Priest investigated for quoting Bible in Canada

Priest investigated for quoting Bible

Targeted under human rights law where no defendant ever cleared

A priest is being investigated as a potential criminal under a
federal "hate crimes" law for quoting from the Bible, and he's being
targeted using a Canadian provision under which no defendant ever has
been acquitted, according to a new report.

Pete Vere, a canon lawyer and Catholic journalist, has reported on the prosecution of Father Alphonse de Valk, a pro-life activist known across Canada,
by the Canadian Human Rights Commission – "a quasi-judicial
investigative body with the power of the Canadian government behind it"
– at CatholicExchange.com.

"What was Father de Valk's alleged 'hate act'?" Vere wrote.

"Father defended the [Catholic] Church's teaching on marriage during
Canada's same-sex 'marriage' debate, quoting extensively from the
Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Pope John Paul II's
encyclicals. Each of these documents contains official Catholic
teaching. And like millions of other people throughout the world and
the ages – many of who are non-Catholics and non-Christians — Father
believes that marriage is an exclusive union between a man and a
woman," he wrote.

The new case comes just as columnist and author Mark Steyn, and
Maclean's magazine which published an excerpt from his "America Alone"
book, are on trial before the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal for similar "offenses."

"We know under the Supreme Court of Canada [and] under tribunals of
this country that there are reasonable limits [to freedom of
expression,]" Faisal Joseph, a lawyer for the plaintiffs in the Steyn
dispute, said in a LifeSiteNew.com report.

That case revolves around Joseph's claims the defendants depicted
Muslims as "a violent people" with a religion that is "violent."

In the new case, Vere raised the question that Canada now considers morality a "hate crime."

"If one, because of one's sincerely held moral beliefs, whether it
be Jew, Muslim, Christian, Catholic, opposes the idea of same-sex
marriage in Canada, is that considered 'hate'?" he asked.

Vere wrote that the response he got from Mark van Dusen, a spokesman
for the federal human rights prosecution office, shocked him.

"We investigate complaints," Vere reported van Dusen told him. "We
don't set public policy or moral standards. We investigate complaints
based on the circumstances and the details outlined in the complaint.
And … if … upon investigation, deem that there is sufficient evidence,
then we may forward the complaint to the tribunal, but the hate is
defined in the Human Rights Act under section 13-1.

"Our job is to look at it, compare it to the act, to accumulate case
law, tribunal and court decisions that have reflected on hate and
decide whether to advance the complaint, dismiss it or whether there is
room for a settlement between parties," van Dusen told Vere.

What is shocking about that, Vere wrote, is the admission that
unjustified complaints can be dismissed, yet the case against de Valk
has continued now for more than six months.

"In other words, individual Jews, Muslims, Catholics and other
Christians who, for reasons of conscience, hold to their faith's
traditional teaching concerning marriage, could very well be guilty of
promoting hate in Canada. The same is true of any faith community in
Canada that does not embrace this modern redefinition of one of the
world's oldest institutions – a redefinition that even the highly
secularist France rejects," Vere wrote.

De Valk, who publishes the "Catholic Insight" magazine that "bases
itself on the Church's teaching and applies it to various circumstances
in our time," is accused by a homosexual of promoting "extreme hatred
and contempt" against homosexuals.

Vere said, however, the priest is simply following the teachings of
the Bible and the examples of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XV by
stating that Christians must love homosexuals and treat them with
dignity due humans.

Besides the complaints against the priest and Steyn, other cases
already have substantiated the Canadian precedent that Christian
beliefs can be evidence for convictions.

In 2005, a Knights of Columbus council was fined more than $1,000
for refusing to allow its facility to be used for a lesbian "wedding,"
and before that printer Scott Brockie was fined $5,000 for declining to
print homosexual-themed stationery. Also, in Saskatechewan, Hugh Owens
was fined thousands of dollars for quoting Bible verses in a newspaper
and London, Ontario, mayor Diane Haskett was fined $10,000 for refusing to proclaim a homosexual pride day, Vere enumerated.

This is for those who say there is no discrimination against
Christians. These days you have to march lock step with the
masses , or there are real consequences.

 

Bishop Fred Henry has described the situation as "a new form of
censorhip and thought control." Those are the same words leading
Christians in the United States have used to describe the most recent
"hate crimes" plan before the U.S. Congress, which specifically
targeted for elimination criticism of alternative sexual lifestyles.

Vere also warned that in the Steyn case, the bottom line is that a
Canadian human rights tribunal now is "attempting to prosecute a case
against an American resident, based upon what an American citizen
allegedly posted to a mainstream American Catholic website. What passes
for mainstream Catholic discussion in America is now the basis for a
hate complaint in Canada."

But the United States is not immune to such work, either, he noted, citing the New Mexico photographer fined $6,600 for refusing to meet the demands of a lesbian to take pictures at a "wedding."

Also, California has set in state law a ban on introducing anything
but "positive" information about alternative sexual lifestyles,
including homosexuality, in its public school.

And
WND reported just days earlier when a verbal spat between two men on a
street in Champaign, Ill., left the self-proclaimed homosexual facing
no charges, and the other, an 18-year-old Christian student, facing
felony "hate crimes" counts.

Vere's warnings were followed by one from Grace Harman, who noted on
the website's forum: "It would appear that Canadian law is
discriminating against people on the basis of their religious faith, or
perhaps discriminating against God himself, who gave us the laws of
nature and purpose of life."

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Why am I not surprised? This kind of backwards morality was prophesied to happen again in the time before the end.
This is the same mentality or type of spirit that conspired to crucify Jesus and scoffed at Noah.

People have closed their hearts to the truth of God's word. They think they are smarter, wiser, more tolerant, and sophisticated. They want nothing more than to please themselves in any way they can and "to hell with everyone else". They mock us and tell us to shut up, and in this case, try to lock us up. The same as in Noah's day. Then when it was too late, they all died. Noah kept telling them what was coming and to repent, but why listen to that crazy old religious fool?

There is a storm coming people. Please don't ignore the signs. I say this with love and concern for your eternal soul and not to condemn. We are all sinners and fall short of the Glory of God, but He made it possible for us to become His righteous children through Jesus' sacrifice. Seek Him out and He will meet you halfway. He loves you and wants you to love Him and turn away from the world's twisted ways.

Below is an update on this story. Priest told by Canada's "Supreme" Court that schools will be required to teach that same-sex marriage is good.

FAITH UNDER FIRE
Priest warns fascism has arrived in schools
'It is a first for a province to claim right to determine moral teaching'
Posted: June 07, 2008
12:16 am Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2008 WorldNetDaily

It apparently takes more than a government investigation and the threat of fines to keep a priest in Canada from speaking his mind about biblical issues. Father Alphonse de Valk, who WND reported just days ago is the target of a Human Rights Commission case over his biblical references regarding homosexuality, now is warning of an educational agenda to be implemented in support of "gay" pairs.

In a column at Catholic Insight, de Valk writes under the headline "Fascism has come to Canada" that the Department of Education in British Columbia plans in September to "introduce the mandatory teaching of SSM [same-sex marriage] from kindergarten to grade 12 in provincial schools.

"It is a first for a province in Canada to claim the right to determine moral teaching in schools when the vast majority of its citizens reject it as unscientific and contrary to the common good," he wrote.

"So we move from [former Prime Minister Pierre] Trudeau's 1967 slogan 'there is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation' – falsely used to destroy traditional morality – to the new slogan that the state will determine people's moral thinking."

WND had reported just days earlier that de Valk and his publication were being investigated by the nation's Human Rights Commission as a potential criminal for quoting from the Bible.

Pete Vere, a canon lawyer and Catholic journalist, has reported on the prosecution of de Valk at CatholicExchange.com.

"What was Father de Valk's alleged 'hate act'?" Vere wrote. "Father defended the [Catholic] Church's teaching on marriage during Canada's same-sex 'marriage' debate, quoting extensively from the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Pope John Paul II's encyclicals. Each of these documents contains official Catholic teaching. And like millions of other people throughout the world and the ages – many of whom are non-Catholics and non-Christians — Father believes that marriage is an exclusive union between a man and a woman," he wrote.

Vere raised the question that Canada now considers morality a "hate crime."

"If one, because of one's sincerely held moral beliefs, whether it be Jew, Muslim, Christian, Catholic, opposes the idea of same-sex marriage in Canada, is that considered 'hate'?" he asked.

Vere wrote that the response he got from Mark van Dusen, a spokesman for the federal human rights prosecution office, shocked him.

The government agent confirmed the agency investigates complaints but doesn't set public policy or moral standards. He said the agency job is to look at the circumstances and decide whether to advance it or dismiss it.

What is shocking about that, Vere wrote, is the admission that unjustified complaints can be dismissed, yet the case against de Valk has continued now for more than six months.

Now in an update to Catholic Insight readers, de Valk has warned that not only will mandatory classes soon include same-sex marriage, the government of Canada plans to require that "adoptions, social services such as nursing homes, religious-based schools, marriages, employment conduct, etc., carried out by religious organizations will be held to secular standards…"

"One reason for this development, it was pointed out, is the demand of homosexual activists that everyone conform to their vision of equality rights," de Valk wrote. "So much for the argument that legalizing same-sex 'marriage' (SSM) would be of no concern except to homosexual activists."

Further, he said, the Quebec Department of Education also intends, as of September, "to replace Christian Ethics in its schools with a secular mish-mash invented by its staff in which Judeo-Christianity is trivialized as only one religion among many."

He said the "suppression" is called "normative pluralism."

"Under this title the state dismisses parental rights and the formative role of Christian culture, and replaces it with secular sociology. Again, then, the temporal authority, the state, dismissed the spiritual authority and usurps its role. In history this is called 'statism,' better known as fascism," de Valk wrote.

He said that's already status quo in Ontario, where the provincial Human Rights Commission ordered "Christian Horizons," an evangelical service group for the disabled with 1,400 persons in 180 homes, "to abandon its religious mission by dropping its Christian moral code and accepting new training for all its employees 'to bring its employment practices into line with the human rights code,' (i.e., accept state indoctrination that the homosexual lifestyle is normal and to be honored)."

"Some people may think that use of the term 'fascism' must be an exaggeration," de Valk wrote. "Surely, Canada is not that far down the political slippery slope! But remember, fascism is little more than the political notion that the state – through its various organs – is the final authority in all things human.

"Several years ago, Canada's chief justice claimed that she and the Supreme Court now take the place formerly allotted to the church. Today, some provincial departments of education as well as human rights commissions believe that they, too, share this authority," he wrote.

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