A Word From Steve Jones
FebrUARY 19TH, 2018
Gender identity rights are now enshrined in our Federal Law.
A “brave new world” begins...
Gender identity given Human Right status in Canada (Bill C-16)
I couldn’t sleep one night in June. I got up and turned on the TV channel that hosts the House of Commons debates and Senate Committee hearings. I thought it was the perfect remedy for my insomnia. On the contrary. At 2:00 a.m. the Senate hearing on Bill C-16 was inspiring television viewing.
The Bill passed Thursday, June 15, 2017 in the Senate and has become law. It amends the Canadian Human Rights Act; adding gender identity and expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination. It now sits alongside things like race and creed; providing protection under hate-speech and hate-crime provisions in criminal law. Many of its proponents say the Federal Law finally joins the provinces who have amended their human rights codes to recognize and protect gender diversity. I heard New Your City recognized over 50 trans and gender non-binary individual types.
Those concerned with the law say it will lead to injustice toward women and children, for Bill C-16 separates sex from gender and then legislates that gender has no specific meaning. Neither “man” nor “woman” mean anything anymore. People of faith, women’s organizations and some feminists are concerned about women not receiving adequate freedom and identity protection.
What’s at stake? The Bill enshrines the transgender ideology currently being advanced by progressive educators in Ontario and Alberta; soon to arrive in all the other provinces to be in compliance. Children will be taught about gender “fluidity” and pronouns such as “Hir” and “Zhe”. The result will be more impressionable young children will seek gender transition amid their confusion.
What about open bathrooms in our churches and other public spaces? Locker rooms in Christian schools? Camp cabins at Christian camps? Lodging in Christian women shelters? Will any of these survive the court cases that will be brought when they struggle to comply?
What about free speech and the legislation of state speech when it comes to the use of state sanctioned gender neutral pronouns? I listened for two hours on the CPAC TV channel to lawyers and professors eloquently point to the Senate committee about the “foundational” failings of this state-sponsored speech. All our text books need to be rewritten as they are incongruent with current transgender ideology.
On a different but related legislative story, Ontario Bill 89 passed June 1, 2017. The law focuses on regulation of foster care and adoption among Children’s Aid and other child protection societies. These societies must now consider, among other things, a list of protected grounds of discrimination from the Ontario Human Rights Code. While the Ontario Human Rights Code is intended to apply to government, employers and service providers, the “list” is now being applied to “family life”. Further, the statutory context of the Human Rights Code, which included protection for freedom of religion and conscience is not included in Bill 89. Included among the list, when evaluating the best interests of a foster child, will be closer attention to potential foster or adoptive parents based on their beliefs about gender identity and sexual orientation.
Will followers of Christ who do not comply with these beliefs be able to foster or adopt children? The story continues…
“Oh Lord, may your Spirit move the hearts of your people, making us vigilant in these perilous times.”
Have a blessed week,