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Christian Activist "Banned for life" From Publicly Criticising Homosexuality (Canada)
LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/13/07 | Hilary White

Posted on 12/13/2007 4:28:00 PM PST by wagglebee

REGINA, Saskatchewan, December 13, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission's decision to impose a "lifetime" ban on a local Christian's freedom to publicly criticise homosexuality, was upheld this week in its entirety by Saskatchewan Court of Queens Bench.  

Bill Whatcott, an evangelical Christian and a licensed practical nurse who lives in Saskatchewan, is a campaigner against the homosexual political movement that is sweeping the Canadian legal system. In 2006, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) ordered Whatcott to pay $17,500 Cn. to four complainants who complained that their "feelings" and "self-respect" were "injured" by Whatcott's pamphlets denouncing the "gay lifestyle" as immoral and dangerous.

Whatcott responded to the decision, "This fine is for telling the truth [that] homosexual sodomites can change their behaviour and be set free from their sin and depravity through the forgiveness of sins and shed blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." 

He added, "Shame on the Saskatchewan Court of Queens Bench for pandering to homosexual activism and ignoring the truth."

In its 2005-2006 Annual Report, the Commission noted that Whatcott was "ordered to discontinue distributing any materials that promote hatred against people because of their sexual orientation."

The tribunal held that "preventing the distribution of such materials was a reasonable limit on Whatcott's right to freedom of religion and expression as guaranteed by section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms".

Whatcott appealed the decision to the Court of Queen's Bench and received the news on Tuesday that the court would not overturn the HRC's ruling.

Whatcott himself says he was fined for his pamphlets that used "verbatim" a text from a classified personal advertisement in a local homosexual publication that ran, "Man seeking boys.... age not so relevant".

Canadians concerned about what they see as the erosion of basic democratic freedoms are calling for a stop to the extra-judicial powers of the Human Rights Commissions in which the usual rules for due process of law do not apply.

In connection to a similar Human Rights Commission case currently levelled by the Canadian Islamic Congress against the popular conservative political author Mark Steyn, Ottawa Citizen columnist David Warren wrote this week that freedom of speech is "the most fundamental right," and that the Human Rights Tribunals represent a significant threat to democratic freedoms.

Freedom of speech, he wrote, is "the queen bee in the hive, as it were. Every other freedom depends on this freedom. Take it away, and we no longer have a free country".

"Like so much in civil society, we put up with it because the alternative is worse, and we'd rather cope with free speech, than with the free intimidation that results from its suppression."

Warren voiced the concerns of many in Canada who believe the Human Rights Commissions' powers and zeal for the far left ideological position makes them an ideal vehicle for the suppression of basic democratic freedoms.

Warren blasted the Human Rights Tribunals, calling them "kangaroo courts" and "star chambers" with "quasi-legal powers that should be offensive to the citizens of any free country... in which the defendant's right to due process is withdrawn."

"They reach judgements on the basis of no fixed law. Moreover, 'the process is the punishment' in these star chambers -- for simply by agreeing to hear a case, they tie up the defendant in bureaucracy and paperwork, and bleed him for the cost of lawyers, while the person who brings the complaint, however frivolous, stands to lose nothing."

Conservatives in Canada are supporting a petition, addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to abolish or at least curtail the powers of the Human Rights Commissions.

Sign the petition to stop the Human Rights Commissions:
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/a-free-dominion-against-...

Read related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
Sask. Judge Dismisses Appeal of Pro-Life Demonstrator
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/jul/06072004.html  


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: censorship; christianity; christians; freespeech; gaystapo; homosexualagenda; persecution; religion
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The tribunal held that "preventing the distribution of such materials was a reasonable limit on Whatcott's right to freedom of religion and expression as guaranteed by section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms".

And the left will do the same thing here if given the chance.

1 posted on 12/13/2007 4:28:01 PM PST by wagglebee
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2 posted on 12/13/2007 4:28:23 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Declare bankruptcy and keep on talkin’...


3 posted on 12/13/2007 4:29:58 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: wagglebee

Thank God I was born in America. Gotta love it!


4 posted on 12/13/2007 4:31:08 PM PST by flynmudd (Proud Navy Mom)
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To: wagglebee
And the left will do the same thing here if given the chance.

Not just the Left. I have a feeling there would even be some Freepers of a more secularist bent who would be absolutely fine with this same sort of thing being imposed in the USA.

5 posted on 12/13/2007 4:31:35 PM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Conservatives - Freedom WITH responsibility; Libertarians - Freedom FROM responsibility)
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To: wagglebee
So much for freedom of speech!

>>>>>And the left will do the same thing here if given the chance.

Indeed.

6 posted on 12/13/2007 4:32:55 PM PST by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: wagglebee

The HRC poses a clear and present danger to freedom of religion. Its members must be treated as such.


7 posted on 12/13/2007 4:34:04 PM PST by Technocrat
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To: wagglebee
four complainants who complained that their "feelings" and "self-respect" were "injured" by Whatcott's pamphlets denouncing the "gay lifestyle" as immoral and dangerous.

The radical Left is all about "feelings", no substance at all.

immoral and dangerous...duh!

8 posted on 12/13/2007 4:34:05 PM PST by PROCON (Merry CHRISTmas!!)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
Not just the Left. I have a feeling there would even be some Freepers of a more secularist bent who would be absolutely fine with this same sort of thing being imposed in the USA.

I could probably come up with a list of current and banned FReepers who would certainly fall into this category.

9 posted on 12/13/2007 4:34:50 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Have her come to the USA. Plenty of nursing/health care jobs available and she can go for political asylum.


10 posted on 12/13/2007 4:35:35 PM PST by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: wagglebee

Chillingly Orwellian


11 posted on 12/13/2007 4:37:12 PM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: wagglebee

To all of those Hunter, Tancredo, and Huckabee fans out there: coming soon to Hillary Land.


12 posted on 12/13/2007 4:37:16 PM PST by centurion316 (Democrats - Supporting Al Qaida Worldwide)
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To: Bosco
S/B he, shouldn't it? I saw "nurse" and didn't pay attention.

My apologies...

13 posted on 12/13/2007 4:38:10 PM PST by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: flynmudd
Thank God I was born in America. Gotta love it!

Except for Philadelphia . . .

"Fighting Discrimination: Philadelphia Evicts the Boy Scouts Over Ban Against Gays"

14 posted on 12/13/2007 4:38:41 PM PST by donna (...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way... -Mitt Romney)
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To: wagglebee

I believe they seek not just restrictions on freedom of speech, but enforcement of accepted thoughts and feelings.


15 posted on 12/13/2007 4:38:47 PM PST by elpadre
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To: All
I would recommend that this guy tell the Commission to take their ruling and shove it up their a**, but then again, they might not take that as a negative... :)
16 posted on 12/13/2007 4:42:30 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: All

It may not even be lefties, or secular Freepers, who push this.

You think those pushing North American Union arent going to institute such limits on free speech? Loss of soverignity is the beginning of loss of rights


17 posted on 12/13/2007 4:42:48 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Mike Huckabee values illegals, criminals, and terrorists...Thanks "Values Voters")
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To: wagglebee

Simply pathetic.


18 posted on 12/13/2007 4:42:59 PM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: wagglebee

I’m sure this type of forbidden speech is just fine with our DUmmy friends who proclaim that they are for freedom and democracy.


19 posted on 12/13/2007 4:46:11 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (No buy China!!)
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bookmarking


20 posted on 12/13/2007 4:47:00 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: wagglebee

Oh, but that could never happen here!

Some pro-homo cheerleader told me so.


21 posted on 12/13/2007 4:49:15 PM PST by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: incindiary

gaystapo ping


22 posted on 12/13/2007 4:51:51 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: wagglebee

HOLY CRAP!!!! 22 POSTS AND NO ONE PICKED UP THE FACT THAT IT WAS UPHELD IN IT’S ENTIRETY BY SASKATCHEWAN “COURT OF QUEENS BENCH”??? ARE YA’LL SLIPPIN’?? LOL!!


23 posted on 12/13/2007 4:55:53 PM PST by Hand em their arse
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To: wagglebee

What happens when you don’t have a Bill of Rights.


24 posted on 12/13/2007 4:57:09 PM PST by Redbob
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To: Hand em their arse

No, I saw it.


25 posted on 12/13/2007 4:58:09 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: FormerLib

Was it Andrew Jackson that said “The judge can make any ruling he wants but, then he has to come down off the bench and enforce the ruling”? If you don’t like a ruling a judge makes you have the same option!!
We Americans are very gracious when it comes to observing a ruling made by a judge, it don’t always have to be like that. Insert Human Rights Commission where needed in lieu of judge


26 posted on 12/13/2007 5:00:11 PM PST by Mojohemi
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To: Redbob

Actually, they do have the “Canadian charter of rights and freedoms” which fairly well mirrors the Bill of Rights and the freedom of religion, opinion, expression and press are clearly stated.

http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/charter/index.html


27 posted on 12/13/2007 5:05:01 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Technocrat

The meaning of HRC can be interchangable with the candidate whose name must not be stated.


28 posted on 12/13/2007 5:12:17 PM PST by getarope (Hunter in 2008! We choose our president, NOT the media!)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
Not just the Left. I have a feeling there would even be some Freepers of a more secularist bent who would be absolutely fine with this same sort of thing being imposed in the USA.

You're probably right. If a judicial ruling came down here banning all speech criticizing homosexuality, they’d reject doing anything to overturn it. They’d argue that we should be proposing tax cuts and free trade rather than being bogged down on “divisive” social issues. We’d be compared to the Taliban for worrying about “what homosexuals do in the bedroom”.

29 posted on 12/13/2007 5:12:41 PM PST by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: wagglebee
"In 2006, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) ordered Whatcott to pay $17,500 Cn. to four complainants who complained that their "feelings" and "self-respect" were "injured" by Whatcott's pamphlets denouncing the "gay lifestyle" as immoral and dangerous."

The Saskatchewan Human rights Commission should, in accordance with this ruling, ban the Koran from being imported, printed, preached from, or distributed in any way, plus all hatefull, injurous derogatory sermons from being preached in mosks and order the Islamic community to pay every person- Jew, Christian, Bhuddist, Hindu-(all non- muslims) for hurt feelings.

This Christian activist should seek the Koran ban based on this ruling, and see if they don't end up tossing it out.

This of course would never happen, despite popular belief that every Canadian is entitled to his day in court, the Supreme court of Canada can and often does refuse to hear cases it doesn't want deal with. Justice be damned. The liberals from Trudeau on have gone a long way towards establishing a liberal dictatorship in Canada. A few more terms in office, and it will be completed.

30 posted on 12/13/2007 5:13:43 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: wagglebee
Canada is dead....

L

31 posted on 12/13/2007 5:14:03 PM PST by Lurker ( Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing smallpox to ebola.)
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To: wagglebee
A lifetime ban for expressing one's conviction? They may gag him but they can never take away his beliefs from him.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

32 posted on 12/13/2007 5:16:03 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: wagglebee
The world hates the righteous and persecutes them. It would not exist except for their merit.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

33 posted on 12/13/2007 5:18:04 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Redbob
"What happens when you don’t have a Bill of Rights."

Canada does have a "bill of rights". It's called the charter of rights and freedoms.

What Canada doesn't have is court that MUST hear this persons case and the violation of his rights by this Saskatchewan human rights commision.

This person's only recourse now is to go to the UN human rights commission or whatever it's called and have Canada condemned, perhaps sent a strongly worded letter.

34 posted on 12/13/2007 5:21:22 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: flynmudd

Thank God I was born in Saskatchewan and my parents moved us to the U.S.


35 posted on 12/13/2007 5:27:31 PM PST by SeanOGuano
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To: Nathan Zachary

Boy, it’s tough being an enthusiastic Canadian with $hit like this happening. Bad news. It’s a slow slide into totalitarianism. “Four legs bad, two legs better!”


36 posted on 12/13/2007 5:30:47 PM PST by CanaGuy (Go Harper!)
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To: wagglebee

Big Brother is watching you....


37 posted on 12/13/2007 5:33:17 PM PST by Jack Hammer (here)
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To: SeanOGuano
"Thank God I was born in Saskatchewan and my parents moved us to the U.S."

Otherwize you would have surely died of boredom by now. You can only stare at endless wheat fields for so long... :o)

38 posted on 12/13/2007 5:33:43 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: wagglebee

Coming next to the good old US of A.


39 posted on 12/13/2007 5:34:25 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: wagglebee
And the left will do the same thing here if given the chance.

Yes they will.

40 posted on 12/13/2007 5:35:30 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: SeanOGuano

For such a awful country, there sure seems to be a lot of people sneaking in illegally. I haven’t heard about a mass migration of Americans headed to Canada, Cuba or Mexico (except for the beaches).


41 posted on 12/13/2007 5:39:37 PM PST by flynmudd (Proud Navy Mom)
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To: wagglebee
Government is an amoral mechanism. It takes its direction from the values and character of the people who are operating it.

No matter how perfectly designed its processes, no matter how clearly enumerated the citizen’s rights, if the mechanism is in the hands of persons who are not committed to upholding and protecting the principle of liberty for ALL, the principle that is the foundation of freedom, then the protector of the people has become their oppressor.

For the most part, the totalitarian and fascist regimes have wonderful constitutions - on paper. It was/is the implementation that turn their liberal democratic ideals into slavery.

That is why the fundamental duty of voters in a functioning democracy is to evaluate which candidate has the essential qualities of morality and good judgment to humbly receive, properly exercise, and relinquish government power without abusing it in the process.

The idea of a "lifetime" ban on speech because it is offensive to some is an affront to the basic principle of liberty and it is a terrible indictment of the judgment of every government official involved. That such a penalty was even announced, much less upheld by a judicial court is a disgrace. Unless reversed and prevented, Canada's citizens are well on their way to becoming subjects.

42 posted on 12/13/2007 5:47:57 PM PST by Captain Rhino ( If we have the WILL to do it, there is nothing built in China that we cannot do without.)
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To: CanaGuy

I think the only hope to save the good part of Canada is for the west (Manitoba westward) to separate and rid themselves of all that Liberal corruption that permeates every level of government, appointed senate and justice system. Otherwise it’s doomed to be ruled forever from Ottawa and Q-bec. (Q-bec’s “Block du Q-bec Quaz” separtist party isn’t even a national party, yet it’s given status/ seats in the federal government. How screwed up is that?)


43 posted on 12/13/2007 5:51:55 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: flynmudd
"I haven’t heard about a mass migration of Americans headed to Canada"

What do you mean? Every time Republicans win the WH the Looney left threatens to leave for Canada forever. Plus all those lefties that join the army for benefits then get scared when called to actually serve.

If we win again that just might be the final straw, and we'll be rid of democrats forever. Then they can join up will all the Vietnam era draft dodgers and finish screwing up Canada.

44 posted on 12/13/2007 6:00:04 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

I doubt that. There are plenty of FReepers, including myself, who have no objection to homosexuality, but I’d be very surprised if you find any besides just-signed-up-today trolls who would support this sort of speech suppression. Frankly, I think this sort of thing hurts, rather than helps the pro-gay rights movement. This guy isn’t forcing anyone to do anything they don’t want to do, or forcing anyone to refrain from doing anything they do want to do. He’s a private citizen expressing his views, which include well-founded outrage at publications running ads that read “Man seeking boys.... age not so relevant” in explicit sex-seeking classified sections. And he’s apparently expressing them mainly via pamphlets, which are easy for anyone to ignore. It’s not like he’s a Fred Phelps type, disrupting people’s daily activities by spewing anger and condemnation at high volume in close proximity to his targets.


45 posted on 12/13/2007 6:05:54 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Captain Rhino
"Canada's citizens are well on their way to becoming subjects."

They never were anything else, really. It's just that Liberals have replaced the Queen of England and house of lords.

46 posted on 12/13/2007 6:07:17 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: flynmudd

Well put. If we have a “fascist president that’s the next Hitler” then why do so many people come here?


47 posted on 12/13/2007 6:07:25 PM PST by Biedrik
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To: Biedrik
"Well put. If we have a “fascist president that’s the next Hitler” then why do so many people come here?"

Because the money's good and it's warmer. Others come to destroy us, and we are letting them in by the millions.

48 posted on 12/13/2007 6:16:19 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: Redbob

...or a 2nd Amendment...


49 posted on 12/13/2007 6:19:26 PM PST by castlebrew (true gun control is hitting where you're aiming!)
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To: wagglebee

Again, Romans 1:25-27 tells us that same-sex sexual relationships are a consequence of idolatry. In other words, such relationships are a consequence of disobeying the 1ST COMMANDMENT, a major aspect of the GREATEST COMMANDMENT, to love God with all our being.

Homosexuals need to keep in mind, however, that the good news of the gospel is not about how God despises same-sex sexual relationships. In fact, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 tells us that certain members of that church had formerly been slaves to such relationships but had been cleansed in Jesus’ name. So these former homosexuals had evidently repented and accepted God’s grace to straighten their lives out.

John 3:16
Revelation 3:20


50 posted on 12/13/2007 6:34:12 PM PST by Amendment10
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