Patrick Craine

,

At Liberal helm, abortion extremist Justin Trudeau would gravely hurt cause of unborn

Patrick Craine
Patrick Craine

MONTREAL, Oct. 3, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As pundits and politicos predict that Justin Trudeau’s candidacy for leadership of the federal Liberal Party will result in a ‘coronation’ because of his overwhelming popularity, some pro-life leaders are warning that a renewed bout of Trudeaumania will damage the cause to protect Canada’s unborn.

The 40-year-old backbench MP showcased his extremism on abortion in February when he indicated he would support Quebec separatism should Canada make a move to give legal protection to children in the womb.

After months of speculation, the eldest son of Canada’s most polarizing Prime Minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, announced his candidacy Tuesday evening in his Montreal riding of Papineau. First elected to the House of Commons in 2008, Justin Trudeau’s rise to the Liberal leadership has been anticipated for over a decade. But many are now claiming that he brings more star power to the position than actual substance.

Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition, said Trudeau’s candidacy is a threat to the pro-life and pro-family causes because of his hard-line stances in favour of abortion-on-demand and same-sex “marriage”.

“Even though he has little experience, he’s a lightweight in terms of politics, it will not deter a lot of people who will get on his bandwagon because of charisma, cult of personality, and all these different things. He plays the game well,” Hughes explained.

Gwen Landolt, National Vice-President of REAL Women Canada, said Trudeau lacks the strong background and thought-out policy positions normally expected of party leaders. “All we know is that he’s sort of a knee-jerk left-wing liberal, on same-sex ‘marriage’, abortion-on-demand, but he doesn’t seem to have any in-depth analysis on any issue,” she explained.

“If the Liberals think that Justin Trudeau’s going to solve their problems, they’re very naïve,” she added. “Charisma isn’t going to solve the problem.”

Hughes thinks pro-lifers should not underestimate the power of his charisma on the next generation of voters. “He’ll be able to whip up a lot of enthusiasm among the young, who won’t know the issues at all and a lot of die-hard Liberals who will vote for him just because of the name,” said Hughes.

“I don’t think that the Conservative government has looked at this seriously. I think they sort of pooh-pooh the whole idea,” he added.

A Forum Research poll released last week suggested Trudeau’s Liberals would win an election with 39% compared to 32% for Harper’s Conservatives and 20% for Thomas Mulcair’s NDP.

Trudeau has been a popular speaker at schools, particularly Catholic schools, and charity events for over a decade, and has a Twitter following of 152,000 – second only among MPs to Prime Minister Harper’s 248,000. He is also much loved by the media, which was evidenced in the past week after the news that he planned to announce his leadership bid. The frenzy of coverage reached the point that one pundit urged the media and Trudeau to “get a room.”

Even though they acknowledge his lack of experience, Liberal insiders have been touting his star power, calling him the “American Idol” candidate, and noting that he’s the only person they have who could draw 200 supporters to any backwoods area of the country.

Trudeau’s late father holds the dubious honour of having been the architect of legal abortion in Canada – as Minister of Justice in 1967 he tabled the infamous Omnibus Bill that legalized abortion for the first time, and oversaw its passage as Prime Minister in 1969. He is also revered as the champion of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which has empowered the courts to impose unregulated abortion, same-sex “marriage”, legal brothels, and “safe” injection sites.

And the son appears to be picking up right where his father left off – pushing abortion and same-sex “marriage” while at the same time touting his Catholic faith.

He is a regular participant in Gay Pride parades and has been a guest speaker for the homosexual lobby group Egale. In June, he told an assembly of students at a high school event that the Catholic Church’s opposition to gay-straight alliances is “repulsive.”

In February, Justin Trudeau sparked controversy when he suggested he would support the separation of Quebec if Canada moved to restrict abortion or same-sex “marriage”.

“I always say, if at a certain point, I believe that Canada was really the Canada of Stephen Harper – that we were going against abortion, and we were going against gay marriage, and we were going backwards in 10,000 different ways – maybe I would think about wanting to make Quebec a country,” he told Radio-Canada.

The comments were seen as particularly egregious because of his father’s legacy as a champion of a united Canada.

In November 2011, Trudeau complained to media that he was “surprisingly upset” someone would accuse him of being a “bad Catholic” after Tory MP Dean Del Mastro questioned why he was so frequently invited to Catholic schools even though he openly opposes basic Catholic moral teachings.

“My own personal faith is an extremely important part of who I am and the values that I try to lead with,” Trudeau told the Canadian Press at the time. His prominence has been assisted by Catholic events such as the preparatory event for World Youth Day in Toronto in 2001 where he was asked to speak and giving the eulogy at his father’s funeral in 2000 at the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal.

FREE pro-life and pro-family news.

Stay up-to-date on the issues you care about the most. Subscribe today. 

Select Your Edition:


Share this article

Advertisement
Featured Image
Lisa Bourne

‘You can’t have’ marriage equality ‘without polygamy’

Lisa Bourne
By Lisa Bourne

July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Motivated by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing homosexual “marriage,” a Montana polygamist has filed for a second marriage license, so he can be legally wed to two women at once.

"It's about marriage equality," said Nathan Collier, using homosexual advocates’ term to support marriage redefinition. "You can't have this without polygamy."

Collier, who has has appeared on the TLC reality show Sister Wives with his legal wife Victoria, and his second wife Christine, said he was inspired by the dissent in the Supreme Court decision.

The minority Supreme Court justices said in Friday’s ruling it would open the door to both polygamy and religious persecution.

“It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts.

Collier and his wives applied for a second marriage license earlier this week at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings, a report from the Salt Lake Tribune said.

Collier, who was excommunicated from the Mormon Church for polygamy, married Victoria in 2000 and had a religious wedding ceremony with Christine in 2007. The three have seven children between them and from previous relationships.

"My second wife Christine, who I'm not legally married to, she's put up with my crap for a lot of years. She deserves legitimacy," Collier said.

Yellowstone County officials initially denied the application before saying they would consult with the County Attorney and get him a final answer.

Click "like" if you want to defend true marriage.

Bigamy, the holding of multiple marriage licenses, is illegal all 50 states, but Collier plans to sue if his application is denied. Officials expect to have an answer for him next week.

While homosexual “marriage” supporters have long insisted legalization of same-sex unions would not lead to polygamy, pro-life and family advocates have warned all along it would be inevitable with the redefinition of marriage.

“The next court cases coming will push for polygamy, as Chief Justice John Roberts acknowledged in his dissent,” said Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, after the Supreme Court ruling. “The chief justice said “the argument for polygamy is actually stronger than that for ‘gay marriage.’ It’s only a matter of time.”

In a piece from the Washington Times, LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief and the co-founder of Voice of the Family John-Henry Westen stated the move toward legal polygamy is “just the next step in unraveling how Americans view marriage.”

Advertisement
Featured Image
Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com
Ben Johnson Ben Johnson Follow Ben

, , ,

Chris Christie: Clerks must perform same-sex ‘marriages’ regardless of their religious beliefs

Ben Johnson Ben Johnson Follow Ben
By Ben Johnson

TRENTON, NJ, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Chris Christie is not known for nuance. This time, he has turned his fiery personality loose on county clerks and other officials who have religious objections to performing same-sex “marriages.”

In a tone usually reserved for busting teachers' unions, Christie told clerks who hold traditional values, “You took the job, and you took the oath.” He would offer no exemption for an individual whose conscience would not allow him to participate in a union the vast majority of the world's religions deem sinful.

“When you go back and re-read the oath it doesn’t give you an out. You have to do it,” he said.

He told a reporter that there “might” be “individual circumstances” that “merit some examination, but none that come immediately to mind for me.”

“I think for folks who are in the government world, they kind of have to do their job, whether you agree with the law or you don’t,” the pugnacious governor said.

Since the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to legalize homosexual “marriage” last Friday, elected officials have grappled with how to safeguard the rights of those who have deeply held religious beliefs that would not allow them to participate in such a ceremony.

Christie's response differs markedly from other GOP hopefuls' responses to the Supreme Court ruling. Mike Huckabee, for instance, has specifically said that clerks should have conscience rights. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed an executive order granting such rights and ordered clerks to wait until a pending court case was fully adjudicated before any clerk issues a marriage license to a homosexual couple.

Christie gave up a legal appeal after a superior court judge struck down his state's voter-approved constitutional marriage protection amendment. New Jersey is the only state where such a low court overturned the will of the voters.

The decision to ignore conscience rights adds to the growing number of Christie's positions that give conservatives pause.

The natural locus of support for a Christie 2016 presidential run is the Republican's socially liberal donor class, for personal as well as political reasons. His wife works on Wall Street, and some of the GOP's high-dollar donors – including Paul Singer – have courted Christie for years.

However, this year Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and to a lesser degree Scott Walker have eclipsed Christie as the preferred candidates of the boardroom donors – who sometimes prefer Democrats to Republicans.

Christie also used language during a speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition last year, which concerned some major GOP donors.

Christie is reportedly spending this weekend with Mitt Romney and his family at Romney's New Hampshire home. Romney declined to enter the 2016 race himself and may be able to open his donor list to Christie's struggling campaign.

Advertisement
Featured Image
Shutterstock.com
Ben Johnson Ben Johnson Follow Ben

After having a girl with Down syndrome, this couple adopted two more

Ben Johnson Ben Johnson Follow Ben
By Ben Johnson

LINO LAKE, MN, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – For most people, having five biological children would have been enough. In fact, for many Americans, large families are treated as a scandal or a burden.

But one family made the decision, not just to have a large family, but to give a home to some of the most vulnerable children in the world: Girls born overseas with Down syndrome.

Lee and Karen Shervheim love all seven of their children, biological or otherwise. Undeterred by having twin boys – Daniel and Andrew, 18 – they had Sam four years later.

They now have three daughters who are all 11 years old. All three have Down syndrome.

And two of them are adopted.

About the time their eight-year-old son, David, was born, Lee and Karen decided to adopt a child with Down syndrome to be a companion to their daughter, Annie.

They made the further unexpected choice to adopt a child from Eastern Europe with the help of Reece's Rainbow, which helps parents adopt children with Down syndrome.

“Between my wife and I, we couldn’t get it out of our heads,” Lee told the Quad City Press. “So many children need families and we knew we could potentially do something about it.”

After originally deciding to adopt Katie, they spent six weeks in Kiev, visiting an orphanage in nearby Kharkov. While there, they decided they may have room in their heart, and their home, for another child.

When they saw a picture of Emie striking the same pose as their biological daughter in one of their photographs, they knew they would come home with two children.

Both girls were the same age as their Annie. She would not lack for companionship, as they worried.

Lee said after the Ukrainian government – finally – completed the paperwork, they returned to the United States, when the real challenges began.

“The unvarnished truth,” Lee told the Press, is that adopting the Russian-speaking special needs children “was really disruptive to our family. They came with so many issues that we had not anticipated.”

After teaching them sign language and appropriate behavior, they moved to Lino Lake, Minnesota and found a new support group in Eagle Brook Church. There they found personal assistance and spiritual solace.

Every year in the past seven years has been better and better, they say.

“I think my girls can do almost anything they want to do,” he said, “and that’s what I want to help them become.”

The family's devotion is fueled by their faith, and it informs the sense of humor Lee showed in a tweet during the 2014 midterm elections:

It takes a special person to believe in the potential of the “mentally retarded,” as they were once labeled. Today, 90 percent of all babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb will be aborted. The percentage is higher in some countries. Some have even spoken of "a world without people with Down syndrome."

Their God, and their experience, tell them that every child has infinite worth and potential, Lee told local media, and he would encourage anyone to follow his footsteps and adopt a Down syndrome child – or two.

“The message is that it really doesn’t matter where you started or where you came from,” Lee said. “There are endless opportunities for everyone, whether they have disabilities or not. They deserve a shot.”

Advertisement

Customize your experience.

Login with Facebook