If there is a limit to Canadian taxpayers’ capacity to shoulder heavy and insupportable burdens with quietude, they have no demonstrated it. I believe the reason for their patience is that they keep expecting the authorities to come to their senses. Evidence of the later, however, keeps pointing in the opposite direction. Witness the following two court cases in 1991.
Gerard O’Sullivan of Toronto withheld $50 of his income tax in protest against any of his tax monies going to pay for abortion.
Revenue Canada, and later the Tax Court, ruled against him. In the end he appealed to the Federal Court, citing the freedom of conscience clause in the Charter.
On August 12, 1991, Federal Court Justice Francis Muldoon ruled against him. In a judgment that cries to heaven for ratification – it is choked with bad theology and worse, if possible, humanism – Justice Muldoon ruled that Mr. O’Sullivan is, in plain English, free to believe that a child is a unique and unrepeatable and irreplaceable gift of God provided he does not put the belief into practice by refusing to pay for the killing of children.
Justice Muldoon has obviously never heard of the capital sin of sloth, a heinous evil which says precisely that you can believe in God all you like provided that you do not live your faith. Putting your faith into practice is against the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, at least when it comes to the non-funding of the killing of children.
Meantime, to add insult to injury, the infamous Everywoman’s Health Clinic in Vancouver applied to Revenue Canada for charitable status.
It obviously considers itself a church and, in fact, its reason for existence is to carry out human sacrifice, as did the Aztecs of old farther down the coast, or the priests of Moloch in ancient Carthage, who used to throw children into a furnace so Moloch would give them good crops. Judging by the May 4, 1992, cover of Time Magazine, this revived version of paganism-at-its-worst has an icon. It is not the cross, or the crescent, but the coat hanger.
To its credit Revenue Canada turned down the abortuary’s application to be tax exempt and have donations to it be tax deductible, but that was not the end of it. The abortuary appealed to the courts, and on November 26, 1991, Justice Robert Décary overruled Revenue Canada, saying that “it would be an unbearable burden on those who apply for charity registration to require that there be a clear public policy approving of their activities.”
G.K. Chesterton said it all in 1935 when he identified the malaise of the modern world as the doctrine that “wrong has as much right to exist as right.”