Vocations where Christians are persecuted November 30, 2006Posted by Scott V in Christian Persecution, Christian Vilification.
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November 29, 2006
According to Canadian court rulings, if you are a Christian you cannot work in one of the following professions without compromising your beliefs.
You cannot be:
A Policeman: David Packer was fired from the Toronto police force because he respectfully asked another assignment, in place of guarding an abortion clinic.
A Teacher: British Columbia Chris Kempling lost his job for writing letters to the Editor, in his own time, explaining how homosexuals can be helped to change their orientation.
A University professor: David Mullan was fined by Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia, for expressing his views on homosexual behaviour.
A Pharmacist: British Columbia Premier Ujjal Dosanjh threatened “government action” to ensure pharmacists will dispense abortifacient morning-after pills without a doctors prescription.
A Nurse: Bill Whatcott was fired as a nurse in Saskatchewan and later fined by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission for his Christian activism while in his own time.
A Printer: In Toronto Scott Brokie was summoned by the OHRC and lost his court case in front of the Ontario Court of Appeals, for refusing to print propaganda material for a homosexual activist group.
A Landlord: The Knights of Columbus in British Columbia was forced to Pay Damages to Lesbians for Refusing to Rent Hall for “Wedding” Reception.
An Innkeeper: A Prince Edward Island Christian couple, Dagmar and Arnost Cepica, closed down their Bed & Breakfast business to keep from being forced to accept homosexual couples.
A Civic Official, Marriage Commissioner or Justice of the peace: Manitoba ordered Kevin Kisilowsky to conduct marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples or hand in his licence.
A Mayor: Fredericton mayor Brad Woodside was brought before the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission for refusing to proclaim Gay Pride Week. In two similar cases in Ontario, mayors Dianne Haskett of London and Bob Morrow of Hamilton were found guilty of “discrimination” and forced to pay large fines by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), in spite of their religious objections to making Gay Pride Week proclamations.
A Pastor: Reverend Stephen Boissoin was summoned by the Alberta HRT for writing letters on the issue of homosexuality. This case is still pending.
When will they strike at your profession?
What to do?
The solution is to support a political party that will defend our fundamental freedoms and will promote judicial reform (while political parties still enjoy freedom of speech in this country).
Giuseppe Gori – Family Action Coalition Party
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By John-Henry Westen
OTTAWA, November 24, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A motion debated at the November 21 session of the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council meeting would prohibit any group opposed to abortion from attaining club status at the University. While aimed at a pro-life group of students seeking club status on campus, the proposed policy may ban Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish and Muslim clubs as well.
On November 21, Katy McIntyre Vice President of CUSA Student Services, proposed a “Motion to Amend Discrimination on Campus Policy” which would bar from club status all groups opposed to abortion. The motion stated:
1) CUSA and CUSA Inc. respect and affirm a woman’s right to choose.
2) No CUSA resources, space, recognition or funding be allocated for anti-choice purposes.
The summary of the motion argues that pro-life groups are “anti-choice”, and “seek to remove choice by making abortion illegal and it would be impossible to make abortion illegal without violating the Canadian Constitution, by removing a woman’s right to life, liberty, and security of the person”.
It also states that pro-life groups “compromise the personal safety and threaten the self esteem of women who may contemplate abortion or have chosen to have an abortion”.
The motion is to be voted on, on December 5th, at 6:30pm at the next CUSA Council Meeting.
Lifeline President Sarah Fletcher spoke with LifeSiteNews.com about the situation. “I think it pretty ridiculous that this governing body which is supposed to be representing all students would be declaring itself pro-choice because not all of the students are going to agree with them on that view.”
As worded, the motion may also bar religious groups which are pro-life from campus. Fletcher said, “I don’t know if they understand the implications, by passing this motion they are infringing on human rights . . . it will affect the Jewish and Muslim student groups, the Christian and Catholic groups.”
Carleton University spokesman Lin Moody told LifeSiteNews.com “The Carleton University Student Association (CUSA) is an independent body and, as a matter of course, we do not interfere with their activities. It is University policy not to comment on matters of speculation. The University will be prepared to comment further subsequent to the December 5th CUSA meeting.”
Blake Brooks Vice President of External Affairs at CUSA, told LifeSiteNews.com that he is not sure how the vote will turn out. “I’ve been getting a lot of feedback within the last 24-hours on both sides,” he said.
CUSA president Shawn Menard supports the motion, as does the Ashley Hunkin, the Women’s coordinator on the CUSA Council who seconded the motion. However, an editorial in the university student newspaper opposes the motion.
Manitoba Marriage Commissioner Ordered to Perform Gay ‘Marriages’ Fights in Court for Freedom of Religion October 19, 2006Posted by Scott V in Christian Persecution, Judicial Activism, Same Sex Marriage.
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By Gudrun Schultz
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, October 19, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) -A Manitoba marriage commissioner who lost his licence last year when he refused to perform homosexual “marriages” has taken his fight for religious freedom to the Court of Queen’s Bench.
The province ordered Kevin Kisilowsky, 36, to conduct marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples or hand in his licence, under a 2004 policy adopted by the province following the legalization of homosexual “marriage.” An evangelical Christian, Kisilowsky said his right to freedom of religion under the Charter was violated by the policy.
“I’m just one of these Canadians who’s finally had enough,” Kisilowsky said in an interview with the Winnipeg Sun‘s Tom Brodbeck, published October 18. “Enough’s enough.”
While the government permits churches and religious clergy to opt out of performing same-sex marriages, it doesn’t allow individuals the same freedom. That is a clear violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Brodbeck says, which guarantees “freedom of conscience and religion” to every individual.
Kisilowsky filed a complaint with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission in 2004, arguing that the province was discriminating against his religious beliefs by forcing him to conduct marriage ceremonies that went against his faith.
The commission rejected his argument. Kisilowsky is now appealing in court, and has said he will take his case to the Supreme Court if necessary.
Brodbeck points out that anyone over the age of 18 can get a marriage commissioner licence, including temporary weekend licences, which allow them to perform a marriage. Having the licence doesn’t obligate them to use it, unless they’re asked to perform a same-sex ceremony–in that case, the province says they must agree to participate.
“I think of what (former federal justice minister) Irwin Cotler said a couple of years ago,” Kisilowsky said. “He said you can’t allow equality rights to trump religious rights, and yet that’s exactly what’s happened.”
The outcome of the case is likely to have a significant impact on the religious freedom of marriage commissioners across the country. At least 12 Manitoba commissioners resigned after the province introduced the policy in 2004. In Saskatchewan at least eight resigned, and resignations followed similar policies in Newfoundland and British Columbia.
Unite! A Public Defense of Christian Expression September 2, 2006Posted by Scott V in Canada Politics, Christian Persecution, Christian Vilification, Judicial Activism, Same Sex Marriage.
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|Here is why we have to be concerned about the freedoms we cherish in Canada. As you will find out the message is shocking. It is a dramatic presentation of the disturbing degree of bigotry and harassment that is targeted against Christians TODAY in Canada.
I do agree that Canadians do not yet face the same severity of persecution as Christians do in some other countries but, the mentality that under girds Canadian anti-Christian bigotry is the same. Left unchallenged, it will foment. Unless Christians put a stop to it by recognizing what is taking place and get involved while they still have the freedom to do so, anti-christian bigotry and persecution will continue to increase.