Sexuality

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity.…” – Ephesians 5:3

Sexuality is a gift from God, to be used for His glory. Of all gifts, perhaps this one has been the most misused and perverted since the Fall into sin. This is apparent in the way that our Parliament and courts have dealt with sexuality as well. We have an obligation to show the world what a blessing sexuality can be when it is used in conformity with God’s intentions – lovingly between one man and one woman who are committed to each other for life in marriage.

Featured: ARPA policy report on prostitution (sent to all MPs and Senators).

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30 Mar 2016 MP Arnold Viersen: M-47 to Tackle Violent and Degrading Sexually Explicit Material

MP Arnold Viersen, from Neerlandia, Alberta, has introduced a motion in the House of Commons regarding online violent and degrading sexually explicit material. Motion M-47 reads as follows: That the Standing Committee on Health be instructed to examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men recognizing and respecting the provincial and territorial jurisdictions in this regard and following completion of its study, report back to the House no later than July 2017. Violent and degrading...

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23 Mar 2016 Alberta: Take Action on Gender Guidelines

Alberta’s provincial government is forcing upon our schools a totalitarian, one-size-fits-all regime of “gender guidelines,” and they’re doing so without even a vote in the Legislature. You can read ARPA’s full analysis of these guidelines, and how they undermine faith, family, and reason here. Among many other things, these “guidelines” mean that a male student can “self-identify” as female and enter our girls’ change rooms. They also mean any gender specific talk of “mom” or “dad” or “girls” or “boys” must be discouraged and changed to “neutral” terms like “parents.” Yes, that includes in private Christian schools as well. The guidelines would impose upon our schools the most extreme form of so-called "gender ideology." The Alberta government is undermining the role of parents as educators and the independence of school boards, including faith-based schools.
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19 Feb 2016 Phone Script Bill 10 Response

Dear {MP}, I'm calling in response to the Education guidelines that have been required of all schools by the Ministry of Education. Rather than listening to the medical testimony and the positions of many international psychological and health organizations this government is pushing ahead with what it considers to be the right path. Most concernincly, the encouragement of conditioning of children with hormones, surgeries and other dangerous medical practices enforces this process as valid and even as ideal. Yet this government is sponsoring this move and forcing the schools to...

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05 Feb 2016 Albertans Must Respectfully but Firmly Oppose Ministry of Education Guidelines

(For those outside Alberta, please don’t ignore this action update. Manitoba is working on similar guidelines, and other provinces are likely to follow.) In less than one year, Alberta has transitioned from a province with an outstanding reputation for upholding parental authority in education to becoming one of the most oppressive jurisdictions in North America. Christian schools are now being told to adopt policies and procedures by March 31st which directly violate their faith and promote radical ideologies. If the province does not change its approach, Christian parents and schools will have to either compromise their faith or make a principled stand against the province.   Basic Talking Points The following four points encapsulate our basic concerns about the Alberta education minister’s desire to make all schools celebrate his radical gender politics and his unchristian views of sexuality. ludicrous overreach: the new policies and guidelines from the education minister are so beyond the pale that even public schools are pushing back. See below for many examples of the extreme nature of these guidelines. parental rights undermined: the new policies and guidelines drive a wedge between parents and children and actively seek to undermine this very important relationship. palpable harm to children: the evidence from medical experts is clear – encouraging or reinforcing gender dysphoria, particularly with pre-pubescent children, is harmful to the child and virtually guarantees a life of emotional and psychological suffering. The exact students the State pretends to help are the ones most harmed by these policies. These policies also gamble with child abuse by downplaying any risks associated with mixing boys and girls in the same change rooms, washrooms and sports teams. religious and associational liberty attacked: the new policies and guidelines violate the Charter’s guarantee of freedom of religion (including the right of religious institutions to remain true to their faith commitments without having to teach or celebrate as true and good something fundamentally at odds with their religious convictions). The policies and guidelines also violate the Charter’s guarantee of freedom of association (including the right of parents to come together for a legitimate common cause and to carry out that cause according to their shared principles without State interference). We urge our readers and supporters in Alberta to communicate these points to their elected representatives boldly, but also respectfully. Also, though many of you are parents who send your children to an independent school, speak as a concerned citizen and as parent but not on behalf of your school (leave that to your local school board). In order to get the full story of what is going on, what is at stake, and what you can do, please read on.
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09 Dec 2015 Alberta Bill 7 – Redefining Sex/Gender in Alberta Law

Alberta’s Bill 7 was introduced on November 19th by Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley. The bill seeks to amend the Alberta Human Rights Act by striking out the word ‘gender’ – which previously only distinguished between males and females – and replace it with the words ‘gender’, ‘gender identity’, and ‘gender expression’. Though a seemingly simple alteration, it has a large impact. It has already passed first reading in the Alberta Legislature, with very little public awareness or discussion. We need your help to alert our MLAs and the broader public to the danger of redefining sex in Albertan law.   What’s the issue?  Some individuals believe they were born into a biological sex that they do not feel fits their psychological sexual identity. This is known commonly as transsexualism, transgenderism, Gender Identity Disorder (GID), or gender dysphoria. Provincial governments have begun enshrining in law an idea that this psychological sexual identity – for which the term ‘gender’ is used – is not fixed but fluid. Tied into that is the idea that there are more than two genders, and that what ultimately matters is how one person feels about their own gender, rather than giving any consideration to what their biological sex is. Those pushing this political agenda are attempting to enshrine in law the right to identify as, act, and dress as any sex they feel best relates to their psychological sexual self-identity – and to be treated by the civil government and the rest of society accordingly.  
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19 Nov 2015 Rainbow Crosswalk is about Ideology not Diversity

In an effort to celebrate "diversity", the town council of Smithers, BC recently approved a taxpayer-funded rainbow crosswalk at one of the busiest pedestrian intersections on its Main Street. Ironically, not long after this decision it refused to discuss a motion put forward by citizens to also construct a pro-life crosswalk, in memory of the 100,000 children who have zero legal protection. These decisions have generated numerous letters in the local newspaper. Last week, the town's mayor Taylor Bachrach was featured as the guest columnist with a lengthy article defending the rainbow crosswalk. This week, the newspaper kindly published a guest editorial by ARPA's Executive Director in response:   The Rainbow Crosswalk is about Ideology not Diversity Interior News, November 18 2015, Mark Penninga: In his article entitled "What's in a rainbow?" Smithers mayor Taylor Bachrach shared his reasons for supporting a rainbow crosswalk on Main Street to celebrate those who identify as LGBTQ. While the desire to treat everyone with dignity and respect is most commendable, Bachrach's article is a great illustration of how secular efforts to celebrate "diversity" is both an illusion and contradictory.
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11 Jun 2015 Reparative Therapy Bans rushed into law in MB and ON: Serious Implications

Update (July 20, 2015): Read this article, titled "Free speech: what banning ‘gay conversion therapy’ will really stop"   ***Take Action Today: 3 EasyMail letters waiting for you below*** Recently Ontario and Manitoba passed legislation banning therapy for teens with unwanted homosexual or transgender feelings. We have serious concerns regarding the implications of these laws, and fear they are just around the corner for other provinces. At the end of this article we have some pointers on how you can respond in your province. On June 4th, the last day that the Ontario Legislature was sitting before the summer, MPPs voted unanimously to pass Bill 77, heralded by its proponents as the right step following similar legislation in some jurisdictions of the United States. This bill was first proposed by New Democrat Cheri DiNovo a minister in the United Church of Canada. She argued, “these kids do not need to be fixed. It’s society that needs to be fixed.” The bill was written to remove coverage for “services rendered that seek to change or direct the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient, including efforts to change or direct the patient’s behaviour or gender expression.” It will also seek to prohibit providing these services to anyone under the age of 18. Manitoba’s new regulations are similar.
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23 Mar 2015 Swedish government releases report demonstrating Canada’s law against prostitution will work

ARPA Canada has worked on the prostitution issue over the past few years. One of the legislative solutions we've lobbied hard for is for Canada to adopt the Swedish model concerning the sex trade. We were pleased when Parliament introduced and eventually passed a "made in Canada" version of the Swedish model. Four months later, Margaret Wente, of the Globe and Mail, has penned an op-ed pointing out the success of the Swedish model and the failures of the decriminalization route and the rather intriguing flip in ideological lines: progressives...

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03 Feb 2015 Respectfully Submitted: Pornography

Pornography is widely consumed and hardly regulated in Canada. ARPA Canada recently published a new policy paper on the issue, Respectfully Submitted: Pornography which can be read and printed from the library (see https://arpacanada.ca/publications). You can access the paper directly by clicking here. A new initiative to combat the scourge of pornography in today's culture has been launched under the title "Strength to Fight". You can learn more about their work in this short video: ...

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