Was Faytene ahead of the curve?

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

The Dec. 20 Supreme Court of Canada decision striking down several Canadian laws regulating how prostitution operates in Canada would certainly be dismaying to some Canadian social conservatives. But they must recognize that they were warned that something like this could happen.

Although lawmakers are allowed a year to try again with new laws, you could expect what happened with the 1980s SCOC decision to happen again: For whatever reason no replacement laws regarding abortion were passed, and it would very tempting now for legislators to reason that the courts have spoken ans throw up their hands.

But there is an aspect about this case, and others potentially like this, that could cause both “sides” of this issue to suspect that their friends in Ottawa are asleep at the switch.

But activist and evangelist Faytene Grasseschi, to her credit, did warn Christians to pay attention to the courts, advice that holds to those supporting, and opposing, her conservative political views.

Back in 2011, in one of her newsletters to supporters and friends, Faytene made point of urging people to pray that “righteous judges” be appointed to office, addressing the issue with urgency. Moreover, in the post I wrote on this at that time noted the concerns of author Philip Slayton that judges seemed to him to be out of control sometimes. I also noted an observation by a journalist that the next Prime Minster, Mr. Harper, was in a position to profoundly shape the nation’s courts through their judicial appointments advice. Details are in that post, if you are interested.

Cue forward to the recent ruling. A 9-0 ruling by the court would imply that Harper had not been appointing justices who believed in using laws to reinforce a practical form of conservative morality to the court. Endorsers of Faytene’s point of view were likely displeased by the ruling.

Therefore, those who believe contrary to how the court seems to have ruled were perhaps not praying and working on the issue as Faytene prudently advised them to.

Or perhaps those Christians who would be pleased by the ruling in effect did take Faytene’s prayer and working counsel. i don’t know.

One thing seems clear. Canadian Christians seem content to just sit by and do things like read in their paper that the Supreme Court of Canada has made this ruling without trying to do something small about the possibility about such a ruling happening. [Had the ruling been different, the shoe would be on the other foot, yet the lessons would still apply.

We don’t necessarily need American-style courts, be we need to be watchful and try not to let things “just happen” to us in the courts. On that Christians of the right and left should agree.

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4 Responses to Was Faytene ahead of the curve?

  1. Les Smith says:

    My own suspicion is that the Harper cabal is not discomfitted at all.

    Firstly, it gives them a supply of red meat for the base. I expect to be seeing quite a bit of “dog whistle” material to appear in the next few months.

    Secondly, it provides an opportunity to ram through a truly draconian replacement law. Harper has prisons to fill.

  2. John Payzant says:

    What, Faytene Conservative Christian views?

    She’s New Apostolic Reformation

    This makes her like a heretic & false prophet

    She’s also a hypocrite and a liar

    Well back in 04

    Worship Invasion slandered me saying at their Venue at Peace Portal Alliance in Surrey,

    “At Fresh Fire by Todd Bentley (you prayed over a woman a took the ring off of her finger)”

    These heretics & false prophets thought they had a vision from God

    They cannot discern

    I did not such thing

    They gossip to Faytene and she believes them too

    Well, you have a gut feeling, a conscience, God’s voice

    Just listen, no they don’t

    Bad theology

    I was at an Extreme Prophetic at Cordial Hall on E Pender.

    Killarny Community Ctr own the building rented to Salvation Army War College run by Jonathan Edwards I think. I met him.

    This is another group she got her finger into the pie let her use the place

    She says, “John Paysar, I don’t like you, I rebuke you in the name of Jesus”

    As I was standing on the sidewalk she sais, “We own the building, you’re standing on private property”

    She physically shoved me down the street

    She’s trailer trash has no class

    She’s a liar that Killarney CC owns the building & the City owns the sidewalk

  3. Flyn Ritchie says:

    I think some socially conservative Christians have been pretty active on this issue. Take a look at the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada site, for example. Immediately following the decision, they sent out this release: ‘EFC urges government to act after Supreme Court decision in prostitution case’ (http://www.evangelicalfellowship.ca/Bedford-Decision).

    Earlier in the month, they’d sent a well thought out, 37 page report (‘Out of Business: Prostitution in Canada – Putting an End to Demand’) (http://files.efc-canada.net/si/Prostitution/Out%20of%20Business.pdf) to Stephen Harper and all other parliamentarians.

    As far as I can see, the EFC has been working quite hard on the issue for quite a long time. And they have been working with quite a wide range of partners, I believe, including some well beyond the Christian community.

    Harper isn’t willing to take on abortion – an issue he believes cannot be ‘won’ right now – but he may be able to find broad enough support from conservatives / Christians / feminists / human rights activists to take action on the issue of prostitution. We’ll see.

    I don’t think the EFC (or anyone else) needed Faytene to warn them about the obvious significance of the Supreme Court on political and social issues in Canada.

  4. Brano says:

    Even if faytene,was “ahead of the curve”….What difference does it make???
    I believe a monkey could observe the obvious….

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