Justin Trudeau Puts Pro-Lifers on Notice that Their Views Won't Be Tolerated in Public
During his town hall tour across Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has given explicit notice to pro-life Canadians that their beliefs on abortion make them second-class citizens.
HuffPost Canada reported that:
At a town hall at McMaster University in Hamilton Wednesday, Trudeau was asked by a first-year Mac student if he views freedom of speech as important. The student charged that 'leftists' often call critics who disagree with them racists or bigots.'If you're pro-life then you are ridiculed and insulted, but if you're pro-choice then you are praised,' the student said, sparking some applause.
The prime minister responded that he has "demonstrated time and time again that defending rights and freedoms is at the core of who I am and quite frankly at the core of what Canada is."
Yet, Trudeau said there is a difference between holding personal beliefs and acting on them.
The most troubling part of the Prime Minister's statement in recent days was his elimination of a pro-life position as having any place whatsoever in Canada's public conversation. Furthermore with a student jobs program, he has indicated his own willingness and the willingness of his government to use government coercion in order to make this point. ... This should remind Christians of the argument made by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni just a couple of years ago when he argued that religious liberty when especially it comes to an issue like the morality of homosexuality would protect the rights of American citizens to hold those beliefs in their hearts and in their homes and in their pews but not in public. Now you have the Canadian Prime Minister making a very similar argument but applied to the question of abortion. And we should note that a New York Times columnist has the power to influence and make an argument, but the Canadian prime minister has the authority and political power to create policies that would bind the Canadian people.