Are Christians Welcome in Justin Trudeau’s Canada?

President Trump’s executive order is not only at odds with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s policies, but also does not reflect the general support in Canada for the Syrian refugee program.
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According to a new clause introduced by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pro-life Christians will be barred from federal funding unless they support a woman’s right to an abortion. Conservative Christian applicants for the youth summer jobs program, which provides grants to not-for-profit employers in order to encourage the hiring of students, must betray their conscience in order to qualify for federal funds.

“I have met Justin Trudeau three times,” said Pastor Steve Long, a Canadian Baptist minister. “Sadly my last meeting with him in his office was very disappointing. He told […] me that evangelical Christians were the worst part of Canadian society.”

The truth is that Trudeau’s enmity toward Christians is not solely against evangelicals. The abortion clause has been met with much concern by a growing number of faith-based communities in Canada. Father Niaz Toma, a Chaldean Catholic priest, said his community of Iraqi Christians won’t be able to apply for the grant and has referred to the attestation as a persecution of his people.

“We will never compromise our faith for the sake of grants to be received from the Canadian government,” said Father Toma.

The Trudeau government has exhibited a history of irreverence toward Christian beliefs, such as when Trudeau himself was photographed wearing a Christmas sweater depicting the Last Supper with party emojis. Trudeau also came to the defense of his newly appointed governor general accused of mocking religious people who believe that “divine intervention” played a role in the formation of life on Earth.

While these actions are certainly disrespectful, Canada under Trudeau has become a very unwelcome place for Christians who flee from persecution in the Middle East. When former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper prioritized Christian and religious minorities for refugee status because they were targeted for extermination by ISIS, Trudeau called this policy “disgusting.”

“When the genocide against Yazidis and Christians by ISIS took place, the Canadian government under Harper immediately sent Canadian forces to their rescue,” said Steve Maman, affectionately known by many as “the Jewish Schindler” for rescuing over 140 Yazidi and Christian women forced into sex slavery by ISIS. “Prime Minister Harper and his Defense Minister Jason Kenney had traveled together to the Kurdish territories and pledged $140 million in assistance.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Bradley Martin