The C L A R ! O N TARGET: tax-exempt status
by Jack Fonseca
Official newsletter of “We have no problem with the Catholic
Defend Traditional Marriage & Family™
Church or any other faith group
promoting bigotry. We have a problem
Volume 1, Issue 7 with the Canadian government funding
August 2006 that bigotry” (re tax-exempt status)
Kevin Bourassa, gay-rights activist
(Times Colonist, June 22, 2005)
“Given the inertia of the Catholic
church, perhaps we could encourage
reform… insist that human rights,
employment and consumer legislation
apply to them as it does other The liberal media’s strategy was
organizations…” brilliant. Manipulate news articles and
This issue:: political panel discussions to always
Bob Ferguson, retired professor present the same harmless argument
Threat to tax-exemption (CBC Radio, July 18, 2005) against bill C-38. I.e. Will pastors be
forced to marry gays?
Throughout the political debate leading
Speaker from The Institute for up to the passage of bill C-38, the Of course that wouldn’t happen to
Canadian Values mainstream media kept repeating the pastors! It’s virtually a non-issue to
Page 2 line that “no church will be forced to churches and always was! The goal was
perform same-sex marriages”. to mislead Canadians into a false sense
New Online Petition
of security about protection for religious
Page 3 This was a deliberate tactic by a left-
freedom. In so doing, they would take
leaning press community to distract
Judicial misconduct revealed the focus off the much more realistic
Canadians from the real threat to
Page 4 threat of losing charitable tax status.
And since Canadians weren’t aware of
New signs of hope Loss of tax-exempt status, by Court- this threat, fewer people would be
Page 4 order. ----continued on page 3----
Aug 10th, Guest speaker: Joseph Ben-Ami
“A line in the sand –
Marriage & the Future of the Family in Canada”
On the 2nd Thursday of each month, Society and Human Rights and
Defend Traditional Marriage & Family Democratic Development.
hosts a free, Public Info Meeting. It’s Before joining the ICV Ben-Ami was
open for everyone to come and learn Director of Government Relations and
about the issues surrounding the Diplomatic Affairs for the well know
struggle to defend marriage & family Jewish human rights group B'nai Brith.
life in Canada. (By the way, B’nai Brith has been
effective in Canada in standing up for
Our August speaker is a treat! the Jewish community in cases of anti-
One of Canada’s leading conservative
Executive Director, The Institute for Semitism. Given the trend of growing
thinkers, Joseph C. Ben-Ami is Executive anti-Christian hostility in our culture,
Location: Historiric St. Paul’s Lutheran
Director of the Institute for Canadian
Church, corner of Queens & Church St,
we can learn a lesson from B’nai Brith
Kitchener Values, Canada’s first and only faith- as to how to stand up for our beliefs and
Date: Aug 10, 7:30pm
based public policy think-tank. He is religious freedom).
also a Senior Fellow at the Institute
www.defendmarriagekw.org specializing in Religion, Law and Prior to this he was a policy aid to
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The C L A R ! O N cont’d from page 1, Joseph Ben-Ami: “A Line in the Sand”
Stephen Harper, Canada’s current advocate for pro-marriage and family-
Official newsletter of Prime Minister, and Stockwell Day, friendly public policy. He is also an
Defend Traditional Marriage & Family™ Harper’s predecessor as party leader uncompromising defender of Christian
and current Minister for Public Safety rights, and sits on the international
Volume 1, Issue 6 – Canada’s equivalent of the US advisory board of the organization Jews
July 2006 Homeland Security Secretary. He also Against Anti-Christian Defamation.
served as National Director of Ben-Ami is married to lawyer-journalist
Operations on Day’s 2002 leadership Lynne Cohen.
Please join us Thursday August 11 at
A much sought after public speaker 7:30pm. The location is Historic St.
and frequent radio and television Paul’s Lutheran Church, 137 Queen St.
commentator, Ben-Ami is a leading South, Kitchener, ON, N2G 1W2.
Powerful online Petition to launch August 13
Prime Minister Harper announced that And they know that each email is a
the free vote will happen this Fall. If vote, either for or against them. If we
the pro-marriage side should lose the can flood their offices with thousands of
vote, it will be a long time before we requests to restore marriage, we can
have another opportunity to restore influence them and hopefully, win the
marriage. Therefore, it’s imperative vote.
Coming Events: we do all that’s humanly possible to
HOW CAN I SIGN THE PETITION?
win this vote!
To receive our initial email cast, please
Aimed at influencing those MP’s who
Thurs, Aug 10: send us your email address. Send to:
are undecided or have not yet
Guest speaker, Joseph firstname.lastname@example.org. You can
Ben-Ami, Executive declared how they’ll vote, Defend also check our website after August
Director, The Institute for Traditional Marriage & Family™ has 12th under <Petition>. And please pass
Canadian Values developed a powerful on-line petition. it on to all the people in your email list!
Location: Historic St.
Paul’s Lutheran Church HOW DOES IT WORK?
Each person who “signs” the petition
on-line, will send it to all (21) MP’s
Thurs, Sept 14: who are undecided, simply by pressing
“United We Stand- One the <SEND> button. It will also be sent
Voice For Marriage” to Karen Redman, the Prime Minister
Local clergy representing and the federal Justice Minister.
the major world religions
in our society will present IS IT DIFFICULT TO PARTICIPATE?
a defense for marriage.
No. It’s dead simple. The message is
Location: Historic St.
Paul’s Lutheran Church pre-written. You just enter your
name, address, postal code, email
address and press send.
WHY IS THIS EFFECTIVE?
The MP will receive an email from
your own personal email address. It
will be signed by you and show your
address and postal code. So they will
know that you are a real person, along
with thousands upon thousands of
other concerned citizens. The one
thing we can always count on
politicians doing, is counting votes and
trying to read the pulse of the people. Screenshot of DTM&F’s online petition
The C L A R ! O N cont’d from page 1, TARGET: tax-exempt status
Official newsletter of motivated to stand up against the
Defend Traditional Marriage & Family™ dangerous legislation.
Guess what? It worked. I suspect that
Volume 1, Issue 6 a majority of clergy are completely
July 2006 unaware that the stage has been set
for their church to be stripped of its
tax-exempt status. A host of
individuals like Mr. Bourassa and Mr.
Ferguson are waiting in the wings for
the right time to strike. It is not
difficult to find quotes which
essentially announce the same
forward-looking strategy, aimed at
silencing all opposition to homosexual
“discrimination”. Courts will invariably
rule that any organization at the public
“So if the Pope wants to play trough, benefiting from government tax
hardball, fine… we can get rid of benefits, should be following the law of
the tax exemption on Catholic the land. And the law of this land is
church property” (re same-sex same-sex “marriage”.
marriage) You might be asking, “What about
Joey Slinger, newspaper columnist former Prime Minister Paul Martin’s
(Toronto Star, October 11, 2005) reassurances that bill C38 included a
provision to protect religious officials”?
The sad truth is that Paul Martin and his
Here’s the truth. The gay lobby always then Justice Minister, Irwin Cotler,
planned to go after the charitable tax knew full well that bill C38 included
status of churches. They’ve simply only empty words. He knew very well
been waiting until homosexual that solemnization of marriages is a
marriage legislation was firmly matter of provincial jurisdiction only
“As the family goes, entrenched, with no risk of being and that the federal government had no
So goes Society” reversed. Like, shall we say, after the authority over the area.
anti-marriage lobby wins the free
The question now is: Will churches and
Defend Traditional Marriage people of faith awaken to this threat
& Family is working to Once that milestone is in place, gay in time? If not, how many churches will
protect this basic unit of activists will proceed to file lawsuits have to close their doors, unable to
society, who’s anchor is against churches which hold to a continue on financially? The free vote to
marriage. traditional understanding of marriage. be held this fall may be our last
They’ll claim “discrimination” for opportunity for a long time, to reverse
refusing to perform gay “marriages” the anti-marriage law. It is an
and demand revocation of the opportunity to remove the “moral
church’s tax-exempt status. justification” that activist judges will
use to trample religious freedom.
How does bill C-38 fit into this
picture, you ask? Canada’s radical, The free vote is critical. Now is the time
new legislation will serve as the to speak up. Contact your M.P. and the
“moral justification” for activist Prime Minister. Please protect our
judges to rule that the government churches, synagogues, mosques and
should not financially support other places of worship from losing
organizations which promote their charitable tax status.
Judicial activism revealed– Ont. judge had personal interest
A ground-breaking story has come to daughter’s homosexual relationship.”
light. It carries the potential to This discovery explains why Justice
invalidate the court ruling which McMurtry's decision came down in
triggered the legalization of same- a lightning fast 6 weeks instead of the
sex "marriage" across Canada. minimum 6 months normally taken.
We learned of this story via a July 17th If there is anyone left in Canada who
media release from REAL Women of still believes that our judges are fair
Canada. On the same day, REAL and impartial on the homosexual issue,
Women laid a complaint with the listen to this… Just 2 weeks after his
Canadian Judicial Council against decision, in apparent wanton disregard
Chief Justice Roy McMurtry of the of judicial practice, ethics and
Above: the Chief Justice in the Ontario Court of Appeal alleging behaviour, Justice McMurty attended a
Ontario Court of Appeals case judicial misconduct. party to celebrate the decision. See
which triggered legalization of gay photo (left) showing the judge holding
marriage across Canada, is The Chief Justice who legalized same- former litigants around the waist. This
photographed partying with gay sex "marriage" in Ontario and in so photo is still posted on the gay website,
litigants just 2 weeks after his
ruling. This breaks the judicial
doing, triggered legalization www.equalmarriage.ca.
code of ethics. throughout Canada has been found to
An example to put this into have had a secret conflict of interest So, does this mega-discovery mean the
perspective:Let’s say a judge which he did not disclose at the time Ontario same-sex “marriage” ruling will
awards an anti-trust case in favor of the case. His own daughter is living be reversed? Probably not. Here’s 2
of Microsoft. Two weeks later he’s
photographed at a party with Bill
in a homosexual union. reasons why:
Gates. Wouldn’t that call his #1) Justice McMurtry sits on the Judicial
impartiality into question? REAL Women recently learned that Council himself. The self-regulating
Justice McMurtry’s son, Jim McMurtry, Judicial Council is a sham and will
in his published letter in the Vannet quickly dismiss the complaint.
B.C. newspaper chain, acknowledged # 2) Our left-leaning media has
that his sister, the daughter of Justice completely ignored the story. Therefore
McMurtry, lives in a homosexual union. most Canadians will never know that our
According to the press release “this justice system was manipulated for
gives rise to an apprehension of bias ideological reasons.
that Justice McMurtry had a personal
DONATIONS and familial interest in the So how can we get this story out? This is
Want to help Defend disposition of the case, which definitely a long-shot, but what if every
Traditional Marriage & Family™
seriously impaired his objectivity and reader of this article visited the editor-
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Donate online at : his ability to adjudicate the case. in-chief of their local news media, or
www.defendmarriagekw.org/dona Justice McMurtry did not recuse sent them an email? Perhaps they could
te.html , himself from the case, nor did he be encouraged to report the story?
or mail cheques to: disclose, on the record, the fact of his -END
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Signs of hope to the south
With the tremendous advance of anti- protection amendment within the state
family forces within society, it is easy constitution which bans gay marriages.
to despair for the future. But wait. -July 6: Within hours of NY’s decision,
There are signs of hope. Just south of Georgia State’s Supreme Court came
the border in fact. out with an identical decision for
preserving it’s marriage amendment.
In the USA, people of faith have -July 26: the Washington State Supreme
mobilized by the millions. They are Court upheld the state’s marriage
successfully holding back the anti- protection amendment in Washington.
marriage tide! A string of victories
these past weeks has given hope to us Canadian Christians can have the same
all: moral impact on our culture and laws.
As the Family Goes, -July 6: New York State Supreme We’re just a few steps behind our
So goes Society Court upheld the state’s marriage southern neighbour!