At least in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a troubling statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. (Reuters)
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The slippery slope is slicker than we thought—and it could land Bible-believing Christians into a cold, dark jail cell. At least in Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a troubling statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
I agree, as he says, that everyone deserves to live free of stigma, persecution and discrimination. I agree, as he says, that all people—regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity—have the right to feel safe and secure, and empowered to freely express themselves. God gave us all a free will.
But that's about where my agreement ends.
"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. 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," Trudeau says.
"To do its part, the government of Canada today will introduce legislation that will help ensure transgender and other gender-diverse people can live according to their gender identity, free from discrimination and protected from hate propaganda and hate crimes."
I am all for legal rights—but not special rights.
I am all for ending hate speech—but the Bible is not hate speech.
I am all for ending violence—but this bill of which Trudeau speaks may ultimately encourage violence against those who don't embrace the LGBT lifestyle, and it will most certainly lead to persecution, discrimination and perhaps even jail time.
Here's a summary of the bill:
"This enactment amends the Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.
The enactment also amends the Criminal Code to extend the protection against hate propaganda set out in that Act to any section of the public that is distinguished by gender identity or expression and to clearly set out that evidence that an offence was motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on gender identity or expression constitutes an aggravating circumstance that a court must take into consideration when it imposes a sentence."
It doesn't take a prophet to see where this is headed. Christians need to speak up now before it's too late.
Jennifer LeClaire is senior editor of Charisma. She is also director of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, co-founder of awakeningtv.com, on the leadership team of the New Breed Revival Network and author of several books
Hate and Bias
I have underlined the last part of the summary of the bill because of what struck me when I read it. Justin (the hunk) Trudeau talked about hate and then legislated against bias and prejudice. There is a very big difference between bias and hate. Bias is quite natural when we encounter what we don't understand or what we are not familiar with.
When I was about four, I was in a car accident. The car rolled over and eventually I was pulled out from underneath the front seat. This was long before seat-belts were ever even thought of. The man who pulled me out was black. I had never seen a black man, at least not up-close, and here he was holding me inches from his very black face. It scared the daylights out of me and I fought hard to get away from him.
Was that hate? Was that anything even related to hate? Of course not! It was fear of the unknown or fear of the 'different'. In my tiny, logically ordered universe people were white. This man completely shattered the order of my universe.
Such is the issue with gays and transgenders, although gays have been high profile enough in recent decades that we 'people of an ordered universe' have had time to accept their place and have adjusted our universe even though its orderliness has deteriorated in our minds.
Transgenders, however, have not been very high profile until quite recently. The hope, and probably the plan, of the LGBTQ lobby is to bring them mainstream so they can be accepted, or at least tolerated.
But transgenderism is not like homosexuality; transgenderism is a mental disease where the person's mind is completely convinced that he or she is the opposite gender to what their anatomical attributes indicate. This is very similar to anorexia nervosa, where the mind is convinced that their body is fat to the extraordinary degree that it revulses at eating food and adding to that fat. The fact that the person is obviously skinnier than a bean-pole does nothing to convince the mind of the truth.
Crime against Humanity?
Gender dystopia is a recognized mental illness that needs psychological treatment. Although most children, about 80%, will grow out of the dystopia around puberty unless they are encouraged and enabled in their delusion by parents and doctors. With an attempted suicide rate of 43% (20 times normal) for transgenders, enabling children to make radical body changes based on a mental disorder should be a criminal offence, if not a crime against humanity.