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July 15, 2010 Print

Canadian Pastor Fined after Speaking Against Homosexuality

by CitizenLink Team

Human-rights tribunal also orders him to stop sharing his Bible-based beliefs.

A Canadian human-rights tribunal has ordered a Christian pastor to renounce his faith and never again express moral opposition to homosexuality, WorldNetDaily reported.

The Alberta Human Rights Tribunal ordered the Rev. Stephen Boissoin to stop expressing his biblical perspective of homosexuality and to pay $7,000 in “damages for pain and suffering.”

The decision came after Boissoin wrote a letter to the editor of his local Red Deer, Alberta, newspaper in 2002 that included this statement: “Children as young as five and six years of age are being subjected to psychologically and physiologically damaging pro-homosexual literature and guidance in the public school system; all under the fraudulent guise of equal rights.”

Darren Lund, a professor at the University of Calgary, complained about the letter.
“Dr. Darren Lund does not believe my views are politically correct,” Boissoin told Family News in Focus. “He believes they are immoral, and he believes I need to be re-educated.”
Dave Quist, executive director of the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, said the case has broad implications.

“(The commission is) being used and abused … making restrictions on people,” he said. “That should be a warning sign for not only in Canada, but across the U.S., as well.”
In a similar case in New Mexico, a Christian couple recently was fined by a human-rights commission for refusing to photograph a same-sex “commitment ceremony.”