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(LifeSiteNews) – Canadian commentary on the United States is almost always an exercise in insufferable back-patting, and nowhere is that more true than when columnists opine on the differences between our top courts.

In America, Canadian pundits note smugly, the Supreme Court is partisan and political, unlike in Canada, where we are so well-governed that we don’t even know who our justices are. The latest example of this cringe is from the National Observer which published a column with this pretentious headline: “You probably don’t know who’s on our Supreme Court. Let’s keep it that way.”

The Observer, of course, pinpointed the overturn of Roe v. Wade as a particularly egregious example of the court’s partisanship (Roe v. Wade itself and the subsequent decision to uphold it, of course, were not political). The columnist in question then managed to make a string of mistakes, including repeating the popular falsehood that justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch had promised not to overturn Roe (they simply affirmed it as a longstanding precedent, which it was and is no longer.) Canada’s court, on the other hand, is a model of stability because Canadians don’t seem to care about it much.

But the only reason that Canadian liberals are so pleased by this state of affairs is because Canada’s Supreme Court is willing to throw out its own precedents in its relentless pursuit of maximal liberalism. It is Canada’s Supreme Court that consistently strikes blows against religious freedom; it is Canada’s Supreme Court that created the euthanasia regime now viewed the world over as a cautionary tale (“if we’re not careful, we’ll end up like Canada.”)

If, on the other hand, the Supreme Court ruled on religious liberty, or abortion, or assisted suicide in a way that liberals do not like, their tune would change immediately, and we would be treated to a string of columns howling about how Canada’s top court became Americanized.

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UPDATE (26th January 2023):

Enoch Burke is facing severe fines of €5000 per week if he backs down in his stand for the truth about gender ideology.

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Burke is facing a daily fine of €700 if he does not obey a court order barring him from attending the school he was fired from. 

Having spent 108 days in jail last year for his refusal to abide by the court order, he was officially fired last week by the Church of Ireland (Anglican) Wilson’s Hospital School in Co. Westmeath, Ireland. 

Responding to High Court Justice Brian O’Moore’s decision to fine the teacher €700 per day from Friday unless purges his contempt of the court order, Burke told reporters that the judge “wants to fine me for the profession of my religious beliefs.” 

“What has become of us as a nation, to fine somebody for their religious beliefs?,” Burke asked. “We’re at a time in this country where people are at their wit’s end, with the cost of everything as we know...and Brian O’Moore, a judge of the High Court, has sat down and said to himself that not only will you have to pay for all those things, but you now have to pay for your religious belief.”  

“He’ll make you a pauper for the profession of your religious belief,” Burke added.  


The teacher declined to answer questions on whether he would continue to attend the school and face significant fines, or purge his contempt of court.  

An Evangelical Christian who taught German, history and politics at the school for four years, Burke has consistently maintained that to use transgender pronouns would violate his religious beliefs and that his subsequent suspension by the school, and the court orders against him, were therefore unjust. 

Jailed on September 5, 2022, Mr. Justice Brian O’Moore released Burke on December 21st, despite the teacher’s unwillingness to purge his contempt of the court order barring him from the school’s property. 

Mr. Justice O’Moore said today that he hoped the prospect of paying almost €5000 in fines every week would “end his (Burke’s) utterly pointless attendance at a school which does not want him on its property”. 

The judge warned however that the fines could be increased if they do not have the desired effect.  

Burke was fired by the school last Friday and has shown up at the school grounds for work each day this week, despite being arrested and released on Tuesday. 

He has until 2pm GMT on Friday to officially purge his contempt before the court or the €700 daily fines will begin to be applied. 

Mr. Justice O’Moore admitted today that it was not “immediately attractive” to jail the Christian conscientious objector again as he theorized that Burke had exploited media attention surrounding his imprisonment last year for his own ends, while the judge also considered the schools suggestion to sequester the teacher’s assets to be futile. 

Prior to his imprisonment, Burke told the High Court that “transgenderism is against my Christian belief.” 

“It is contrary to the Scriptures, contrary to the ethos of the Church of Ireland and of my school,” the teacher added. “I love my school, with its motto Res Non Verba, actions not words, but I am here today because I said I would not call a boy a girl.” 

“It is insanity that I will be led from this courtroom to a place of incarceration, but I will not give up my Christian beliefs,” he insisted. 

Burke also promised Mr. Justice Max Barrett on September 7th that he would “never leave Mountjoy Prison if in leaving that prison I must violate my well-informed conscience and my religious beliefs and deny my God. I consider it commendable that I chose to obey God rather than man.”


Irish teacher Enoch Burke has been arrested and jailed after refusing to use a transgender student's preferred pronoun, "they", in the classroom.

This insane step by Irish authorities must be called out for what it is: the unhinged intimidation of an educator by demented ideologues.

Please add your name to our urgent message to the High Court today.

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Burke was suspended by his school for refusing to use the transgender pronouns of a student, even confronting his principal about the irrationality of the situation, and defying a subsequent court injunction barring him from performing his teaching duties.

He is now in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin after being brought before a judge on 5 September who found Burke to be in contempt of the injunction by attending work after his suspension.

Burke, who told the High Court “I am here today because I would not call a boy a girl”, made clear that he would not abide by the injunction because it would violate his conscience as a Christian.

“Were I to obey the order of the board of management and the order of the court, I would have to accept that sticking by my belief in male and female is wrong,” he said. “It is not something I will do. It is in violation of my conscience."

“Were I to go into the school and bow to something I know to be manifestly wrong, it would be a shame and a disgrace on my part,” he added.

This defiant attitude has now prompted Burke's arrest and imprisonment in an Orwellian debacle that should send warning signals to the watching world.

Mr. Justice Burke ordered Burke be "committed to Mountjoy Prison and remain therein until he purges his contempt or until further order of this court.”

Defending himself, Burke replied: “I cannot purge my contempt by holding my Christian beliefs in contempt."

Burke hugged his father and brother before being taken away by Gardaí to Mountjoy Prison.

Please share this petition with as many people as possible - it's clear that leftists will not tolerate dissent on this absurd issue unless we all push back.

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Progressives view their beliefs as normative, and if institutions support their agenda, then all is well. If, however, justices or politicians have the temerity to oppose them, then democracy is suddenly dying. Remember the hysteria about Stephen Harper, the social liberal with some fiscal smarts, and how he was going to destroy the country?

This is not even to mention the fact that Canada’s Supreme Court is politicized – but only one side is playing the game. Harper stacked Canadian courts with progressive justices who then overturned nearly the entirety of his legacy in around fifteen minutes and gave us a lethal suicide regime to boot (Trudeau passed the legislation; the justices who found a Charter right to suicide were Harper appointees). If a Conservative prime minister wanted to appoint a pro-life justice, we’d be told that real fascism had actually arrived.

You may remember that back when Justin Trudeau was in the process of getting rid of Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould for refusing to go along with his unethical behavior, someone – probably on Trudeau’s team – leaked to the press that Trudeau was disturbed by one of Wilson-Raybould’s Supreme Court nominee recommendations. Why? Because, as the CBC put it:

Wilson-Raybould’s pick puzzled Trudeau but he became disturbed after doing some research into [Glenn] Joyal’s views on the charter, the sources said. Joyal had criticized the judiciary for broadly interpreting charter rights and expanding them to apply to things not explicitly mentioned in the charter or, in his view, intended by provincial premiers when they agreed to enshrine a charter in the Constitution.

The Supreme Court’s liberal interpretation has led to things like legalization of same-sex marriage, the right of women to choose to have an abortion and the legalization of medical assistance in dying, among other things – developments Trudeau has celebrated.

So, Trudeau and the Liberals ensure that only liberal justices who support their agenda get put on the Supreme Court – no pro-lifers allowed! And conveniently for them, the last Conservative prime minister also put liberals on the court. And that is what leftist pundits mean when they say that Canada’s top court isn’t partisan – that there is not a single judge who disagrees with their beliefs.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.