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BREAKING: Canada passes radical law forcing gender theory acceptance

OTTAWA, June 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Canada’s Senate passed the Justin Trudeau Liberals’ transgender rights bill unamended this afternoon by a vote of 67 to 11, with three abstentions.

The bill adds "gender expression" and "gender identity" to Canada’s Human Rights Code and to the Criminal Code’s hate crime section. With the Senate clearing the bill with no amendments, it requires only royal assent in the House of Commons to become law.

Critics warn that under Bill C-16, Canadians who deny gender theory could be charged with hate crimes, fined, jailed, and compelled to undergo anti-bias training.

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Public board​ orders Christian school​ to stop reading ‘offensive’ Bible passages​

CAMROSE, Alberta, June 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- A Canadian Christian school has been ordered by a public school board that it partners with to refrain from reading or studying "any scripture that could be considered offensive to particular individuals." Included are passages from the New Testament that speak against fornication, adultery, idolatry, and witchcraft.

Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) in Kingman, Alberta, has been ordered by the Battle River School Division (BRSD) to refrain from reading or studying portions of the Bible that the board says might contravene Alberta’s human rights legislation. 

The Christian school was founded in 1997 as a ministry of Cornerstone Evangelical Baptist Church. It is a member of the Federation of Independent Schools Association and partners with the BRSD. According to its website, parents in Camrose and nearby towns send their children to the Christian school because it integrates Bible study into the approved provincial curriculum. Formerly a private school, it joined the school division in 2009. It serves about 160 students. 

The public school board trustees will meet this Thursday, June 15 to discuss the Bible verses they found to be offending in the school’s parent-student handbook. Some of the Bible passages formerly in the handbook included warnings against lifestyle choices that Christians consider sinful. Two passages were:   

"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies."

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Ontario gov’t announces bill to ban pro-life speech outside abortion facilities

Ontario’s Attorney General announced plans for "bubble zone" legislation this morning that would ban pro-life demonstrators and sidewalk counselors from being in front of any of the province’s abortion clinics. 

Yasir Naqvi, Ontario Attorney General and Ottawa Centre MPP, made the announcement alongside Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa City Councillor Catherine McKenney. He said the legislation will be tabled in the fall.

Naqvi said during a press conference that it was his "steadfast belief that every woman in Ontario has the right to make decisions about her own health care and she deserves to do so freely without fear, without fear for her safety, privacy or dignity, without fear of being judged or publicly humiliated because of her choice, without fear of being threatened with violence, harassment, or intimidated."

Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition, called the proposed bill an attack on free speech. 

"Once again we see the heavy-handed people on the left attempting to remove the right of free speech from those they disagree with," he told LifeSiteNews.

Hughes said that "heaven only knows" how many women have been helped and how many children have been spared from abortion by the peaceful and prayerful counselors outside of abortion clinics.

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John Carpay: Canadian universities are far too tolerant of obstructionist behaviour that shuts down free speech

It seems there is a new doctrine rapidly gaining acceptance at universities across Canada: Silencing people you disagree with is OK, as long your tactics of disruption and obstruction are not violent.

In recent months, there have been a growing number of incidents of university presidents blithely condoning the silencing of speakers who have unpopular views (or at least views that are unpopular with a vocal minority).

To cite just one example, this past March a mob of loud protesters effectively shut down a presentation at McMaster University by University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson.  They rang bells and beat drums, chanting "Shut him down!" and "Transphobic piece of s--t!"  Peterson could not be heard in the classroom.  He eventually went outside, and the loud mob followed. Peterson had been invited to speak at McMaster about freedom of speech and political correctness.

More worrisome than the noisy mob was the response of Patrick Dean, president of McMaster University. Dean characterized the loud bell-ringing, drum-beating and disruptive chanting as "peaceful protest." He said McMaster should allow such activities, and will continue to allow them in future.

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Trudeau Liberals consider defunding pro-life summer internships

image from government shouldn’t just fund those they only ideologically agree with. In a free and open society, individuals and groups should have the right to advocate for what they believe.

It’s called free speech and expression. At the end of day, if these pro-life groups aren’t doing anything illegal (and they’re not) they should be able to receive public funding for their student summer internship program.

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