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Last month, the government of Justin Trudeau announced a new design for the one dollar coin (known as the “loonie”) to be released sometime in 2019. (See CBC report.) Though the specific details are being kept a secret, we have been told that the coin will be used to celebrate and normalize homosexuality. This is truly “loony”!
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the legalization of homosexuality in Canada. The government of Pierre Elliot Trudeau (Justin Trudeau’s father) decided in 1969 that criminal homosexual acts should be legal. Now Trudeau junior wants to celebrate this event.
But “legal” does not equal “moral”. Not everything that is “legal” should be celebrated.
There are many things that are perfectly legal in Canada, which are not only questionable, but often downright immoral.
Divorce is legal. Trudeau senior lifted many of the restrictions on divorce in 1969 along with the legalization of homosexuality. However, it is doubtful that anyone finds it is perfectly decent or commendable for a man to divorce his wife (or vice versa) “just because”. The breakdown of a marriage and the ensuing damage to children and other family members is nothing less than tragic. We would never think of putting an image on the 2019 loonie to commemorate legal divorce.
Abortion was also legalized in 1969 by Trudeau senior. But does that mean we should celebrate the destruction of innocent human life? Do we want to see a "pro-abortion" loonie?
And so, when it comes to homosexuality (the practice of sexual intercourse between members of the same sex), we ask the question: Just because it’s legal, does that make it right? This behaviour may be decriminalized, but does that mean it should be encouraged and promoted?
Most Canadians are not homosexual and find the idea of homosexual sex to be unappealing or even repulsive. They respect people’s choices, but they would never choose homosexuality for themselves. So why should this divergent and unpopular sexual practice be highlighted on our circulation coinage?
Furthermore, many Canadians consider homosexuality sinful, based on the teaching of Judaism and Christianity. God has said: “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.” (Leviticus 20:13). To celebrate homosexuality is not only an offence to God, but it is an offence to those who take God’s Word to heart. Many will feel uncomfortable using or carrying these coins. Some will believe they must reject them entirely. This is sure to widen, not mend, the current social rift in Canadian society.
In addition, statistics show that homosexuality poses a danger to one’s health. Active homosexuals do not live as long as non-homosexuals, and they are prone to more disease. (See FRI report.) Should we celebrate a lifestyle that puts people at greater risk of harm?
Finally, many people (including numerous non-religious Canadians) argue that homosexuality is unnatural. They say that the practice of same-sex sexual activity is akin to fitting a square peg into a square peg: It defies the normal design of the human body. Should we celebrate an unnatural act?
For all these reasons and more, it is completely irresponsible and needlessly divisive to create a “gay" loonie for 2019. We are calling on the government to rethink its decision and withdraw its plans for any design that celebrates the homosexual lifestyle. Homosexuality is legal, but that does not mean it should be forced upon all Canadians.