Transgender bill in Canadian Senate will open door to normalizing pedophilia, women’s org warns
OTTAWA, Ontario, June 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As the transgendered bill C-279 makes its way through the Senate, having passed second reading last week, a leading women’s organization is warning the country that passage of the bill would open a Pandora’s box eventually leading to the normalization of “problematic sexual activities, including pedophilia”.
“It’s all in how the word ‘gender identity’ is defined,” said Gwen Landolt, National Vice-President of REAL Women of Canada, to LifeSiteNews.com.
The bill, put forward by NDP LGBTT Critic Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC), defines “gender identity” as an “individual’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex that the individual was assigned at birth.”
Landolt explained that “gender identity” is a catch-all phrase that could be interpreted by activist courts to legitimize “any kind of sexual deviancy”.
“This could include pedophilia, if that’s their deeply felt experience of gender and if that’s their sexual preference.”
Landolt said that if Canada passes the bill, it will join Australia in the ranks of sexual anarchy. The Australian Human Rights Commission has defined “gender identity” as a “broad term to refer to diverse sex and or gender identities and expressions. It includes being transgender, trans, transsexual and intersex. It also includes being androgynous, agender, a cross dresser, a drag queen, gender fluid, genderqueer, intergender, neutrois, pansexual, pan-gendered, a third gender, and a third sex…”
“It would seem, therefore, that this bill may have been brought before Parliament for purposes other than promoting sound public policy,” stated REAL Women in a press release yesterday.
“Rather, it will be used to extend legal protection to other questionable sexual activities without having these matters exposed to Parliamentary debate.”
“This devious manipulation, using the smokescreen of the transgendered bill to expand legal protection for other problematic sexual activities, is unacceptable as it is contrary to all democratic principles and to the health and safety of Canadian citizens.”
Pedophilia: The next ‘Sexual Orientation’
Landolt said that a movement already exists that is lobbying western governments to enshrine adult sexual activity with children as the next “sexual orientation”.
When FBI undercover agent Bob Hamer infiltrated NAMBLA as an aging “boy lover”, he discovered what he describes in his 2008 book The Last Undercover as an “organization of men seeking to legitimize their sexual attraction to boys”.
“I was unable to view the group I’d be infiltrating with anything other than revulsion. How could I pretend to actually be one of them — without becoming physically ill or physically violent,” he wrote.
A 2011 academic conference in Baltimore, MD brought together researchers from several prominent universities to examine ways that adults who have sex with children could be destigmatized by rebranding them as “minor-attracted persons”.
Conference attendees were told by researchers and experts in various fields that pedophiles are “unfairly stigmatized and demonized” by society, that “children are not inherently unable to consent” to sex with an adult, that an adult’s desire to have sex with children is “normative,” and that the “majority of pedophiles are gentle and rational.”
In Canada, Dr. Hubert Van Gijseghem, a retired psychologist from the University of Montreal, told the House of Commons Justice Committee in 2011 that pedophilia is a “sexual orientation”.
“Pedophiles are not simply people who commit a small offence from time to time but rather are grappling with what is equivalent to a sexual orientation just like another individual may be grappling with heterosexuality or even homosexuality,” he said.
“True pedophiles have an exclusive preference for children, which is the same as having a sexual orientation. You cannot change this person’s sexual orientation.”
In a 2011 newsletter, REAL Women of Canada argued that legalizing pedophilia is the next logical step for activists pushing the homosexual agenda.
“Members of the homosexual community have also long been agitating for unrestricted sexual access to minors. This requires an amendment to the Criminal Code, which now prohibits pedophilia.”
The article titled Homosexuals demand changes to Criminal Code stated that just as the media “worked effectively in the past to make such repugnant acts as abortion, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage acceptable to the mainstream” it has now “begun its campaign to make pedophilia morally, socially and legally acceptable.”
“We know from experience that yesterday’s unthinkable taboos are today’s ‘alternative lifestyles’. The journey to normalize pedophilia has begun,” the article concluded.
Diane Watts, researcher for REAL Women of Canada, told LifeSiteNews that “pedophilia activists use the same rights language as the other GLBT groups.”
With the bill’s ambiguous language, Watts said that it will be up to the “courts and tribunals to decide what is included in ‘gender identity,’ because it hasn’t been defined clearly.”
Opposition to the bill in the Senate
The bill has received opposition from some in the Senate.
Hon. Nancy Ruth, Canada’s first openly lesbian Senator, spoke against the bill last week, saying that it would “privilege men who choose to become women over women who are born female.”
“While I do not question the good intentions of the sponsor and the supporters of the bill, I simply do not understand how they could advance this bill without including all women. Passage of Bill C-279 will mean that only if a woman is born a man who later chooses to identify as a woman will she receive protection, but a woman born a woman will not receive the same protection.”
Hon. Don Meredith joined Ruth in speaking against the bill.
“I am concerned about the hazy definition of the terminology within the bill,” he said, calling the bill’s language “problematic” because it will lead to “court rulings based on speculation and assumption.”
“It is not the job of tribunals and courts to wade through murky terminology, honourable senators. It is our job to introduce legislation that is clear, concise and meaningful. If we cannot navigate confusing jargon, we cannot reasonably expect tribunals and courts to do so.”
Meredith also noted how Mr. Ian Fine, Acting Secretary of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, had told the House of Commons last December that the bill “isn’t necessary” since “gender identity and gender expression” are already protected by the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Meredith said that the bill could be used by “certain individuals who could use this proposed legislation to prey on society’s most vulnerable — our youth.”
“There has been much controversy about granting transgendered individuals, especially transgendered men, access to women’s public washroom facilities and locker rooms,” he said, adding that a “threat to women and children must be dealt with seriously.”
Numerous pro-family organizations have opposed the bill, dubbing it the “bathroom bill” since it could give biological men a legal alibi to use women’s bathrooms, shower rooms, and changing rooms. They worry that such a bill will lead to an increase in sexual assaults.
Bill C-279 is expected to be voted on by the end of June. Liberal Senator Grant Mitchell told Xtra that 16 members have told him that they would vote for the bill.
“I’ve had 16 say they would vote with us. But you don’t know until you actually get there. If all 16 voted with us then it would pass. It would be a little bit close but it would pass,” he said.
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