When did Canada cease to be a free nation?
Christian churches in Canada are now facing the loss of their tax-exempt status should they become involved in partisan politics.
The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency has met with legal representatives of both the Catholic Church and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada to warn them of the action in connection with this year’s campaign.
According to LifeSiteNews, churches are not only admonished against recommending certain candidates or political parties, but they also face crackdowns for speaking out on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.
‘The best thing for a charity to do, especially during an election, is to stay away from those issues,’ Dawna Lynn Labonte, a spokeswoman for the minister of national revenue, told the news agency. ‘There are certain issues, especially during election times, that are very political.’
The gag order on religions is said to cover all moral issues, even poverty.
‘Taking out a full page ad before Christmas on homelessness might not be considered political, but doing the same thing the week of an election might be considered political,’ Labonte said.
That’s how it’s going to happen here, south of the border. Anything the government doesn’t want spoken against in church will morph from a “religious” issue into a “political” issue. Disagree with the government and it tries to shut down your church.
That’s how it was in 17th Century England. That’s why the Pilgrims left.