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Canadian Supreme Court Rules Biblical Speech Opposing Homosexual Behavior is a ‘Hate Crime’
christiannews.net ^ | February 28, 2013 | Heather Clark

Posted on 03/04/2013 2:50:07 PM PST by ilovesarah2012

Ottawa, Ontario – The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Biblical speech opposing homosexual behavior, including in written form, is essentially a hate crime.

On Wednesday, the court upheld the conviction of activist William Whatcott, who found himself in hot water after distributing flyers regarding the Bible’s prohibitions against homosexuality throughout the Saskatoon and Regina neighborhoods in 2001 and 2002.

“The Bible is clear that homosexuality is an abomination,” one flyer that was found to be in violation stated, citing 1 Corinthians 6:9. “Scripture records that Sodom and Gomorrah was given over completely to homosexual perversion and as a result destroyed by God’s wrath.”

Another flyer, entitled Keep Homosexuality Out of Saskatoon’s Public Schools, was written in response to the recommendation of the Saskatoon School Board that homosexuality be included in school curriculum. The Supreme Court declared the document to be unlawful because it called the homosexual acts that would be taught to children “filthy,” and contended that children are more interested in playing Ken and Barbie than “learning how wonderful it is for two men to sodomize each other.” The justices ruled that because the use of the word “sodomy” only referred to “two men” and not also the sex acts of heterosexuals, it was a direct target against a specific group of people.

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TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: antichristian; canadasc; christianpersecution; hatecrime; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; liberalfascism; ruling
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1 posted on 03/04/2013 2:50:12 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

From the article:

“While speech opposing homosexuality remains legal in the United States, some note that the nation is heading in the same direction as Canada, as discrimination laws are being enforced by state Human Rights Commissions across the country.

A number of incidents have made headlines in recent years where American businesses have been punished for their refusal to accommodate the homosexual lifestyle, such as the story of a photographer in New Mexico that was forced to pay $700 in fines for declining to shoot a same-sex commitment service, to the Vermont bed and breakfast owners who settled a lawsuit with two lesbians who were told by an employee that they could not hold their commitment service on the property. A Kentucky t-shirt screening company was also recently punished for declining to complete a work order involving t-shirts that were to be worn at a local homosexual pride parade.”


2 posted on 03/04/2013 2:52:48 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Yup. Liberals in Canada have essentially rendered traditional religious beliefs a criminal offense.

The only thing that prevents it from happening here is the First Amendment.

Gay marriage is only the nose in the camel’s tent when it comes to the Gay Lobby’s agenda.


3 posted on 03/04/2013 2:53:42 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Canada makes it illegal to speak out against homosexuality and Russia is making laws to make it illegal to promote homosexuality.

It’s a wild world.


4 posted on 03/04/2013 2:55:19 PM PST by OKRA2012
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To: goldstategop
"The only thing that prevents it from happening here is the First Amendment."

No, it already happens here. The only additional requirement is that it has to cause "mental distress" to some queer.

5 posted on 03/04/2013 2:58:44 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: ilovesarah2012

we are headed in the same direction


6 posted on 03/04/2013 2:59:00 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: ilovesarah2012

The Bible also claims that Jesus is The Son of God which is insulting to Muslims.


7 posted on 03/04/2013 2:59:14 PM PST by DManA
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To: ilovesarah2012

Take it up with God, stupid.


8 posted on 03/04/2013 3:00:54 PM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: steve86; goldstategop
"The only thing that prevents it from happening here is the First Amendment."

No, it already happens here. The only additional requirement is that it has to cause "mental distress" to some queer.

Homosexual activists will get around this like they always do - by hiding behind and using "anti-discrimination laws" as a pretext, and using them as a bludgeon to force acceptance and affirmation.

9 posted on 03/04/2013 3:06:15 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
From the article: The judges did note, however, that “it would only be unusual circumstances and context that could transform a simple reading or publication of a religion’s holy text into what could objectively be viewed as hate speech.”

Does this mean that it's ok to read scripture in church but not to address it in a sermon? What does "simple reading" mean? Is written biblical commentary now hate speech too? Can't you just imagine the activists chomping at the bit to challenge what is an "unusual circumstance and context" that violates the law? This is really disturbing.

10 posted on 03/04/2013 3:09:41 PM PST by PeevedPatriot
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To: ilovesarah2012

Mr Whatcott should remain calm and continue to do what he’s doing teaching God’s word, God will deal with the Canadian Supreme Court:

2 Thessalonians 1:6 -

“Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you”


11 posted on 03/04/2013 3:13:45 PM PST by ScottfromNJ
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To: ex-snook
'Zactly. I would never presume to know God's mind but I'm pretty confident that He doesn't care much what the Canadian Supreme Court thinks.

However His teachings are pretty clear on this - and he will not be mocked. Abridging the right of free expression He has bestowed on his children will not play well for these apostates on the court in the end.

12 posted on 03/04/2013 3:22:34 PM PST by Redplum
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To: ilovesarah2012; Lurking Libertarian; JDW11235; Clairity; TheOldLady; Spacetrucker; Art in Idaho; ...

SCOTUS ping re: Canadian Supreme Court ruling.


13 posted on 03/04/2013 3:30:28 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Biblical speech opposing homosexual behavior, including in written form, is essentially a hate crime

The Bible contains speech opposing homesexual behavior, in written form...I guess they've ruled that it is also hate speech. How long before it is a crime to own one, I wonder ?

14 posted on 03/04/2013 3:38:45 PM PST by Red Boots
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To: Red Boots

Probably not long.


15 posted on 03/04/2013 3:41:20 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

I expect posthumous charges to be filed against William Tyndale, Myles Coverdale, John Rodgers, Richard Taverner, and the entire team that accepted that “hate speech” commission from King James I of England. Without them we would be as loving and tolerant of homosexuality as the Taliban.


16 posted on 03/04/2013 3:44:58 PM PST by Pollster1
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To: ilovesarah2012

So, are they going to sue God?


17 posted on 03/04/2013 3:54:06 PM PST by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Just wait until the Canadian Supreme Court reads the koran...


18 posted on 03/04/2013 3:56:59 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Does this ruling apply to preaching within a church?


19 posted on 03/04/2013 3:59:33 PM PST by DungeonMaster (Low Bible information Christians vote Democrat.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
To get rid of the distinction between speech against sexual behavior and sexual orientation, the court decision said, "...where the conduct targeted by speech is a crucial aspect of the identity of a vulnerable group, attacks on this conduct stand as proxy for attacks on the group itself." (Court Decision)

Since "a crucial aspect of the identity of" Christians is to speak of all the teachings of the Bible - including those on homosexual behavior - this court's decision targeting Christians quoting the bible must also be seen as conduct that stands as a proxy for attacks on this group (Christians) itself. Where do you go for justice, when the Canadian Supreme Court commits a "hate crime?"

To those who argue that the court's use of a qualifying "vulnerable" before "group," is the distinction, answer this question: Which group is more "vulnerable" homosexuals who this court allows to freely express their views against Christian teaching and practices, or Christians who this court will prevent from expressing their view against homosexual teaching and practices?

20 posted on 03/04/2013 4:01:12 PM PST by drpix
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To: ilovesarah2012
"I am a poor, wayfaring stranger, just passing through, to my home..."

FMCDH(BITS)

21 posted on 03/04/2013 4:13:09 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: 2banana

“Just wait until the Canadian Supreme Court reads the koran...”

What is disturbing about this is that when it happens in America, these laws will never be enforced on real hate groups like muslims, La Raza, and the New Black Pampers.

Malik Shabazz will always be allowed to shout “kill cracker babies” in public without any consequences.


22 posted on 03/04/2013 4:13:12 PM PST by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: ScottfromNJ

Would be that we all have this man’s strength of character when it comes time for us to also stand up for God’s Word.


23 posted on 03/04/2013 4:18:55 PM PST by ducttape45
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To: ilovesarah2012

Is opposing the Supreme Court a “hate crime” in Canada yet?


24 posted on 03/04/2013 4:19:08 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Pollster1
William Tyndale, Myles Coverdale, John Rodgers, Richard Taverner

Those are names we never hear anymore. We need more people like them.

25 posted on 03/04/2013 4:22:48 PM PST by ducttape45
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To: ilovesarah2012

It’s amazing, isn’t it? We’re becoming a society that champions sodomy and pederasty but condemns and villifies the right of self-defense.


26 posted on 03/04/2013 4:26:13 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Save your old Bibles as I’m sure new ones will be written by the revisionists. We saw this last night in the opening segment of “The Bible” on the (mock) History Channel. Minority “rights” now trump individual and majority rights thanks to our liberal legal system and their ever growing desire for more litigation. Sad day for the world and especially Christians.


27 posted on 03/04/2013 4:30:19 PM PST by Boomer One
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To: ilovesarah2012

We are living in interesting times. The closest parallel I can think of is the fall of Rome. Basically the demise of Civilization. I can’t imagine what the world will look like after the genocides, but I suspect we Christians will be the targets once again.


28 posted on 03/04/2013 4:30:35 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: ducttape45
Those are names we never hear anymore. We need more people like them.

I just hope those people stand up before things get VERY ugly. The Jews went through some terrible trials in Biblical times before they were ready to return to God's Word.

29 posted on 03/04/2013 4:37:14 PM PST by Pollster1
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To: PATRIOT1876

“So, are they going to sue God?”

That wouldn’t surprise me, but God laughs at them:

Psalm 37:13:

“But the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.”


30 posted on 03/04/2013 4:41:48 PM PST by ScottfromNJ
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To: Boomer One
Save your old Bibles as I’m sure new ones will be written by the revisionists.

Very good point. And when you see certain "Christians" readily adopting these, along with the PC-ified scripture they contain, you will know that the great Christian bifurcation has begun.

31 posted on 03/04/2013 4:46:13 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Drag these so-called justices into the street, strip them to their underpants, douse them with high quality roofing tar, frost them with lots of feathers, put a rail up in their crotch, and march them around town for everyone to humiliate and ridicule.

(make sure you have LOTS of vids and pics to go on youtube, facebook.)

Do this once or twice, and I think common sense will come home to roost.


32 posted on 03/04/2013 4:47:38 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: Pollster1

I think you’ll see a further separation of the faithful and unfaithful, the true Christian and false Christian, as time progresses.


33 posted on 03/04/2013 4:52:09 PM PST by ducttape45
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To: drpix

If they don’t want to be “vulnerable”, let them stop their filthy sodomite practices. It’s not as if they’re being forced to do the sick things they do.


34 posted on 03/04/2013 5:19:21 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: ilovesarah2012

The Canadian Court has just committed a “Hate Crime” against Christians. Lock them all up.


35 posted on 03/04/2013 5:48:57 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: goldstategop

I don’t think it’s their ‘nose’ that’s getting poked into anything.
The central government has declared war on its population.
I’ll bet there aren’t similar restrictions on muslims.


36 posted on 03/04/2013 6:10:06 PM PST by jim999
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To: ducttape45
I think you’ll see a further separation of the faithful and unfaithful, the true Christian and false Christian, as time progresses.

I am continually worried by how few Christians are deserving of God's grace or worthy of the Church that has been placed in our hands. Just as often though, I am relieved at the thought that we are not expected to be worthy, just to do our best, to follow God's Word as faithfully as we can and to spread the Gospel even (especially?) if we fall short.

37 posted on 03/04/2013 6:24:03 PM PST by Pollster1
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To: OKRA2012
Canada makes it illegal to speak out against homosexuality and Russia is making laws to make it illegal to promote homosexuality.

Both sides won the Cold War...kind of funny...we became them and they became us

38 posted on 03/04/2013 6:36:07 PM PST by Archie Bunker on steroids (The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10))
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To: ilovesarah2012; GeronL

They need to complain to God about it.


39 posted on 03/04/2013 6:38:54 PM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: steve86

Like the new Queen James bible. :(


40 posted on 03/04/2013 6:40:21 PM PST by mark_interrupted
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To: ducttape45

Don’t forget St. Thomas Moore, a man beheaded for standing up against a government trying to normalize sexual deviancy.


41 posted on 03/04/2013 7:05:25 PM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: wonkowasright; ducttape45

....sorry hanged drawn and quartered.... not beheaded....


42 posted on 03/04/2013 7:06:17 PM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: Pollster1
That's the mystery and blessing God's Grace. We don't deserve it, there's nothing we can do in a "works based" system of worship to gain it, but God freely gives it to us in the person of Jesus Christ as long as we acknowledge His redemptive act on the Cross for our sins.

And because of our belief in His sacrifice as the only thing that can atone for our sins, we are imparted with what some theologians call "provisional righteousness." We're declared righteous, but only on the merits of His Blood, not in anything we do or say.

It's so simple, yet so mind boggling at the same time.

43 posted on 03/04/2013 7:19:42 PM PST by ducttape45
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To: ilovesarah2012

I am so glad I won’t be around when these rulings meet up with Sharia law.


44 posted on 03/04/2013 8:01:04 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: DManA

I’d think just being a Muslim insult enough.


45 posted on 03/04/2013 8:09:05 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: wonkowasright

You had it right the first time . He was sentenced to be hung drawn and quartered but had his sentence commuted by that villain Henry VIII to a quick beheading.


46 posted on 03/05/2013 7:42:03 AM PST by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: Pollster1

“I am continually worried by how few Christians are deserving of God’s grace or worthy of the Church that has been placed in our hands.”

Grace by definition is undeserved. I think we’d all like to see another Great Awakening in this nation and I’m fairly sure at this point it’s the only hope our nation has to remain free.


47 posted on 03/05/2013 8:01:20 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Timocrat

Thanks. Henry VIII was such a kind lad wasn’t he ? :-)


48 posted on 03/05/2013 4:40:26 PM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: OKRA2012
It’s a wild world.

It's a demoralized world.

"According to my opinion, and the opinions of many defectors of my caliber, only about 15% of time, money, and manpower is spent on espionage as such. The other 85% is a slow process which we call either ideological subversion, active measures, or psychological warfare. What it basically means is: to change the perception of reality of every American that despite of the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country.
 
It's a great brainwashing process which goes very slow and is divided into four basic stages.
 
The first stage being "demoralization". It takes from 15 to 20 years to demoralize a nation. Why that many years? Because this is the minimum number of years required to educate one generation of students in the country of your enemy exposed to the ideology of [their] enemy. In other words, Marxism-Leninism ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least 3 generation of American students without being challenged or counterbalanced by the basic values of Americanism; American patriotism.
 
Most of the activity of the department [KGB] was to compile huge amount / volume of information, on individuals who were instrumental in creating public opinion.  Publisher, editors, journalists, uh actors, educationalists, professors of political science.  Members of parliament, representatives of business circles. 
 
Most of these people were divided roughly into two groups:  those who would tow the Soviet foreign policy, they would be promoted to positions of power through media and public manipulation;  [and] those who refuse the Soviet influence in their own country would be character assassinated OR executed physically, come Revolution.  "
--KGB Defector Yuri Bezmenov
--Soviet Subversion of the Free Press (Ideological subversion, Destabilization, CRISIS - and the KGB)
 
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2095202/posts
 
Are we there yet?

49 posted on 03/05/2013 5:07:40 PM PST by TArcher
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To: ScottfromNJ
Funny thing is that a decade down the road when free speech is all but dead in my country (Canada) no one will even remember who Bill Whatcott is. The fact he was so offensive is completely besides the point, yet our court decided to rule against free speech. Essentially they said even the truth can hurt. Do you know what that could mean for even future defamation cases. Truth is suppose to be a defense, but the court just said it isn't. Bunch of activist judges judging completely by their biases.
50 posted on 03/07/2013 11:52:19 AM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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