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Leader
18 May 04,, 18:33
Canada's Anti-Gay Violence Law Worries Some

OTTAWA, Canada Some of Canada's religious leaders are worried about the recent passage of a national law that makes it illegal to advocate violence against gays and lesbians.

"We are afraid that ... priests might be taken to court," said Monsignor Mario Paquette of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (search).

Among the bill's supporters in the federal parliament was Libby Davies of Vancouver.

"Gay and lesbians ... or bi-sexual ... or trans-gendered people are targeted for hate crimes. This bill and the amendment of the Canadian Criminal Code will now help prevent that," Davies said.

But what does that mean for some biblical passages which some believe forbid homosexual sex?

Leviticus 20:13, for example, says: "If a man lies with a man ... as one lies with a woman ... both of them have done what is detestable."

"Pastors are afraid. They're afraid to preach on this subject," said Janet Epp of the Buckingham Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (search). "Nobody wants to have the police come to their door."

Many say the Canadian government assured them the definition of marriage would not be affected by the law, but that hasn't convinced the country's religious conservatives, who say the government made similar promises about same-sex marriage (search).

The definition of marriage and whether to include same-sex couples is exactly what Canada's Supreme Court will examine this fall.

Click here to watch a report by Fox News' Steve Brown.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,120195,00.html

Officer of Engineers
18 May 04,, 19:13
Provisions are being made to exempt religious content. I actually hope the bill gets defeated. Govts have no place in the bedroom.

Confed999
18 May 04,, 22:22
a national law that makes it illegal to advocate violence
I guess I don't get it. Not sure what "advocating violence" has to do with the church. Do they advocate violence? The stand of many Christians is "love the sinner, hate the sin", doesn't seem to be calling for violence, neither do the passages quoted in the story. In fact the passage quoted, if it calls on violence for a homosexual then it calls on violence for anyone who has sex out of wedlock. Horny people can be attacked in Canada, but not homosexuals? As a horny person I think that sux.

Leader
19 May 04,, 00:39
I guess I don't get it. Not sure what "advocating violence" has to do with the church. Do they advocate violence? The stand of many Christians is "love the sinner, hate the sin", doesn't seem to be calling for violence, neither do the passages quoted in the story. In fact the passage quoted, if it calls on violence for a homosexual then it calls on violence for anyone who has sex out of wedlock. Horny people can be attacked in Canada, but not homosexuals? As a horny person I think that sux.

The problem is that "advocating violence" can be interpreted broadly to mean, "don't say anything the gays don't like."

ZFBoxcar
19 May 04,, 01:15
I support the bill if it means what it says and is not open to interpretation. If it means critizing homosexuality than I am against the bill. There is no right to be protected from insult.

Praxus
19 May 04,, 22:54
I have a right to advocate violance, but only on my property, public property, and the property of others who would allow me to.

Banning me from doing so is violating my rights. Since this law would it obviously would violate my rights.


There is no right to be protected from insult.

That is true, unless it is a lie. If they are lieing it falls under slander/libel and the person being slandered/libeled is having their rights violated.

ChrisF202
20 May 04,, 01:33
The problem is that "advocating violence" can be interpreted broadly to mean, "don't say anything the gays don't like."
I agree, sadly if the bill is passed, thats what will happen. As soon as you even critize gays, your charged.