Father defended the Church’s teaching on marriage during Canada’s same-sex ‘marriage’ debate, quoting extensively from the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Pope John Paul II’s encyclicals. Each of these documents contains official Catholic teaching. And like millions of other people throughout the world and the ages – many of who are non-Catholics and non-Christians — Father believes that marriage is an exclusive union between a man and a woman.
The response from Mark van Dusen, a media consultant and spokesperson for CHRC, shocked me. I have interviewed van Dusen in the past and he has always struck me as an honest person willing to field tough questions on behalf of the commission. If he feels an accusation against the commission is hogwash, he states so plainly. If he feels the CHRC and its personnel are being unfairly tainted, he states so boldly.
Yet van Dusen did not dismiss the question out-of-hand as I thought he would. “We investigate complaints, Mr. Vere,” he said, “we don’t set public policy or moral standards. We investigate complaints based on the circumstances and the details outlined in the complaint. And …if…upon investigation, deem that there is sufficient evidence, then we may forward the complaint to the tribunal, but the hate is defined in the Human Rights Act under section 13-1.”
In other words, individual Jews, Muslims, Catholics and other Christians who, for reasons of conscience, hold to their faith’s traditional teaching concerning marriage, could very well be guilty of promoting hate in Canada. The same is true of any faith community in Canada that does not embrace this modern redefinition of one of the world’s oldest institutions — a redefinition that even the highly-secularist France rejects.
“Our job is to look at it, compare it to the act, to accumulated case law, tribunal and court decisions that have reflected on hate and decide whether to advance the complaint, dismiss it or whether there is room for a settlement between parties,” van Dusen continued. The truth of the CHRC considering adherence to Catholicism or Islam a possible hate crime was made real by van Dusen’s implicit admission that the commission could dismiss the complaint against Fr. De Valk. Over six months have passed since the commission first notified Father of the complaint. There has been no hint of the commission dropping the complaint….(Source)
Catholics had a big part to play in building this country and creating and fostering its institutions. Not only now are we persona non grata, the Star Chamber Bigots might rule that we are “hate criminals” and “sentence” us accordingly.
Lord, I am really trying not to hate them for their rank stupidity and treachery. I really am. Please help me.
French film star Brigitte Bardot was today convicted of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France. A Paris court also handed down a €15,000 ($11,920) fine against the former screen siren turned animal rights campaigner….She was first fined in 1997 for her comments published in Le Figaro newspaper. A year later she was convicted for making a statement about the growing number of mosques in France “while our church bells fall silent”. (Source)
The problem is Brigitte, darling, while I support you, you must realize that your lifestyle had something to do with losing your French identity. Animal “rights” are fine, but human rights – the real kind of human rights – like opposing the slaughter of unborn children not just the sheep you want to protect, is where the real game is at. The sheep don’t vote. The sheep won’t preserve your freedoms. Only human beings born from a Judeo-Christian heritage can do that.
The Church bells fell silent, darling, because there was no one to ring them.