Liberty and Virtue

A person who experiences same sex attraction and who endeavors to live chastely in accordance with his religious beliefs keeps an eye out for examples of gay activists' (1) showing intolerance and hatred of traditional religious and moral beliefs and believers, (2) attempting to deny freedom of speech, assembly and religion to others, and (3) trying to cause the government to impose liberal views on sexual morality on society. Other stuff of interest to blogger may also occasionally be posted.

Gay activists do not speak for all those who experience same sex attraction!

Not all those with SSA reject traditional sexual morality!

Not all those with SSA support promiscuity!

Not all those with SSA believe the gay activist ideology of “gay pride”!

Not all those with SSA believe in making their sex drive their primary public identity!

Not all those with SSA support public indecency in “gay pride” parades!

Not all those with SSA support government promotion of homosexual activity!

Not all those with SSA support same sex marriage!

Not all those with SSA support biased teaching in public schools on homosexual matters!

Not all those with SSA demonize traditional religious believers!

Not all those with SSA wish to deny basic freedoms of speech, religion and association to those who disagree with the gay activists’ ideology and agenda!

Christian charity for persons does not require affirmation of sinful or immoral activity!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Canada: Ruling Restricts Freedom of Speech

This is just horrible! Basically, teachers are not allowed to publicly express their views on homosexuality outside the classroom in British Columbia:

The B.C. Court of Appeals has upheld the B.C. Supreme Court's ruling that Chris Kempling committed "conduct unbecoming of a teacher" by publicly expressing his disapproval of homosexuality outside of a school context. The court handed down its decision June 13.

The BC College of Teachers suspended Kempling because it said the opinions expressed in his writings, mostly letters to the editor of a local newspaper, would have an impact in the school. The Quesnel public school counselor, a Christian, is currently driving a dump truck to pay the bills while he serves a separate suspension for a letter he wrote about the Christian Heritage Party objecting to Bill C-38, the federal government's same-sex marriage bill.

"My career as public school teacher is in considerable jeopardy now," Kempling told CC.com. "I'm discussing whether to appeal or not, though they can choose not to hear an appeal if they don't want, if the case has no merit. In September, I'll return to the school district, although I have applied for a different position."

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada represented freedom of religion in the case, but Janet Epp Buckingham, director of law and public policy for the EFC, told CC.com the court didn't deal with that aspect of the case.

"I didn't get the sense that religion impacted it one way or the other," she said. "Unfortunately, the Court of Appeals said that some of Kempling's expression was legitimate public expression on a public policy issue but that he crossed the line into discriminatory rhetoric. But they didn't tell him what it was that crossed the line. At the Supreme Court level, the judge looked at some specific statements. But that doesn't mean the Court of Apeals necessarily agreed with the Supreme Court judge. It leaves people without any guidance so people don't know what they can say and what they can't."

Murray Mollard, executive director for the BC Civil Liberties Association, told CC.com the BCCLA protects freedom of speech "because words matter."

"The court wasn't saying that he couldn't articulate these views," he explained. "He just can't articulate them while holding a position of trust in a place that holds commitment to the community.

"The BCCT needs to have confidence that he can uphold his duties. That's the responsibility of everyone in a public job. We recognize that people have the right to say things freely, but what you say matters at times. And the comments he wrote have a direct impact on his ability to fulfill his job."

The open-endedness of the decision has left Buckingham wary of the subjective power now held by organizations and companies employing public servants.

"It does restrict freedom of expression and it'll put a real till on all professionals to speak out publicly on controversial issues for fear they won't be sanctioned by their profession," she said. "It gives these associations license to censor their members. I am hoping Kempling will seek an appeal."

Charles S.

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