Conservative radio host Bryan Fischer has responded to the news that Canada might be considering two-year prison terms for speech deemed as being anti-transgender by stating that the "gay gestapo" is on a "mission from the dark lord."
"The gay gestapo is on a mission from the dark lord to relentlessly harass, intimidate, punish, and silence every advocate of sexual normalcy," said Fischer, who hosts "Focal Point" on American Family Radio.
"Now the deviancy cabal intends to send preachers who speak the truth about transgenderism and transvestitism to jail for two years," he added. more >>
Canada's Liberal Party government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced a bill that would ban transgender discrimination, including both gender identity and gender expression, with up to two years in prison for violators.
The bill seeks to amend the Canadian Criminal Code to expand existing "hate speech" prohibitions to include any public speech or communication that "promotes hatred" on the basis of "gender identity" or "gender expression," and also the Canadian Human Rights Act, to cover transgender people.
"As a society, we have taken many important steps toward recognizing and protecting the legal rights for the LGBTQ2 community – from enshrining equality rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the passage of the Civil Marriage Act," Trudeau said in a speech, announcing the bill on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17. "There remains much to be done, though. Far too many people still face harassment, discrimination, and violence for being who they are. This is unacceptable." more >>
On Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to the House of Commons after a controversial and tension-filled confrontation occurred in the House Wednesday afternoon.
According to CBC News, the technically young Canadian leader offered a lengthy apology to the law makers. "I regret it deeply, I made a mistake and I am apologizing and I am asking members to understand how contrite and how regretful I am with my behavior," he said.
While Trudeau received a huge round of applause and standing ovation from the Liberal party, a few Conservatives and New Democrats recognized the 44-year-old leader's apology. John McKay was among the members who offered a few words and a pat on the arm to the troubled Minister. more >>
Canada's Office of Religious Freedom was effectively shut down last month after that country's new liberal government decided not to renew the mandate of the office.
The office was established in 2013 to promote and protect human rights, including freedom of religion or belief, as an important part of Canada's constructive leadership in the world.
"Discrimination against religious and belief communities, as with all forms of discrimination, causes human suffering, spreads division, and contributes to a climate of fear, intolerance, and stigmatization. Canada has made recognition of and respect for diversity a priority, both at home and abroad," noted the website of the office. more >>
A judicial body within the United Church of Canada rejected an appeal from a minister who wants to keep her clergy credentials despite being an avowed atheist.
Gretta Vosper, head pastor of West Hill United Church in Toronto, attempted to appeal a ruling from the Toronto Conference that her ministry must be under review.
The UCC's Judicial Committee Executive recently decided Vosper's appeal did not hold sufficient merit to be heard before a review was initiated. more >>
The year 2017 is a big year for Canada. The country is celebrating their 150th year of Confederation, as well as commemorating various historic battles that helped shaped the country into what it is today. Britain's Prince Harry announced another big event that is happening in the country next year and that is the hosting of the Invictus Games 2017. Through a video announcement on the official Twitter page of Kensington Palace, Prince Harry revealed that "the Invictus legacy will continue when Toronto hosts the 3rd Invictus Games in September 2017."
In his announcement, he stated that the holding of the Invictus Games during such a historic time in the country is the best way to pay tribute to the men and women who have given themselves wholly to the service of their nation. The Invictus Games, which was launched in 2014, is an international sporting event for soldiers and servicemen who were wounded and injured and are recovering from their experiences in service.
This year, the games are being hosted by the United States, in Orlando, Florida. It will kick off on May 8 and will run until May 12 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. It is expected to bring over 500 competitors from 15 different nations and will feature various sports such as archery, cycling, indoor rowing, power lifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis, according to the Invictus Games website. more >>