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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28 Jan 2015 Making the Case: Prostitution

The following article, "Making the Case: Prostitution" was originally published in the Reformed Perspective magazine. It has been included here as a reference item for our readers.  There is more to the world's oldest profession than most people realize. Commonly referred to as “the oldest profession”, prostitution is a vice that just won’t go away. Or so we are told. Even some Christians suggest that there’s no sense in trying to “legislate morality”. After all, if we don’t have laws against adultery, why should there be laws against prostitution? Why should...

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05 Nov 2014 Bill C-36 passes 3rd reading in the Senate

With thankfulness to God, we are pleased to announce that Bill C-36, Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, has passed third reading in the Senate and now only requires royal assent to become law. You helped table this law - thank you! As we have communicated before, we have been supportive of it since it was released last spring and are thankful it has come this far. The bill needs only to receive royal assent, after which it will become law - in time for the December 19th deadline provided by the...

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25 Sep 2014 Applauding New Prostitution Legislation

Mark Penninga, Interior News, Sept 23, 2014: On September 15th, BC saw its first ever conviction of human trafficking under Canada's Criminal Code. A 29 year-old man from Vancouver forced 11 teens, as young as 14, into prostitution. But this sure wasn't the first time someone was trafficked in BC. The US Department of State estimates that there are between 1500 and 2200 people trafficked through Canada to the US each year, and that doesn't include the trafficking that stays in Canada. For those who think that this is a problem for bigger centres like Vancouver and Toronto but not in places like Smithers and Hazelton, think again. Public Safety Canada's report on the issue reveals that it is Aboriginal women, youth, and children who are among the most likely victims in Canada. The leading cause of human trafficking in our nation is for the purpose of sexual exploitation, usually through prostitution. Our Supreme Court struck down Canada's prostitution law last year and gave Parliament one year to come up with a new one. The new legislation, Bill C-36, is excellent and worthy of our full support. For the first time in Canadian history, it makes the purchasing of sexual services a crime.
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14 Jul 2014 Prostitution and the Media Silence

The Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights has been listening to witnesses this week (July 7-11, 2014) as it relates to Bill C-36, Protection of Communities and Exploited Person’s Act. The media has been reporting on the hearings, but the coverage has not been all that balanced. Just as we saw with the Bedford v. Canada court case where only Ms. Bedford and other privileged prostitutes had their voice heard in court, it seems the media wants to undermine the voices of those who worked in the industry but...

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05 Jun 2014 Prostitution law tabled, and you helped shape it!

*Update: the mainstream media is sharing many of the talking points we use on this issue as well. Check out excellent commentary from Calgary Herald, National Post, Globe & Mail, and The Catholic Register. As many ARPA readers know, the issue of prostitution has been a big one on our policy plate for the past few years. In the fall of 2011, ARPA Canada published its first Respectfully Submitted report on this issue, calling on the federal government to give serious consideration to rewriting our laws on prostitution to pre-empt the Supreme Court from striking down our current laws. The government did not act at that time, and the Supreme Court, in December 2013, did strike down our prostitution laws as we predicted. Thankfully, the Court gave Parliament one year to draft new laws. Today, they tabled the draft law titled, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. The preamble sets the tone of the document and is quite impressive. It's worth reproducing here. Note how it doesn't shy away from the public harm that prostitution is and how the commercialization of prostitution is so detrimental:
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05 Jun 2014 A biblical response to transgenderism

Update: We have posted links to a 5-part series from the Gospel Coalition on this issue below as well as a link to a detailed medical/phychiatric analysis from world-renowned physciatrist. Just click Read More and scroll to the bottom of the article. The issue of transgenderism is all over the mainstream news these days. The issue is a very emotionally sensitive issue, and a politically sensitive issue as well (to say the least). Yet we know that God has designed gender a certain way (that is, gender and sexual identity are binary for He created us male and female). Since we know this truth, Christians ought to have something to say about the modern phenomenon of gender fluidity. We've talked about the issue from a public policy perspective already a couple years ago. You can see our video explaining our position here. You can also read Senator Plett's speech in the Senate urging caution on moving forward with a gender identity affirming bill. For a refreshingly common sense approach to the issue, check out this frank commentay here. And for a well thought out Biblical response to the issue and how the church should respond, check out this link here as well as this resolution here, (or rather, 18 resolutions) which one of the largest Christian denominations in the world will consider in the first half of June, 2014. Hopefully the resolutions will be adopted and the Biblical truths and the freedom that come from it will be upheld.   Photo credit
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31 Aug 2013 The State Under the Sheets

By Mark Penninga (www.ARPACanada.ca): "There's no place for the State in the bedrooms of the nation" Justice Minister Pierre Trudeau quipped upon introducing legislation in 1967. His omnibus bill would decriminalize homosexual acts done in private, and make a swath of other revolutionary Criminal Code changes. Not quite so well known are the words he uttered next: "when it becomes public this is a different matter, or when it relates to minors this is a different matter." Fast forward 46 years and we find today a State that has never been so interested in and engrossed by the bedrooms of the nation. Political parties, government officials, and civil servants of all stripes are tripping over each other in their zeal to align themselves with those who identify themselves by not being heterosexual. The political fascination with all things LGBTQ reaches a feverish pitch every summer as politicians march down Canadian streets alongside scantily clad activists (if clad at all). The mainstream media is sure to capture every angle. Viewers are treated to the smiling faces of the likes of Mr. Thomas Mulcair surrounded by his orange team, with signs that brag the NDP is "erecting a better Canada." Not to be outdone, the city of Vancouver said it was well worth the $25,000 cost to taxpayers to paint a permanent rainbow crosswalk for Pride week. Imagine the fury if the state paid to paint a crosswalk praising heterosexuality. The human rights commission would be on hand passing out complaint forms.
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24 Jul 2013 Barbara Kay: Britain’s noble stand against porn

National Post, July 22 2013: Warning in a recent speech that access to online pornography was “corroding childhood,” British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that Internet providers — who he said were not fulfilling their “moral duty” to take responsibility — will be forced to block pornography as a default, only releasing access to those subscribers who actively demand it. He also stated that the possession of online pornography depicting rape would become illegal in England and Wales (it already is in Scotland). The “family-friendly filters” would apply to...

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13 Jun 2013 Prostitution appeal heard at the Supreme Court

A Supreme Court of Canada Commentary by ARPA's Legal Counsel, André Schutten – (13 June 2013) - As we predicted in our 2011 fall tour, the Bedford prostitution case did go to the Supreme Court of Canada. Today, the Court conducted a lengthy hearing in this appeal. I had the privilege of watching the hearing which left me with a number of different thoughts. Note that Supreme Court hearings can be misleading - predictions on the outcome are difficult to make. The final decision won't be rendered for quite some time, but here follow some of my thoughts and impressions from the oral hearing:
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