Archive for February, 2007

German siblings challenge incest ban

Leipzig, Feb. 27, 2007 (CWNews.com) – In Leipzig, Germany, a brother and sister have launched a campaign to abolish criminal laws against incest.

Patrick and Susan Stubing, who are the parents of 4 children, are asking legal permission to continue their romantic relationship. Patrick has already served one prison term for violating German laws against incestuous relationships, and faces another sentence because he refuses to leave his sister.

Patrick Stubing, who was adopted as a young child, did not know his parents or siblings until 2000, when he found his birth mother and his younger sister Susan. Their mother died soon thereafter, leaving the children alone, and a romantic relationship was kindled.

Leaders of Germany’s Green Party have voiced their support for the Stubings’ cause. “We must abolish a law that originated last century and today is useless,” said party spokesman Jerzy Montag. Critics of the laws against incest say that they were developed as a product of Hitler’s theories on racial purity.

A lawyer for the couple said that their relationship should be preserved as a matter of “sexual self-determination.” He pointed out that neighboring Belgium, Holland, and France do not make incest a criminal offense.

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Students Oppose Contraception Campaign on Campus

By Hilary WhiteFREDERICKSBURG, Virginia, February 26, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On one snowy Wednesday this month, a student at the University of Mary Washington was manning a table giving out chocolate bars and a message unlike most seen that day at contemporary university campuses.On St. Valentine’s Day at the small Fredericksburg, Virginia liberal arts college, a new student group, “Project Plus,” handed out bars of Hershey’s chocolate wrapped in an educational flyer that read, “True Love is worth more than Contraception.” The other side of the wrapper/flyer read, “It makes sense that condoms are handed out today with nothing more than a tiny chocolate kiss. This reflects how little love you can express while using one. Using contraception tells your lover, ‘I don’t want to share every part of myself with you.’”

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The second last line of defense….

As Tony Lovink, an out gay Christian teacher in the Ottawa public school system, says, “All private schools tend to be at least implicitly homophobic. And I would say all religiously formed independent schools are definitely homophobic.”In many parts of the country, these schools either receive direct government funding or else tax credits are provided to the parents of their students.

In those provinces where such private school funding is not provided — Ontario, for example — the fight for such benefits is ongoing. And even in Ontario, an entire Roman Catholic school system is constitutionally funded by taxpayers — even though the church denounces Charter interpretations that recognize lesbian and gay equality rights.The result is a battle for the hearts and souls of Canadian students, with the battleground being queer rights.And so far private schools appear to be winning. But the fight is not limited to private and religious schools. Indeed, not content with the freedom to establish their own schools, religious groups are continuing to attack the public school system over the few evolving gay-positive steps being taken on issues like curriculum change.In fact, in at least one case in Ontario — although none of those responsible want to talk about it — a proudly Christian school is part of, and fully funded by, a public school board and its taxpayers.

In Ontario, there is virtually no control over what a private school can teach. According to Patricia MacNeil, a spokesperson for the provincial ministry of education, any school that wants to grant its students government-recognized Secondary School Diplomas must follow the official provincial curriculum. But schools that do not hand out government diplomas are not forced to teach the curriculum, and MacNeil says that even those that do so are free to teach whatever they want above and beyond the curriculum.”They’re free to teach the curriculum,” says MacNeil. “But there is no formal ‘They must teach it.’ They must register with the ministry, but if they’re not teaching the curriculum, basically it’s a business.”In fact, MacNeil’s advice for someone attempting to deal with any private school not following the curriculum is to contact the Better Business Bureau. Moreover, she says the ministry has only slightly more control over those that do follow the curriculum.”In private schools that offer secondary school diplomas, we will go in and do inspections to ensure that their curriculum is in line. But we only deal with the curriculum.”That lack of control is of considerable concern to the Coalition For Lesbian And Gay Rights In Ontario. CLGRO’s Tom Warner says queers are especially vulnerable.

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If any of us were not seriously considering that same-sex “marriage” would not seriously erode our freedoms, the article above certainly proves that it does.
The public school system has been overrun and now the gay ideologues are after private schools…which really means they are after the usurpation over basic freedom of association and speech everywhere.

There is a way to fight this, but we need co-operation and unity among the churches and various social conservative groups across the country. Without it we’re just sitting ducks, just waiting to be picked off one by one.

Christianity is being driven underground as we speak. Listen to what I am saying and wake up.

Are we going to come together? Or are we all just content to be individual Don Quioxtes chasing windmills?

There is a way to fight this effectively, but we need leadership and the willingness to sacrfice. I have a plan but I need people to help me bring it together. If you are interested in helping, please contact me.

Every second we delay is a second closer to the closet and eventually to the underground.

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SoCon Stilwell Now Allowed to Run for Conservative Nomination, Thanks LifeSiteNews.com

By John-Henry Westen

SURREY, BC, February 12, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Conservative Party of Canada has reconsidered its rejection of a prominent social conservative in British Columbia after a LifeSiteNews.com story expose Friday. Heather Stilwell, a mother of eight and long-time elected member of the local school board, was told by Conservative Party headquarters last week that she would not be able to enter the race to represent the Conservative Party in the next federal election.

That decision was reversed after LifeSiteNews.com ran a story which detailed that Stilwell was rejected on a minute technicality. Party insiders locally warned Stilwell she would not be accepted as a candidate due to her past public advocacy on the right to life and traditional marriage.

After the by-election loss of London Ontario Conservative candidate and social conservative Diane Haskett, left wingers inside the Party were determined to forbid prominent social conservatives from running for the Party. Social conservative leaders, however, insist the party was to a large degree itself responsible for the popular former London mayor’s shockingly poor showing. Haskett was told by Conservative Party organizers to not respond to any questionnaires and to avoid making specific public comments on certain controversial issues. She was consequently easily portrayed by opponents as deliberately hiding her views on important local issues. Haskett also lost the full benefit of a well organized social conservative political network in the London riding that was hamstung by their candidate’s refusal to make any specific public statements or commitments on the life and family issues.

Stilwell is now back in the race, and credits LifeSiteNews.com with the development. “I just wanted to thank you for that fabulous story and I think that it moved something forward here because I’ve had a call and they are going to let me run,” Stilwell told LifeSiteNews.com Saturday. “I’ve had a lot of response from people who were reading LifeSiteNews, so good on you guys.”

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Not starting to blog again, folks. I was just pulled into this whole fiasco when LifeSite requested my commentary of the treatment of Ms. Stilwell by the pseudo-conservative Party of Canada.

Something tells me if some champagne liberal nominee had the same problem with their paperwork, this so-called waiver that the Conservative Party issued “allowing” Heather to run would have been soooooo automatic….like yesterday.

Does anyone think that John Baird would have received a call from Geoff Donald of CPC headquarters telling him that his nomination was rejected. Yeah…riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigggggggggggghhhhhhhtttttttttttttttt.

It’s Lent next week. Time for fasting and praying for this pathetic country and its rainbow jackboot leaders.Fasting and prayer over Lent will do more good for Canada then blogging.

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Conservative Party of Canada Rejects Nomination Bid of Well Known BC Social Conservative Harper challenged to stop allowing “outrageous muzzling” of right of social Conservative to participate in process

By John-Henry Westen

SURREY, BC, February 9, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Heather Stilwell is a familiar name in the Newton-North Delta riding of British Columbia where she was aiming to run as a candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada in the next federal election. Stilwell is one of the longest currently serving trustees on the Surrey School Board, having been first elected in 1990 and since then re-elected from times. From 1996 to 1999 she served as Chair of the Surrey School Board. Previously, this mother of eight children was the founding president of a local Merchants’ Association, and ran a small business in Surrey.

But those strong credentials did not stop the Party brass in Ottawa from cutting off her attempt to run for the nomination. Prior to launching her campaign to become the Conservative nominee, Stilwell was warned that the Party would not allow her to run due to her history as a prominent advocate for the right to life and the traditional family.

That warning came after the Party had either outright forbidden or surreptitiously thwarted attempts by other social conservatives to enter the race to become candidates for the Party. Notably in 2005, the Party forbade social conservative John Pacheco from contesting the Conservative nomination in an Ottawa riding. Pacheco was the main organizer of the Ottawa Marriage March which drew over 15,000 people to Parliament Hill. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, with Pacheco’s permission, spoke at that massive rally. Weeks later the Conservatives denied Pacheco the opportunity to attempt to represent the Party.

While Pacheco’s rejection was open, Stilwell’s rejection was undertaken under cover of technicality. All her paperwork was in order, except for a copy of a police check. The police were to mail the report directly to the Party, and Stilwell assured the Party the police had put the report in the mail. She even went so far as to fax a copy of the report in to Party headquarters prior to the deadline.

Despite all that, Stilwell received a curt email from Geoff Donald at Party headquarters in Ottawa last night stating: “Section 3b iv of the CPC Nomination Rules and Procedures states that the candidate must provide “an original copy of a current Certificate of Conduct”, while the documentation that you have provided is a photocopy . . . Because we have not received the documentation by 5:00PM local time, the application is not considered complete and according to Section 3d the application will not be considered.”

In an interview with LifeSiteNews.com Stilwell said she wished the Party would have told her upfront that her social conservative past would prevent her from being accepted. “People warned me this would happen” said Stilwell. “I was sure that my 14 years of elected office, my reputation as a hard-working person of integrity would at least give me a chance.”

“It is unbelievable that they would reject my nomination 3 weeks before the nomination meeting. I have talked to MP’s and others in the Party,” she added. “I’ve been out in the community knocking on doors, holding coffee parties, encouraging people to get involved in politics. If they were not going to let me run they should have told me in the beginning.”

Stilwell suggests that the hundreds of new members her team signed up would now be seen as having been taken by the party under false pretences and she is demanding a refund be given to them. “I want the Conservative Party to give my members their money back,” demanded Stilwell. “Every member I signed up paid for heir own memberships because they wanted a chance to vote for me.”

Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition told LifeSiteNews.com that he was “shocked to hear what the Conservative Party” had done. “We hoped and prayed that they’d be more open, unlike the NDP, where candidates could speak up on issues and reveal to voters where they stand.”

Pacheco, who received similar treatment from the Conservatives in 2005, told LifeSiteNews.com, “It only goes to show that the Conservative Party of Canada continues to treat social conservatives like the proverbial whipping boy. This is all very troubling because almost everywhere in the Western world today, Christians and other social conservatives are being pushed into the closet and their role in public life is being discouraged. If Mr. Harper is truly a Christian like he purports to be, then he has to stop allowing this outrageous muzzling of our right to participate in the political process. It’s time to remove the muzzle, Mr. Harper.”

Despite numerous calls, the Conservative Party did not return calls by press time.

To contact the Conservative Party of Canada

http://www.conservative.ca/EN/1045/

To contact Conservative Party Leader Stephen Harper
Telephone: (613) 992-4211
Fax: (613) 941-6900
EMail: Harper.S@parl.gc.ca

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