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It apparently takes more than a government investigation and the threat of fines to keep a priest in Canada from speaking his mind about biblical issues. Father Alphonse de Valk, who WND reported just days ago is the target of a Human Rights Commission case over his biblical references regarding homosexuality, now is warning of an educational agenda to be implemented in support of “gay” pairs.
In a column at Catholic Insight, de Valk writes under the headline “Fascism has come to Canada” that the Department of Education in British Columbia plans in September to “introduce the mandatory teaching of SSM [same-sex marriage] from kindergarten to grade 12 in provincial schools.
“It is a first for a province in Canada to claim the right to determine moral teaching in schools when the vast majority of its citizens reject it as unscientific and contrary to the common good,” he wrote.
“So we move from [former Prime Minister Pierre] Trudeau’s 1967 slogan ‘there is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation’ – falsely used to destroy traditional morality – to the new slogan that the state will determine people’s moral thinking.”
WND had reported just days earlier that de Valk and his publication were being investigated by the nation’s Human Rights Commission as a potential criminal for quoting from the Bible.
Pete Vere, a canon lawyer and Catholic journalist, has reported on the prosecution of de Valk at CatholicExchange.com.
“What was Father de Valk’s alleged ‘hate act’?” Vere wrote.
“Father defended the [Catholic] Church’s teaching on marriage during Canada’s same-sex ‘marriage’ debate, quoting extensively from the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Pope John Paul II’s encyclicals. Each of these documents contains official Catholic teaching. And like millions of other people throughout the world and the ages – many of whom are non-Catholics and non-Christians — Father believes that marriage is an exclusive union between a man and a woman,” he wrote.
Vere raised the question that Canada now considers morality a “hate crime.”
“If one, because of one’s sincerely held moral beliefs, whether it be Jew, Muslim, Christian, Catholic, opposes the idea of same-sex marriage in Canada, is that considered ‘hate’?” he asked.
Vere wrote that the response he got from Mark van Dusen, a spokesman for the federal human rights prosecution office, shocked him.
The government agent confirmed the agency investigates complaints but doesn’t set public policy or moral standards. He said the agency job is to look at the circumstances and decide whether to advance it or dismiss it.
What is shocking about that, Vere wrote, is the admission that unjustified complaints can be dismissed, yet the case against de Valk has continued now for more than six months.
An extended audio recording between Vere and van Dusen is posted on YouTube:
A second part of the interview also is posted.
Now in an update to Catholic Insight readers, de Valk has warned that not only will mandatory classes soon include same-sex marriage, the government of Canada plans to require that “adoptions, social services such as nursing homes, religious-based schools, marriages, employment conduct, etc., carried out by religious organizations will be held to secular standards…”
“One reason for this development, it was pointed out, is the demand of homosexual activists that everyone conform to their vision of equality rights,” de Valk wrote. “So much for the argument that legalizing same-sex ‘marriage’ (SSM) would be of no concern except to homosexual activists.”
Further, he said, the Quebec Department of Education also intends, as of September, “to replace Christian Ethics in its schools with a secular mish-mash invented by its staff in which Judeo-Christianity is trivialized as only one religion among many.”
He said the “suppression” is called “normative pluralism.”
“Under this title the state dismisses parental rights and the formative role of Christian culture, and replaces it with secular sociology. Again, then, the temporal authority, the state, dismissed the spiritual authority and usurps its role. In history this is called ‘statism,’ better known as fascism,” de Valk wrote.
He said that’s already status quo in Ontario, where the provincial Human Rights Commission ordered “Christian Horizons,” an evangelical service group for the disabled with 1,400 persons in 180 homes, “to abandon its religious mission by dropping its Christian moral code and accepting new training for all its employees ‘to bring its employment practices into line with the human rights code,’ (i.e., accept state indoctrination that the homosexual lifestyle is normal and to be honored).”
“Some people may think that use of the term ‘fascism’ must be an exaggeration,” de Valk wrote. “Surely, Canada is not that far down the political slippery slope! But remember, fascism is little more than the political notion that the state – through its various organs – is the final authority in all things human.
“Several years ago, Canada’s chief justice claimed that she and the Supreme Court now take the place formerly allotted to the church. Today, some provincial departments of education as well as human rights commissions believe that they, too, share this authority,” he wrote.
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