VANCOUVER - With the support of over 600 participants, the Canadian Alliance for Social Justice & Family Values Association held their annual fundraising banquet on the night of Sept. 7. Their convener Lawyer K-John Cheung gave an overview of the past year’s work result and encouraged for everyone to unite in continuing to fight for social justice and traditional family values.
Since early this year, CASJFVA in full-fledged opposition fought against the extension of the drug injection site's operation, and gathered the people’s signatures for the petition that expresses to the national parliament their disapproval. Cheung pronounced that not only do the drug injection sites worsen the drug users’ addiction, but they also result in the increase of drug-sales and criminal activities, such as robbery and theft, which only pose as threats to the welfare of the families and the society. The alliance urged the government to face the work for drug-rehabilitation and drug-prevention and to shut down the drug injection site.
Next, on the issue of legalization and decriminalization of prostitution, the alliance has submitted petitions to the parliament, urging them to reject the passing of the legalizing and decriminalizing prostitution.
Meanwhile, the Chinese social justice & family values alliance has been taking actions to oppose the promotion of homosexual curriculums. Cheung criticized the B.C. provincial government for selling out parents and children of their rights by signing a compromising settlement with two homosexual activists, which grants them the rights to inquire and modify the B.C. public school course curriculums and limit the selection rights of parents and children in choosing the courses they would like to take.
Furthermore, CASJFVA initiated a protest movement, which successfully collected more than 17,000 petitions, demanding that the provincial government to stop robbing the rights of the parents on their children’s education and to grant parents and provincial citizens with the equal rights as given to the homosexual activists in the educational aspects. This resulted in the alliance and provincial government reaching an agreement, which grants equal rights to parents and provincial citizens as granted to the Correns, the two homosexual activists.
Moreover, Cheung said that since the election will be coming soon, it is a great opportunity for the citizens to voice their opinions. He encouraged everyone to stand together in speaking out for social justice, “Let’s stand together!”
Then, Dr. Chris Kempling, a Christian school teacher at the City of Quesnel in B.C., shared his experience of being suspended for one month and later three months without pay because of his opposition against the promotion of homosexual education. He later resigned and worked in a Catholic school in Kamloop. Because of his submission of commentaries that opposed the homosexual agendas in promoting homosexuality in public school education, British Columbia College of Teachers (BCCT) deemed him with suspicions of 'discrimination.' Until now, this lawsuit is still being processed, and he is responsible for all related lawyer fees.
Nonetheless, Kempling did not waiver. Instead, he stated that he will uphold his conviction and bravely declare the God-given standards, but he urged for the support of those present that he cannot do this alone. After his sharing, the participants responded passionately with standing ovations, expressing their support and respect for him.
Finally, the emcees of the event urged everyone to grab hold of the opportunity to let their collective voices reach all levels of the government by voting during the federal election and the city election on Oct. 14 and Nov. 15.
[Editor's note: reporter Joanna Wong from Vancouver contributed to this report.]