water, sell Bibles onshore and incessantly pass judgment on more secular Edmontonians.
So far, they’re negotiating with developers to convert a man-made lake already in existence at Summerside, a neighbourhood that’s not in the riding, but close enough to honour the failed candidate. The fact the lake is not within the electoral boundaries of Hunsperger’s desired territory was not deemed to be much of a negative factor.
“Alternative truth will prevail with this attraction that will enthrall the religious right for decades,” said one Lake of Fire proponent. “I don’t think location, location, location is much of an issue.”
Added another supporter, “If you burn it, they will come.”