Posted: January 17, 20109:27 pm Eastern
By Drew Zahn Â© 2010 WorldNetDaily
Opponents of "hate crimes" legislation, who have frequently pointed to Canada as an example of how such laws are used to increasingly suppress moral objections to homosexuality, now have more fuel for their fire in the form of the "Quebec Policy Against Homophobia."
The policy, released last month by Quebec's Minister of Justice and Attorney General Kathleen Weil, assigns the government the task of eliminating all forms of "homophobia" and "heterosexism" â€“ including the belief that homosexuality is immoral â€“ from society as a whole.
The text and specifics of the policy are steeped in vague bureaucratic language about "coordination" and "synergy," but the goal is spelled out clearly: to enlist the government to normalize homosexuality in society and to quell common criticisms levied against "sexual minorities," a term the policy uses to inclusively describe "lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and transgenders."
"An inclusive society such as ours must take the necessary steps to combat homophobic attitudes and behavior patterns and move towards full acceptance of sexual diversity," states the Premier of Quebec Jean Charest in a letter that serves as the policy's introduction. "The policy sets out the government's goal of removing all the obstacles to full recognition of the social equality of the sexual minorities, at all levels of society."
The policy further defines the heterosexism that must be stomped out as "affirmation of heterosexuality as a social norm or the highest form of sexual orientation."
Furthermore, the policy laments, "It is still possible to hear people say that homosexuality is an illness, morally wrong or a form of deviant behavior, and that people choose their sexual orientation. These beliefs, often instilled in the past, tend to marginalize sexual minority groups and prevent full recognition of their social equality."
Such "prejudice," the policy affirms, must be combated.
And while the word "church" is never explicitly mentioned in the policy, it does declare it important to publicize the most "insidious" forms of homophobia with a plan to "target the various locations in which homophobic attitudes and behavior patterns, as well as heterosexist stereotypes, are found."
The policy also warns, "It will be necessary to deal with the heterosexist values on which some institutional practices are founded."
Weil introduced her ministry's new direction by stating, "The policy released this morning shows, once again, that Quebec society is a leader in the field of sexual minority rights."
Indeed, Quebec was the first jurisdiction in North America to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation with an amendment to its charter of human rights and freedoms in 1977. In 1995, the province amended its criminal code to include sexual orientation as an aggravating factor in "hate crimes," a law expanded in 2004 to include not only crimes but "hate propaganda." Same-sex marriage was legalized in Quebec in 2005.
The progression from "hate crime" legislation to outlawing "hate propaganda" to now enlisting the government's power in socially normalizing homosexuality is the very process decried by many Americans, as the U.S. also begins passing the first of such laws.
Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, for example, told WND the practical application of such laws already has been seen in several other countries, including the United Kingdom, where the Christian Institute highlighted reports of a senior citizen being accused of "hate crimes" for writing a letter objecting to a pro-homosexual festival: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=122113