<snip> Since Mr. Harper never speaks about his religious beliefs, much of whatís said about them is speculation. Just because he is an evangelical does not necessarily mean he holds to all evangelical teachings or even most of them Ė just as being Catholic does not necessarily mean one believes a communion wafer is literally the body of Christ. As for intolerant views, there are many religious denominations guilty of the same.
That said, given evangelicalsí strong ties to politics, the subject should not be left unexamined. The Prime Minister is under no obligation to tell anyone about his religious convictions. But if his governmentís policy-making in important areas like the environment is being motivated by religious faith at the expense of reason, it is cause for debate.
I think its funny that they mention the communion wafer because every time I think of Harper and religion, I think of him pocketing that communion wafer. I still wonder why he did that.