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Mayor of Canadian town blasted by pro-aborts for proclaiming Protect Human Life Week

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KELOWNA, British Columbia, September 5, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada launched a campaign on Tuesday demanding the mayor of Kelowna, British Columbia rescind his proclamation declaring Sept. 23-30 to be Protect Human Life Week.

In an open letter addressed to Mayor Walter Gray, Joyce Arthur, the executive director of Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, made the assertion that the sponsor of Protect Human Life Week, Kelowna Right to Life, “is a radical political and religious group primarily concerned with opposing and re-criminalizing abortion, not with protecting the infirm, aged, handicapped, or even babies.”

“We demand that the Mayor of Kelowna immediately rescind this proclamation, because it strongly implies that Kelowna does not respect women’s legal and constitutional rights,” said Arthur, adding that there is “no valid reason to issue the proclamation” for a pro-life week that she declares is “deeply offensive.”

This is the second skirmish in the battle over this year’s Protect Human Life Week, which has been held in Kelowna for the past 4 years.

Two weeks ago controversy erupted when the city council voted to eliminate altogether the practice of flying courtesy flags marking officially proclaimed events, rather than allow Kelowna Right to Life’s pro-life flag to fly above city hall during the week.

“Just as the “PRO-LIFE” flag will not be flown, all public support for “Protect Human Life Week” must now be withdrawn,” Arthur said in her letter.

Kelowna’s Director of Communications Tom Wilson told the media that city council does not intend to rescind the proclamation, noting that Mayor Gray has signed more than 50 proclamations since the beginning of the year.

“As the BC Human Rights Commission has established, a proclamation is a service provided by the office of the mayor, not an expression of the personal views of the mayor,” Wilson told the Kelowna Daily Courier.

“Council acknowledges the potential for contradictory or controversial proclamations, but these are not intended as an endorsement of one view over another,” Wilson said, adding that abortion rights activists were free to ask the city for their own proclamation.

Marlon Bartram, executive director of Kelowna Right to Life, said the pro-life group is prepared for a fight and may take a decision against Protect Human Life Week to the B.C. Human Rights tribunal claiming discriminatory and selective proclamation practices.

“I think it would be almost a clear-cut case of discrimination,” Bartram said.

Bartram told LifeSiteNews that the bullying tactics employed by abortion advocates are a sign of intolerance of any message contrary to their own.

“It is apparent that Joyce Arthur and the rest of the Canadian abortion cabal is once again resorting to bully tactics in an attempt to silence opposition to their agenda,” Bartram said. “In their world, any murmuring of the pro-life message in any corner of Canada must be immediately quashed, and all who proclaim a message contrary to their own must be silenced.”

“But guess what Joyce,” Bartram said, “even though you think that you are being tolerant by chumming around with those who share your view on child-killing, tolerance is respecting the right to free speech of those with opinions that differ from yours. Maybe this time you just ought to accept that Protect Human Life Week is going ahead. Maybe it is your turn to tolerate us!”

Despite the controversy, events scheduled for Protect Human Life Week will go ahead as planned, Bartram assured those planning to attend.

Those events include a Memorial Service for the Unborn, a Walk for Life fundraiser September 22 in Mission Creek Park, an exclusive screening of the new film October Baby on September 28 at Evangel Church on Gordon Drive at 7:00 pm, and the annual Life Chain to close out the week on September 30.

Kelowna Right to Life also plans to conduct a postcard campaign during the week, distributing pro-life postcards to households in the Kelowna area.

Click here to view the City of Kelowna proclamation of Protect Human Life Week for 2012.

For more information on Protect Human Life Week, visit the events section of the Kelowna Right to Life website.


Contact Information:

Mayor Walter Gray
City of Kelowna
1435 Water Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1J4
Mayor’s Office Phone: 250 469-8980
Email: mayorandcouncil@kelowna.ca

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Catholic school removes alumna’s photo after she endorses abortion in bid for governor

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A Rhode Island Catholic school has removed the photo of an alumna from its halls after she endorsed abortion in her campaign for governor.

LaSalle Academy of Providence took alumna Gina Raimondo’s photo down from the school’s Wall of Notables last week after she publicly stated she does not support the Church’s teaching on life and would work to support abortion.

"You know the Catholic Church has a clear position, and I have a clear position,” the state general treasurer said, according to ABC. “And I am clearly pro–choice and as I've said, I as Governor, support the decision in Roe v. Wade."

Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin responded the same day in statement on his Facebook page.

“It is always disappointing when a Catholic candidate for political office abandons the teaching of the Church on the dignity of human life for the sake of self-serving political gain,” he said. Such actions demonstrate an inexcusable lack of moral courage.”

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“Pope Francis has explained how evil abortion really is, that every aborted child bears the face of Jesus Christ,” he continued. “Similarly, I wish to remind Catholics of the Diocese of Providence, in the clearest terms possible: Abortion is a sin, and those who provide it, promote it and support it will be held accountable by Almighty God for the unjust death of unborn children.”

Raimondo, valedictorian of the 1989 class at LaSalle Academy, made her comments at Planned Parenthood’s Rhode Island PAC’s endorsement of her candidacy September 25. She said as well that she is “more pro-choice” than Republican candidate Allan Fung, and that she opposes the Hobby Lobby ruling in support of religious freedom for employers.

According to the Providence Journal, she also said she would oppose efforts to incorporate an option in the Rhode Island health insurance exchange that would exclude abortion or contraception. Raimondo also pledged to seek repeal of a 1997 Rhode Island law banning partial-birth abortion.

Drew Lagace, La Salle’s communications spokesman, told the Providence Journal the school took the photo down and didn’t want to elaborate. But he told the local NBC affiliate, “Her statements were very bold against the Church and the teachings of the Church.”

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Obama admin files first-ever lawsuits against employers who fired transgender workers

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The Obama administration 's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed two lawsuits against employers who fired transgender employees, claiming that the businesses violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act's prohibition of discrimination against women. Last Thursday's lawsuits are the first ever filed by EEOC over what they deem transgender employment bias.

The employment regulatory agency's Indianapolis office sued R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, located in the Detroit area, for firing “Amiee” Stephens, a funeral director who was born male and wished to perform funeral duties in female attire.

The EEOC's Miami office sued Lakeland Eye Clinic in Lakeland, Florida, for firing Michael Branson in June 2011. Branson's lawyer, Jillian Weiss, states his co-workers “snickered, rolled their eyes, and withdrew from social interactions with” Branson after he showed up at work a few months into the job in drag demanding to be called “Brandi.”

Obama officials say that firing transgender workers violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, because the employers allegedly fired transgender “women” who “did not conform to the employer's gender-based expectations, preferences, or stereotypes.”

However, that pivotal civil rights law does not mention transgender people nor homosexuals and recognizes neither as a protected minority group that is accorded special rights.

Nonetheless, the Obama administration contends that transgender males are actually women, so any employer who “discriminates” against them is guilty of discrimination on the basis of sex.

The EEOC wrote in its August 20 decision in Complainant v. Jeh Johnson that “While Title VII’s prohibition of discrimination does not explicitly include sexual orientation as a basis, Title VII prohibits sex discrimination, including sex- stereotyping discrimination and gender discrimination. The term ‘gender’ encompasses not only a person’s biological sex, but also the cultural and social aspects associated with masculinity and femininity.”

In other words, males who believe they are females really are females, and they are experiencing discrimination because they do not look like “other” women.

“Moreover, we have held that sex discrimination claims may intersect with claims of sexual orientation discrimination,” the EEOC continued.

EEOC General Counsel David Lopez told BuzzFeed that the Obama administration wants “to ensure employers aren’t considering irrelevant factors, like gender-based stereotypes or gender identity, in making employment decisions.” But business owners say the image projected by outside sales representatives, front office personnel, and other employees has a real impact on the customer's comfort and likelihood to do business with a company.

Mario Diaz, legal counsel of Concerned Women for America, told LifeSiteNews that the lawsuits are the latest push by the Obama administration to further the radical homosexual and transgender political agenda without persuading the American people first.

“The mainstreaming of transgenderism is a debate that is just beginning in our culture,” Diaz told LifeSiteNews. “The American people should debate the complex issues involved, and the legislatures should act based on the conclusions we reach as a society.”

“For the Obama administration to act unilaterally, once again, to force its conclusion about sexuality and morality on the nation is beyond reprehensible,” he said.

“Nevertheless, we can’t say we are surprised. This is why President Obama appointed celebrated homosexual activist Chai Feldblum to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission back in 2010, when we sounded the alarm about the implications of such an appointment.”

Homosexual activists were thrilled. Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the homosexual lobbying group Human Rights Campaign, called the lawsuits an “historic and a giant step” that “deserves immense praise.”

The new prosecutions are an attempt to implement a December 2012 Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) drawn up by Obama administration officials making "coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals under Title VII's sex discrimination provisions, as they may apply" as “a top Commission enforcement priority.”

And the Obama administration promises this is only the beginning. Robert E. Weisberg, regional lawyer for the EEOC's Miami district office, told Florida's Lakeland Ledger, "I sincerely hope that it serves as a teaching moment for the employer community on how the EEOC views the law and their intention to enforce the law — and for victims who might not have realized they have this type of relief available, to (encourage them to) come forward.”

He added that the “educational byproduct of a case like this can extend far beyond the parties in the lawsuit, which would be the real hope."

President Obama has worked like no other president to promote the redefinition of gender norms, from a biological reality to a malleable social construct.

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In late April, his administration stated that Title IX funding, intended to assist women pursue higher education, applies to transgender males, through the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development demanded that any renter who accepts Section 8 or HUD financing must rent their accommodations to homosexuals and transgender people.

In 2010, Obama named “Amanda” Simpson the Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department, thought to be the first transgender presidential appointment.

Long before seeking the presidency, Barack Obama talked about aggressive federal action to promote social engineering in a 2001 interview on public radio. When conservative media outlets said this meant candidate Obama would use executive powers to promote his agenda in lieu of Congressional support, mainstream reporters such as the Associated Press and The Washington Post dismissed their claims.

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