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Funding stopped for anti-gay religious group pending investigation - Canada

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Funding stopped for anti-gay religious group pending investigation - Canada

Post  Fred on Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:30 pm

The minister responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency which has been giving funding to an evangelical organization that describes homosexuality as a "perversion" and a "sin," said Sunday no further payments will be made until officials review the organization.

"I have asked officials to review this organization before further payments are made," tweeted Julian Fantino, International Cooperation Minister.

The group was receiving funding from the government of Canada for its work in Uganda, where gays and lesbians face severe threats.

The federal government has denounced virulent homophobia in that East African country and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has condemned plans for an anti-gay bill that could potentially include the death penalty for homosexuals.

Nevertheless, the federal government has been providing $544,813 in funding for Crossroads Christian Communications — an Ontario-based evangelical group that produces television programming — to help dig wells, build latrines and promote hygiene awareness in Uganda through 2014.

Until Tuesday, the organization's website carried a list of "sexual sins" deemed to be "perversion": "Turning from the true and/or proper purpose of sexual intercourse; misusing or abusing it, such as in pedophilia, homosexuality and lesbianism, sadism, masochism, transvestism, and bestiality."

Lower down the page, the group asks sinners to "repent."...

continues...http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/02/10/pol-cp-anti-gay-religious-group-gets-funding-from-ottawa-to-work-in-africa.html

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