CommentaryFri Oct 12, 2012 - 11:48 am EST
Ontario’s government’s Broten and Bill 13 must go
Canada’s Constitution and Charter of Rights clearly say there is religious freedom and freedom of conscience in Canada. However, it seems that Ontario’s education minister has views on such matters more in line with Communist China than the principles of a free nation.
Minister Laurel Broten said during a press conference Wednesday that Ontario’s “anti-bullying” legislation, Bill 13, also means that Catholic schools should not be teaching that abortion is wrong, because it is “misogyny.”
“Bill 13 is about tackling misogyny, [and] taking away a woman’s right to choose could arguably be one of the most misogynistic actions that one could take,” Broten said.
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That Broten would make such remarks is alarming and the latest sign of a dangerous trend to arbitrarily deprive Canadians of fundamental rights and to impose state ideology. In addition to violating the Canada’s traditions and Charter of Rights, it is also a clear violation of the International Declaration of Human Rights.
To those with eyes to see, Ontario’s “anti-bullying” legislation was never anything but a ruthless ploy to exploit the public’s distaste for bullying of vulnerable children. The goal has always been to impose and enforce new laws to suppress views contrary to the Liberal social engineering plans.
We are seeing now that Bill 13 is much larger than an anti-bullying program. In addition to this latest claim that Catholic schools may no longer convey Catholic teachings against abortion, it is also attempting to sneak in a radical, sexual agenda.
The government’s actions amount to a type of mass sexual abuse of Ontario’s school children, even down to the youngest grades. That is, their innocence will be stolen from them and they will be tempted and encouraged, at even very early ages, to become involved in addictive behaviours dangerous to their physical, emotional and spiritual health. And now, those who inevitably become pregnant as a result of all this cannot be told the truth about abortion and its harm to them and their unborn children.
The intention of the legislation was never put any more clearly than by Member of Provincial Parliament Glen Murray, who, during a debate on the bill, referenced Catholic teaching on homosexuality, and then declared, “I have to say to the bishops: ‘You’re not allowed to do that anymore.’”
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Murray may as well have said: “You’re not allowed to be Catholic any more.” And the same thing applies to Christians of any denomination, Orthodox Jews, or members of any religion who accept natural law principles.
The timing of the minister’s accusation of “misogyny” couldn’t be more ironic, coming as it does on the heels of Member of Parliament Mark Warawa’s motion condemning sex selection abortion. Already that motion has exposed Canada’s extreme pro-abortion feminists as frauds. They have shown themselves more concerned about the supposed “right” to abort a child for any reason during any stage of pregnancy, than they are about the fact that baby girls are being targeted for destruction because of a sexist preference for boys.
In light of this epidemic, Broten’s focus on the Catholic Church’s pro-life teaching as “misogyny” rings laughably hollow.
Will Broten get away with it? Already the government has signaled that it intends to stand by her. That means the ball is now in the court of the Ontario bishops.
What is certain is that never there been a greater need for the Bishops to vigorously denounce these government actions, while also directing all Ontario Catholic schools to ignore the illicit violations of the constitutional rights of Catholic schools.
An example was set by Bishop Henry in Alberta in 2003 in response to a similar situation of government attempting or order curriculum changes “contrary to Christian Truth”. Henry told the government “We are not implementing this. Go to hell!’.” Yes, he actually said that and the government withdrew its plans.
Now, that’s not the kind of language that we use or normally allow on LifeSiteNews, but the bishop showed that strongly and immediately conveying to the politicians that they have no business making such demands is called for and entirely appropriate. He got their full attention. He played political hardball and they immediately understood they were in for a major public (not private) fight if they did not back off from their lunacy. Votes were at stake.
Bishop Henry said of his 2003 experience, there needed to be “One hell of an outcry”. And there was - in Alberta. Now it is needed in Ontario.
Not only freedoms, but the souls of children, and the lives of the unborn, are at stake. This type of sexual abuse of children must be stopped dead in its tracks - now!
For all Canadians, the first order of business is to call for Broten’s immediate resignation. Her blatant contempt for the Charter freedoms of Ontario Catholics is so indefensible that she has forfeited her right to represent Ontarians in any official capacity.
For all non-Catholic Christians in Canada now is the time to echo your Evangelical brothers to the South who stood with Catholics in the US against President Obama’s forcing them to pay for contraception coverage against their consciences. “We are all Catholics now,” rang out the chorus from Christian leaders such as Baptist Mike Huckabee, and Mormons Glenn Beck and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney many others.
The second thing is to renew opposition to Bill 13, letting Ontario legislators know that it must be repealed, and encouraging Ontario bishops to launch a legal challenge against it and direct Catholics to immediately cease all compliance with the illicit legislation.
If all of this is not done, the precedents that will be set will eventually become almost impossible to undo and further denials of rights will follow as surely as night follows day.
Both Broten and Bill 13 must go.