Special to The Interim
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” The famous line from George Orwell’s Animal Farm, a satire on a Marxist revolution and the lies and distortions required to achieve and maintain it, is a comment on the hypocrisy of governments that proclaim the absolute equality of their citizens, but give power and privileges to a small elite. In Canada, Christians upholding the meaning of sexuality and marriage have found that Orwell’s axiom is as relevant as ever and that equality is often a one-way street.
In one small but very telling case, the axiom can be observed directly in the case of a man living in the notorious “Boys’ Town” neighbourhood of Toronto, an area dominated by seedy homosexual clubs and bathhouses. Lee Konik, who is opposed to legitimizing homosexual “marriage,” is being threatened with eviction from his apartment on Church Street for publicly displaying his opinion that marriage is a union of one man and one woman.
In an article appearing in the weekly Catholic Register, reporter Dominic Nicassio wrote that Konik, after attending a Defend Marriage rally, took home a sign that read, “Marriage = 1 man + 1 woman,” and put it in his window, where it remained through annual “Pride Week” activities. On June 28, he was served a notice that informed him his display of an opinion that differs from that which prevails on Church street and in Canada’s Parliament, had cost him the home in which he had lived for 25 years. The notice specified that he was to be evicted for having displayed a “controversial (sic) worded banner.”
Konik’s situation came to the attention of the Catholic Register when he wrote a letter to the editor asking, “Don’t we have a right to express our feelings and convictions? We live in a society that has freedom of expression and democracy and we believe that all people are created equal. I am a person, one of the people of Canada.”
Konik, a parishioner at St. Paul’s Basilica, had previously displayed a sign that read, “Gay Shame,” which resulted in his being forced to sign an agreement that he would not put up signs “that may be perceived as being directly or indirectly derogatory toward others, either during ‘Gay Pride’ period or at other times.” Property manager Philip Eram, when asked if such an agreement violated Konik’s constitutional rights to freedom of expression, replied, “That would be up to a judge to decide.”
In repeated experiences with Canadian courts, however, Christians opposed to the homosexual political juggernaut have discovered that while all Canadians may be equal, the politically correct supporters of the new sexual morality are more equal than others.
“It’s not so much he has no rights, it’s the other way around. It sounds like someone who chose to ignore the rights of others, and the rights of the co-op,” Eram said.
Eram, president of Toronto-based Precision Property Management Inc., declined to explain how the expression of a differing opinion could be a violation of anyone’s rights.
To express concerns to Philip Eram, you can e-mail him via: email@example.com.