Calgary’s Bishop Fred Henry Warns Christians not to Trust Religious Protection in Same Sex Bill

CALGARY, February 28, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop Fred Henry, in a brief editorial in the Calgary Sun, has called the Liberal Party to task on the impending same sex marriage legislation. He reminds Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew that Canadian Christians are still waiting for an apology. Pettigrew, said in January that the separation of Church and state, a political concept that exists mainly in the mind of liberal ideologues, meant that Canada’s churches “should not get involved” in the same-sex marriage legislation debate. Bishop Henry is apparently aware that those expecting an apology will have a while yet to […]
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Harper Backing Resolution That Conservative Policy Will Take No Stand on Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage

OTTAWA, February 28, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper recently told his caucus that the party leadership will be backing a resolution at the upcoming policy convention that would institute an official policy of not taking any position on abortion, same-sex marriage or other social conservative issues.  LifeSiteNews.com was told by a party source that Harper conveyed this shocking news to his mostly social conservative caucus at a Feb. 15 caucus meeting. The informant is deeply concerned about the leader’s on-going efforts to take the party further to the left and well away from the distinct alternative given […]
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Is Canada Heading Towards a Totalitarian State? An Essay by Michael D. O’Brien

OTTAWA, February 28, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Michael O’Brien, the Canadian Catholic novelist and social commentator, describes the classic signs of a growing totalitarianism: the imposition of a national ideological orthodoxy with state coercive power to ensure conformity. The Canadian government, he proposes, in a guest editorial exclusive to LifeSiteNews.com, is using the homosexual movement to create this kind of state. In Canada, a person is free to hold opinions contrary to those official party lines, but only in his home and only cautiously.  There are now criminal penalties for public disagreement.  Michael O’Brien is well known to Catholic readers as […]
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Polygamy Study Driven by Liberal Concern over Gay “Marriage” Legislation

OTTAWA, February 28, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Liberal Party’s call for a polygamy study was driven by the fear that opening the door to same-sex “marriage” would also pave the way for legalization of polygamy, according to a recently released document from Status of Women Canada.  Liberal party members and the media ridiculed the suggestion by Conservative Party Leader Stephen Harper that there was a connection between the timing of the study and same-sex “marriage” legislation. “The question of polygamy has also arisen lately in connection with the current public debate on civil marriage and the legal recognition of same-sex […]
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Charity Group Notifies Churches It’s Permissible to Speak Out on Gay Marriage Bill

OTTAWA, February 28, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Many Christian leaders may be wondering if speaking out on Bill C-38, the Civil Marriage Act would be considered political activity.  The Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) has confirmed that churches are permitted to do so without risking their charitable status.  “Churches and denominations may speak out on the issue of marriage,” says the CCCC in a release. “This is not political activity but charitable activity because it is in pursuit of your charitable purposes.”  The CCCC notes that “other ministries will have to examine their charitable purposes to determine if they too […]
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Brazilian Prosecutor Files Suit to Legalize Gay “Marriage”

TAUBATE, Brazil, February 28, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Brazilian prosecutor has filed a legal challenge to the country’s prohibition of same-sex “marriage.”  Prosecutor Joao Gilberto Goncalves argued that the 1988 constitution, which outlaws discrimination against homosexuals, is a reason to allow same-sex couples to “wed.” A court ruling is expected later this year.  A meeting officially supported by the Human Rights Office of the President of Brazil last May called for the approval of laws sympathetic to homosexuality in the Brazilian Congress. Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul approved same-sex civil union legislation last year.  Goncalves said he […]
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Canadians Urged to Lobby Members of Parliamentary Committee on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Bill

OTTAWA, February 25, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-family groups are urging supporters to lobby members of the Parliamentary Committee on the gay ‘marriage’ Bill C-38, to allow cross-country hearings on the issue.  In an attempt to fast-track the legislation homosexual activist MPs are arguing that debate on the issue has already been heard and more is unnecessary. The following is a list of all committee members and their contact information.  Liberal Françoise Boivin – (613) 992-4351 – Fax: (613) 992-1037 – Email: [email protected]   Don Boudria – (613) 996-2907 – Fax: (613) 996-9123 Email: [email protected]   Paul Harold Macklin – (613) […]
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Conservative MP Crossed the Floor to Shake Hands With Prime Minister Over Same Sex ‘Marriage’

OTTAWA, February 28, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – BC Conservative MP James Moore, who promoted himself as a pro-life, pro-family candidate before elections in 2000, scandalized his own Conservative caucus and his pro-family supporters when he crossed the floor of the House of Commons February 16 to shake the hand of Prime Minister Paul Martin – right before Martin delivered a speech promoting his same-sex “marriage” legislation.  Campaign Life Coalition National Director of Public Affairs, Aidan Reid, told LifeSiteNews.com that he signed up to help Moore campaign for his riding of Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, BC in 2000 because of Moore’s claim to […]
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Canadian Tire Retracts Statement on Sponsorship of Pro-Gay ‘Marriage’ Show

TORONTO, February 28, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two weeks ago LifeSiteNews.com reported that Canadian Tire was standing behind its sponsorship of a controversial show called “My Fabulous Gay Wedding.” Since that time the corporate offices of Canadian Tire have been showered with calls, emails and faxes, not only from concerned patrons but also from local store owners who were confronted by customers.  Susan Rogers, Senior Vice President of Canadian Tire Corporate Affairs, spoke with LifeSiteNews.com today to clarify the situation. Rogers admitted that the LifeSiteNews.com story was “completely accurate based on the information that you had been provided” by Canadian Tire. She added however […]
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