Monday, December 05, 2005

Another Country Heard From

Thanks to Cerberus for leading me to yet another recent newspaper article (in the Globe & Mail, no less) concerning the influence the US religious right is trying to exert in Canada's election.

Without much effort I also found this. While not a direct interference on our soil, the outlook is rather startling.
This article, found on several other websites, quotes from a book written by James Dobson:




"Canada is leading the way on this revolutionary path. I could cite dozens of examples indicating that religious freedom in that country is dying. Indeed, on April 28, 2004, the Parliament passed Bill C-250, which effectively criminalized speech or writings that criticize homosexuality. Anything deemed to be 'homophobic' is punishable by six months in prison or other severe penalties. Pastors and priests in Canada are wondering if they can preach from Leviticus or Romans 1 or other passages from the apostle Paul. Will a new Bible be mandated that is bereft of 'hate speech'? Consider this: A man who owned a printing press in Canada was fined over $40,000 for refusing to print stationary for a homosexual activist organization. Censorship is already in full swing .... Is that kind of censorship coming to the United States? Yes, I believe it is. Once homosexual marriage is legalized nationwide ... laws based on 'equality' will bring many changes in the law. Furthermore, it is likely that non-profit organizations that refuse to hire homosexuals on religious grounds will lose their tax exemptions. Some Christian colleges and universities are already worrying about that possibility."


I almost hesitate to post that drivel, for fear of being responsible for having someone read it and take it seriously, but the greater harm is in having this type of logic (?!) spread without refute.
It has reminded me that I really should reread 1984 (Orwell) because it's been awhile.

Will a new Bible be mandated that is bereft of 'hate speech'?

That would actually be nice, no?

A man who owned a printing press in Canada was fined over $40,000 for refusing to print stationary for a homosexual activist organization. Censorship is already in full swing ....

And well he should have been fined, I think. But take a look at the logic (?!) here: the definition of "censor" is "to examine and expurgate".

ISN'T THAT WHAT THE PRINTER IS DOING, NOT THE LAW THAT FINED HIM?????

This will make my head explode, for sure.

Some blogs are already posting suggestions for counterbalancing this influence. For now you can find links at Progressive Bloggers, Peter's Politics, and of course the abovementioned Cerberus.
I plan to look into this more specifically as soon as possible.