“OUR STARTING POINT IS NOT THE INDIVIDUAL, AND WE DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO THE VIEW THAT ONE SHOULD FEED THE HUNGRY, GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY, OR CLOTHE THE NAKED . . . . OUR OBJECTIVES ARE ENTIRELY DIFFERENT: WE MUST HAVE A HEALTHY PEOPLE IN ORDER TO PREVAIL IN THE WORLD.”
—Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda, Nazi Germany, 1938.
From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany’s government led by Adolf Hitler promoted a nationalism that combined territorial expansion with claims of biological superiority—an “Aryan master race”—and virulent antisemitism. Driven by a racist ideology legitimized by German scientists, the Nazis attempted to eliminate all of Europe’s Jews, ultimately killing six million in the Holocaust. Many others also became victims of persecution and murder in the Nazis’ campaign to cleanse German society of individuals viewed as threats to the “health” of the nation.
Without God there are no limits
There's a famous passage from “The Grand Inquisitor” section of Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov in which Ivan Karamazov claims that if God does not exist, then everything is permitted. If there is no God, then there are no rules to live by, no moral law we must follow; we can do whatever we want.
Is it possible to compare what happened in Nazi Germany with anything that is taking place in modern civilised societies of the 21st century? One cannot help but feel that Canada is a warning sign for the whole world?
A dangerous experiment
What I have to say about Canada comes from what Dawn Stefanowicz, a Canadian citizen shared during a visit to Melbourne, Australia, August 2015. Many of the quotes come from her article that is available on the web.
When legislation on same-sex marriage was passed in Canada July 2005, parenting was immediately redefined, removing parentage from its biological origins. Canada’s gay marriage law, Bill C-38, included a provision to erase the term “natural parent” and replace it across the board with gender-neutral “legal parent” in federal law. Now, all children have “legal parents,” as defined by the state, which means parental rights have been usurped by the government that controls the law.
In effect, same-sex marriage permits state powers to override the autonomy of biological parents. Necessary parental rights to teach children their beliefs, express their opinions, and practice their personal faith are infringed upon by the state when their beliefs, opinions and or faith practices are in opposition to what is taught and promoted at school. In fact, in Ontario, Canada, the Human Rights Commission regulations control all public education.
For example, if you teach your children that same-sex sexual relationships are wrong and that every child has a father and a mother, and that only man-woman sex in marriage is allowed, you run the risk of thought police questioning your beliefs, especially if your children discuss these subjects in the classroom.
Consequently, parents experience state interference when it comes to moral values and teachings about family, parenting and sex education in schools.
Additionally, since the undefined term “sexual orientation” was added as a protected category under Canada’s hate crime law in 2004 and same-sex marriage became legalized in 2005, guaranteed fundamental freedoms of the Canadian Constitution have been reinterpreted, eroded and/or nullified by activist courts and quasi-courts with no real juries, also known as the Human Rights Commissions. The federal Human Rights Commission (HRC) has had a three-decade 100 percent conviction rate for hate speech. How can this be? There is no jury of peers; even the commissioners are not judges. The whole process is one-sided with no recourse for legitimate complaints.
Though Section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act was repealed in 2013, which came into effect in 2014, many people believe that a similar act will be proposed soon after the 2015 federal election. At the same time, many of the Canadian provinces have similar hate speech codes with high conviction rates which effectively restrict speech and block freedoms. Activists and special interest groups have long supported censorship of speech and internet communications in Canada.
In Canada, freedom to assemble and speak freely about man-woman marriage, family and sexuality are restricted.
A police state?
Human Rights Tribunals/Commissions in Canada police speech, and penalize upstanding citizens for their speech and expressions in opposition to particular sexual behaviours. It takes only one complaint against a person to be brought before the tribunal, costing the defendant tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees. The Commissions have the power to enter private residences and remove all items pertinent to their investigations, checking for hate speech.
Yet the plaintiff making the complaint has his legal fees completely paid for by the government. Even if the defendant is found innocent, he cannot recover his legal costs. If he is found guilty, he must pay fines to the person(s) who brought forth the complaint. The complainant receives the fine, and can then become a serial complainant living on the earned fines.
Religious freedoms under attack
Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which forms the first part of the Constitution Act 1982, everyone was to have been guaranteed 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. It seems as long as the wording of such a Charter of Rights and Freedoms is in the Constitution, the government can get away doing whatever it wants to, because no-one is free to challenge it once the right to criticise the government on these issues is restricted.
In some cases, at the insistence of homosexual male parents, the name of the biological father has been removed from the birth certificate of a child, so that the child’s biological identity, history, and cultural or ethnic background is removed. Parents become ‘legal’ parents, which is hardly different from ‘legal’ guardians with the government holding the power to take over the ‘welfare’ and education of the child.
Because homosexual couples frequently change partners, the children are not brought up in a predictable, secure environment. In some cases they have been introduced to pornography and even exposed to partners who are paedophiles.
What is the goal?
What is the source of these trends? And they are trends. When the United States President Barack Obama has been going around the world encouraging marriage equality even in African countries, there seems to be a specific goal to this agenda. Of course surmise is not proof, but are there some disturbing signs that point in the direction of Nazi Germany’s experimentations with the human race?
Let’s keep in mind what Dostoevsky said about there being no limits to the behaviour of human beings who reject the existence of God. And, the desire of radical scientists who have always seen the human experiment as the ultimate challenge facing them. What is the ultimate goal of people who hold these two positions? Unfettered power and control that is a prelude to totalitarianism? In this kind of society there is no freedom of speech despite what is written into the nation’s constitution for the benefit of outsiders.
Why is it that this movement to change the basic building blocks of society is gaining such rapid momentum? After all, despite what the media tries to tell us, only a very small percentage of people in our societies are either GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender). How can such a small group have the influence it seems to have on our societies, media, and governments?
The more radical members of the GLBT community don’t want the churches to be exempt from the changes they want to force on society.
It seems that the real issue is not so much to introduce a different concept of ‘family’, but to destroy the influence of Christian churches, or at least, to bring the churches ‘to heal’. Already the churches in Canada are forced to keep quiet on these issues. This is true of other European countries such as Sweden. Fear of prosecution with no opportunity to win one’s case at law is a frightening prospect in any country. This is the kind of totalitarianism that prevailed in Communist Russia under Stalin where parents were forbidden to communicate their faith to their children for fear that their children will be removed from them and forced into state re-education programs. It was all about maintaining power over the people and quashing all dissent.
The agendas in totalitarian societies might vary from place to place, but ultimately it is to stifle freedom of speech, while ‘they’ conduct their ‘social experiments’ without hindrance. When even lawyers in Canada are afraid to take on the defense of persecuted, upright people who have lost their parental rights because they cannot accept the social construct the government has imposed on them, then people need to be afraid. We are not talking about some hypothetical situation in the future. This is the present in Canada. This is the philosophy being pushed on nations by people like Barack Obama. It is the philosophy being pushed by our own media and some members of parliament in Australia!
Warning to the West
No country gets to that point overnight. After all, these laws were introduced in Canada a decade ago. But that goal is reached one step at a time. Unless something very radical takes place in Canada, perhaps to change what is happening there is too late. But, it is not too late for countries such as Australia to wake up from its flirtation with the romantic notion that it could never happen here. Some members of parliament who a few years ago would not have dreamt of siding with the same-sex marriage movement, have changed sides. After all, who wants to be a principled, unwavering, politician these days! You expose yourself to the ridicule of the press, and the scoffing and heckling of mindless pressure groups. That can be pretty hard to take… and they know it!
That is why we need to encourage our politicians who are taking the right stand on moral issues and ensure them of our prayers for them. But we also need to warn those who have set themselves to oppose what is righteous and just; people who have lost their fear of God and no longer see themselves as accountable to Him and to the people. But we also need to examine our own position before God and ask ourselves if we have become too apathetic, and too secure in our own faith, not caring sufficiently what happens to the rest of the world.
…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14).