By Richard Peachey

Here’s my response to a comment that appeared under the Vancity Buzz article about Abbotsford city council’s flag decision:

S. L. to Richard Peachey

You are writing hate speech. This is against the law.

The legal definition of hate speech:

“The Human Rights Code prohibits “any statement, publication, notice, sign, symbol, emblem or other representation” that could cause a person to be exposed to hatred or contempt because of sexual orientation or gender identity (called “sex” in the code)”. (B.C. Human Rights Code).

The suicide rate among LGBTQ youth is between 33-47% higher than their straight/cisgendered counterparts. Any young person reading this article or your comments could be more likely to consider suicide.

Your comments are dangerous and will encourage those with hateful mentalities to commit acts of violence against the LGBTQ community as well as contribute to the alarming suicide rate.

Do you really want to be responsible for more hate crimes and suicide among our youth? While you think about it, stop posting hate speech.

Richard Peachey to S.L.

Same-sex sexual behaviour is immoral and unhealthy. In my view, sexual immorality should not be celebrated. Therefore I oppose the decision of Abbotsford city council to raise the “Pride” flag.

If a doctor tells you that your continued tobacco smoking will likely cause you to die earlier, will you complain that he is contemptuous of smokers, and that he is being hateful? I doubt it.

To encourage and enable people in their immorality, as the Abbotsford mayor and council have done by their decision, is not “love.” Genuine love is concerned for what is best for people, and is willing to risk taking a stand for their real welfare. Genuine love actually hates what is evil, because it hurts people.

Young people who are tempted to sin by acting on same-sex sexual attractions should not commit suicide. Instead they should seek help to “put to death” their sinful inclinations.

I do not support bashing of sexually immoral people, any more than I support bashing of thieves, drunkards, or idolaters. All of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. I am not morally superior to anyone else. But when my city council decides to support sin in any form, I must conscientiously object.

As a Christian, I accept the Bible’s view of homosexuality. The Bible uses a variety of negative, disapproving terms (never positive) to describe same-sex sexual activity: “detestable,” “defiling,” “sinful,” “impure,” “degrading,” “shameful,” “unnatural,” “indecent,” “perversion,” “wicked,” “lawbreaking,” “rebellious,” “ungodly,” “unholy,” “irreligious,” “immorality,” and “contrary to sound doctrine” (Leviticus 18:22,24-30; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:9-11; Jude 7).

If my holding of such a view is contrary to Canadian law, then Canadian law is simply wrong. If anyone wishes to force the issue, then I suppose I will see you in court. But I would much prefer that you think about what I have said, repent of your sins, and turn to Jesus Christ for salvation and cleansing, as many with this kind of affliction did in New Testament times (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

All the best to you,
Richard Peachey