Editor seeks changes in human rights provision that cost magazine $30,000

Basilian Father Alphonse de Valk, editor of the Canadian magazine Catholic Insight, is weighing in on a provision of the Canadian Human Rights Act, according to this story in The Western Catholic Reporter.

The provision led to a costly accusation that the magazine was “purveying hate literature” because of its editorial stance opposed to same-sex marriage. The commission dismissed the case in July 2008, but it cost the magazine almost $30,000 in legal fees.

“On matters of faith and doctrine, we seek to be faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church,” Father de Valk wrote in a letter to Justice Minister Rob Nicholson Feb. 2. “In our view, the attacks on us, therefore, are also attacks on the freedom of the Catholic Church in Canada.”

“The changes to the charter made by the Supreme Court over the years now pit the new sexual orientation equality rights against the rights of large sections of the Canadian population,” he said. “In the future, this may well become the source of grave divisions and political unrest.”

2 Responses

  1. Looks like the beginning of persecution to me. Could the U.S. be next? I hope Canadian Catholics and U.S. Catholics wake up and relise that votes have consequences.

  2. If this is the beginning of persecution, maybe it’s best we don’t pay these fines and simply go to jail for “contempt of court”, nobody is taking note of what’s happening and we do need to wake them all up. – Blessings – Rene

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