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Canadian Churches should not be burned. It is a disgrace and an attack on our culture.

Canada: The Church Burning Nation

In the past Canada has always had a good reputation. Seldom considered radical or extreme, Canada was always thought of as moderate, sensible and measured…even dull. Canada, the “middle power,” was the home of reliable, polite and sensible people who went about their lives in a tolerant, open and compassionate way. But the past eight years have changed all that. We have reached the point where it is no longer possible to deny that Canada has changed.  During the last eight years a new radicalism has taken root in our once admirable country. We are no longer the place we were, and the rest of the world has noticed it. What has been the most noticeable and offensive change of all? Church burning!

An Unbelievable Desecration

Ninety churches have been burned to the ground in Canada and others have either been damaged or vandalized. This is an unbelievable desecration. Many of the churches were historic buildings over a century old. They were not just houses of worship. They were monuments to faith, reminders of our past and part of our history. They were burned to the ground, damaged or desecrated with impunity. It is astonishing to think that anyone, anywhere in Canada, should think that this was either acceptable or forgivable, and yet that is exactly what is happening.

Official Support and Forgiveness

That anyone should think that burning churches could be acceptable is deeply disturbing, but it is even worse than that. The prime minister of Canada himself stated that, while he was not in favour of arson, the burning of churches was “understandable.” Another federal official actually said, “Burn it all down!” These incredibly irresponsible inflammatory statements by governmental officials reveal a new and deep-seated hatred of Christianity none of us has ever experienced before. We have gone from the daily recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in schools to this. How could it have happened and what does it mean?

A Web of Hatred

This new persecution of Christianity is part of an effort to attack our institutions that has been happening for decades. It is based on a pathological hatred for western civilization, constitutional freedoms, citizen’s rights, objective morality and free enterprise capitalism. For sixty years or so, the radical left has been tearing down the institutions of the western world. Like the communist regimes of the twentieth century, they knew they had to destroy Christianity if they were to achieve their objectives. That is why they are burning churches. Christianity is a deep faith, a civilizing element in western culture and the keystone of our culture and so, in their eyes,  it must go. Church burning is deeper than the residential school question, secularization, or just hatred of the West. It is about a new kind of genocide, a genocide of the heart and soul, a cultural genocide against all that is good and decent in Canadian life. 

What if you are not Christian?

If you are an atheist, a secularist, or an agnostic you should still be outraged by the burning of churches. First, it is destruction of public property. If you believe in the rule of law, you should be incensed about the church burnings and the condoning of it.  It is barbaric and uncivilized, full stop. No civilized country would condone it. Second, the loss of historic buildings is unforgiveable. The sense that somehow it is permissible to burn churches because of a historical grievance based on ideological extremism is just plain wrong. Lastly, government support for wide scale vandalism is unforgiveable and a stain on the nation. If you are not Christian and don’t have a personal stake in this, you should still be outraged about church burning on the basis of law, civilization and public order. 

What if it Had been Mosques?

Let’s be honest. In the current socio-political culture, if mosques had been burned to the ground the reaction of the government and the Canadian media would have been entirely different. There would have been outrage across the nation. The C.B.C. and other legacy media outlets would be accusing Canadians of being “Islamophobic.” The government would have initiated a large-scale investigation by the R.C.M.P. and other investigative agencies, leaving no stone unturned, and the current party in power would be accusing  Canadians of being intolerant, racist, bigoted, and Islamophobic. Why then do we have little outrage about church burning ? 

Christophobia 

There are two jewels of western democracy that keep us from slipping into dictatorship and repression. They are Truth and Justice. Preserving these two is essential. The truth should not be denied, and justice must triumph over injustice. And yet, once again, this is not happening. First, the truth. Christianity is not an evil creed or religion that needs to be punished it is, uplifting and inspirational and the core belief system of our civilization. Second, justice. It is unjust that churches should be burned to the ground or that any government should condone it. This is “Christophobia,” a despicable form of bigotry we should all be condemning, not excusing. Contrary to what many say, Christophobia is real. We are seeing it around the world as the Christian faith  rapidly becomes the world’s most persecuted religion. And now, to our great shame, we are seeing it in Canada with church burnings and a distorted view of history that paints a false picture of Christianity’s role in our past.

Christians are Citizens Too

Many Christians, in Canada and elsewhere, do not fight back against the persecution of their faith. Some say that persecution strengthens them. Others say that Christians should not become involved in the affairs of the world. But Canadian Christians are Canadian citizens too. Based on this fact alone they should fiercely resist what is happening to churches. Section 2 of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms clearly states that Canadian citizens have the right to freedom of religion and peaceful assembly. They cannot do that if their houses of worship are being destroyed or if they live in constant fear of being persecuted. Burning churches violates not only the law, but the spirit of the Charter as well. Likewise, section 15 of the Charter guarantees Canadians “equal protection and equal benefit of the law” including the right to the safe practice of their faith. If for no other reason than that, both Christians and non-Christian should fight church burning with all their might. 

The Pivot Point

In an upcoming post I will speak about the “Pivot Point” the stage at which you can no longer do nothing and just apathetically accept the injustices taking place around you. At various stages in history people have realized that the time for doing little or nothing had passed and they stood bravely for what they believed in. That “Pivot Point” realization has made all the difference in the centuries long struggle for truth and justice. We are at just such a point in Canada now with the issue of church burnings. It cannot stand, and we cannot allow it to be minimized. Time to “pivot” and fight for what is right. 

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Ben Buss
Ben Buss
5 months ago

I taught at Grouard Mission ,just North East of High Prairie. The Catholic church was burnt down recently. I never went in it but one Sunday afternoon we were asked to visit the parsonage where the ministers lived along with Sister Henriette who taught in the school next door. The center of attention was our newborn son, Selwyn. We had a delightful afternoon tea with warm and friendly people. This community was one of the largest communities at the turn of the 1900,s however the completion of the railway to the South encouraged people to put their houses on skids… Read more »

Perry Foster
5 months ago
Reply to  Ben Buss

Thanks for this valuable commentary Ben. It seems at times that the entire apparatus of the current Canadian government is dedicated to the persecution of the Christian faith and of Christians. As you point out in your comment, this is manifestly unfair and just another form of bigoted persecution. Also important is the realization we have all come to lately, that the entire narrative concerning the residential school system is distorted and full of outright falsehoods. Let us hope that in the near future the truth can prevail. In the meantime we must press on with uncovering falsehood and lies… Read more »

Hal
Hal
4 months ago

Very well written and address the sad issue head on. This is a great example of Orwell’s some are more equal than others. IMO, the open bigotry of Justice Trudeau is no surprise to me. He endorses and promotes nearly all evils. Sadly most pastors in our churches are afraid to speak out against this bigotry which is similar to most Lutheran churches not speaking out against Hitler’s brown shirt thugs.

Perry Foster
4 months ago
Reply to  Hal

But we must speak out and resist anyway we can. You can feel the evil of this just as a citizen, not even as a Christian, just as a person, not even as someone of faith. If we do not resist we will have committed a grave injustice to ourselves as people and, of course, to the Christian gospel which the world needs to hear! If the pastors won’t do it, then the laity or the population at large must. To give you an idea of how bad this is Canada is now considered the third nation in the developed… Read more »

Perry Foster
4 months ago

It is so incredibly bizarre to think that Canadians could even begin to contemplate the persecution of Christianity or Christians and yet, here we are. In fact it may even be worse than we think under Justin Trudeau and the Liberals. This must end…!

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/trudeau-canada-persecuting-christians/?utm_source=digest-canadian-2024-02-16&utm_medium=email

Mike Groenewold
Mike Groenewold
4 months ago

There are so many talking points regarding this issue that need to be explored by everyone Canadian who wants to know what actually made this a great nation. Central among them is the fact that Canada was founded upon Christian principles and was molded in the image of its forbearers in Europe and particularly Britain. The rule of law, equal protection under the law, a law code based on the Biblical ten commandments, a society designed for people to live as free from interference and coercion as possible with a limited state whose role was defined and specific – ALL… Read more »

Linda Foster
Linda Foster
4 months ago

Thanks for writing this important piece Perry! I am shocked and dismayed at the apathy I see all around me; if burning churches to the ground doesn’t rouse Canadians to resist, what will it take? We must fight the forces of injustice and work to uphold all that is noble and good in our country and in the world. The alternative is unthinkable!

Perry Foster
4 months ago
Reply to  Linda Foster

Yes! I am shocked by the apathy as well. It seems as though nothing will rouse these people except when they personally are affected by the loss of their rights, national identity and culture. But, even more to the point, they are ultimately only really affected when the price of groceries or gas goes up or they have to start using their credit cards to meet expenses. As a nation we need the regular citizen to become more active and aware before it starts to hit their pocket book. There are important rights here that are being violated.

Rick Higgins
4 months ago

The burning of churches in Canada, without any intervention by the government,at any of the three levels, is a familiar and sadly unsurprising response in these evil times. The MSM stumble over themselves, looking the other way.   Are these events noteworthy? Yes indeed. Will they ever be reported? Not in our lifetime. Any serious investigation into church burning would imperil the bribe money the government is providing to the financially failing MSM. Each burned church is not only the destruction of the facility itself, but the records and the memories of what were once contained there. Marriages, funerals, baptisms, Sunday… Read more »