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Manitobans warned of ‘tyranny’ as NDP party proposes ‘anti-bullying’ bill

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Peter Baklinski

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, 12 February, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – “Don’t let yourselves go the way of Ontario’s tyranny,” one pro-family group is warning the citizens of Manitoba in response to a new “anti-bullying” bill introduced in December by the NDP government. 

Critics say that Bill 18, following upon the heels of McGuinty’s very similar Bill 13, which passed in Ontario last June, is more about pushing the homosexual political agenda on students than fighting bullying.

“McGuinty’s bill really had nothing at all to do with protecting children from bullying,” says Jack Fonseca, project manager at Campaign Life Coalition, to LifeSiteNews.com.

“It was a convenient covering, a ruse, to promote homosexuality to the next generation and to brainwash them into rejecting their parents’ values. Bill 18 is simply another bill 13,”

Bill 18 will establish a “human diversity policy” that “must accommodate pupils who want to establish and lead activities and organizations that (a) promote (i) gender equity, [… and] (iv) the awareness and understanding of, and respect for, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities”. 

The bill states explicitly that students who want to form an anti-bullying club must be allowed to “use the name ‘gay-straight alliance’ or any other name that is consistent with the promotion of a positive school environment that is inclusive and accepting of all pupils.” 

The bill broadly defines bullying as a “behaviour that (a) is intended to cause, or should be known to cause, fear, intimidation, humiliation, distress or other forms of harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem, reputation or property; or (b) is intended to create, or should be known to create, a negative school environment for another person.” 

One Manitoba MLA has criticized the bill as being too vague in its definition of bullying. “You can call it anti-bullying but when I read the bill there's a lot of things in there that I don't think are going to help prevent bullying at all,” said Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen. “It includes ‘hurt feelings’, which is broad enough to mean nothing,” he said.

Goertzen said that many of his constituents have expressed concern that the bill will impede their religious freedom.

The Bill would require that each school board establish a “respect for human diversity policy” to implement that bill’s measures.

Fonseca said he would like to see Manitoba avoid the mistake that Ontario made. He pointed out the “horrible consequences” of Bill 13’s passage eight months ago.

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“The Catholic Church was forced to violate its religious beliefs by accepting openly homosexual student clubs in Catholic schools, despite opposition from Ontario’s bishops and concerned parents,” he said. 

Fonseca also pointed out how Ontario’s Education Minister Laurel Broten had suggested last year that Catholic teaching on abortion violates the anti-bullying bill because it is “misogyny.” 

“We do not allow and we’re very clear with the passage of Bill 13 that Catholic teachings cannot be taught in our schools that violates human rights and which brings a lack of acceptance to participation in schools,” she said when asked if it’s okay for the schools to encourage pro-life rallies.

Fonseca said that if Bill 18 were really about curbing bullying, it would not ignore the top reasons students bully one another, which surveys have found to be based on body-image and appearance, school grades, and cultural background and ethnicity. 

Campaign Life Coalition is urging Manitobans to “get into the streets over this – at the legislature and their MLA’s constituency office. Don’t let yourselves go the way of Ontario’s tyranny.” 

One group of concerned Manitoba citizens have already put together a website to give parents an easy way to tell government officials that they are “concerned about Bill 18 and want our schools and religious freedom protected.” 

The creators of Protectourschools.ca say that portions of Bill 18 “could require schools, including faith based independent schools, to act in ways that are against their values and beliefs”.

“Bill 18 requires schools to accommodate and promote student groups that have values and beliefs in direct contradiction to many faith based independent schools and in contradiction to the communities [where] many public schools are located. The Bill also specifically grants legal protection to certain groups while excluding others from that same protection,” the groups states on the website.

The concerned citizens are worried about the overarching implications of the bill if it becomes law. They point out that many parents originally chose independent faith based schools for their children “specifically because it offers a certain school environment and set of values.”

“Bill 18 erodes that choice by requiring these schools to accommodate and promote groups whose beliefs are in direct contradiction to the teachings of many independent faith based schools.” 

Instead of forcing an ambiguous policy that stresses specific protection for a few, the concerned citizens would like to see the Manitoba government “look for democratic and inclusive ways to combat bullying.”

“Forcing public and faith based independent schools to act against their beliefs and their community values is not the way to combat bullying,” the group wrote.

 
Send email to MB government using protectourschools.ca’s online form.

Form can be used to send emails to:
MB Premier Greg Selinger
Education Minister Nancy Allan
Opposition Leader Brian Pallister
Any MB MLA

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Phil Robertson is known for not pulling any punches when it comes to expressing his opinions on controversial issues, and he certainly didn’t disappoint at the Outdoor Extravaganza in Louisiana earlier this month.

Speaking to a massive crowd of some 8,000 outdoors enthusiasts at the CenturyLink Center, Robertson blasted Christians for not getting active in the political sphere.

“There are about 90 to 100 million of us who claim Jesus. The problem is only half of you register to vote and out of the half of you that registers to vote, only half of that group actually goes and votes,” Robertson said, according to the ShrevePort Times.

“Therefore, when you’re looking up there and griping and complaining about what you see in Washington D.C., you might as well shut up,” he added. “The reason they’re there is we’re putting them there. If you don’t get anything else out of this, remember this — register to vote for crying out loud.”

But Robertson reserved his strongest remarks for politicians who support abortion.

“If the dude or woman is for ripping human fetuses out of their mother’s womb, don’t ever vote for that,” Robertson said bluntly. “Don’t ever say ‘yes’ to that. It’s terrible.”

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Robertson also lamented the increasing secularization of the United States.  

“We’ve lost it folks,” he told the crowd. “We ran God out of our schools. We ran him out of the entertainment business. We ran him out of the news media. We’ve run him out of the judiciary, and we’ve run him out of Washington D.C.

“Well, what you get is what is left up there. They’re ungodly. You agree?”

Ever since A&E’s Duck Dynasty became the most popular reality show in TV history, members of the Robertson family have earned a name as unapologetic defenders of traditional Christian values.

At the Outdoor Extravaganza, Phil was accompanied by his wife, Miss Kay, and eldest son Alan, who also addressed the crowds. 

Phil’s blunt deliveries have occasionally landed him in hot water – most memorably when he addressed the topic of homosexuality in an interview with GQ magazine, earning him a short-lived suspension from his TV show by A&E.

But Robertson refused to apologize for the remarks despite intense pressure from homosexual activists and leftist groups.

“They railed against me for giving them the truth about their sins,” Robertson later said about the response to his GQ interview, pointing out that in the interview he had simply quoted Scriptural prohibitions against homosexuality and a variety of other sins.

"The news media didn't even know it was a verse," Robertson said. "They thought I was just mouthing off."

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The attorney general of Indiana, Greg Zoeller, has asked a state board to review the medical licenses of four abortionists, including an out-of-state abortionist who failed to report two cases of statutory rape.

The Indiana Medical Licensing Board will review the cases of Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer, Dr. Resad Pasic, Dr. Kathleen Glover, and Dr. Raymond Robinson.

A press release from the attorney general's office called Klopfer's “the most egregious complaint.” Klopfer, who lives in Crete, Illinois, failed to report abortions of two 13-year-olds – one at his Women’s Pavilion abortion facility in South Bend and another in his office in Gary.

All abortions must be reported to the Indiana State Department of Health, and abortions performed on minors younger than 14 must also be reported to the Indiana Department of Child Services within three days. Under state law, children under the age of 14 are incapable of consenting to sex, so any sexual relationship with them is considered likely statutory rape.

Klopfer reported the two abortions 116 days and 206 days afterwards, something he described as “an honest mistake.” Klopfer faces a misdemeanor criminal charge in both Lake and St. Joseph county in connection with those allegations.

Every single one of the 1,818 abortion reports Klopfer turned in to state authorities between July 2012 and November 2013 was false or incomplete, Zoeller says. The doctor often omitted the father's name and had a habit of listing the date of every abortion at 88 weeks gestation.

The abortionist is also charged with 13 violations of the state's informed consent law.

“The pending criminal charges brought by county prosecutors along with the sheer volume of unexplained violations...merits review by the Medical Licensing Board to determine whether disciplinary action is warranted,” Zoeller said.

The other three abortionists work at the Clinic for Women in the Indianapolis area. According to a press release from the state attorney general's office, they “are in alleged violation of similar record-keeping and advice and consent laws regarding abortion procedures,” but they face no criminal charges.

The allegations were collected and submitted by Indiana Right to Life, which combed through Klopfer's records. “Our legislators passed laws regarding consent and record keeping to ensure high standards of quality and care for Hoosier women,” Indiana Right to Life President and CEO, Mike Fichter, said. “We're disappointed that these abortion doctors apparently did not willingly comply with Indiana law. We hope the Medical Licensing Board immediately schedules hearings.”

“If found guilty, we believe the abortion doctors should be fined and their licenses to practice in Indiana should be revoked," he added.

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His views were shared by national pro-life leaders. “We are encouraged by the filing of these Administrative Complaints today and urge the Board to revoke Ulrich Klopfer’s medical license due to the fact that he placed young girls in serious risk of continued rape and other abuse by neglecting to report,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Each of these abortionist require stiff discipline in order to impress it upon others that laws are meant to be followed and that they are not above it.”

Zoeller's complaint did not mention a third abortion of a 13-year-old that Klopfer reported after the legal date. The abortion took place in Fort Wayne in February 2012, but he did not report the procedure until July. Police subsequently filed two charges of child molestation against Ronte Lequan Latham, who was then 19-year-old.

Tensions this produced with another physician in his Fort Wayne office led to the first abortion facility closure of 2014.

The epidemic of underreporting presumed statutory rape is not limited to Klopfer. Between 58 and 75 percent of abortions performed on Indiana girls under the age of 14 were not reported in accordance with the law, according to an investigation by Amanda Gray of the South Bend Tribune.

Klopfer had a history of run-ins with authorities. In 2010 and 2012, state inspectors found that he allowed the bodies of aborted babies to be stored in a refrigerator alongside medicine the office gave to women who came in for the procedure.

The board has not yet set a date to hear evidence and make a judgment about their fitness to practice. If the board objects, it could respond by issuing a reprimand, suspending a license, or revoking the abortionists' medical license and imposing fines.

The accused may continue performing abortions until the board makes a final decision. 

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It has often been said that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is President Obama's greatest achievement as president. However, that claim may soon take second place to his judicial nominees, and especially their effect on marriage in the United States.

In a new graphic, The Daily Signal notes that while President George W. Bush was able to get 50 nominees approved by this time in his second term, Obama has gotten more than 100 approved. According to The Houston Chronicle, "Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals. When Obama took office, only one of those courts had more full-time judges nominated by a Democrat."

Three of the five judges who struck down state marriage laws between February 2014 and the Supreme Court's Windsor decision in 2013 were Obama appointees, according to a CBS affiliate in the Washington, D.C. area. Likewise, the Windsor majority that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act included two Obama appointees, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Obama has nominated 11 homosexual judges, the most of any president by far, says the National Law Journal.

Only one federal judge has opposed same-sex "marriage" since the Supreme Court's Windsor decision. He was appointed under the Reagan administration.

This accomplishment, aided by the elimination of Senate filibusters on judicial nominees, could affect how laws and regulations are interpreted by various courts, especially as marriage heads to a probable Supreme Court hearing on the constitutionality of state laws.

Democrats eliminated the filibuster for all judicial nominees except for Supreme Court candidates last year, saying Republicans were blocking qualified candidates for the bench. However, the filibuster was part of the reason Democrats were able to keep the number of approved Bush appointees so low.

The Supreme Court may hear multiple marriage questions in its 2015 cycle. 

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