Over the last few weeks, there have been more than enough news items pop up about Canadian legislation, to make plenty of Christians on both sides of the border, sit up and take notice. I'm not going to link to them all (hint: google news will bring them all up), but there's the case of free speech and the pastor in Alberta, then the case of dad's punishment of daughter being overturned in Quebec, rumblings about the 'no smoking in the car' topic, and the 'no spanking your kids' issue (read Daniel on this one). I can hear the liberal cry as I type these things... but the problem with this (no matter what the individual issues really are) is that it's cracked open the door to a gradual stripping away of rights, that will eventually be a snowball affect.
Enter, British Columbia. According to one article:
"VANCOUVER - The Vancouver board of education says it plans to enforce a ministry policy that prevents parents from pulling students out of classes that deal with alternative sexuality.A recent staff recommendation from the Vancouver board of education says parents can pull their children out of sensitive lessons in health classes because of religious or family beliefs, but can't opt their children out of gay-friendly lessons in any other classes." (source)
Now, think what you will about this, what I find most interesting about this news piece is this quote:
"The ministry guidelines stem from a contract the government signed with gay activists Murray and Peter Corren. The couple launched a human-rights case against the government, which ended the lawsuit by signing an agreement to add teachings about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered issues to the provincial curriculum."
Yes, you read that correctly. If you're living a lifestyle that isn't currently being promoted by the province of BC in their education ministry, you can SUE the government, to get your lifestyle included in the curriculum. I guess. It worked for these guys.