The LGBTQ2 community’s credo of “live and let live” seems to be losing its sex appeal. Canadians must now “accept” homosexuality, not merely tolerate it.
At least that’s what Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested at Montreal’s Pride Parade on August 19. Clad in a pink shirt and waving a rainbow flag, the smiling scion of the Great White North cut a pious figure as he lectured citizens on the merits of adopting 21st century morality.
“Can we stop talking about tolerance?” Justin asked. “We need to talk about acceptance.”
When asked why millions of Canadians should accept a practice that goes against their religious beliefs, the prime minister declined to comment.
Trudeau’s remarks have poured fuel on suspicions that LGBTQ2 activists aren’t about to close shop anytime soon even though their political aims, such as the legalization of same-sex marriage, have been largely met.
In fact, some political analysts, such as Jack Fonesca of the Campaign Life Coalition, fear the Canadian government is laying the groundwork for the criminalization of Christian attitudes toward homosexuality.
In response to the prime minister’s comments, Fonesca brought up the new Canada Summer Jobs policy of denying applicants funding if they refuse to hire members of the LGBTQ2 community.
“Tolerance was never the goal,” Fonesca warns.
Press Secretary Eleanore Catenaro responded to concerns about Trudeau’s comments by noting that the government is “committed to advancing equality” and will always protect the rights of the LGBTQ community. That sounds nice on paper, but when, on issues of advancing equality, has the government ever declared “mission accomplished”?
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.