Fundamental Freedoms

01 Aug 2013 National Post Editorial by ARPA’s Legal Counsel

Even the Faithful are Citizens - André Schutten, National Post, Aug 1 2013: The National Post article by Clayton Ruby and Gerald Chan, speaking against Trinity Western University (TWU) and its proposed law school, made for interesting reading. But it not a clear representation of Canadian constitutional law. Indeed, the argument suffered from many misleading claims, not to mention wishful thinking and outright errors in fact. While "debunking" so-called myths perpetuated by the National Post's Jonathan Kay in his earlier piece supporting TWU, the two lawyers themselves misstate the law. Let's take it point for point. In their first "correction" of Kay, Ruby and Chan suggest, "Few Christians accept that homosexuality is a moral evil." With the greatest of respect, Ruby and Chan are hardly experts on the Christian religion. Most practicing Christians are more likely than not to have traditional or orthodox views on marriage and sexuality. But this isn't any of Ruby and Chan's business, nor is it the business of the government or the courts. The Supreme Court made it quite clear in its 2004 ruling in the case of Syndicat Northcrest vs. Amselem that to pry into the sincerely held religious beliefs of citizens is inappropriate.
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23 Jul 2013 Threats of violence aren’t a free speech issue. They’re a crime

Recently, a lesbian couple in Kingston received threatening letters in their mailbox, stating that they would be shot with BB guns if they didn't move out of the city. In case anyone is wondering, these kinds of threats of violence are NOT hate speech. Threats are worse than hate speech. ARPA Canada regularly advocates for the removal of hate speech laws (and we saw success at the federal level just recently on that front - see here). But threats of violence are a totally different ball game and should not...

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16 Jul 2013 Do censorship laws favour lesbians over Christians?

ARPA has been covering the abuses of human rights commissions for quite some time. You can see more coverage on our Stand Up For Freedom campaign targeting this sad state of affairs. Another group that does a great job of tracking, exposing and advocating against these commissions is the Canadian Constitution Foundation. In a short and sweet analysis in the Huffington Post, Mr. Derek From, one of their lawyers, exposing in shocking detail the blatent double standard employed by these commissions. He wrote the following: On June 19, comedian Guy...

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12 Jul 2013 Video Interview: How BC, AB, and SK can Stand Up for Free Speech!

Stand Up for Freedom Canada sat down with John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms , after a presentation he made for Alberta ARPA chapters in Edmonton this spring. In this video Mr. Carpay explains the work he does and the opportunity for Western Canadians to stand up for freedom by reforming their human rights codes.
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12 Jul 2013 New Lesson Plan: Religious Persecution

Note: find a list of lesson plans for high school students and home school families here. Ayman Nabil Labib was a seventeen-year-old high school student in the Upper Egyptian town of Mallawi. Ayman was a Coptic Christian. On October 16, 2011, his Arabic-Language teacher began insulting and harassing the teenager during class. He told Ayman to wipe off the Coptic cross from his wrist. He told his teacher that it was a tattoo, and added that he was also wearing a necklace with a cross. When the teacher heard this,...

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