Sexuality

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19 Sep 2017 Same-sex parents, Christian schools, and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

What happened? In May of 2014, a woman in a same-sex relationship called a private Evangelical school in Ontario to inquire about enrolling her pre-school aged child. The school informed the woman that her application would be rejected because she and her partner would not be able to sign the school’s list of shared views because one of those views is that marriage is between one man and one woman. The parents filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, alleging discrimination under the Human Rights Code. However, the Tribunal...

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15 Sep 2017 Infographic: Our Government is ignoring these facts about the impacts of pornography

Earlier this year the Federal Health Committee responded to Motion 47, the motion put forward by MP Arnold Viersen to study the public harms of pornography. Motion 47 was passed last year unanimously in the House of Commons. This motion had a lot of promise, and we were excited about what would result. As we reported earlier this year, the response from the Health Committee was absolutely inadequate, and betrayed a serious lack of concern on the part of the government about the issue of pornography and its impacts on...

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27 Jul 2017 ‘Gender Neutral’ Health Cards and the New Gnosticism

By John Sikkema Earlier this month, a baby received the first ever British Columbia health card with no “gender designation”. Instead of “M” for male or “F” for female, the baby’s health card says “U”, which various media outlets suggest stands for “undetermined” or “unassigned”. “Undetermined” would be a lie, unless the baby was born wearing pants. “Unassigned” might make sense if it referred to the refusal to assign an “M” or “F” to the child’s health card, but unassigned here connotes that sex is just a label assigned to persons –...

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11 Jul 2017 Transgenderism trumps family

Dr. Scott Masson, Associate Professor of English - Tyndale University College A new survey was released in the US last month, and it showed just how far society has moved on the issue of gender confusion. The poll focussed on “millennials” – generally people under 30 – and it found almost half of them would be OK with the notion that the government should take children away from parents if those parents refuse to affirm those children’s gender identities. Scott Masson is an Associate Professor of English at Tyndale University...

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20 Jun 2017 So-called “transgender rights” bill C-16 becomes law despite grave concerns about restrictions on free speech

The Senate has wrapped up debate on Bill C-16. That's the law that purportedly entrenches protections for transgendered people into the Criminal Code and the Canada Human Rights Act by adding the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression" to the list of grounds upon which discrimination would be banned. Supporters – including media coverage at the CTV website – claim that the bill simply means that trans-gendered people will now have the same human rights protections as everyone else. However, opponents have long argued that transgender people are already protected...

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13 Jun 2017 ARPA Reacts to Release of Health Committee Report on Pornography

https://youtu.be/kaZgSroMjDg The Health Committee response to Motion 47 was released today. Motion 47 you may remember was passed last year unanimously in the House of Commons. Unfortunately, this report falls flat on its face. The recommendations of this report portray a serious lack of analysis of the issues that Motion 47 sought to address. In fact, the only recommendations seem to be passing the job off on the provinces with yet more sexual education curriculum, as if that somehow solves all societies moral problems. It is frustrating that our secular culture’s only...

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13 Jun 2017 Parliament produces useless report on harms of violent porn

Josh Gilman, Strength to Fight Parliament's Health Committee has tabled its report on the public health effects of graphic online pornography on children. The Committee spent several months this spring hearing testimony on the issue, after the House unanimously passed a motion calling for such a study. The motion was put forward by Alberta MP Arnold Viersen. But Viersen says the report is a huge disappointment, because it got sidetracked on the issue of gender identity. “Three out of the four recommendations talk about (the need to) have gender-based analysis. That the...

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12 Jun 2017 Bill 89 is now law in Ontario

Bill 89 which changes child services legislation is now law in Ontario. Bill 89 could allow for government intervention where someone thinks a child is not being properly supported by parents who hold to some religious conviction that does not endorse the LGBTQ worldview. It also removes religion as a consideration for the child’s wellbeing. We were concerned this would pass unanimously, but 23 MPPs bravely stood against it (see below). Please send them a note of thanks with our EasyMail that’s been made here. You can also send a...

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06 Jun 2017 Senate debate winding down on C-16

Senator Betty Unger In Ottawa, the Senate debate on Bill C-16 is starting to wind down. This is the bill that would entrench protections for transgendered people into the Criminal Code and the Canada Human Rights Act by adding the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression" to the list of grounds upon which discrimination would be banned. Alberta Senator Betty Unger tried to make an amendment to the Bill in earlier debate, which suggested that the idea of “gender identity” could not be separated from “gender expression.” She says people who are...

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17 May 2017 Final Vote on Bill 89 – Take Action

Ontario’s Bill 89, the “Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act” has reached final reading in Queen’s Park. The Committee on Justice Policy finished its review of the bill last week. We do not yet know when the final vote in the Assembly will be, but we expect it could be between May 29 and June 3. Parental authority not respected ARPA Canada and other organizations have called on MPPs to amend Bill 89 to include clear protection of the right of parents to teach their children according to their conscientious or religious beliefs...

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