Canada Legalizes Gay Marriage

Just hours ago, Canada legalized gay marriage. The definnition is being changed. Just saw it on the news.

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Well here we go:mad: :mad: :mad: Poor ANI:crying:

I have a feeling the U.S. will be next. I have one question about this whole “gay marriage” thing??? My biggest fear would be if it was legalized in the U.S. (where I live) and priests would refuse to marry gay couples, the government would somehow rule this as discrimination and try to force churches (ALL churches, not just Catholic ones) to marry gay couples. Now I know most people would say this would never happen, but look at what has happened so far in this country–abortion legalized, Terri Schiavo killed, the Ten Commandments removed from courthouses, pharmacists going to court because they refuse to dispense birth control, and I believe I heard somewhere that the courts ordered Catholic Charities in California to include birth control in their employee health benefits (not sure if this one is true or not). The courts have been stripping us of our religious rights one by one. This scenario would not surprise me one bit.

Canada now has not only legal gay marriage. It also has a strict hate speech law, of which one of the protected categories is sexual orientation.

If Churches and their ministers now say “intolerant” things about gay marriage, that could well be construed as hate speech, and they will find themselves in violation of the law.

usatoday.com/news/world/2005-06-28-canada-gay-marriage_x.htm?csp=24&RM_Exclude=Juno

You’ll notice yet another “Catholic” politician was involved in this. Is it any wonder Satan would use someone who calls himself Catholic to draft this legislation?

Canada sure has changed its image in the last 20 years. Guess the cold wind of the culture of death has finally gotten to what was once a great land.

There is little I am proud of in my country. Are there no limits any more? Must we be “tolerant” to every belief?

cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2005/06/28/samesex050628.html

[quote=Zachary]I am no longer proud of my country. The little pride I had is really is gone. And the sad thing is that the majority of the country’s population is againts this. It’s the vocal minority, the squeeky wheel…

what a waste of government time, eh?
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Oh Canada, we sigh and weep for thee.

Don’t give up the fight. In the meantime, pray and don’t fret too much. Some encouraging words from this month’s Magnificat, p.307:

“Peace lies in surrending to the Lord in trust and living by his love, not in fretting over the wrongs done by others. Undue concern over evils we cannot mend prevents us from taking true delight in him.”

[quote=Zachary]I am no longer proud of my country. The little pride I had is really is gone. And the sad thing is that the majority of the country’s population is againts this. It’s the vocal minority, the squeeky wheel…

what a waste of government time, eh?
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I guess it is time to take back your government. Slowly over time, the libs have populated the judiciary with its fellow travelers while the citizenry of Canada slept or acquiesced or convinced themselves it didn’t matter and they didn’t have to get involved. If there’s a spark of life left, let’s hope this travesty lights it.

Priests, bishops, nuns and laymen will be put in prison over this issue… because of refusing to perform gay marriages or preaching against homosexuality. Canada has no freedom of religion, Bill C250 carries a 2 year jail sentence for such thought crimes.

In Canada ‘There have already been “hate” crime law suits against private Christian newspapers that refused to advertise gay events and against Church halls that refused gay events. The Christian owners of a bed and breakfast were fined forced to close down their family business (unless they learn their lesson and allow gay men to have sex in their house), because they refused a gay couple a shared room. And as I mentioned above, Scott Brockie, incurred $200,000 in court fees simply because he refuses to print for the gay literature that it is against his religion. Now under Bill C250 in Canada, a Canadian who in good conscience speaks out against gay sex can be thrown in prison for 2 years. These do not sound like Human Rights, they are Human Wrongs.’

From davidmacd.com/catholic/why_catholics_against_gay_marriage.htm

'Cardinal Varela of Madrid is on trial in Spain for preaching against homosexuality in a homily he gave in the Madrid Cathedral on the feast of the Holy Family. (see the Washington Post article, 01/03/04). Reverend Ake Green, the pastor of a Pentecostal church in Sweden, was recently sentenced to one month in prison by a Swedish court for a sermon he preached last year citing Biblical references to homosexuality. Cardinal Gustaaf Joos of Belgium is facing a lawsuit under Belgian discrimination laws for his comments in a magazine regarding the nature of homosexuality and the Catholic Church’s teaching on the subject. ’

From ignatiusinsight.com/features/mobrien_thoughtcrime_sept04.asp

The persecution has just begun, but is far from over.

More persecution:

'A small Christian newspaper was fined $5000 for refusing to print an ad for gay personals.

The Knights of Columbus have a Catholic reception hall in Vancouver. They politely refused to let their premises be used for a lesbian marriage reception, based on their mission statement that says they uphold Christian values. They are now in court.

In Philadelphia, 11 people are facing up to 47 years in prison each for quietly demonstrating at a public gay pride parade while being hounded and yelled at by the “gay angels.” Yet gay activists from Soulforce Albuquerque, disrupted a peaceful meeting of “Courage” (a group of gay Catholics who meet together to follow Church teachings of sexuality) in a Catholic Church, with absolutely no consequences. These double standards are common. ’

From davidmacd.com/catholic/why_catholics_against_gay_marriage.htm

So Canadians cannot beat up gay people any more? What if they are really gay?

I’m not a lawyer, though.

FzFk

It is on days like this I am proud to be an American…

Oh the poor faithful in Canada, they need much prayer :gopray2: as I feel the Church there is standing on the threshold of mass persecution.:crying:

I wonder what Pope Benedict will have to say about this?:confused:

[quote=Fritzie Frank]So Canadians cannot beat up gay people any more? What if they are really gay?

I’m not a lawyer, though.
FzFk
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Such was always against the law. I’m no lawyer either, but I believe Canada has had a law against assault on its books for quite a while.

Some people now are more equal than others. Orthodox Christianity is now illegal. Perhaps churches in the US can smuggle Bibles into Canada, once the authorities start burning books.

Alarmist? Not considering the people already facing financial ruin or jail time for expressing that genital homosexuality is wrong and counter-productive for society… as Sparta found.

I wonder… will this law be enforced against Canada’s Islamic citizens? Or will authorities fear the outcome of such an action?

OK. If I go to Canada, I will find out before I go. Thank you.

FzFk

I can’t believe how pathetic my country has become.

The worst part of it is how many Catholics voted for this legislation! Our Prime Minister Paul Martin is a church-going ‘Catholic.’

canada.com/national/story.html?id=a191a554-23ac-4970-af6e-a5ce4403086e

Once you start treating gays like real people, it’s only a matter of time before the poor get uppity. Uh-oh, watch out Canada!

FzFk

His Archbishop does not consider him a parishoner in good standing, though he hasn’t formally been excommunicated yet. The bishops must do more. Action cannot possibly be worse in this case than inaction.

newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2005/09/c9608.html

I wonder: what are the grounds for excommunication?

Paul Martin is a Catholic, and yet he is pro-choice and pro-gay marriage. These are the two greatest moral battlefields of the Church today. As the political leader of a nation, wielding considerable power which could be used for a lot of moral good… this man has chosen to support the evil tide of secular society under the deceptive guises of “tolerance” and “equality”. Not only that, but he is a fundamental instrument in today’s immoral legislation which will inevitably cause even greater spiritual decline in what was once a strongly Christian country. He is clearly not doing God’s will.

The Church should act decisively and publically excommunicate him for grave scandal.

catholicinsight.com/online/editorials/julyedit.shtml

Respect for the souls of others: scandal*

2284 Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor’s tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense.

2285 Scandal takes on a particular gravity by reason of the authority of those who cause it or the weakness of those who are scandalized. It prompted our Lord to utter this curse: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea."86 Scandal is grave when given by those who by nature or office are obliged to teach and educate others. Jesus reproaches the scribes and Pharisees on this account: he likens them to wolves in sheep’s clothing.87

2286 Scandal can be provoked by laws or institutions, by fashion or opinion.

Therefore, they are guilty of scandal who establish laws or social structures leading to the decline of morals and the corruption of religious practice, or to "social conditions that, intentionally or not, make Christian conduct and obedience to the Commandments difficult and practically impossible."88 This is also true of business leaders who make rules encouraging fraud, teachers who provoke their children to anger,89 or manipulators of public opinion who turn it away from moral values.

2287 Anyone who uses the power at his disposal in such a way that it leads others to do wrong becomes guilty of scandal and responsible for the evil that he has directly or indirectly encouraged. "Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come!"90

[quote=Fritzie Frank]Once you start treating gays like real people, it’s only a matter of time before the poor get uppity. Uh-oh, watch out Canada!
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I shouldn’t have to say this: Catholic Relief Services is the largest single private charity helping those with AIDS. To my knowldge it is the largest charitable organization in Africa.

the-tidings.com/2003/1024/crs.htm

catholicrelief.org/our_work/where_we_work/overseas/africa/ethiopia/e_response.cfm

Fritzie, if you know some poor folk in Canada, please help them, it’ll do your soul good. If you cannot, please steer them to your nearest St. Vincent De Paul society location:

helpthelessfortunate.org/contactus.html

Service to the poor is one of the Catholic Church’s primary missions.

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