…Canada’s top court has released an unanimous decision today that critics say has struck a monumental blow against freedom of speech, opinion, and religion across the country. The court ordered the defendant, a Catholic pro-family activist with a reputation for intense activism, not only to pay a fine, but also to pay court costs which could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars.“It’s a bad day,” said Bill Whatcott to LifeSiteNews.com in an interview. “The ruling and the reasoning [behind it] is terrible. They actually used the concept that truth is not a defense.”
“It’s worse than I expected. What it means is that my life is over, as I know it. It means that the Christian Church is going to be libel for speaking the truth,” he said…. (Source)
In 2005, in front of nearly 20,000 people, this is what I said:
My dear friends, we are here today to affirm the goodness of marriage. We are here to affirm and recognize the inherent dignity of the human body and the complimentary nature of men and women in marriage. We are here to admit the necessity of respecting our own basic humanity. We are not here because of hate – we are here because of love. Love for our country. Love for our children. Love for our faith. Love for our family. Love for freedom. And yes, even love for our opponents. But love does not say “yes” when the truth says “no”.
My fellow Canadians, marriage and freedom are built on the same foundation of truth. If, as a nation, we deny the very union which sustains our country, what hope will we have in defending our country against attacks on civil and religious liberties? If we will not defend marriage, then we will not preserve freedom. If our government can redefine something so basic and timeless as marriage, they can also re-define our freedoms.
If Bill C-38 becomes law, the fundamental cornerstone of our society will have been toppled. And when a nation fails to recognize the most basic objective moral and physiological truths, democracy itself will be emptied of its power so that only an empty shell will remain. And when a strong wind blows, I ask you, what will happen to that empty shell?
My fellow Canadians, at this critical moment in our history when our country is on the brink of moral collapse, all of us are faced with the central question: Shall we defend marriage or shall we retreat? If we retreat to buy a little time, what will become of our freedoms when our opponents seek to dictate what is taught in our schools, our churches, and even our homes? And what will be left for our children and their posterity? What will become of their freedoms? Of their divine right to practice their faith and enjoy their civil liberties? Will we lie to ourselves today and say it won’t impact us because we fear the sacrifices that come with it?
Ladies and gentlemen, this day is not just about Bill C-38 but about us. We need to look inward, and ask ourselves: How much are we prepared to sacrifice for our country? How prepared are we to recommit ourselves to our marriages, to our children, to our churches, and to our communities? The sacrifices to defend our freedoms are not only fought on the battlefields of far off lands, but also within our hearts and resolve. When Monday morning comes and all of the excitement of this day is gone, will you remain steadfast and move today’s conviction into tomorrow’s action? If we leave here today, and fail to transform this culture – politically, socially, and spiritually – this day will have meant very little.
But I sincerely believe that this is not going to happen, because on this day, those of us united here will rise up and defend this nation and its matrimonial heritage against the forces which seek to tear it down. And if we have to go down and lose on this vote and on this issue, then let’s go down together in unity and solidarity, knowing that after death comes resurrection and new life and freedom!
My Canadian brothers and sisters, in the Christian Scriptures, there is an event which Christians refer to as Pentecost. The followers of Jesus are in the upper room. They are afraid. They are timid. And they are somewhat divided. Suddenly a gust of wind descends upon them and they are emboldened to proclaim their Gospel. Ladies and gentlemen, this day in our nation’s history is our Canadian Pentecost. The Gospel is Marriage. And all of us here – Muslim, Jew, Christian, Hindu, Sikh – indeed all Canadians – are the Apostles of Marriage. And now the time has come for us to stand and defend the good news of marriage as being only the union of one man and one woman. In the words of the Pope John Paul II: Be not afraid.
Thank you and God Bless you all.
April 9, 2005
And there you have it, folks. It took less than 10 years for the reality to shake out. When we lost the natural law, we lost marriage. And when we lost marriage, we lost our freedom. Natural law is linked to authentic freedom and the suppression of one leads to the suppression of the other.
Today in Canada, we’ve learned that we cannot love the sinner and hate the sin. We must love the sin if we are to love the sinner. That’s what the high priests of the Canadian Supreme Court have said. The truth, as we have found out, is no defense. The judges were not interested in the uncontested health consequences of homosexual activity. Where orgasm reigns, truth is a second-class citizen, which is what Christians are going to be in the months and years to come. Of course, the State and the Judiciary will mouth pious platitudes about “freedom of religion” or even “freedom of speech”, but it is a freedom of their own design and their own making with clear boundaries, outside of which you’d better not fall.
Did you notice, however, that the ruling still allows us to condemn homosexual sex, provided we couch it in terms of condemning all contraceptive sex?
Isn’t that a curious lacuna for us all?
How is any judge going to find us “guilty” of hating contraceptive sex? We hate all contraceptive sex, of which homosexuals participate, along with the majority of heteros. So it’s not an identifiable group at all. Sodomy is a problem BECAUSE it’s contraceptive – whether it’s by two men or by two women or by a man and a woman. So you can’t really be charged with a “hate crime” by the Star Chambers, if you keep it general. I find that very instructive, theologically and morally, don’t you? You get to hatey-hate all you want and with impunity because there’s no identifiable group.
Let us also not forget the role the Canadian Church has played and continues to play in this sex drama.
Is there a space to think about human sexuality in a different way? That’s what the Spirit of Vatican II at St. Paul’s University asks. I find it more than ironic that what has happened to Bill Whatcott is the same result that happened to me a couple of weeks ago. There’s no free speech in challenging homosexuality in the State, and there is no freedom of speech in challenging the same Spirit in the Church.
If you want to know why things are the way they are, you only have to look no further than the Winnipeg Statement, the trojan horse of the sex lobby. They even named a condom after their tactic. By stealth and under the cover of “family planning”, it took them 40 years but they did it.
The only thing that’s left now is to wait for the knock at the door. You go to jail and your family is on the street with a cross on their jackets for identification purposes. Just in case there’s hatred against an identifiable group, you know.
I sometimes marvel at our Church leaders who navel gaze away their lives on fraudulent ideas of social justice while their own flock are ravaged by the sexual high priests of our age. Maybe many of them are one in the same. That would explain much.
Our children will pay a heavy price in severe persecution and suffering while the liberal Episcopal establishment of Vatican II continue to play Marie Antoinette and eat their cake. Sometimes, as they say, you just can’t make this stuff up.