Lately, there has been a controversy brewing about Camp Seggie, one of P.E.I.’s oldest Christian-based camps. Some former employees have accused camp management of discriminatory hiring policies with regards to LGBTQ staff. While such a ‘statement of staff standards’ would certainly be considered biased and wrong if used by a private company or government agency, in order to protect freedoms of conscience and religion, organizations such as the one in question must be allowed to teach their beliefs without fear of government interference.
Letters lambasted Camp Seggie for the rule stipulating that employees must refrain from practices, which are condemned by God in the Bible, namely abortion and homosexuality. If churches are to remain true to the Word of God (some have become extremely liberal) then they mustn’t change or ignore solid doctrine (such as excusing sinful behavior) merely to ‘get with the times.’
But I am writing about the need to protect fundamental freedoms of all Canadians, regardless of their religion or sexual orientation. I am a Christian, believe in conception to natural death and traditional marriage, but as a libertarian I don’t want to force my beliefs on others.
Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Though not specifically mentioned in the Charter, property rights are contained within Section 26. Members of religious – based camps should not be forced to change their beliefs and values anymore than a camp for LGBTQ youth should be forced to change theirs.