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REAL Women of Canada launches petition to defend religious freedoms

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  • August 23, 2016

OTTAWA – REAL Women of Canada is drawing attention to discrimination Christians face by mounting a petition calling on the House of Commons to protect the religious beliefs and conscience rights of Christians.

The text of the petition calls attention to the discrimination Christians are experiencing and outlines the legal protections they have under the Charter, the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Canadian Bill of Rights.

It asks the government to amend the Criminal Code and the Civil Marriage Act to “provide Christians and their faith-based institutions protection from its provisions that are contrary to their religious and conscientious beliefs” and to enact “a policy to review any new legislation” to ensure “it does not impinge upon the religious rights of Christians.”

REAL Women’s Ottawa researcher Diane Watts said the organization’s board of directors decided at the June board meeting to circulate the petition due to a growing number of instances where Christians’ religious freedom or conscience rights are being infringed upon. These include: lack of protection for physicians and health workers who refuse to participate in assisted suicide; failure to protect businesses and faith-based institutions from facing sanctions for refusing to support same-sex marriage; the refusal by some law societies to accredit Trinity Western University’s future law school graduates because of its Christian community covenant; the discrimination Christian parents face when they oppose sex-education courses or transgender policies in schools; and the firing of Christians who publicly oppose same-sex marriage.

Watts said the suppression of Christian points of view has left people “misinformed about a positive view of the Christian perspective.”

“The rights of Christians to express their views is defended by our Charter and our laws,” Watts said. “Quite often people aren’t aware of that. The assumption is Christians don’t have that defense.

“It seems to be forgotten that Christians have as much right to express their views as LGBT activists do,” she said. “Our board of directors felt it was necessary to bring this issue forward publicly at this time to hopefully remedy the situation.”

The petition has been circulated to members of the pro-life, pro-family women’s organization.

“It is acknowledged that the petition will likely not be acted upon by the present Liberal government,” said a news release announcing the petition. “Rather, its purpose is to raise the profile of the issue, and to indicate the unacceptability of discrimination against Christians.”

REAL Women has obtained approval from the House of Commons Clerk of Petitions for the petition and Conservative MP Michael Cooper will present it in late September, Watts said.

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The Christians feel they are being discriminated against because they are not being aloud to discriminate against others. Wow. What scumbags

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There is no need to dispute the facts about religions whom kill humans just for the sake of Killing woman. THERE IS NOT SUCH A RELIGION BUT LETS CALL IT WHAT IT IS A CULT. Let us all come to our Senses.. we are not accepting idiology that will...

There is no need to dispute the facts about religions whom kill humans just for the sake of Killing woman. THERE IS NOT SUCH A RELIGION BUT LETS CALL IT WHAT IT IS A CULT. Let us all come to our Senses.. we are not accepting idiology that will create evil wrong doings upon Christians . We in Canada have our beliefs and civilized millions for a 200 years that has worked and kept a collective group of people productive and growning our own people that we can not afford to feed. We have enough hungry people to feed.. There is enough people in Ontario and Canada that will be forced to give up what little we have if we do not stop this MADDNESS of Immagrating more to over throw our support systems and Crash Canada . STOP this insanity of toppling our country Justine Trudeau does not care he couldn't care less for our survival he thinks only of himself that is CLEAR.. Canadians have to stand up and fight for our own survival please trust your gut and do not depend on someone else to fight against M-103 as this will kill our freedoms and our rights to stop anything in Canada including a WAR.. We Canadians are living in some what peace but left up to Governments it will not last..Please do everyone a favour break out of your shells Canadians and write your MP MPP's and stand up againts more immigrants in Canada .. We do need everyone to fight for our freedoms and for our childrens future. WRITE LETTERS find out who your MP is in your local area and keep writing every week until we see what we need to stop our governments squeezing our rights out and destroying our future of a peaceful country...We Canadians need to stand strong on issue of immagration and stop it totally till we see more given to free out starving people all have great paying jobs and have enough money to pay ourselves a living wage we can sutain our own lives. We do not need people in this country to KILL US AND OVER POPULATE CANADA....

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