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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
institution society has that guarantees the child's right to its own natural parents, and vice versa, will be gone.

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
its faulty logic.

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
letter to Paul Martin and Stephen Harper. Encourage your neighbours to act similarly, especially if you think your MP is wavering.

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
of marriage. Say clearly that you do not and will not recognize civil marriage, defined as a union as two persons, as anything more than a misguided legal fiction. And say that you will no longer perform civil
marriages, so understood, nor encourage your people to enter them.

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.

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