The Canadian Soviet Government

There has been a lot in the news recently regarding freedom of speech, which is intrinsically tied to freedom of religion. Lindsay Shepherd gained international attention because of her bullying at the hands of university professors at Wilfrid Laurier. What Lindsay intended as a neutral example of a debate about gender pronouns, turned into a prime example of the dangers of Bill C-16 and its impact on free speech. Although nobody got put in jail this time, that eventuality doesn't seem so far fetched anymore.

Christians need to take note of the governments increasing hostility to free speech and shift towards compelled speech because it is on the path towards criminalizing belief in the Bible. Another example of this shift is found in the Canada Summer Jobs program. The Canada Summer Jobs program subsidizes jobs for small businesses, non-profits, and the public sector. This year the government is insisting that employers attest to the following:
To be eligible, the core mandate of the organization must respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter), as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. 
 The government also added this helpful note for religious organizations:
That an organization is affiliated with a religion does not itself constitute ineligibility for this program.
No need to read between the lines here, this essentially means that the government will no longer provide funding to organizations that don't share their morality. Deina Warren wrote a great article about it for the gospel coalition.

However, perhaps even more concerning than all of this is the propaganda that the ETFO would like to teach your children.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is the professional and protective organization representing 80,000 teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals employed in Ontario’s public elementary schools. All public elementary teachers in Ontario are active members of ETFO provincially, and are also members of one of 76 ETFO locals across the province.
Their handbook "Social Justice Begins with Me" details how they would like to turn children into social justice warriors. Children's literature is apparently their indoctrination method of choice, "we believe that children’s literature provides an appropriate entry point to begin to develop awareness of equity issues." One of their recommended books for JK/SK is "123 A Family Counting Book." According to Amazon this is a delightful book that celebrates LGBT families. Thankfully, this organization does not have the power to force teachers to follow this curriculum, but undoubtedly some will. Given the previous two examples of compelled speech, how long do you think it will be until they force teachers to teach the curriculum mentioned above?

 The soviet government was intended to be for the people, but history tells us it was something completely different. Marxism promised a utopian society, but the outcome was over 100 million lives lost. Will the Canadian Government's promises of inclusivity, equality, and non-discrimination usher in a new utopian society? We are entering into an experiment that has already been tried, let's pray and do whatever we can so that it doesn't turn out like it has every other time.


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