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Freedom of Religion

Canadian Pastors Call for the Same Religious Freedoms Granted Today by President Trump

President Donald Trump signed an executive order today rescinding the notorious Johnson Amendment to the IRS tax code that allowed the government to attack religious organizations if its leaders spoke for or against any political leader.

President Trump cited the numerous abuses where the government had attacked Martin Luther King Jr, Little Sisters of the Poor and 50 other religious organizations. President Trump called for an end to such attacks by removing the government's authority to do so while he trumpeted the fact that America was built upon the foundation of religious freedom.

As the President of the Evangelical Association, its 1,150 pastors and Canada Christian College and School of Graduate Theological Studies and its 6,120 graduates in ministry, Dr. Charles McVety states "Canada's Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, speech and association in section 2 and equality in section 14 therefore on behalf of my pastors and religious leaders across Canada, I ask Prime Minister Trudeau to fulfill his election campaign promise and remove CRA's authority to punish charities for speaking out. In addition I believe it was wrong for former Prime Minister Harper to target sixty charities for punitive measures as all charities must be afforded the same freedom that all Canadians experience."

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President Trump Signs Religious Liberty Executive Order

President Donald Trump on Thursday made good on a promise to allow religious organizations greater freedom in political speech.

"Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding and the soul of our nation," Trump said in the Rose Garden at a National Day of Prayer event with religious leaders and White House staff. "We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore."

The president declared his administration would be "leading by example" on religious liberty in the United States.

"We are giving our churches their voices back," Trump said.

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Ontario gvmt may pressure Catholic board to pass policy expelling students for 'homophobia'

A Catholic school board in Ontario voted 4-3 last week after a heated debate against amending policy that would grant school administration powers to suspend or expel students who engage in "unacceptable" behaviors of "homophobia... and harassment on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation." The province's education minister has now taken the board to task for failing to pass the amendment, stating that since the province has "strengthened the requirements" for school boards regarding inclusivity and diversity, she will personally contact the board to "discuss this matter."

The Halton Catholic District School Board's Code of Conduct policy has been amended four times in the past six years as the Liberal government presses its "inclusivity" agenda. Amended in January last year, the policy includes the following "standards of behavior" for students regarding gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation:

- Students must "promote a positive school climate that is inclusive and accepting of all pupils, including pupils of any…gender expression, gender identity,, or sexual orientation."

- Students must "respect and treat others fairly, regardless of... gender, gender expression, gender identity,... or sexual orientation."

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Christian group banned for singing about Jesus delivers 40,000+ petition to Toronto mayor: vows to keep fighting

The Christian organization that the City of Toronto banned from holding a musical festival in a downtown public square joined LifeSiteNews on Monday in delivering a 30,000-name petition to Mayor John Tory's office.

In addition they delivered a petition of around 10,000 signatures by Both called on the city to reverse its decision.

If by Tuesday the city has not revoked its ruling, the group, Voices of the Nations (VON), will make good its promise to sue the city and the board for violating its Charter rights of freedom of religion and expression.

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How much is too much religion in Yonge-Dundas Square?

They don't seem thrilled about Christians singing about Jesus in Yonge-Dundas Square so I hesitated to ask how they would feel about a nativity creche?

But I did.

I thought of it after attending a bizarre meeting of the board and management of Yonge-Dundas Square at City Hall Thursday.

The meeting was in response to an earlier decision to deny the permit for the Voices of the Nations concert next summer thanks to concerns over songs about Jesus Christ being too proselytizing, which is not allowed in the public square.

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