Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of September 12, 2005
Ottawa funds anti-religious bigotry, says rights group
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
"We believe all such groups are entitled to a level playing field."
- Phil Horgan
"We would hope Liza Frulla, minister responsible for the status of women, will uphold respect for religion and for the viewpoints of all Canadians and end its funding of Pro-CAN," CCRL President Phil Horgan said in an Aug. 31 news release.
By funding Pro-CAN and similar groups Ottawa is giving favoured status to groups whose views "are insulting to most Canadians," Horgan said.
"There are many groups that engage in advocacy work on such issues as the definition of marriage, the right to life, freedom of religion and freedom of expression, with no government funding, and we believe all such groups are entitled to a level playing field."
Vellacott also discovered that the federal government gave a $322,646 grant to the Canadian National Coalition of Experiential Women (CNCEW), a group seeking the decriminalization of solicitation for prostitution.
Vellacott said CNCEW testified before a House of Commons subcommittee advocating "immediate decriminalization of sex workers" on the same day REAL Women of Canada testified that prostitution harms women and children and suggests the government fund programs to help women leave the sex trade.
REAL Women receives no government funding.
Vellacott accused the government of "discriminating against an entire segment of Canadian women," who are pro-life, pro-chastity and pro-family.
Our mission: To serve our readers by bringing the Gospel to bear on current issues in the Church and in secular culture through accurate news coverage and reflective commentary.