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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14 Dec 2011 Great News: a victory against child pornography

On Thursday, Bill C-22 came into effect, making it mandatory for Internet Service Providers to report child pornography. "Canadians are rightfully concerned that in 2010, child pornography offences were up more than 30%," Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson noted. "The sexual exploitation of children by Internet sexual predators is a very serious crime and our government is committed to taking tough action against it." Learn more here. ARPA Canada thanks Canada Family Action for their outspoken efforts to address the horrific crime of the sexual exploitation of...

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22 Sep 2011 Action Needed: Prostitution in Canada

Today, ARPA Canada sent a policy report on prostitution, available in both official languages, to each and every Member of Parliament and Senator. This is the first issue of our new biannual publication that we titled Respectfully Submitted. Click here to view an e-version. Our motivation is that Christians be proactive by putting forward quality policy recommendations rather than just react to the negative laws. We need your help to make this effective.
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09 Sep 2011 Being Gay for Jesus: Or, Homosexuality above the Bible

By Michael Wagner:  Published in the March 2011 issue of Reformed Perspective magazine (http://reformedperspective.ca), pp. 15-16  The Rev. Dr. Mel White was raised in an evangelical household and his father was an evangelical pastor. White ended up getting theologically trained and also became an evangelical pastor. He was extremely gifted in communications and helped to produce evangelical video documentaries and “ghost-wrote” books for famous Christian leaders such as Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, and Pat Robertson. From the outside he appeared to be an exemplary Christian leader, advancing the cause of conservative Christianity. However, he was secretly struggling with homosexual tendencies. Ultimately, those homosexual tendencies won out. He divorced his wife and began living in a homosexual relationship with a man.
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02 Aug 2011 Is Immigration Our Only Hope?

Canada's birthrate is low, too low, and Steve Lafleur from the Frontier Centre for Public Policy argues in a recent National Post article that the only way to save our economy is through immigration. You can read the article here. Certainly, the demographic trend is scary: by 2020, the proportion of Canadians over the age of 60 will be approximately 30%. But is immigration the only way to fix this?  Mr. Lafleur offers many interesting changes to the current immigration policy, ways in which immigration can become more affordable for Canadians and more effective for our economy. Some of these changes are laudable. But what Mr. Lafleur dismisses in a word as something unrealistic at the end of his article is where our government and our society should turn their eyes to: Canada's fertility rates.
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08 Jul 2011 Backbench MP leading the charge to reform prostitution laws

ARPA Note: Many of you played a big role in helping Joy Smith's previous bill against human trafficking get passed in the last Parliament. Private Member's Bills can play a huge role in this new Parliament. Be sure to talk to your MP about what they hope to introduce and if they will support Smith's prostitution bill. Daphne Bramham, Postmedia News July 8 2011: Joy Smith is that rare backbench member of Parliament whose private bill was not only debated, but became law. Rarer still is the fact that Smith,...

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15 Jun 2011 Coalition to Ask Court: is Prostitution Wrong?

Toronto, ON – Tomorrow, the Christian Legal Fellowship, Catholic Civil Rights League, and REAL Women of Canada (the coalition) will have an opportunity to present arguments before the Ontario Court of Appeal in Bedford v. AG (Canada).  Over the past three days, the Court has considered whether the Criminal Code provisions against operating a bawdy house, living on the avails of prostitution, and communicating for the purposes of prostitution violate the Charter rights of prostitutes.  In presenting its arguments, the coalition will seek to reframe the dialogue by asking the Court to first answer the fundamental question posed by the appeal: “Is prostitution wrong?”
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31 Mar 2011 Top court will hear prostitution law challenge

ARPA Note: It is important that our federal government introduce legislation before the Supreme Court strikes down the existing law. Find an indepth report about the options here. This election campaign, ask the candidates what they plan to do about Canada's prostitution laws. CBC.ca March 31, 2011: The Supreme Court of Canada will hear a challenge on the legality of Canada's anti-prostitution law.  The high court granted the leave application brought by the B.C. Attorney General in the case involving Vancouver's Downtown Eastside sex workers. Read more...

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10 Mar 2011 Sexual ‘liberation’ of children and youth

By Maaike Rosendal (a member of Southern Alberta ARPA). First published in Reformed Daily newspaper (Reformatorisch Dagblad) in the Netherlands, March 2, 2011. A second update, about "safe abortions" is here. Government officials and organizations from around the world are currently gathering at the UN headquarters in New York for the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Maaike Rosendal (social worker with a pro-life organization) shares one of her experiences while at this conference. Together with two friends I attend an official gathering of organizations, UN officials, and UNFPA (population fund) about comprehensive sexuality education. While the attendants enjoy an extravagant breakfast, panellists argue that the right to education can be used to force governments to provide comprehensive sex education. Practical examples are used, such as that young children should be taught they have a right to sexually explore and that doing so is empowering and liberating.
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03 Dec 2010 McGill Prof: Canadian transgender bill a ‘Trojan horse’ to ‘reorganize’ society’s view of sex

MONTREAL, Quebec, December 2, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Canadian bill seeking to enshrine protections for “transsexuals” is a “Trojan horse” focused on “reorganizing the way we approach sexual issues,” said a noted professor and public commentator at McGill University in Montreal. According to Dr. Douglas Farrow, the bill will “undermine the integrity of Canadian law and civil society.”
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28 Sep 2010 Ottawa to Appeal Court Ruling that Struck Down Prostitution Laws

Globe & Mail, September 29, 2010: The federal government will appeal an Ontario court judgment that struck down Canada's prostitution laws. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced in the House of Commons Wednesday that the government will challenge Tuesday's ruling that the laws are unconstitutional. Prostitution is not illegal in Canada, but the court struck down three provisions that criminalized most aspects of it. Keep reading this report. Action Item: In addition to prayer, send a letter to your MP as well as Prime Minister Harper, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Rona Ambrose (pm@pm.gc.ca, Nichor@parl.gc.ca, Ambror@parl.gc.ca) thanking them for agreeing to appeal this court decision (sample letter is below). Learn more about this issue by reading a quality report from the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Also, find the Christian Legal Fellowship's press release about this below.
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