By John-Henry Westen
TORONTO, April 30, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The editor of Canada’s national Catholic magazine of news, opinion and analysis, Father Alphonse de Valk, has renewed his call for the federal government to rein in the far-reaching powers of human rights commissions in Canada.
The move comes in light of the recent ruling by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) in the case of Christian Horizons, a service organization for the disabled. De Valk called the decision, “a brazen attack on the rights of religious associations and individuals to conduct their activities without having to check their religious principles at the workplace door.
“The OHRC on April 15 decided that, because Christian Horizons required a former employee to sign a Lifestyle and Morality Statement that prohibited homosexual relationships, Christian Horizons must: pay lesbian Connie Heintz two years’ wages and $23,000; no longer require its employees to sign a lifestyle and morality statement; develop ‘anti-discrimination’ policies; provide ‘training’ to all employees and managers; and review all of its employment policies to ensure they are in compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.
De Valk, the editor of Catholic Insight magazine, originally issued a call for the powers of the Human Rights Commissions to be curtailed when a human rights complaint was filed against his magazine in February 2007.