At issue is a new requirement that applicants for federal grant money to hire summer students — including churches — first have to affirm the Liberal position on reproductive rights.
Law societies in British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia, for example, have refused to accredit graduates from a proposed law school at Trinity Western University, an evangelical Christian college, because its student honour code prohibits gay and lesbian sexual activity.
*It’s important to note the writer failed to mention Christian universities expect and require their students to live God-honouring lives and that includes no sex outside of marriage. Of course, I don’t expect him to use the term ‘God-honouring’ since I’m not sure if he’s Christian and this is a secular libertarian-leaning paper.
Groups representing mainly Christian doctors have also been in court fighting for their rights in regards to assisted suicide. They argue that making referrals for patients seeking medial aid in dying is a form of abetting euthanasia. But in January, Ontario’s Divisional Court said the rights of patients trump the conscience rights of doctors.
In 2011, the Saskatchewan government ordered several Christian marriage commissioners to perform same-sex weddings, even though the 2005 Marriage Act, which made same-sex marriage legal across Canada, allows for religious dissension.
Since 2006, 16 anti-abortion campus groups, mainly composed of Christian men and women, have been refused campus-club status or have had their status revoked, according to the National Campus Life Network.
*Note Saskatchewan had a ‘conservative’ government at the time and still does. Wolves in sheep’s clothing. Watch out for them.
The idea of secularism itself seems to have shifted. Where once it meant that all parties, including faith groups, could participate in setting the public agenda, with no one group dominating the other, it now seems to mean no religious participation at all — except from those liberal denominations that support abortion rights, euthanasia and same-sex marriage.
“Secularism has now become a belief system like any other,” said Elia. “If you speak to a secularist, you’ll see that the dogma to which they adhere is consistent and they defend it with voracity often unrivalled by religious people.”