Category Archives: Homosexuality

The Silencing of Parents (a comment on Ontario Bill #89)

Do you and I as parents have the freedom to teach our children what is right and what is wrong? If my son wanted to dress like a girl and I told him that he should really dress like a boy, according to the Ontario Liberal government I would be impinging on the rights of my son and he would be considered “a child in need” and they would then have the right to remove my son from his home out from under my care and teaching.

Just this past week in our Ontario Legislature, Queen’s Park, the Ontario Liberal government under the leadership of Kathleen Wynne has pushed through a radical bill known as Bill 89. A bill that was written apparently for the protection of children but is also threatening parents who believe their children should be taught otherwise.

As a pastor and a father, I have written letters to our local Member of Provincial Parliament as well as to the committee overseeing the passage of the Bill, but unfortunately my MPP simply answered with a letter from his party focussing on other legitimate needs for the bill and not even addressing my concerns.  I did hear back from a few members of the oversight committee who also shared my concerns {I also understand that there were over 40 amendments recommended to the Liberal government to change the Bill in order to protect parents and the Liberal government turned them all down.}

This Bill 89 is very concerning for the following reasons: First of all, Bill 89 expands the definition of what actually is a “child in need”. Granted there are children who are in need of protection from abusive environments.  But when a parent in good faith, and in loving care is teaching their children the traditional roles of sexuality, roles that actually naturally make sense, they can also fall into the category of “unsafe“. There is definitely something wrong here. Over the past few years the Ontario Liberal government, under Kathleen Wynne has been pushing a confused gender ideology onto the Child services of Ontario…and now Bill 89 threatens any parent who teaches their children otherwise.

So now what do I do? I, as a parent of three children, who does not ascribe or believe in the homosexual ideology and gender theory of the Liberal government. It is simply not in accordance with my religious beliefs. It doesn’t line up with the authority of the Bible. So, should one of my children happen to express to me their interest in “identifying with homosexuality” I would, in good faith, and loving concern for their growth and development would teach them what I believe. And the Liberal government is seeking to silence that parental role and responsibility of teaching my own children what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman. Thereby, this Liberal government is actually removing parental rights and responsibilities.

Mr. Coteau (Liberal Minister of Children & Youth Services) recently stated:  “I would consider that a form of abuse, when a child identifies one way [LGBT+] and a caregiver is saying no, you need to do this differently,” and “If it’s abuse, and if it’s within the definition, a child can be removed from that environment and placed into protection where the abuse stops.”  So now, because I do not adhere to the homosexual ideology, and I teach my children differently…I am now considered “a child abuser“?  Something desperately has been confused.

Bill 89 also states that parents (and Children’s Aid Services etc) must bring up the child in accordance with the child’s creed. This is essentially diminishing the role of parents.  Someone needs to inform the Liberal government that it is actually the role of parents to teach the creeds and the religious beliefs. It is not the role of a school teacher, judge or the MPP or Premier. It is the parents role and responsibility! That is the way that God designed the family. What right does this government think they have to remove that right and responsibility from parents?

Should my wife and I ever consider fostering children or adopting children, which is a great need today, and if I were to teach that child a traditional belief in male and female roles, this government would seek to stop that from happening based upon this Bill 89 because judges will have to base their decisions on “what is the best interest of the child.”

This Bill #89 needs to be clarified before it is ratified. It needs to have some form of inclusion whereby parents of faith and other religious practices that do not ascribe to the homosexual agenda have their rights protected too…and that parents, as the God given and God designed family authority have the freedom to teach according to their own personal creed and faith practices.

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This is Where I Stand…I Refuse to Fight…

Let me be clear right off. I refuse to fight over this issue.  My stance is what it is. It is not bigotted, nor is it “intolerant” or “fearful” of those who prefer a different sexual lifestyle.  I do not hate the homosexual or any part of that community.  I simply disagree with their lifestyle choice. Since when is it wrong to disagree with people? There are a lot of things in life that I disagree with and yet I am not considered bigotted for my disagreement. For one,  I disagree with the lifestyle and the politics of Donald Trump, and yet I am not labelled a “bigot” or a “politi-phobe“. I simply have the right to express my disagreement with his lifestyle, position and politics. It is the same with many other issues such as divorce. I do not like or agree with divorce for simply any old reason at all. And yet I am not categorized as a “divorce-a-phobe“. Can I not hold to that opinion?  Can I not own a viewpoint that is based upon my own personal convictions? Or must it be dictated to me by special interest groups that happen to have political clout and sports  and rock star status? I doubt that Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams will come to my aid when my beliefs, choices and convictions are attacked.

I think everyone knew that this would be contentious.  Everyone in their right mind knew that the lobbyists of the GLBTQ community will not rest until they have quietted anyone and everyone who opposes them. While at the same time there are those who are militantly opposed to the legislation and are looking for a confrontation on the issue.

Currently, there are a number of states down in the U.S. who have legislated protection for religious groups to practice their faith without being forced to compromise their civil rights, personal faith and convictions.  To me this makes perfect sense. Even with the  writing of this blog I know I will be castigated as a”homophobe” or a “bigot” and an “intolerant” Christian pastor. But please know that nothing could be further from the truth. I ask simply for respectful dialogue and clear and respectful thinking on these issues.

I, as a Christian, simply adhere to a different authority, the authority of the God of the Bible. I choose to obey Him as He has directed my beliefs that are found in the Bible, as countless millions have done throughout the history of the world. And yet, today, there are those who say, that I should not be allowed to do this, or to even have the freedom to do that.  Well who, then, is being intolerant?

So, as a Baptist pastor, and one who is given the responsibility, opportunity and privelige to perform marriage ceremonies in the province of Ontario…I take each marriage ceremony very seriously. And so, as a matter of personal conviction, I cannot in good conscience formalize and bless a relationship that God has clearly forbidden. But the real issue at hand is…why are religious people or the the church considered to be the intolerant ones of the rights of gay people…but it is not considered intolerant of the Gay  and Lesbian (GLBQT) community to disagree with the position of the Church?

I honestly do not see any other way to pave over this issue and bring a harmonious resolution.  In almost every community there are churches who do provide those same services to the GLBTQ community that they are seeking. Why then are those of us who choose not to marry these individuals considered to be intolerant? Why is there a target of accusation on our backs? As nations, Canada and the United States were both founded upon the right to religious freedom…however that is expressed. This means that the Mormon has every right as the Baptist as the Unitarian and as the Jehovah Witness to practice their faith driven lifestyle as much as the Gay and Lesbian individual have the freedom to practice their chosen lifestyle. The GLBTQ individual does not agree with what I believe…and yet I do not accuse them of bigotry toward me and my commnity of faith. And at the same time,  I do not agree with what they believe…hence we have the beauty of religious freedom… the freedom to choose according to our own conscience.

The Biblical church will always have their belief system based upon the Bible which is their ultimate authority. You take that belief system away and you are subjugating their freedom to practice according to their conscience. What kind of a world will be the result?  The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms should protect those who choose to follow their authority of their faith. Be it the Bible, the Koran or any other standard of authority.  It is not intolerant, it is not racist or bigotted. It should be loving and yet disagreeing. In a civilized society there is nothing wrong with that.

This my dear friends is where I stand.