Fundamental Freedoms

07 Aug 2008 Letter: ‘Sacred texts’ can’t be hate speech

National Post - 2008.07.23Re: "The Company Muslims Keep," Jonathan Kay, July 22.In the midst of the points communicated by Jonathan Kay is a comment on Canadian law that is in need of clarification. While the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission did find the passage from Leviticus to be hate speech, their decision was overturned by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada intervened in the case to attain the decision that "sacred texts" cannot in and of themselves be considered hate speech....

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23 Jul 2008 EFC’s Report on Religious Freedom in China

BROKEN PROMISES: The Protestant Experience with Religious Freedom in China in Advance of the 2008 Beijing Olympic GamesWith the Olympics coming up soon, the EFC has prepared a special report about persecution in China's protestant churches. Here is a quote from the report. Read the full report here. "Unfortunately, behind the buzz of the Olympic-ready nation lie unacceptable incidents of persecution, torture and death. The Communist Party of China (CPC) has worked tirelessly to subdue any perceived form of criticism that may damage the image they have worked hard to...

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21 Jul 2008 What’s the Matter with Canada?

By Chuck Colson - Breakpoint Commentary - 7/21/2008How is this for irony? Recent actions by Canadian human rights groups have observers alarmed for the state of human rights in Canada. That is because the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal do not give a fig about protecting human rights. Their mission is suppressing free speech. Keep reading here....

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08 Jul 2008 Chris Kempling to Quit BC Teachers’ College after Years of Harassment for Christian Beliefs

By Hilary White QUESNEL, BC, July 7, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Dr. Chris Kempling will be leaving his position in the public school system after years of harassment for his Christian beliefs and his moral stand against the campaign to promote homosexuality in schools. Kempling has announced he will be taking a job at St. Ann's Academy in Kamloops. Earlier this year Kempling received a fresh list of citations for "conduct unbecoming a member" of the BC College of Teachers (BCCT) for his exposition of the Christian position on homosexuality, which fact Kempling said drove him to leave the College of Teachers.
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04 Jul 2008 Human Rights Commission Drops Complaint Against Catholic Magazine

Judicial Review Still PossibleTORONTO, July 4, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Canadian Human Rights Commission has dropped a complaint by a homosexual activist against Catholic Insight a Toronto-based national Catholic news magazine. A year and a half - and many thousands of dollars in legal fees - after a nine-point human rights complaint was filed by Edmonton-based homosexual activist Rob Wells, Catholic Insight has been informed that the case has been dropped. However, a judicial review before the Federal Court is still possible should the complainant pursue that avenue.
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02 Jul 2008 Edmonton Church must obtain official consent to teach Bible?

By Stephen Boissoin [from www.freedominion.com] Click here for more information on Pastor Boissoin, including how you can support his appeal Last week I received an email through my website from a concerned US citizen. This individual and her husband have been invited to facilitate at a seminar that is being hosted by an Edmonton church...IN THE CHURCH. The US couple was concerned about their freedoms here in Canada because they're offering a teaching on Biblical sexuality that is based in the Song of Solomon and does address homosexuality as sin. They were thinking about cancelling due to risk of prosecution. I encouraged them to keep it in the church and they should be ok. The couple decided to contact the Alberta Human Rights Commission and below you can read the phone log of the conversation with Ralph Roman an officer of the AHRC.
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17 Jun 2008 Alberta’s Conservative Government Sought Conviction of Christian Pastor for “Hate Speech”

"The lion's share of the responsibility for this Christophobia must rest with Premier Ed Stelmach and his Progressive Conservatives": Ezra LevantBy John Jalsevac EDMONTON, Alberta, June 16, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Social conservatives across Canada are up in arms over the recent ruling by the Alberta Human Rights Commission (AHRC) against Christian pastor Steve Boissoin, who was accused of propogating "hate speech" by writing a letter to the editor of the Red Deer Advocate outlining his disagreement with the homosexualist activist agenda. The Boissoin decision has added further fuel to the fire of the already heated campaign against Canada's human rights commissions, with many Canadian conservatives adding the decision to the list of grievances that they say prove that the commissions are staffed almost exclusively by liberal, anti-conservative and anti-Christian activists.
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10 Jun 2008 Alberta Pastor Fined $7000 and Ordered to Publicly Apologize and Remain Silent on Homosexuality

Says he won't apologize - "I stand by what I said." Will appeal decision.By Tim Waggoner [Lifesitenews.com] OTTAWA, June 9, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On Friday, the Alberta Human Rights Commission ordered Alberta pastor Stephen Boissoin to desist from expressing his views on homosexuality in any sort of public forum. He was also commanded to pay damages equivalent to $7,000 as a result of the tribunal's November decision to side with complainant and homosexual activist Dr. Darren Lund. The tribunal has also called for Boissoin to personally apologize to Lund via a public statement in the local newspaper. The remedy order demands the pastor to pay $5,000 to Lund personally for the "time and energy" he has expended and for the "ridicule and harassment" he has faced. Combined with that financial burden, Boissoin must also pay up to $2,000 in expenses to one of Lund's witness, provided she produces records of such costs.
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09 Jun 2008 Keep your promise, Premier: stand up for freedom of speech

How often does a major daily newspaper's editorial give a call to action? On Friday, the Calgary Herald ran an editorial calling for changes to the Alberta Human Rights Commission. It highlights the case of Rev. Stephen Boissoin who was found guilty of hate speech for a letter to the editor he wrote during the marriage debate. For both the article and the action item, click here.  Action Item Two: In addition to following the editorial's advice about contacting the Premier of Alberta, it is also a good idea to...

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06 Jun 2008 Thank you, e-mailers for freedom!

By Ezra Levant - June 5, 2008 (picture of Levant from lifesitenews.com) Look at the first sentence in this political column by John Ivison: "Conservative MPs report that high on the list of issues that concern their constituents is the threat to freedom of speech posed by the interpretation of the hate messages provision in the Canada Human Rights Act by the country's human rights commissions." He's talking about you -- the e-mailing army of freedom! But Ivison also warns that it's far too early to declare victory:
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