Christian voices are tuned out

Faith Goldy

Faith Goldy

December 29, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Religious issues are central to our times, especially in a world that is increasingly "faithphobic," says Catholic journalist Faith Goldy.

Goldy, a Sun TV news reporter, delivered the keynote address to the Catholic Civil Rights League's annual general meeting in Toronto on Dec. 9.

She focused on three main issues: Ontario's sex education curriculum for school children, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's pro-choice party mandate on abortion and the possibility of legal euthanasia in Canada.

In 2015, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Education Minister Liz Sandals plan to re-introduce changes in Ontario's sex education curriculum for elementary and high school students.

Goldy questioned the development of their plan, specifically how similar it will be to the 2010 plan introduced by former Premier Dalton McGuinty, which was pulled because of public outcry.

GRAPHIC LESSONS

That curriculum, Goldy said, would have taught age-inappropriate "graphic lessons," among other key changes in the curriculum that upset the secular and faith communities.

Goldy said parental consultation on the new curriculum is insufficient, with input being sought from one parent from each school across the province.

"The so-called parental consultation that informs the current policy does not, in fact, consult all parents. Instead, delegates from various schools claim to speak on behalf of tens of thousands of parents who are otherwise absent."

But "of greatest concern to me: the involvement of an alleged child pornographer in the formation of the curriculum in question," she said.

Goldy referred to Benjamin Levin, 61, a professor at the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, who has been charged with seven counts of child exploitation, including making and distributing child pornography. He was a key member of the team that helped develop the curriculum that was pulled.

"Folks in the media . . . wholly dismiss my pursuit of this story, saying Levin . . . is inconsequential to a story involving hyper-sexualized material taught to kids."

Goldy is known for calling out politicians. Earlier this year, she called for Trudeau to be excommunicated for making his party tow the line on his pro-choice mandate on abortion.

"On the topic of fundamental women's rights, Trudeau voted against the bill aimed to protect women from coercion to abort," said Goldy.

STUDY OPPOSED

"In 2012, [Trudeau] voted against MP Stephen Woodworth's motion to study, just study, whether a child in the womb can be considered a human being based on developments in medical science over the past 400 years, the time from whence our definition of life originates."

Goldy laid out her argument against support of euthanasia or assisted suicide under the name of "medical aid in dying" supported by findings from the Canadian Medical Journal on Belgium's model of euthanasia.

Euthanasia in Canada is being modelled after Belgium's system, said Goldy, which means it will also follow in Belgium's failures, including deaths without patient consent.

'SAFEGUARDS' WORTHLESS

"In Quebec's case, the mainstream media might do well to include the glaring fact that the legal framework . . . is almost lifted entirely from Belgium. And in time, the case, like all the other so-called 'safeguards' and 'strict guidelines' proved to be worthless," said Goldy.

"According to the Canadian Medical Journal . . . the 10-year-old Belgian model is already shown to be failed and dangerous."

Despite what the mainstream media portrays, she says, the CMA (Canadian Medical Association) is against euthanasia with the association voting this past summer to oppose assisted suicide.

"Should euthanasia come to our shores and within our borders, euthanasia on demand will be the next logical step, seen as a right of the individual, demanded from our medical professionals. And our doctors know that."

LACK OF PALLIATIVE CARE

"Ergo, why Dr. John Haggie, former president of the CMA, told the media 'requests for euthanasia usually reflect a failure to access adequate palliative care,'" she said.

Goldy left the Catholic Civil Rights League with one main thought: "We all have different vocations in life and accordingly, live out our salvific paths individually within the Body of Christ.

"But one thing is for certain, in the public sphere, especially here in the West, we need more unabashed Christian voices."