June 15, 2005

Canada's slide into moral degeneracy continues

We're just a little farther along the slippery slope.

The wording of Bill C-38, the bill redefining "marriage" to the "lawful union of two persons", which the Liberal government is intent on ramming through Parliament for no adequately ascertained reason, states that

nothing in this Act affects the guarantee of freedom of conscience and religion and, in particular, the freedom of members of religious groups to hold and declare their religious beliefs and the freedom of officials of religious groups to refuse to perform marriages that are not in accordance with their religious beliefs . . .

Nonetheless, Justice Minister Irwin Cotler admitted a week ago that he cannot guarantee ironclad protection for religious institutions that are opposed to same-sex "marriage."

Now, the gay brownshirts are making their play:

Churches that oppose same-sex marriage legislation have good reason to fear for their charitable status, a leading gay-rights advocate is warning.

"If you are at the public trough, if you are collecting taxpayers' money, you should be following taxpayers' laws. And that means adhering to the Charter," says Kevin Bourassa, who in 2001 married Joe Varnell in one of Canada's first gay weddings, and is behind www.equalmarriage.ca.

"We have no problem with the Catholic Church or any other faith group promoting bigotry," he said. "We have a problem with the Canadian government funding that bigotry."

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Bourassa's screed starts right off the bat with a lie. Churches are exempt from paying taxes. Yet Bourassa's choice of words implies, wrongly, that the churches receive public money from the government. "He who pays the piper calls the tune" is the logic here, but no one is really paying the piper, at least not the entity that Bourassa deceptively insinuates.

If homosexuals want to be married in those provinces where same-sex "marriage" is already recognized, nothing is stopping them. Civil marriage is an option, and there are also a handful of apostate churches that will enable them. But this isn't about civil rights; it's about two percent of the population destroying traditional institutions that they do not value. The brownshirts are using their own alleged Constitutional rights to trample the religious rights of those who won't be pressed into their mold. God help Canada.