Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Canadians Seem to Have Lost their Rights to Free Speech; This is How it Happened!

I've been looking for an article like this for quite some time now. Canada has had a revolution that few of us have noticed.

Canadians’ right to speak freely: By Fr. Alphonse de Valk Issue: November, 2006

In October the Minister of Justice, Vic Toews, reflected on the need for a Defence of Religions Act. “The nature of the concerns that are being raised with me are relating to freedom of religion and freedom to practice religion [and] freedom of expression” (Globe & Mail, Oct. 4).

A Defence of Religion Act—dubbed DORA by the media—is much needed, except that to the word “religion” we should add the word “speech” (DORSA). It is free speech that is as much under attack as religion. The right of churches to decline same-sex “weddings” is protected, even in the 2005 SSM (same-sex “marriage”) legislation. Therefore, that is not an issue here.

The real issue is the right to publicly oppose the homosexual lifestyle in speech and writing, and even the right to not want to be involved in promoting this lifestyle—in business, schools, and as owners or employees of companies of any size.

Why has it come to this? There are several reasons. First, the Supreme Court has arrogated powers to itself which it should not have. Not only has it presumed to read into the Charter of Rights the concept of ‘sexual orientation,’ and did so even though the term is undefined, but it then went on to create this concept into a human right, in defiance of the framers of the Charter, as well as of science, reason and the natural moral law. Secondly, through these actions the Supreme Court has distorted an already one-sided Charter of Rights even further, by propounding the lifestyle of a tiny minority (1-2%) of Canadians into a universal right at least equal, if not higher, to the right of free speech and conscience of those who disagree.

Thirdly, the Liberal governments of Chrétien and Martin saw fit to enlarge the Hate Crimes Act by adding sexual orientation. This re-inforced the homosexualist denial of the Christian principle, “hate the sin, but love the sinner,” a principle also rejected, for example, by the Ontario Press Council and the Globe & Mail. In the eyes of “gay” activists, all opposition is now “hatred” or “a hate crime.”

This development explains the vehement, and intolerant language of out-of-the-closet MPs Svend Robinson, Bill Siksay, and Guy Ménard during presentations to the parliamentary hearings on SSM, and from others in letters to the editor, and in cartoons. Recent letters in the Globe (12 letters published; 10 against DORA, 2 in favour) and in the Post, claim that (religious) opponents are “bigots,” “homophobics,” “demonizers,” “intolerant,” and “hate-filled.”

What has been the consequence of this verbal violence? During the last ten years homosexual activists, by appealing to Human Rights Commissions and the courts, have succeeded in bullying away the right of speech and action of the following Canadians:

1995: Twelve or more city mayors, coerced to proclaim Gay Pride Days.
1996: Trinity Western University’s teachers, deleted for Christian moral standards.
1998: Surrey, B.C. parents, for rejecting same-sex Kindergarten books;
1999: Robert Davies in Nova Scotia, censored for opposing special gay union status; Manitoba professor, denounced for listing 18 homosexualists “myths.”
2000: Ontario printer Scott Brockie, for refusing lesbian/gay advocacy business.
2001: P.E.I. couple, for refusing to rent bed and breakfast to “gays;” Abstinence-only youth group, for being “one-sided;” Saskatchewan’s Hugh Owens, for quoting scripture in advertisement.
2002: Calgary Pastor Stephen Boisson, for writing letter to editor; Manitoba Mennonite camp, for refusing access to homosexualist choir.
2003: B.C. teacher Chris Kempling, for writing letter to the editor.
2004: B.C., Manitoba and Saskatchewan marriage commissioners, for disapproving of SSMs; Royal Bank-Toronto employees, for refusing to display rainbow triangles on their desks.
2005: Calgary bishop, for posting pastoral letter on website; B.C. Knights of Columbus, for not renting hall to lesbians.
2006: PSAC Ottawa union member, for wanting to change dues from union to charity; Cape Breton Univ. professor David Mullan, docked two weeks’ salary for discussing Anglican “gay” disunity on website; parents and students in B.C., Nova Scotia, and Ontario, for rejecting mandatory SSM school classes; Calgary’s Craig Chandler, for opposing “gay” way of life on website.

Finally, in October 2006, Darrel Reid was declared unfit to hold a political post by MP Bill Graham, interim leader of the Federal Liberals, because Reid is an evangelical opposed to gay “marriage.” Reid is now a symbol of millions of believing Canadian Christians, Protestant or Catholic, whose right to speak and write is under siege. Catholic Insight

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