Canada has now passed what critics have called “totalitarian” legislation that could give more power to the state to remove children from the homes of Christians and others who oppose the LGBT agenda.
Bill 89 passed by a vote of 63 to 23 on the last day before Queen’s Park adjourns for the summer.
Lifesite News reports:
Pro-family advocates warn Bill 89 gives the state more power to seize children from families that oppose the LGBTQI and gender ideology
Pro-family advocates warn Bill 89 gives the state more power to seize children from families that oppose the LGBTQI and gender ideology agenda, and allows government agencies to effectively ban couples who disagree with that agenda from fostering or adopting children.
Bill 89, or the Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017, repeals and replaces the former Child and Family Services Act that governs child protection services, and adoption and foster care services.
It adds “gender identity” and “gender expression” as factors to be considered “in the best interests of the child.”
At the same time, it deletes the religious faith in which the parents are raising the child as a factor to be considered, and mandates child protection services consider only the child’s own “creed” or “religion” when assessing the best interests of the child.
Jack Fonseca, senior political strategist for Campaign Life Coalition said, “With the passage of Bill 89, we’ve entered an era of totalitarian power by the state, such as never witnessed before in Canada’s history.”
“Make no mistake, Bill 89 is a grave threat to Christians and all people of faith who have children, or who hope to grow their family through adoption,” Fonseca added.
“Disappointed as I am with this result, I am not surprised,” said Tanya Granic Allen, president of Parents As First Educators (PAFE). “The Kathleen Wynne Liberals have for years been pursuing their anti-parent and anti-family agenda and Bill 89 is the latest installment.”
A source told LifeSiteNews the Conservative members were swayed in their vote by “three or four” MPPs who said they could not in conscience vote for a bill that was “fundamentally and morally wrong.”
Mr. Fonseca praised the Progressive Conservative MPPs for rejecting the propaganda and voting as a block against “tyranny.”
“And thank God they did, because it serves as a symbol of resistance,” he said. “CLC had been directly lobbying MPPs to oppose the bill, and we believe that may have been a factor in why the PCs ended up voting en masse against it.”
Parents As First Educators and the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) also pushed against the bill.
Bill 89 retains the provision in current law that a child who is suffering or “at risk of suffering” mental or emotional harm and whose parents do not provide “treatment or access to treatment” is in need of protection under the law.
But while the former law said the Children’s Aid Society should take the “least disruptive course of action,” Bill 89 adds “including the provision of prevention services, early intervention services and community support services,” according to an ARPA analysis.
“The implication is that intervention should not be presumed to be more disruptive than non-intervention,” the ARPA report adds.
Minister of Child and Family Services Michael Coteau, who introduced the bill, believes that questioning teenagers’ self-identification as LGBTQI or telling them to change as abuse.
“I would consider that a form of abuse, when a child identifies one way and a caregiver is saying no, you need to do this differently,” he said. “If it’s abuse, and if it’s within the definition, a child can be removed from that environment and placed into protection where the abuse stops.”
The problem is that t is abuse or more rightly neglect, to allow a child to think wrong about their gender and sexuality.
Mr. Forseca said that they have already witnessed the effects of such tyrannical acts in advancing the LGBT agenda around the world.
“We already see similar tyranny happening in other jurisdictions, such as Norway, where the main child protection service there, Barnevernet, has been involved in numerous high-profile seizures of children from traditionally-principled families,” he said. “Even before Bill 89 was passed, but immediately after its introduction in December, I learned of several Christian couples who were turned down for adoption on account of their deeply held religious beliefs about traditional marriage and human sexuality.”
“Why has the most powerful spiritual body in this province, the Catholic hierarchy, not lifted a finger nor raised a voice to oppose this tyranny against Christian families, and those from other faiths?” Fonseca asked of the Roman Catholic Church. “The lack of spiritual leadership is killing us. Every single time that Liberals, either federally or provincially, roll out the LGBT juggernaut to take away our rights, or to demonize us as bigots, we hear nothing but silence from the Church. This has to stop.”
I can answer that. It’s because they are compromised. I’ve reported numerous times on the sexual abuse cases within the RCC. Just last month, the Vatican basically covered up the story of a priest with HIV who raped 30 girls and confirmed that over 2,000 sexual assault cases are in the church.
When the Church cleans house, it will help to heal the culture, but as long as it remains corrupt it will be useless in the fight for godliness, righteousness and the families it is supposed to shepherd.