Is Justin Trudeau planning to BAN Christianity in Canada?!

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Is the Trudeau administration planning to BAN Christianity in Canada?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Justin Trudeau Plans To BAN Christianity In Canada!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch), which claimed or suggested that the Trudeau administration planning to ban Christianity in Canada!

Trudeau Regime to BAN Christianity in Canada Under Radical New ‘Hate Speech’ Laws

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Is Justin Trudeau planning to BAN Christianity in Canada?!

 

Truth : Justin Trudeau Is Not Planning To Ban Christianity In Canada!

This is yet another example of fake news created / promoted by The People’s Voice, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Bill C-367 Has Nothing To Do With Trudeau

Let me start by pointing out that Bill C-367 has nothing to do with the Trudeau government, or the Liberal Party of Canada.

C-367 is a private member’s bill called An Act to amend the Criminal Code (promotion of hatred or antisemitism). You can read it in full here, and keep track of it here.

It was tabled at the Canadian Parliament on 28 November 2023, by Yves-François Blanchet, the leader of Bloc Québécois (BQ) – a different Canadian political party that has nothing to do with the Trudeau government.

So why would anyone claim that it is the Trudeau government that is trying to use C-367 to ban Christianity???

Fact #2 : Bill C-367 Targets Hate Speech

The People’s Voice article claimed or suggested that Bill C-367 will make it “illegal for any person to quote the Bible on Canadian soil“. That’s not true.

According to Bloc Québécois spokeswoman Joanie Riopel, Bill C-367 would “remove religious exemptions for the crimes of public incitement of hate, and wilful promotion of hatred and anti-Semitism“.

She said that Blanchet introduced the bill after an imam called on God to “exterminate” the “enemies of the people of Gaza”, while leading a prayer at a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Montreal in October 2023.

The bill provides for the removal of paragraphs … of the Canadian Criminal Code, which allow anyone to hide under the cloak of religion in the context of public incitement to hatred.

To be clear – Bill C-367 was introduced because of what a Muslim imam said, and does not ban people from quoting the Bible. It only targets people using religion in their hate speech.

Christians (and people of other religions) can still say anything they want, even if Bill C-367 is passed, as long as they do not incite hatred. Christians need not fear it, unless they actually believe it is a Christian tenet to incite hatred???

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Fact #3 : Bill C-367 Does Not Even Mention Christianity

To be clear – Bill C-367 does not mention Christianity or any religion. It only seeks to repeal two paragraphs in the Criminal Code of Canada (archive) in reference to the “public incitement of hatred“, “wilful promotion of hatred“, and “wilful promotion of antisemitism“:

Paragraph 319(3)(b):

(3) No person shall be convicted of an offence under subsection (2)

(b) if, in good faith, the person expressed or attempted to establish by an argument an opinion on a religious subject or an opinion based on a belief in a religious text;

Paragraph 319(3.1)(b):

(3.1) No person shall be convicted of an offence under subsection (2.1)

(b) if, in good faith, they expressed or attempted to establish by an argument an opinion on a religious subject or an opinion based on a belief in a religious text;

In other words – Bill C-367 simply wants to remove protection for people using their religious beliefs to wilfully incite and promote hatred and/or anti-semitism.

Only people who believe that they should have the right to incite hatred and/or anti-semitism using their religious beliefs will need to worry about Bill C-367.

Fact #4 : Bill C-367 Has Minimal Effect On Religious Expression

If passed, Bill C-367 will, no doubt, limit religious people from inciting and promoting hate. However, it will have “minimal effect on religious expression”.

According to Richard Moon, a law professor art the University of Windsor, the proposed amendments would have minimal effect on religious expression since they would only apply to hate speech.

Moon explained that someone who calls the LGBTQ lifestyle “sinful”, for example, would not meet the legal threshold for incitement or promotion of hatred… unless they actually advocate for the extermination of certain groups, or mischaracterise them in a way that could lead to ostracisation.

It’s not going to shut down general Christian speech. We’re talking about really extreme speech.

In other words, Bill C-367 probably won’t even prevent The People’s Voice from continuing to post articles claiming that Pope Francis ordered Christian to pray to Satan!

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Fact #5 : The People’s Voice Is Known For Fake News

The People’s Voice is the current name for NewsPunch, which possibly changed its name because its brand has been so thoroughly discredited after posting numerous shocking but fake stories.

Founded as Your News Wire in 2014, it was rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018, before becoming The People’s Voice. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should never share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I fact checked earlier:

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