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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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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13 Feb 2013 Christian aid group maligned for calling sin a sin

The Evangelical Christian community (of which the Reformed community is a subset), together with the Conservative government is under fire again, and not just from the mainstream media. A Christian organization that recognizes homosexual acts as "sin" (is that really news?) is under investigation because it receives federal funds for its aid projects in Uganda. As our friend Don Hutchinson explains, "The story seeks to draw an insidious and non-existent link between an evangelical Christian ministry providing necessities of life – clean water, latrines and hygiene awareness – for the impoverished in Uganda (and several other countries), CIDA funding (spread over multiple years) and Ugandan government policy against homosexuality." (Don's entire piece is well worth reading!)
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14 Jan 2013 Continued Action on Bill C-279

Today, ARPA Canada mailed each Member of Parliament the letter below. Please follow up with your MP and encourage them to vote on this bill, and to base their decision on scientific evidence, not political correctness. Check out this YouTube video explaining our concerns with the bill (also linked in the letter below), as well as the eye-opening testimony of leading psychiatrist Dr. Berger and bring the testimony and the video to your MP's attention. To help you encourage your MP, we've also provided a petition for you to print and fill out.
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27 Mar 2012 Prostitution Law Struck Down by Ontario Court of Appeal

On Monday, March 26th, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in the prostitution challenge. The court ruled on the constitutionality of the three sections of the Criminal Code that outlaw certain parts of the sex trade. The section outlawing solicitation was upheld. The section outlawing "living off the avails" of prostitution was amended to only apply to pimps, and the section outlawing "keeping a bawdy house" was thrown out. The ruling has moved the discussion of this issue in a better direction than the lower court ruling; however,...

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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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