Gagging of Canadian Christians: Bill C-415
by Rev. Royal M. Hamel
at this very moment is in the middle of a moral crisis. For many years
now gay activists with the help of the media have systematically
undermined the traditional Christian view of homosexuality.
Historically, Canadians, influenced by Christianity and Judaism, and
more recently by Islam and Sikhism have believed that homosexual
practice was immoral. But very soon it may be a criminal offense in
Canada to preach, teach, or publish negative commentary about
May 29, 2002 Svend Robinsonís private members initiative, Bill C-415,
passed second reading in the House of Commons. This bill if passed into
law would in effect criminalize public criticism of homosexuality
(certain exceptions supposedly being allowed) and produce a serious
chilling effect on the public discussion of this serious moral issue.
Gwen Landolt, Vice-President of REAL Women of Canada is convinced that
Bill C-415 will become law, and she sees this as a watershed issue for
Canadians on the same level of importance as the imposition of the
Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
us assume for the sake of argument that Svend Robinsonís hate speech
bill is passed into law. Under this new legislation it is virtually
certain that pastors and priests who dare to preach against
homosexuality will be charged with the crime of hate. They will be in
danger of spending two years in prison, and will carry a criminal record
for the rest of their life. The same fate could befall any person who
writes a letter to the editor of a newspaper or publishes an article
that is in any way critical of homosexuality. Furthermore it will be far
too dangerous to publicly read certain Bible passages that condemn
homosexual practice, and in fact the Bible itself may be banned for
being homophobic literature.
will mistakenly conclude that this is alarmist. But Christian leaders
like Gwen Landolt and others see that Christians are facing a very real
danger. In fact, Brian Rushfeldt, Executive Director of Canada Family
Action Coalition, says, ďIf this law passes, within six months to a
year we will see Christians in jail.Ē
the seriousness of this unprecedented attack on religious freedom can we
assume that Canadian Christians will wake up to their danger and seek to
preserve freedom while there is still time?
Alas, it is highly unlikely. Tragically, faulty theologies and
mindsets literally bind Christians to continue in passive mode, and so,
to collaborate with their own demise.
of these theologies claims that Christians must not get involved in
politics. Proponents of this view believe that political involvement is
unspiritual, and no part of a Christianís mandate.
But is it not clear to everybody that issues like homosexuality
and abortion were moral and spiritual issues long before the government
tried to claim them as political issues? Did not Jesus call us to be
salt and light so that the putrefaction of sin in society would be held
back? Can we in good conscience conclude that killing and sexual
perversion have nothing to do with biblical morality?
The Christian is a citizen of a heavenly kingdom, but as well an
earthly one, and when we ignore our duty to act as responsible citizens
we do a disservice to God, and we sin against our neighbor.
there is a real possibility that believers will sleep right through the
present moral crisis. For if Christians in the past thirty years were
unwilling to stir themselves up to confront government sanctioned murder
as in the case of abortion, will they be any more willing to wake up and
protest government sanctioned perversion of sexuality and marriage? Will
they even be willing to speak in protest to guard their right to speak
biblical truth? Or will
Canadian Christians be muzzled in silence?
hour is five to twelve for Christians in Canada. The immoral revolution
marches directly toward them. Legislation is prepared and poised to
muzzle pulpits, pens and yes, even Biblesí. But there is still time to
resist, still time to fight. Yes
prayer is fundamental, but believers must as well talk to those who make
this moment Bill C-415 is still in the hands of the Justice Committee.
Christians who want to preserve our religious freedom should bombard
members of this committee with e-mail, letters and phone calls. Your
letter to the editor of your local paper protesting this loss of freedom
could do wonders. Finally, you might strike a blow for continued freedom
by personally calling your Federal MP and demanding that they vote
against Bill C-415.
much time is there? We
donít know for sure, but the bill will be debated this Fall and could
well be law before Christmas.
time is far advanced. The
revolutionaries are coming, coming with muzzles and gags. They despise
Godís truth on homosexuality. They will shred like a rag
freedom of speech, and freedom of religion to silence that truth.
Christians everywhere wake up from deadly sleep and take a stand to
preserve present freedoms.
nobody, absolutely nobody, has any right to gag Christians from speaking
any part of Godís truth in Canadaís public square.
Royal Hamel makes his home in Guelph, Ontario. He is an occasional free-lance writer.
"When the principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then the battle is your calling, and peace has become sin. You must at the price of dearest peace lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy with all the fire of your faith.
Abraham Kuyper, 1837-1920
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