The intolerance of homosexuals.Anyone who thinks basic human rights are secure in Canada should ponder the plight of trustees for the Durham District Catholic School Board: they could end up in jail as prisoners of conscience for backing the decision by the principal of the Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic Secondary School in Oshawa to bar a 17-yearold student, Marc Hall, from attending a prom with his 21-year-old boyfriend.
In taking this principled stance in defence of the school principal, the trustees are simply upholding the historic teaching of the Christian church on the sinfulness of sodomy sodomy
Noncoital carnal copulation. Sodomy is a crime in some jurisdictions. Some sodomy laws, particularly in Middle Eastern countries and those jurisdictions observing Shari'ah law, provide penalties as severe as life imprisonment for homosexual intercourse, even if the . Yet a host of prominent public figures, including such nominal Catholics as former Health Minister Allan Rock and Ontario Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty, are clamouring Noun 1. clamouring - loud and persistent outcry from many people; "he ignored the clamor of the crowd"
clamoring, clamour, hue and cry, clamor
cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell, call - a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was for the board to reverse its decision and allow homosexuals to dance at the prom.
So far, the trustees have not bowed to this pressure. "The catechism (of the Catholic Church) accepts homosexuals as persons who should be treated like any other person-with respect, compassion and sensitivity," Mary Ann Martin, board chairwoman, has explained. "At the same time, however, the catechism notes that homosexual behaviour is unacceptable and cannot be approved."
Hall is free to join a trendy Protestant church and a secular school where he would be welcome to flaunt his homosexual behaviour. Instead, he is bent on forcing his views on the Catholic Church and schools. With backing from Liberal MPP (Massively Parallel Processing or Massively Parallel Processor) A multiprocessing architecture that uses up to thousands of processors. Some might contend that a computer system with 64 or more CPUs is a massively parallel processor. George Smitherman, he is suing his school principal for $100,000 in damages and seeking an injunction from the Ontario Superior Court to countermand COUNTERMAND. This word signifies a. change or recall of orders previously given.
2. It may be express or implied. Express, when contrary orders are given and a revocation. of the former order is made. the board's ruling.
In a news conference at Queen's Park, Hall's lawyer, John Corbett, maintained that the decision to ban Hall from attending the prom with his boyfriend is "a breach of Marc's fundamental charter rights by a body that is bound by the Charter." Yet there is no reference to "gay rights" in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (also known as The Charter of Rights and Freedoms or simply The Charter) is a bill of rights entrenched in the Constitution of Canada. It forms the first part of the Constitution Act, 1982. .
The clear words of the law mean nothing in the Charter era. In a 1995 decision, Egan v. Canada Egan v. Canada,  2 S.C.R. 513, 1995 SCC 49 was one of a trilogy of equality rights cases published by a very divided Supreme Court of Canada in the spring of 1995. , the Supreme Court of Canada The Supreme Court of Canada (French: Cour suprême du Canada) is the highest court of Canada and is the final court of appeal in the Canadian justice system. defied the express wishes of Parliament by reading equality rights for "gays" into section 15 of the Charter.
Martin and her fellow trustees contend they have an overriding right to uphold the traditional teachings of the Christian church by virtue of section 2 of the Charter, which purports to guarantee freedom of conscience and religion. However, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed this argument in a ruling last year on the right of Protestant students at Trinity Western University For other schools with similar names, see and Trinity College.
TWU is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and is recognized by the United States Department of (TWU TWU Texas Woman's University
TWU Transport Workers Union
TWU Trinity Western University
TWU Two Worlds United
TWU Texas Wesleyan University
TWU Transport Workers Union of America
TWU Telecommunications Workers Union ) to uphold the sinfulness of homosexual behaviour.
In this case, the court held that, while "the freedom of individuals to adhere to certain religious beliefs while at TWU should be respected," teachers trained at TWU should be aware that within the public schools, "The freedom to hold beliefs is broader than the freedom to act on them."
In conformity with this twisted view of the Charter, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruled in 2000 that Scott Brockie, an evangelical Protestant and printshop owner in Toronto, has a right to hold his religious beliefs on homosexual sin, but has no right to act on those beliefs, by refusing to print materials for the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives is a non-profit organization in Canada, which archives materials relating to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in Canada. , whose explicit purpose is to promote pride in gay sexual behaviour. Brockie is appealing the ruling.
Suppose the Ontario Superior Court upholds the Brockie ruling and orders the Durham District Catholic School Board to allow Hall to attend the prom with his gay partner. If Brockie, Martin and her fellow trustees refuse to obey an order that violates their convictions about the sinfulness of gay sex, they could be jailed for contempt of court.
The same fate threatens people who merely express public sympathy and support for Brockie and the Catholic trustees: Section 13(1) of the Ontario Human Rights Code The Ontario Human Rights Code is a provincial law in the province of Ontario, Canada that gives all citizens of the province equal rights and opportunities without discrimination in specific areas such as jobs, housing and services. forbids anyone from inciting others to discriminate on the basis of any of 14 forbidden grounds, including sexual orientation.
Thanks to judicial misrepresentation misrepresentation
In law, any false or misleading expression of fact, usually with the intent to deceive or defraud. It most commonly occurs in insurance and real-estate contracts. False advertising may also constitute misrepresentation. of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which came into effect 20 years ago, Christians and Jews who uphold the historic teaching of their faith are no longer secure to act upon their conscientious religious convictions. Who would have thought that secular fascism could come to Canada under a false banner of human rights?
Rory Leishman lives at 836 Wellington St., London, Ontario, N6A 3S7, home page: www.roryleishman.com. His column appears every other issue.