The bearded guy next to me with the Promise Keepers shirt tells his wife that I write for a "lesbian" newspaper.
But neither seems to regard the presence of a lefty journalist with any ill will at this fundraising dinner at the Canada Christian College on Gervais, where the keynote is entitled Breaking The Left-Wing Monopoly On Public Discourse.
Among the 150 waiting to hear the speech by U.S. Christian right columnist Joseph Farah last month, are a fair number of cheery, chaste-looking and well-tanned young evangelicals.
I make as much conversation as is possible under the circumstances for a downtown Jewish scribe as we chow down on get this a kosher meal of salmon, potatoes and vegetables.
Kosher? You can thank the radical right's infatuation with Israel for this one. Although this evening has a decidedly God-versus-Satan feel, I'm greeted at the registration table by a bulky man in a black suit and kippah named Joseph Ben-Ami.
Ben-Ami, a former communications director with B'nai Brith Canada, is one of the key organizers of the evening hosted by Equipping Christians for the Public-square Centre, the Institute for Canadian Values (Ben-Ami is executive director) and the Canada Family Action Coalition.
One of flyers being circulated bears the letterhead of Christians United for Israel Canada. It describes upcoming talks between the Israeli government and "Christian leaders" as well as visits to Jewish settlements on seized Palestinian land in "Biblical Israel... where Jesus walked."
Buried somewhere in the evangelical package is the Rapture, the upward migration of Christian souls to heaven at the end of the world leaving everybody else, including the Jews, to a deadly fate.
But it turns out theology is a non-issue for the Judeo-Christian social conservative alliance. In an earlier phone call, Ben-Ami explained: "I believe one thing with respect to the Messiah and how things are going to work out, and my Christian friends believe something different. But we share the same belief that in the end of time, something is going to happen. And whenever it happens, then we will know what the truth is."
Besides enthusiasm for Israel and Armageddon, this unusual pact also includes a loathing of the media.
The evening is a $200-a-pop funder for a new Christian-friendly radio program.
"The battle for the hearts and minds of the people has been lost because Christians abandoned the cultural institutions to the moral relativist barbarians who have sought to replace God with government," thunders Farah, founder of Internet-based Christian newspaper WorldNetDaily. com and author of Taking America Back and Stop The Presses: The Inside Story Of The New Media Revolution.
Farah urges the assembled to stop their hand-wringing over the power of large newspapers and TV networks when their audiences are actually plummeting "like T. Rexes." Instead, social conservatives should follow his example and start new Internet publications.
Farah attributes his newspaper's success it claims to have 8 million readers every month and out-competes Larry King Live on CNN on a daily basis to his decision not to market it as either conservative or Christian.
"As long as the New York Times refuses to label itself as the secular humanist newspaper of record, we are not going to label WorldNetDaily as Christian. All we need to do is speak the truth."
I wonder as I ride the TTC home at what point this movement will have to pull the Rapture card out of the drawer to sustain itself if this planned long march through the cultural institutions hits a wall in less receptive Canada.