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Faith J. Goldy
Faith Goldy on InfoWars.jpg
Born Faith Julia Goldy
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Education Havergal College
Alma mater University of Western Ontario
Trinity College, Toronto (B.A.)
Occupation Political commentator, reporter
Known for Former reporter for The Rebel Media
Awards Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award
Website https://faithfortoronto.ca/

Faith Julia Goldy is a Canadian political commentator.[1] Goldy's views have been described as far-right,[a] white nationalist,[2] and neo-Nazi.[3][4] She previously wrote and reported for The Rebel Media, including her live coverage of events surrounding the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.[5][6][7] In 2017, her contract with The Rebel Media was terminated after she appeared in an interview on The Daily Stormer website.

In 2018, Goldy announced her candidacy for mayor of Toronto in the 2018 election scheduled to be held on October 22, 2018.

Life and career

Goldy received her formal education at Havergal College, a K12 private school, and studied at Huron College at the University of Western Ontario. She later graduated in politics and history from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, minoring in philosophy and physics. She also began a Masters of Public Policy at the University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance. In 2012, she received the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award from the University of Toronto Alumni Association.[8]

Goldy is a Christian, of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.[9] She was a director on the board of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute Foundation from October 7, 2015 until her resignation on May 30, 2017.[10][11]

She has been employed by a number of press and broadcast media organizations as a commentator and reporter,[12] including The Catholic Register, the Toronto Sun, TheBlaze, Bell Media, ZoomerMedia, and the National Post. She is a former reporter with the Sun News Network and was employed by The Rebel Media, a Canadian right-wing media website,[13] where she presented political commentary in regular YouTube videos and a weekly show called On The Hunt with Faith Goldy.[14] She was fired from The Rebel Media on August 17, 2017.[15][16]

In March 2017, she posted on Twitter a video of herself in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, expressing shock that she could hear an Islamic call to prayer in the city, and suggesting that "Bethlehem's Christian population has been ethnically cleansed".[17] In June 2017, she broadcast on Rebel Media "White Genocide in Canada?", analyzing the Canadian government's foreign immigration policies with regard to the Third World, and the effect of those policies on the demographic composition of Canadian society. She posited that the European population in the country was being replaced as a result.[18] In response to the broadcast, several corporate entities withdrew their financial support from Rebel Media.[18]

Goldy broadcast a livestream in August 2017 covering the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia protesting the removal of Confederate monuments. Goldy mocked anti-fascist counter-protesters and complained of apparent police bias against the alt-right demonstrators.[6] Goldy's video also recorded the car attack which killed counter-protester Heather Heyer.[19] Rebel Media co-founder Brian Lilley resigned after Goldy's broadcasts were published to the site.[20] Goldy was subsequently fired by co-founder Ezra Levant after she appeared on The Krypto Report, a podcast on the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.[16][21] Levant explained that he had directed Goldy not to cover the events in Charlottesville and that her appearance on The Daily Stormer was "just too far".[16][22] Goldy later admitted she had made “a poor decision” in consenting to the Stormer interview.[16][21]

In May 2018, Goldy was banned from the crowdfunding site Patreon after she recited the white nationalist slogan Fourteen Words.[3] In July 2018 she was also banned from the online payment system PayPal, also in connection with her recitation and defense of the Fourteen Words. Separately, she learned that Freestartr, an alternative crowdfunding system through which she had been receiving contributions after losing her Patreon account, had itself been shut out of PayPal, leaving her unable to receive payments.[23]

As of June 15, 2018, her YouTube channel has over 60,000 subscribers.[24]

Views

Goldy's views have been described as far-right or alt-right,[a] white nationalist,[2] and neo-Nazi.[3][25]

Fourteen Words

Goldy has supported the Fourteen Words,[26][27][28] reciting the most commonly used slogan "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children",[29] and has stated that "I don't see that as controversial... We want to survive."[30] After being banned by Patreon for her advocacy of the slogan, Goldy defended her views. This included gathering signatures on a public petition, which replaced "white children" with "aboriginal children", to supposedly prove the slogan was not hate speech.[3]

White genocide

"I do not bathe in tears of white guilt. That does not make me a white supremacist.

I oppose state multiculturalism and affirmative action. That does not make me a racist.

I reject cultural relativism. That does not make me a fascist."

— Goldy, in defense of her coverage of the 2017 Unite the Right rally[6]

Goldy believes in the white genocide conspiracy theory.[31][32] She linked the topic with the removal of Confederate statues, claiming they were being replaced "because [white] people are being replaced".[33] It has been reported to have significantly raised her profile outlining the "terrible truths of white genocide".[34] Her belief in the subject has resulted in criticism, including a petition to rescind her Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award.[27] GQ labelled her as "one of Canada's most prominent propagandists" of the theory.[30]

According to Winnipeg Free Press columnist Dan Lett, Goldy seemed to be working to provide mainstream respectability to far right demonstrators in the course of her reporting of the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, arguing that they suggested a wider "rising white racial consciousness" in America. Goldy referred to a manifesto by white supremacist Richard Spencer, which Lett described as including "calls to organize states along ethnic and racial divides and celebrat[ing] the superiority of 'White America'", as "robust" and "well thought-out".[2]

Municipal politics

On July 27, 2018, Goldy registered to run for Mayor in the 2018 Toronto election.[35] She has indicated that, if elected, her mayoral agenda will include the reinstatement of the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) and carding, affordable housing for millennials born in Toronto, the refusal of new illegal immigrants, as well as major repairs to Toronto's roads.[36]

Notes

  1. ^ a b Sources describing Goldy as far right include: Sources which refer to her as alt-right include:

References

  1. ^ "Faith Goldy running for mayor of Toronto". 1 August 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c Lett, Dan (19 August 2017). "Rebel Media's meltdown and the politics of hate". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d Holt, Jared (May 29, 2018). "Faith Goldy Defends Her Recital Of '14 Words'". Right Wing Watch. Retrieved May 29, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Lessons from the Great Right North". The New Republic. Retrieved 2018-07-28. 
  5. ^ Humphreys, Adrian (16 August 2017). "'That's just racist': Ezra Levant distances The Rebel from alt-right as contributors resign". National Post. Retrieved 4 September 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c Harper, Tim (August 15, 2017). "Is this the beginning of the end for Canada's Rebel Media?". Toronto Star. Retrieved August 15, 2018. 
  7. ^ Weigel, David (August 13, 2017). "Fear of 'Violent Left' Preceded Events in Charlottesville". PowerPost. Washington Post. Archived from the original on August 14, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Four of the 2012 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards Recipients from Political Science". University of Toronto. 28 March 2012.  Retrieved 20 August 2018
  9. ^ Profile of Faith Goldy on 'The Rebel Media' (2017). https://www.therebel.media/faithgoldy
  10. ^ "METROPOLITAN ANDREY SHEPTYTSKY INSTITUTE FOUNDATION". CharityDir.  Retrieved 20 August 2018
  11. ^ "MASI Will Move to St. Michael's College, Toronto". Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies. 14 November 2016.  Retrieved 20 August 2018
  12. ^ "Faith Goldy running for mayor of Toronto". 1 August 2018. 
  13. ^ Yang, Jennifer (22 October 2017). "A Toronto imam was accused of hate-preaching against Jews. But that wasn't the whole story". The Toronto Star. 
  14. ^ "On The Hunt With Faith Goldy". The Rebel. 
  15. ^ "Rebel Media meltdown: Faith Goldy fired as politicians, contributors distance themselves". 18 August 2017. 
  16. ^ a b c d Craig, Sean (August 19, 2017). "A fight over a four-bedroom house: The Rebel Media meltdown and the full recording at the centre of the controversy". Global News. Retrieved August 24, 2018. 
  17. ^ Malek, Cate (April 16, 2017). "Bethlehem Is Struggling to Protect the Church of the Nativity". Newsweek. 
  18. ^ a b Krashinsky Robertson, Susan (June 1, 2017). "Advertisers bow to pressure to pull ads from The Rebel". The Globe and Mail. 
  19. ^ Zoltany, Monika (August 18, 2017). "Footage Surfaces of Violence At Charlottesville Rally". The Inquisitr. Retrieved August 24, 2018. 
  20. ^ CBC Radio (August 15, 2017). "As It Happens: Why conservative pundit Brian Lilley is parting ways with Rebel Media". CBC. Retrieved August 15, 2018. 
  21. ^ a b Goldsbie, Jonathan; Gordon, Graeme (August 17, 2017). "Faith Goldy Fired From The Rebel". Canadaland. Retrieved August 24, 2018. 
  22. ^ Levant, Ezra (August 18, 2017). "Why we had to say goodbye to Faith Goldy". The Rebel Media. Retrieved August 24, 2018. 
  23. ^ Barnes, Luke (July 23, 2018). "3 more prominent far-right accounts get de-platformed by PayPal". ThinkProgress. Retrieved July 28, 2018. 
  24. ^ Faith J Goldy profile on SocialBlade.com
  25. ^ "Lessons from the Great Right North". The New Republic. Retrieved 2018-07-28. 
  26. ^ "How badly is the Bundy case screwed up? Media gear up for voting-rights assault; Faith Goldy recites, embraces the '14 Words'; and more". Southern Poverty Law Center. 21 December 2017. 
  27. ^ a b Yun, Tom (26 March 2018). "Open letter petitions U of T to rescind Faith Goldy's student leadership award". The Varsity. 
  28. ^ Taylor, Nick (27 March 2018). "Why We Can't Welcome Faith Goldy". Arthur (newspaper). 
  29. ^ Hayden, Michael Edison (16 April 2018). "Ann Coulter Retweets White Nationalist Charlotesville Leader Who Attacked Trump With Syria Conspiracy Theory". Newsweek. 
  30. ^ a b Uyehara, Mari (8 May 2018). "How Free Speech Warriors Mainstreamed White Supremacists". GQ. 
  31. ^ "Stop Faith Goldy From Having A Platform At Wilfrid Laurier University". HuffPost. 20 April 2018. 
  32. ^ "Faith Goldy's talk at Wilfrid Laurier was cancelled. And a damn good thing, too". Toronto Star. 21 March 2018. 
  33. ^ Holt, Jared (16 October 2017). "Faith Goldy Took Too Many Red Pills". Right Wing Watch. 
  34. ^ "Free speech isn't fair. So what?". Maclean's. 23 March 2018. 
  35. ^ Beattie, Samantha; Pagliaro, Jennifer (July 27, 2018). "Toronto council hopefuls 'staying the course' despite uncertain election future". The Toronto Star. 
  36. ^ "Faith Goldy on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-29. 

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