Monday, June 22, 2009

Stephen Boissoin Gets the Latest Word

You Decide the Veracity of His Words

Stephen Boissoin wrote me recently with a comment to a recent blog entry. It contained two things that I am giving separate space to. This one is his feelings and thoughts about the purpose of the HRCs. The other will be from his appeal of his Alberta HRC conviction.

Below are Stephen Boissoin's own words and thoughts, and though I understand and generally support them, they do not mirror mine completely. I happen to hold opinions that vary to some degree from Stephen's, because of my own faith background, and particularly because of relationships that I hold very dear to me with a young couple who are Gay, and who are the two kindest, gentlest and most loving people that I know.

So, as I reproduced his wording below, I cringed a bit at a few particular words. But, I have communicated with him enough to know his context, and ask you not to get hung up on a phrase that might be bothersome, but to look at what he has to say in totality, and in the context of my other postings on his Case, and on Stephen Boissoin and his life of ministry to his own and other young people, rich and poor, gay and straight in Alberta.

Regardless, I strongly believe that Stephen has a right to express his thoughts because if he does not and we do not, then there is no debate, and no need to challenge any of us to be better or to think outside our own boxes, including Stephen himself, even if it is uncomfortable to do so. Society is better when we are free to be individuals, but when we also respect each other. That respect does not require us to be in agreement at all times, nor does it require us to sit idly by if we believe that we see those we love coming to harm. Also, because we believe something, does not make it so, even if it is our interpretation of the Word of God. But, if we never speak about it, nobody will be able to question us about it, so we can live within our delusions, and I for one do not want to live in delusion any more.

Stephen wrote the following:

"The HRC's had a purpose at one time when they followed their original mandate which was never to be the thought police or judge and jury of one's intent, expression, belief and freedom.

Who decides what can and cannot be said?

If one cannot comment on their disgust for homosexuality freely then why should they be free to comment against any other behavior pedophilia, polygamy, pornography, slavery or bestiality?

HRC's and the ungodly (deceived) are trying to dupe us into believing that one is born gay, that it is not a choice, not a behavior so it cannot be condemned and must be accepted. This is untrue and society suffers because of it.

Before the Alberta HRC forced me to appear before it, found me guilty and sentenced me, they funded the Alberta PFALG (Parents Families and Lesbians and Gays) Society's mandate to teach youth that homosexuality is "normal, necessary, acceptable and productive and has been for thousands of years."

The Alberta HRC, obviously very pro-gay, uses tax dollars to fund pro-gay organizations????? How could I receive fair unbiased treatment?????? They have overstepped their boundaries and are trampling on our Charter rights. If not stopped they will continue their attempt to shape the moral climate of Canada.

My daughter is 13 and my son, 14. Almost every external influence teaches them that it is normal to be gay. The entertainment industry at large is littered with lewd displays of sexuality, promiscuity and homosexuality. It is easy for someone to be confused in our culture. Many sources tell them that it is ok to be gay, ok to have premarital sex, abortions etc etc.

God's Word says different and the choice you believe in God and His Word? At the end of the matter that is the big question. Every day a question is proposed from God to man.....will you follow me? As long as we are on this mortal coil we must answer by word and by deed."

I received this in a separate email from him and wanted to include it as well:

"The following link is from yet another Calgary Herald article by pro-gay contributor Rob Breakenridge. To him, my comments are absurd but to me, it is wickedly adsurd to teach a young person that it is "normal, necessary, acceptable and productive" to romantically love another man. To insert oneself in another mans rectum or to partake in such (oh ya, we're not supposed to talk about this, are we?). To raise a child in a home with same sex parents sleeping in the same bed. Do you think these pro-homosexual educators inform the young minds in their care that gay sex increases the likelihood of a premature death and/or serious medical even psychological problems? Do you think that they explain that Health Canada refuses organ donations from men that have sex with men and why?

The answer is no. Instead they deem it highly acceptable and in doing such, increase the likelihood that many will participate in such behaviour while young, impressionable, vulnerable and confused.....and in doing such they drive them deeper into bondage.

Doing so is no less a sin, no less wicked and comes with no less consequence than the actions of a drug dealer or a pedophile. Strong statement but absolutely true. Homosexuality is a lifestyle of death and despair. I can be a friendly to a homosexual but not about homosexuality. Love the sinner not the sin - Romans 12:9. The line must be drawn clear. Not doing so has caused the mess we are in today in so many ways.

Adultery is rampant, fatherless children, abortion, STD's rates high, homosexuality openly accepted, divorce etc. etc.

But I am the one who is absurd because I stated my opinion about homosexuality back in 2002.

Crazy world."

Stephen Boissoin is doing all he knows to do to live out his call from God to the best of his abilities in this CRAZY WORLD. He is however a human being, and knows too that he is fallible in his interpretations of what that call is.

You are free as I am to disagree with what he says, and to comment on it, click away from it, or to agree with it with reservations. There is no need to charge him with any type of discrimination for speaking freely about his beliefs. That is the worst kind of injustice in a society that is alleged to be free, and to respect Human Rights.

Before I would ever attempt to condemn him, if I were so inclined, which I am not, I would want to understand his perspective to see where he is coming from, and the Context of what he has to say, and he is pretty clear where and what that is. He is a parent of young teens, and is concerned about their well being, and he is involved in ministering to other teens and concerned for them. He is also a bible believing Christian and educated within that context. How are his beliefs and feelings any less valid than yours or mine? Quite simply they are not, unless there is a hierarchy of opinions that exists, where those of homosexuals are more important than those of Christians, for example.

In 1948 Canada signed the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was an important document for all of mankind on this planet.

Article 19 thereof states:
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
The Constitution Act, 1982 recognized for us in Canada fundamental rights and freedoms in that part of it which is called the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Included in the Charter is Section 2 which states:

2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.
If we do not give him the freedom to speak through common sense, then we ought to through these two important documents. How then can we take away these fundamental freedoms that men and women of our country have fought and died to preserve in international wars by way of kangaroo courts run by tinpot dictators? It is beyond me.

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