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Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore has revealed that he might take on homophobia and the anti-gay movement in his next documentary. Moore, who most recently created a film about the disarray of the US health care system expresses anger towards the religious right and says “There is nowhere in the four Gospels where Jesus uses the word ‘homosexual.’ The right wing has appropriated this guy … and they have used him to attack gays and lesbians, when he never said a single word against people who are homosexual. Anyone who professes to be a Christian and does that is certainly not following the teachings of Jesus Christ.”
Michael Moore, please continue reading your bible, and in the book of Romans chapter one you will find in verse 26 the following about what the Bible says about homosexuality. Its pretty clear to me.
“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. ”
Look out, the culture war is about to go mainstream. For more, please read:
Anglican bishops shoot down same-sex marriage blessings June 25, 2007Posted by Scott V in Same Sex Marriage.
A razor-thin majority of Canada’s Anglican bishops on Sunday overrode the wishes of their laity and clergy and vetoed a resolution that would have allowed for blessings in church settings of committed homosexual unions.
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NY State Assembly Passes Gay Marriage Bill June 22, 2007Posted by Scott V in Same Sex Marriage.
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The State Assembly voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriages in New York. Newsday said it was the first time a gay marriage bill was “debated publicly in one of the houses of the State Legislature Tuesday.
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Caution! This may "offend" you! January 11, 2007Posted by Scott V in Humor, Same Sex Marriage.
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The CBC is at it again! Watch Rick Mercers view on Traditional Values. The ironic thing, many non-traditionalists actually believe him!
Sex obsessed Adults trumps the rights of Children December 8, 2006Posted by Scott V in Culture War, Same Sex Marriage.
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by Scott Van Dam
December 7, 2006
Our culture has gone mad! We are a culture obsessed with sex, no matter where you turn you see sex. Sex is in the movies, the television, the internet. When you walk in the malls, you see it in the stores, its photos are in the magazines, and sex even tells you to buy certain products.
I am tired of hearing about Sex in the public square. Lets keep it in the bedroom and keep it private! Here’s where I am going with this. Our sex obsessed culture is ripping the foundations of our nation apart, namely families. Our greatest leaders, thinkers, inventors and businessmen all came from families that were strong. If we contrast this with the male prison population,the majority of prisoners come from broken homes. Clearly this is evidence that strong familes are important. So how do you break a home? It comes from sex obsessed adults, let me explain.
Sex is a gift given to us by our Almighty Creator to build families. Sadly sex is also tearing our families apart. Consider the damage sex is having on the Family (the backbone of our society). Internet pornography is rampant, happy marriages are falling apart due to lack of “satisfaction”, sex obsessed ads make our wives and mothers feel they are not beautiful and “sexy” enough. and homosexuals can get married and bring children into their relationships.
Some how sex has been branded a right that can be flaunted in public with no implications. Sadly childrens rights are always trumped by adult rights.
1. The right for homosexuals to marry trumps the right of a child to have a Mom and a Dad
2. The right for a woman to choose trumps the life of a child
3. The right of a Mom and a Dad to just give up on their marriage for any reason, because they are not in love any more trumps the right for a child to have a home filled with happiness.
The decision by Parliament in early december to not reopen the debate on Same Sex marriage sickens me and I am sickened and outraged that Children and the Family are yet again another victim of the rights of a bunch of very selfish sex obsessed adults.
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By Gudrun Schultz and Steve Jalsevac
OTTAWA, Canada, November 29, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Canada’s Conservative federal government has followed through on a promise to re-open the same-sex ‘marriage’ debate, announcing Tuesday that discussion on the issue will begin December 6.
There will be a vote in the House of Commons before the Christmas break, the government confirmed. The vote will not address the existing legislation, but will likely ask MPs if they would support repealing or amending the law, the Canadian Press reported earlier today.
During the election campaign one year ago, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised that if elected he would hold a free vote in Parliament on re-opening the issue of same-sex ‘marriage’.
It remains to be seen what the result will be from the intense lobbying by pro-marriage Canadians and organizations and pro-marriage MPs of their fellow MPs in recent months. While the general consensus is that the Conservative motion is unlikely to pass, some pundits predict it could still be a close vote.
Pro-marriage leaders are asking supporters to intensify their communications to uncommitted or opposed MPs in the remaining few days and to encourage every pro-marriage MP to follow through and vote for the motion.
Some Liberal MPs who have consistently voted for traditional marriage are waffling on their support for the upcoming motion and are claiming the Tories are playing politics with the issue. Constituents are being told by these Liberal MPs that the motion is a dishonest political strategy by the Tories to evade their election promises on marriage.
However, all Canadian pro-marriage groups are strongly urging Members of Parliament to vote for the motion. The groups consider the upcoming Conservative motion to in fact be no more or less than what the party has been promising all along. There is some suspicion that the waffling pro-marriage Liberal MPs are themselves playing politics with the issue and perhaps trying to curry favour with party leadership candidates who all favour same-sex ‘marriage’.
Gay Marriage Galvanizes Canada’s Religious Right November 20, 2006Posted by Scott V in Canada Politics, Same Sex Marriage.
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The New York Times – November 19, 2006
Gay Marriage Galvanizes Canada’s Religious Right
By CHRISTOPHER MASON
OTTAWA — It was a lonely time here in the capital for the Evangelical
Fellowship of Canada in the early days of the gay marriage debate in 2003.
Of the scattered conservative Christian groups opposed to extending marriage
rights to same-sex couples, it was the only one with a full-time office in
Ottawa to lobby politicians. “We were the only ones here,” said Janet Epp
Buckingham, who was the group’s public policy director then. But that was
before the legislation passed in 2005 allowing gay marriage in Canada. And
before the election early this year of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a
Conservative and an evangelical Christian who frequently caps his speeches
with “God bless Canada.”
Today across the country, the gay marriage issue and Mr. Harper’s election
have galvanized conservative Christian groups to enter politics like never
before. Before now, the Christian right was not a political force in this
mostly secular, liberal country. But it is coalescing with new clout and
credibility, similar to the evangelical Christian movement in the United
States in the 1980s, though not nearly on the same scale.
Today, half a dozen organizations like the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
work full time in Ottawa, four of which opened offices in the past year, all
seeking to reverse the law allowing gay marriage. They represent just some
of the dozens of well-organized conservative Christian groups around the
country and more than a hundred grass-roots campaigns focused on the issue.
In recent months, religious groups have held rallies, signed petitions,
drafted resolutions and stepped up their efforts to lobby politicians to
overturn the law. These Christian conservatives have been instilled with a
sense of urgency in the expectation that Mr. Harper will follow through on a
campaign promise, as early as the first week of December, to hold a vote in
Parliament on whether to revisit the gay marriage debate. “With the
legalization of gay marriage, faith has been violated and we’ve been forced
to respond,” said Charles McVety, a leader of several evangelical Christian
organizations that oppose gay marriage and president of the Canada Christian
College in Toronto. “Traditionally people of faith in Canada have not been
politically active,” he said. “But now we’re finally seeing organizations
that are professionalizing what was a very amateur political movement.”
Mr. McVety, who recites from memory the decision of an Ontario judge in 2003
that paved the way for gay marriages, has organized dozens of rallies
attracting altogether some 200,000 supporters. He asked the Rev. Jerry
Falwell and other American evangelical leaders for advice on building a
religious movement in Canada and traveled Ontario and Quebec in a
red-and-white “Defend Marriage” bus.
Though the expected vote in Parliament will not decide whether to rescind
the gay marriage legislation, but instead whether members wish to reopen the
issue for debate, it remains significant for the Christian right and the
government. For leaders of the Christian right, the vote is a chance to get
the marriage issue back on the government’s agenda and to get a better sense
of where individual politicians, especially newly elected ones, stand. They
have adopted that strategy in part because they say that the vote in
Parliament will be difficult to win. For Mr. Harper and his Conservative
Party, the vote is an attempt to appease the religious social conservatives
who form the core of the support for his minority government without losing
moderate voters who want to avoid the issue.
If Mr. Harper appears to be too aggressive in pushing to revisit gay
marriage he also risks losing votes in Quebec, where his pro-Israel stance
and an environmental plan that does not meet Canada’s Kyoto Protocol
commitments have already hurt his support in a province that is critical to
his chances of securing a majority in the next election. “Harper needs to
show he is not the right-wing evangelical’s rump if he wants to grow into a
majority government,” said Jonathan Malloy, a political science professor at
Carleton University in Ottawa who studies the politics of evangelical
Christians in Canada.
Mr. Harper’s government has not introduced an avalanche of socially
conservative measures, but has instead shifted subtly to the right, one
policy at a time. In addition to derailing Liberal measures to loosen
marijuana and prostitution laws, Mr. Harper has introduced tougher crime
legislation, bolstered the military with new money and equipment, lowered
the national sales tax and plans to raise the age of sexual consent to 16
But the Christian right wants more and realizes a lot is at stake in the
marriage question. “Let’s say there’s a vote and the issue dissipates from
the agenda in the same way abortion has faded away,” Mr. Malloy said. “Then
they won’t have a clear-cut issue they can strongly organize on. They’re
developing a base here but they need something to organize and keep the
The Christian movement’s leaders are discussing how to sustain the momentum
and growth spurred in the campaign against gay marriage. They agree that one
issue is not enough to fuel a long-term movement. But they disagree on how
to carry the momentum of the marriage campaign into other socially
conservative issues like euthanasia and polygamy. Fueling their hopes for
sustaining the movement are polling figures from last winter’s election that
show an identifiable bloc of religious voters, mainly evangelicals and
Catholics, supporting the Conservative Party.
In a country where church attendance has dropped to about 20% of the
population from about 60% since the 1940s, the Christian right hopes the
polling numbers convince politicians there are still enough votes to be won
by championing socially conservative issues. But the experience of Canada’s
abortion debate in the 1980s and early 90s looms ominously over optimism
that the movement can be broadened beyond gay marriage. At the time,
evangelical leaders formed groups, raised money and drew significant support
in an effort to establish stiff laws against abortion. In 1989, Prime
Minister Brian Mulroney introduced legislation banning abortions in cases
where the health of the mother was not at risk but the bill failed in the
Senate and never became law. Soon after, the evangelical political movement
disbanded, remaining relatively dormant until the gay marriage issue arose.
“When the abortion legislation died everyone just went home and all the
momentum was lost,” said Joseph C. Ben-Ami, executive director of the
conservative Institute for Canadian Values, which opened an office in Ottawa
last year to team up with Mr. McVety’s organizations in Toronto. “I do worry
something like that could happen with what we’re seeing now.”
Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company
Faith in Politics October 20, 2006Posted by Scott V in Canada Politics, Culture War, Same Sex Marriage.
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I like this analysis by Lorna Dueck. The video is a panel with Tristan Emmanuel, Iain Benson, and David Haskell discussing should religion and politics mix before the 2006 election. Christians have not been treated fairly in Canadian political life. We need to continue to promote the message that Christian perspectives must be heard in a country where we were founded on Judeo Christian foundations.
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.