It seemed like a simple enough idea: when Canadian pastor Stephen Boissoin learned that some of the schools in his community were using materials designed to promote homosexual behavior, he wrote a letter to the editor of his local paper. Someone took exception with his remarks and filed a formal complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission, which fined Boissoin $5,000 and ordered him never to say anything critical of homosexual behavior or same-sex unions for the rest of his life.
That was 10 years ago. Last month, by the grace of God, Alliance Defending Freedom Allied Attorney Gerald Chipeur won Pastor Boissoin’s case on an appeal to the Alberta Court of Appeal, Alberta’s highest court, which reversed the Commission’s earlier ruling. Upon hearing the decision, Mr. Chipeur wrote to the pastor:
It is unlikely that [the Human Rights Commission statute used to penalize you] will ever be enforced again.
It has been a pleasure to work with you to advance freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
To which Pastor Boissoin replied:
For a long time I have been humbled by this entire ordeal. After reading this, it caused tears to well up in my eyes. I had to close my office door and just sit and spend a moment thanking God while I pulled myself together. I can only say thank-you. Beyond the amazing victory that we won, you have no idea how thankful I am that God brought the right people together to battle this case for principle sake and also for my defence [sic] as the little guy. Again, from the bottom of my heart, my family and I thank-you beyond what I can express in words.
The author of Hebrews extols all Christians to “offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” In America, we are so blessed that, so far, most of our people have not yet had to make the kind of sacrifice Pastor Boissoin has made in defense of freedom and the truth of the Gospel. In this week of Thanksgiving, let us give praise to God for those who have stood – who continue to stand – for His truth with humility and courage, and let us ask Him to show us what greater sacrifices He might yet ask of us to bring glory and thanks to His name. May He give us His grace for those challenges.
Thank you for standing faithfully for the Truth.