I was watching a bit of the debates on TV on Wednesday while working out during my lunch break (we have a moderate sized gym for free where I work). The current topics up for debate at parliament were the issues of homosexual marriage, the appointment of Conservative MP Darrel Reid (see previous post), and the possibility of the Conservative government putting forth a bill to protect religious groups from prosecution for criticizing the homosexual lifestyle. I honestly hate watching parliamentary debates because they simply make me upset, but that’s what was on. The arguments that the liberal parties put forth always tend to be horribly illogical and at best mere sophistry. It’s the same type of response I commonly find on message boards when someone really wishes something were true, but can’t actually back it up with anything substantial.

Rather than clarifying the protection that religious groups are constitutionally guaranteed, we are told (by the Liberals) that we are removing the “rights” of homosexual groups (who aren’t actually granted any special protection at all in the constitution). I don’t see then how anyone could act in accordance with the constitution of Canada by saying that Christian groups cannot call homosexuality a sin because the rights of homosexuals are supposedly being tread upon when homosexuals are regularly allowed to defame Christianity. Why is it that the Liberal party, who’s mandate is supposed to include broadening freedoms, regularly engages in debate that tries to limit the freedoms of one specific group (i.e. that of those who hold religious views and have a concience)?

[T]he Parliamentary debate in Canada has moved beyond homosexual ‘marriage’ and on to refusing freedoms for those with religious beliefs opposed to homosexuality and those with conscientious reasons for opposing it. The mere suggestion of a ‘Defence of Religions Act’, to be put forward should the attempt to restore traditional marriage fail, has created a firestorm in the overwhelmingly pro-gay media and in Parliament with the Liberals, NDP and Bloc arguing ferociously against such a proposal.

The Regina Leader Post newspaper, has joined the fray demonstrating the lack of tolerance for opposition to homosexuality. While the paper would allow for priests to oppose homosexuality publicly, it suggests that opposition by non-clergy should be illegal. “There is an argument to be made for allowing religious leaders leeway in criticizing homosexuality. Many religions have prescriptions against the practice and religious leaders should be permitted to publicly defend their religion’s tenets. But extending that right to rank-and-file members of a religion goes too far,” says the editorial in the paper today.

John-Henry Westen – LifeSiteNews.com

None of this really comes as a surprise, but we can always rely on this hope:

Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.