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|Canadian Same-Sex 'Marriage' Bill C-38
We are sleep-walking on the brink of disaster
By Douglas Farrow
CANADA is sleep-walking to disaster. Its religious communities seem nearly as comatose as the rest of the country. It's time to wake up, gather our wits, and act.
To review the situation: The government is about to table legislation
changing the definition of marriage to "a union of two persons," thus
eliminating any formal link between marriage and procreation. The one
This legislation will alter fundamentally our most basic social institution and have the most far-reaching legal, cultural, and political consequences of any legislation ever enacted in Canada. But the Supreme Court has given it a green light(...)
What can be done by those who are waking up to the disaster that is same-sex marriage? Here's my answer.
First, educate yourself so that you can engage in the debates. Divorcing
Marriage is a good place to start, since it examines the history of
same-sex marriage and considers some of its consequences, while exposing
Second, call your MP right away and ask for an appointment. Make clear
in your visit, and/or letter, that nothing less than unyielding
resistance to the legislation will do. Demand a plebiscite. Copy your
Third, support political organizations like Enshrine Marriage Canada (www.enshrinemarriage.ca) that are developing long-term strategies. Don't fulminate; participate. Support religious organizations also, in their efforts to restore to public discourse the vital contribution that the majority tradition the Judeo-Christian tradition can make.
Fourth, never has it been more urgent to pray for Canada and its citizens, present and future. Participation without prayer is as much a mistake as prayer without participation.
Fifth, specifically to the bishops and other religious leaders: Declare
now that the authority of your own office, which does not derive from
the state, compels you to deny the state's power to alter the definition
Let the laity, and all Canadians of good will, join you in saying that the Constitution belongs to the people, and that the Court Party's same-sex marriage dogma will not be received by the people.
Douglas Farrow, who teaches at McGill University, is co-editor of Divorcing Marriage.
© 2004 St. Alban's Anglican Church