A Green Party candidate in the British Columbia province of Surrey bowed out of the race Wednesday over a controversial comment he made on Facebook.
Alan Saldanha (pictured) sealed his fate when he listed a favorite quote, one he ascribed to Chinese philosopher Confucius: “If rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it!”
When the politically incorrect politician was first questioned about the rather vulgar posting, he told news outlets that his Facebook posting was taken out of context. He went on to explain how his reference to the quote stemmed from a discussion he had with a friend over the difficulties of life.
Apparently Saldanha’s comment was not acceptible no matter how it was presented. Political opponents jumped all over the quote, and his former party had to put out a press release condemning his statement; in it, Green Party National Campaign Manager Lois Corbett said:
The Green Party of Canada greatly regrets the posting of inappropriate statements on the Facebook page of Alan Saldanha and has accepted his resignation as the Green Candidate in Surrey. The Green Party of Canada is committed to creating a safe environment for all women.
Saldanha insisted the issue was being blown out of proportion and told Peace Arch News:
This is totally out of context. I regret it overall… I sincerely apologize, because it wasn’t intended. If you see all that I have written and all that I have said, and I am a practising Roman Catholic, none of it conforms to that one sentence.
A word to the wise: Social networks like Facebook are mined by political hatchmen, watch how you babble in a public forum!
Readers, what do you think about a candidate having to withdraw from a race because of a posting on Facebook?
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