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Canadian Christians fear new law will criminalize Bible

Progressotards never seem to learn that compulsory secularization is precisely how you fuel religious extremism.

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A new law, put in place on Saturday in Canada, is causing concern that it may criminalize the dissemination of the Bible.

The concern is that Bill C-4, the Act to amend the Criminal Code-conversion therapy, defines conversion therapy in overly broad terms. The definition set out in the bill read as follows:

“A practice, treatment or service designed to change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual, to change a person’s gender identity or gender expression to cisgender or to repress or reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behaviour or non-cisgender gender expression.”

The new law expressly forbids practices, treatments, or services designed to change or repress a person’s gender expression to align with their biological sex. This is the third attempt to pass the bill into legislation due to the concern of many religious leaders that the definition of conversion therapy is overly broad.

In 2020, the Gospel Coalition asked the Parliamentary Committee to clarify the definition of conversion therapy association with Bill C-6, a similar bill that failed to pass. The coalition expressed concern that the overly broad definition could lead to conversations between parents and children, or between pastors and congregants being criminalized. Lawmakers assured their constituents that the bill only criminalized coercive efforts and coercive practices, treatments, and services. The lawmakers claimed that the new law would not apply to a person who sought out a pastor or mentor for help to live a chaste sexual lifestyle or to live in alignment with their biological sex. The coalition of churches remained concerned as no such assurances appear in the language of the actual Bill.

The coalition expressed their concern:

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