John Carpay

Big government tramples religious freedom

Big government tramples religious freedom

Law Matters John Carpay Question: What happens when intolerant secular fundamentalists take charge of government programs? Answer: Fewer underprivileged kids get to enjoy summer camps. The question-and-answer above summarizes two court actions against the federal government, which have exposed anti-Christian bigotry in the awarding of Canada Summer Jobs grants. Mill Stream Bible Camp, a 90-minute drive north-east of Toronto, welcomes all children to its summer Bible camps, where they enjoy swimming, ... (Continue reading)

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Victory for Alberta children and parents

Law Matters John Carpay Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Think back to the year 2000, or even 2010, and imagine someone telling you this: “The law requires every school to set up a Gay Straight Alliance for K-12 children. No exemption for religious belief or parental opposition. The law makes it illegal for teachers and principals to inform parents about the contents (sexual, ideological or ... (Continue reading)

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Court action exposes GSAs as ideological clubs

Law Matters John Carpay In March of 2015, Alberta’s Progressive Conservative government rushed a bill through the legislature in a matter of hours, requiring every school in Alberta to set up a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at a student’s request. Politicians promised the public that GSAs would merely be peer support groups, not political clubs that advocate for an ideology. Four years later, events have disproven the claim that GSAs ... (Continue reading)

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Free speech threatened when dissent is portrayed as hate

Free speech threatened when dissent is portrayed as hate

Law Matters John Carpay Passing a law against “hate” is a popular move, but one that seriously threatens free expression because people cannot agree among themselves on what constitutes hate. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights is now looking at changing federal laws to stem “the propagation of hateful acts and the enticement of hate such as racism, sexism, antisemitism, islamophobia, or homophobia, ... (Continue reading)

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Alberta’s new Premier

Law Matters John Carpay Jason Kenney, Alberta’s new Premier, stated on election night that “parents know better than politicians what is best for their kids.” His United Conservative Party platform repeatedly referred to “Alberta’s successful tradition of school choice” and “the primary role of parents in choosing how their children are taught.” The UCP platform promises to repeal Bill 24, which requires teachers and principals to keep all ... (Continue reading)

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Not all judges created equal

John Carpay Since 1982, judges have ruled in dozens of cases where a government, or a governmental authority, has violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (“Charter”). Section 2 of the Charter sets out the fundamental freedoms of association, peaceful assembly, conscience and religion, thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication. However, section 1 of the Charter empowers judges to uphold ... (Continue reading)

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Governments cannot discriminate

John Carpay The free society is undermined by the progressive, politically correct claim that the many Canadians who hold traditional or religious views about sexuality are “hateful.” The notion that only post-modernist beliefs about sexual behaviour can be expressed in the public square is an enemy of authentic diversity. A real-life example of an attack on the free society is unfolding in the Vancouver suburb of New Westminster. In May of 2018, ... (Continue reading)

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Feelings vs. freedoms

Law Matters John Carpay Politically and philosophically, leading Canadian feminist Meghan Murphy and self-described “Christian truth activist” William Whatcott have almost nothing in common.  Yet both have been taken to task for expressing the opinion that a biological male is not a woman and cannot be a woman. Murphy was expelled from Twitter for “misgendering” JY, a biological male who self-identifies as a woman.  JY had requested a ... (Continue reading)

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BC Civil Liberties Association intervenes in crucial free expression case

Law Matters John Carpay Last month, the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) became an intervener in UAlberta Pro-Life v. University of Alberta.This court case arose in 2015, when a small group of students received approval from the University of Alberta to set up a stationary display on campus. The display juxtaposed photos of the developing unborn child with photos of abortions performed at different stages of pregnancy. An unruly mob ... (Continue reading)

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Security fees a form of censorship

Security fees a form of censorship

Law Matters John Carpay The abuse of university applying security fees as a censorship tool to suppress unpopular speech on campus will be considered by the Alberta Court of Appeal on Nov. 28. In 2016, the University of Alberta demanded a $17,500 security fee from the student group UAlberta Pro-Life, as a condition for setting up a stationary display on campus for two days. This demand came after ... (Continue reading)

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Court supports going behind backs of parents

Court supports going behind  backs of parents

Law Matters John Carpay PT and his wife have three children, two of whom suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder.They were kept in the dark by a Calgary public school about their vulnerable 12-year-old autistic daughter’s participation in a gay-straight alliance club, where staff and students tried to convince her that: she was actually a boy; she should transition to being a boy by taking hormones and eventually ... (Continue reading)

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Canada’s velvet totalitarianism

Law Matters John Carpay Canada in 2018 is still a relatively safe space for practicing Christians. Especially when compared to Pakistan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, where churches are burned, bombed or banned. Or China, which persecutes believers who attend authentic Christian churches free from government control. Canada’s velvet totalitarianism is such that the British Columbia government did not resort to dungeon, fire, or sword to shut down a ... (Continue reading)

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Canadian Supreme Court evicerates religious rights

Law Matters John Carpay You know a court ruling is bad when judges deliberately ignore the evidence placed before them. But reality was brushed aside in the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to repudiate, nullify, and revoke the fundamental Charterfreedoms of Trinity Western University (TWU), its staff, and its students. According to the justices, Charter-protected freedom of religion was narrowed only to what a religion “absolutely requires,” not ... (Continue reading)

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GSA confusion

Law Matters John Carpay Supporters of mandatory gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in schools want to have their cake and eat it too. On the one hand, they insist that GSAs are merely peer support groups and harmless social clubs, which do not indoctrinate kids into any political or sexual agenda. On the other hand, they object to parents being notified if their kids are exposed to sexual content ... (Continue reading)

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Bans on peaceful protest wound Canada’s free society

Law Matters John Carpay Banning peaceful pro-life protests near abortion facilities is not about freedom of expression, claimed Alberta’s Health Minister Sarah Hoffman at a recent news conference. Yet she went on to say that her new law has been carefully crafted to withstand a constitutional challenge. Why is the Minister preparing to withstand a constitutional challenge? Because she knows full-well that her new law tramples on ... (Continue reading)

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