Canadian bigots rally against soon-to-be-released gay ‘loonies’

Canadian bigots rally against soon-to-be-released gay ‘loonies’ April 13, 2019

AT the beginning of the year Canada announced that its one dollar coin – called a ‘loonie’ – was to be given a make-over to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality for adults across the country.

This prompted fury among loonies of a different stripe: mainly conservative Christians who yesterday gathered in Ottawa to demand the halt to the planned new coin, the design of which is currently being kept under wraps.

Image via Facebook/CitizenGO

What we do now about the coin is that it will feature a “stylized rendering of two overlapping human faces within a large circle, the left half of the left face in front view and the right face in profile facing left, the two faces forming one whole face in front view composed of two eyes with eyebrows, a nose, a mouth and two ears with a small hoop earring on the left ear.”

Among the first to spring into action to oppose the coin was CitizenGO, which launched a petition that says:

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 …

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?

Almost 50,000 people have signed the petition.

Image via Facebook/CitizenGO

Protesters gathered outside Canada’s Mint. CitizenGo said on its Facebook page:

It was a great event. We had about a dozen people join us in front of the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa from 12 to 1 PM. Together, we took a stand against the politicization of our coinage and the aggressive push of the LGBT agenda on ALL Canadians. Many of the pedestrians passing us by were totally supportive. We also got lots of positive honks from the traffic. Not a single counter-protestor showed up.

In 1967 Pierre Trudeau (1919-2000), acting as Canada’s Justice Minister, introduced a controversial “Omnibus Bill” (Bill C-195) to the House of Commons, asking for sweeping changes to the nation’s Criminal Code. Among the changes were the decriminalization of abortion, new restrictions on gun ownership, and the decriminalization of certain sex acts if performed in private.

Trudeau said at the time that there was:

No place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.

He also suggested that homosexual acts in public were “a different matter.”

The original Omnibus Bill did not seek to decriminalise homosexuality per se, but to distinguish between public and private sexual acts. It stated only that certain sexual acts between consenting adults aged 21 or older were legal when performed in private. If a third person or others were present, these acts – including sodomy – were still considered illegal.

This detail of the Bill changed, however. In 1968, the Omnibus Bill was modified and reintroduced to Parliament by Trudeau’s own Justice Minister, John Turner, as Bill C-150. Inspired by similar legislation pertaining to England and Wales, the Bill now included the explicit decriminalization of homosexual acts among those aged 21 and over.

On May 14, 1969, after three weeks of furious opposition from the Quebec’s Catholic Créditiste (Social Credit) party,  Bill C-150 passed third reading in the House of Commons by a vote of 149:55. There were 59 abstentions.

When Bill C-150 was signed into law both homosexual acts and abortion became legal in Canada. However, men in Canada continued to be arrested for soliciting or performing sexual acts in public and semi-public places.

Canada legalized same-sex “marriage” in 2005, thirty-six years after the passage of bill C-150.

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  • Foxglove

    Most Canadians are not homosexual and find the idea of homosexual sex to be unappealing or even repulsive.

    Hmm. That’s kind of the way I feel about TV, but I don’t get out campaigning against TV-watchers.

    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?

    Yes, well, it isn’t a choice–which is why most Canadians wouldn’t choose to be gay. Not because they find gay sex unappealing or repulsive, but because it’s not something you get to choose to begin with. So what you’re respecting isn’t people’s choices, but people’s rights. And that is certainly something which could be highlighted on coinage: a bit of progress achieved with the recognition of the humanity and rights of a long-harassed minority.

    Furthermore, many Canadians consider homosexuality sinful, based on the teaching of Judaism and Christianity …

    Which acknowledges that many don’t consider it sinful. Count up, see who’s in the lead.

    Finally, many people (including numerous non-religious Canadians) argue that homosexuality is unnatural.

    OK, go ahead.

    It was a great event. We had about a dozen people join us . . .

    Gosh! A whole dozen? Too bad it wasn’t a baker’s dozen. Then you could have refused to bake a cake at the same time.

    Together, we took a stand against the politicization of our coinage and the aggressive push of the LGBT agenda on ALL Canadians.

    But you said earlier that most Canadians don’t like gay sex. So it doesn’t appear that that “LGBT agenda” is making much headway. So why worry about it?

    Many of the pedestrians passing us by were totally supportive.

    Which also acknowledges that many of them weren’t. Did you keep a count by any chance?

    We also got lots of positive honks from the traffic.

    Which also acknowledges that in a lot of cases you didn’t get a positive honk. Did you keep a count by any chance?

    Not a single counter-protestor showed up.

    Oh, no, they were there. They were in the pub across the street, laughing their heads off at you.

  • Broga

    Why doesn’t CitizenGO let it be? Why does he, and the other Christian bigots, feel so threatened by a lifestyle followed by others? Why stop at their objection to gay sex? What about the way people think? What about beliefs that differ from their own? As for quoting the bible they quote what they select. What did Jesus say that were other than a series of banalities and platitudes? Did he say anything that anticipated what we have discovered today by scientists and was far in advance of his time?

    For example, Democritus in the 5th century BCE who formulated an amazingly accurate, for his time, atomic theory: “nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.” And much else.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    That’s kind of the way I feel about TV, but I don’t get out campaigning against TV-watchers.
    … which is why there is still TV. Join us in stamping out this scourge of sin !
    Gawd is calling you !

  • CoastalMaineBird

    homosexuality is unnatural.

    Tell you what – you count up the number of non-human species practicing homosexuality, and I’ll count up the number of non-human species driving a car to a city to carry signs, and we’ll just see who’s “unnatural”.

  • DingoJack

    Aww – I was hoping for ‘Loonies protest Gay Loonies’!

  • Michael Neville

    Most Canadians are not homosexual

    So what? Most Canadians are not sailors but nobody complains about the fishing schooner portrayed on the Canadian dime (which, despite popular belief, is not the Bluenose).

    https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/t1QAAOSwVLRafz~z/s-l300.jpg

  • ManxStuart

    Bit of a difference between 12 and 50,000. Do these loons have numeracy issues, or just very poor short term memory and a tendency to re-sign their petition thousands of times?

  • Looking forward to the release of the coin. I don’t think bigoted shopkeepers will have to worry too much about me spending them at their stores, though. I’ll happily spare them that indignity 😀

  • Foxglove

    Oh. I didn’t realize I had a moral obligation to speak out on the issue. I’ll get right on it. (Do I need to feel guilty about all these years of dereliction of duty?)

  • fifthdentist

    I, for one, welcome our fabulous new loonie overlords.

  • fifthdentist

    How many of those honking were getting their attention as they made a vulgar hand gesture at the Christoloonies?

  • Foxglove

    Absolutely none. Canadians are very polite people.

  • Martin Penwald

    Representing acceptance of homosexuality on a coin doesn’t equate to representing homosexual sex on a coin.
    They look obsessed with homosexual sex. That’s not healthy.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Inclusion has become a kind of tradition in Canadian national values. Call the new loonie design an example of “ceremonial tolerance”. Members of CitizenGO are not being coerced into participation, and are free to be bigots in their private affairs.

  • persephone

    I don’t want to think about anyone’s sex life, but I don’t see how a coin about inclusion is immediately going to cause me to imagine people doing it.

  • Jim Jones

    > “They say that the practice of same-sex sexual activity is akin to fitting a square peg into a square peg:”

    They must be incels. Or have never seen a dick or pussy. Square????

  • Jim Jones

    And we aren’t bird perverts either – but there’s that loon!

    Biologists, especially from Chapman University, have extensively studied the mating behaviour of the common loon (G. immer). Contrary to popular belief, pairs seldom mate for life. Indeed, a typical adult loon is likely to have several mates during its lifetime because of territorial takeover. Each breeding pair must frequently defend its territory against “floaters” (territory-less adults) trying to evict at least one owner and seize the breeding site. Territories that have produced chicks in the past year are especially prone to takeovers, because nonbreeding loons use chicks as cues to indicate high-quality territories. One-third of all territorial evictions among males result in the death of the owner; in contrast, female loons usually survive. Birds that are displaced from a territory but survive usually try to remate and (re)claim a breeding territory later in life.

  • kaydenpat

    “They respect people’s choices, but they would never choose homosexuality for themselves.”

    So when did these idiots choose to be heterosexual? I certainly don’t recall ever making such a choice which makes sense since sexual orientation is not something we choose.

  • kaydenpat

    It all boils down to what bigots find unappealing or even repulsive. I’m sure there was a time when interracial marriages were unappealing and repulsive to them (if they’ve even evolved on that issue). Who cares what they find appealing? The world doesn’t revolve around their personal tastes.

  • kaydenpat

    It’s such a dumb argument that it’s a wonder they’re not shamed by putting it out in public.

  • Foxglove

    The world doesn’t revolve around their personal tastes.

    That’s the problem, isn’t it? They seem to think it should.

  • DingoJack

    ‘Oh’, they would say ‘It’s not a personal opinion – most agree with me’ (not because the majority of Canadians actually do, merely because the loonies say so, you’ll notice).
    —-
    From Wikipedia:

    A global survey conducted in March 2013 showed that 80% of Canada’s general population (87% among Canadians aged between 18 and 29) favoured social acceptance of homosexuality, which represented an increase of 10% in public opinion, within six years. Thereafter, polls from June 2013 have shown an increase in the Canadian population’s point of view, with a large majority of Canadians supporting same-sex marriage, which has been legally permitted since 2005, and solemnized therewith. The polls also show that 70% of Canada’s population agree that “same-sex couples should have the same rights to adopt children as heterosexual couples do”, and 76% agreeing that “same-sex couples are just likely as other parents to successfully raise children”.

  • Jack the Sandwichmaker

    They say that the practice of same-sex sexual activity is akin to fitting a square peg into a square peg

    Despite their confusion about the usual shape of certain orifices and appendages, it sounds like they admit that everything fits properly

  • CoastalMaineBird

    Of course you do ! If you don’t feel guilty about not doing it, then YOU’RE NOT DOING IT RIGHT ! (hmmm…)

    It’s up to YOU to not only throw away your TV set, but to visit your neighbors and get them to throw theirs away,as well. And then we can live as Gawd intended…. free from commercials.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    To have shame, you must have some respect for your opponent’s ideas and position.

  • D. C. Sessions

    The obvious solution is to show their disapproval by gathering them up and burning them, ideally in huge public bonfires.

  • eamonknight

    So are streaming subscriptions OK then? Please help me out; it’s important I get this right.

  • I wonder how hot you’d need to get your fire to actually melt one.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Depends on the alloy. Some coins have been made from aluminum, in which case starting the fire would be difficult but doable and once it was going, well — have you ever seen aluminum burn?

    The usual coin metals — copper, nickel, and zinc come to mind — are going to take some doing. Nickel in particular, and IIRC Canada has lots of it.

  • Foxglove

    I know what you mean. If it’s a question of imagining Donnie and Stormy, or Donnie and Melania, or Donnie and anybody, together, I absolutely do not want to go there. And if somebody suggested putting them on a coin–hmm, maybe I’d have to think about that after all.

  • Foxglove

    Yep. A lot of people these days can say, “I’m not gay myself, but it’s no skin off my nose.” It’s the minority who can’t do that who are causing all the trouble.

  • Robert McLean

    No mention of the natural talking snakes, combusting vegetation or chatty donkeys.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    Nor the commodious whale, and the amazing fish-sandwich platter.