Fundamental Freedoms

25 Apr 2008 Protect Freedom of Speech & Conscience – Reform the Human Rights Act

UNITED MOTHERS, FATHERS & FRIENDS In Depth Report & Action Alert April 15, 2008 Protect Freedom of Speech & Conscience - Reform the Human Rights Act I) Does Free Speech Matter? II) Take Action: Reform the Human Rights Commission – M446 III) History of Canada’s Human Rights Commissions IV) HRCs’ Jurisdictional Expansion V) Government Interference in Free Speech VI) Hate Crimes Provision of the Human Rights Act VII) Problems with Section 13(1) of the HRA
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19 Apr 2008 A crucial case for all Canadians:

Defending YOUR free speech & religious liberty Three complaints have been filed with the Canadian Human Rights Commission against the Christian Heritage Party and its leader, Ron Gray, alleging “hatred” and “contempt” in the Party’s 20-year-old policy of opposing special rights for homosexuals. This case may be the most significant of its kind to date, for it seeks to silence even political criticism of homosexuality. If the only federal political party that opposes the ‘gay’ agenda can be silenced, who will be left to speak for you?
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18 Apr 2008 Vellacott re-introduces Private Member’s Bill to protect conscience rights of health care workers

For Immediate Release - April 16, 2008 OTTAWA – Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin) today re-introduced his Private Member’s Bill that would protect the conscience rights of Canada’s health care workers. This is the third time Vellacott has introduced a bill to protect health care workers’ conscience rights. “I hope that the Canadian Parliament will eventually pass this kind of a common sense measure that would protect the freedom of choice for all health care workers,” said Vellacott.Introducing the bill in Parliament this afternoon, Vellacott said:"Mr. Speaker, the bill would prohibit coercion in medical procedures that offend a person's religion or belief that human life is inviolable. The bill seeks to ensure that health care providers will never be forced to participate against their will in procedures such as abortions or acts of euthanasia.
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11 Apr 2008 Conduct Unbecoming a Free Society

Chris Kempling, National Post, Wednesday, April 09, 2008 (picture from www.chp.ca) On the first day of the counselling psychology class, the instructor asked us to share what was the most important fact about ourselves. Jim (not his real name) identified himself as gay. I identified myself as a Christian. I decided to befriend him and we went through the two-year program together. I even stayed overnight at his house when we had a weekend seminar in his town. Fast forward to the present. I encouraged my high school-aged son, a social leader, to befriend gay classmates, protect them if they were bullied and invite them over if he wished. He did (and was harassed for doing so). After graduation, his friend "Andy" moved away, but stayed overnight at our house on two occasions when back in town visiting. I mention these anecdotes, because some people are convinced that I am "homophobic." They believe this because I publicly express opinions consistent with socially conservative views of sexual behaviour. I have been suspended, without pay, twice from my job as a school teacher -- once for one month, and once for three months. It was hard on my family. Yet I maintain that people can hold, and express such views but still treat those who practise different values with decency. I do, and so does my son.
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01 Feb 2008 Liberal MP Launches Motion to Stop Human Rights Commission Squelching of Free Speech

By Hilary White (from www.lifesitenews.com) OTTAWA, January 31, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A British Columbia Parliamentarian, Keith Martin, has called for the abolition of the clause in the Canadian Human Rights Act that makes it possible for special interest groups to file petty grievance complaints through the Human Rights Commissions. Martin today presented the motion to Parliament in the face of the ongoing scandals of Human Rights Commissions and Tribunals being used to silence journalists, Christian pastors and political writers on a variety of controversial topics. The motion states, "That, in the opinion of the House, subsection 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act should be deleted from the Act." Subsection 13(1) makes it a "discriminatory practice" for individuals or groups to communicate messages that are "likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt". Critics of this section of the Act have long said that the clause creates the precise equivalent of a "thought crime".
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20 Jan 2008 Ezekiel’s Vision of God’s Throne and Current Events

 "Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went." Ezekiel 1:12The first vision which the LORD shows Ezekiel is the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD on His throne in brilliant light. The LORD is served by four living creatures and four wheels, who all move at the same time in the same direction. They move back and forth, up and down, and sometimes they stand still. But in whatever direction they move, they always move straight,...

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28 Dec 2007 TV Interview With Ron Gray About Hate Crimes Charges

Human rights commissions have been on a war path lately. Recently Ron Gray, leader of the Christian Heritage Party, along with the CHP itself are being investigated by the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The party and Mr. Gray are accused of publishing material that is offensive to homosexuals. (For more information about these charges, click here). Mr. Gray and his lawyer did an interview with the Miracle Channel which explains the case and the dangerous road that human rights commissions are going down. Click here to listen to it...

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19 Oct 2007 The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:

By Peter Veenendaal, May 2002Most of our parents or grandparents were immigrants from Europe. Imagine that when these people were considering moving to a new country, the immigration promoters told them that in this great new country where you are going: child pornography is promoted as acceptable, public schools encourage sodomy, abortion is the most common surgical procedure in the country anddivorce is so common that it is met with shrugs. Do you think they may have had second thoughts about bringing their families to Canada?
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19 Oct 2007 The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal

By Stan Leyenhorst Human rights complaints related to discrimination as specified in the BC Human Rights Code are appearing more and more in various media and continue to be a source of concern for many. A general overview of the BC Human Rights Tribunal can provide information regarding its history, including recent changes, the establishment of the Tribunal, its role, and the process of complaints resolution.
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