Friday, July 22, 2005

Oh Canada

The other day, a commentator on Canada's CBC Radio, our northern neighbor's equivalent to NPR, made a case for government control over religion in the land of maple leafs, back bacon, hockey and gay marriage. According to an article posted Tuesday at (hat tip to, Bob Ferguson, a retired professor from the Royal Military College, strongly believes religion needs to be regulated, particularly Catholicism.

The article reports: . . .

"Given the inertia of the Catholic Church, perhaps we could encourage reform by changing the environment in which all religions operate," Ferguson began his commentary in measured tones yesterday. "Couldn't we insist that human rights, employment and consumer legislation apply to them as it does other organizations? Then it would be illegal to require a particular marital status as a condition of employment or to exclude women from the priesthood. "

Ferguson continued, "Of course the Vatican wouldn't like the changes, but they would come to accept them in time as a fact of life in Canada. Indeed I suspect many clergy would welcome the external pressure."

The former professor pitched his idea as a boon to religious freedom. "We could also help the general cause of religious freedom by introducing a code of moral practice for religions," he said. "They will never achieve unity so why not try for compatibility? Can't religious leaders agree to adjust doctrine so all religions can operate within the code?"

Meanwhile, in the wake of Canada's homosexual marriage bill becoming law this week, evangelicals in the country will continue to advocate for tradional marriage.

According to an article from (hat tip to News! For Christians):
Evangelical Christians in Canada will not affirm the newly legalized definition of marriage to include same-sex unions, despite a bill signed into law Wednesday giving homosexual and lesbian couples the same civil marriage rights as those enjoyed by heterosexuals.

"The unique, distinct nature of heterosexual marriage is no longer recognized in our law and public policy, but we will continue to promote and teach the biblical understanding of marriage in our families and churches," Evangelical Fellowship of Canada President Bruce Clemenger said.

"Evangelical pastors and congregations will continue to celebrate and promote marriage as the exclusive and enduring union of one man and one woman," he said.


At Saturday, July 23, 2005 10:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to think that it is impossible for this to happen in the U.S.

But I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

the Heckler

At Saturday, July 23, 2005 12:47:00 PM, Blogger Roch101 said...

Supporters of the First Amendment would be up in arms.

At Saturday, July 23, 2005 2:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And as a supporter of the Second Amendment, I would also be "up in arms".

the Heckler

At Saturday, July 23, 2005 7:12:00 PM, Anonymous Alex said...

Hopefully, Ferguson is just a "nut" without a serious following. I'm afraid that the Canadian government has already laid the foundation for such legislation with the bills they have passed protecting "sin oriented" minorities.


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