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Column: Does Jonathon Van Maren Speak For The Faith Community?
UPDATED 15/06/11 – COMMENTS RECEIVED – By Mike Archer. Jonathon Van Maren has gone too far with his vulgar anti-abortion campaign in choosing to bully the children of Chilliwack Middle School and Chilliwack Secondary with his indecent outburst of lewd photographs.
Editor’s Note: Originally published on Chilliwack Today 08/06/11
Though the RCMP and the City of Chilliwack Bylaw Department were called it was determined that since the group were on a public sidewalk they were not infringing on any municipal statutes and Van Maren had every right to be there under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
What about the rights of Chilliwack parents to expect their children to be safe from such exhibits of vulgarity at the school ground? What about the rights of the children not to be bullied and accosted with such filth?
Bully – noun DEF:domineering person SYN: annoyer, antagonizer, browbeater, bulldozer, coercer, harrier, hector, insolent, intimidator, oppressor, persecutor, pest, rascal, rowdy, ruffian, tease, tormenter, toughBully – verb DEF: intimidate, push around SYN: bludgeon, bluster, browbeat, buffalo, bulldoze, coerce, cow, despotize, domineer, dragoon, enforce, harass, hector, lean on, menace, oppress, overbear, persecute, ride roughshod, showboat, swagger, terrorize, threaten, torment, torture, turn on the heat, tyrannize, walk heavy
Lewd – adjective DEF: vulgar, indecent SYN:X-rated, bawdy, blue, coarse, erotic, fast*, filthy*, foul-mouthed, gross*, hard-core, immodest, immoral, improper, impure, in bad taste, incontinent, indelicate, lascivious, lecherous, libertine, libidinous, licentious, loose*, lustful, naughty, obscene, off-color, pornographic, profligate, questionable, racy, rakish, ribald, risquÃ©, salacious, scandalous, scurrilous, shameless, smutty, suggestive, taboo, unchaste, unclean, unconventional, unvirtuous, vile, wanton, wicked
Immoral – adjective DEF: evil, degenerate
Synonyms: X-rated, abandoned, bad, corrupt, debauched, depraved, dishonest, dissipated, dissolute, fast*, graceless, impure, indecent, iniquitous, lewd, licentious, loose*, nefarious, obscene, of easy virtue, pornographic, profligate, rakish, reprobate, saturnalian, shameless, sinful, speedy, unchaste, unclean, unethical, unprincipled, unscrupulous, vicious, vile, villainous, wicked, wrong – immoral means violating principles of right and wrong or not adhering to ethical or moral principles
Christian – adjective DEF: moral, righteous SYN: clean, conscientious, correct, decent, elevated, equitable, fair, fitting, good, high-principled, honest, honorable, humane, just, kosher*, moralistic, noble, principled, proper, respectable, right, right-minded, square, straight, true blue, upright, upstanding, virtuous
Antonyms: corrupt, dishonest, immoral, improper, unethical, unjust, unrighteous
This isn’t the first time Van Maren and his band of immoral quacks have assaulted the citizens of Chilliwack with their sick messaging. Earlier this spring they foisted their grotesque images on citizens walking through Downtown Chilliwack (Opinion: Anti-Abortion Quacks Greet Shoppers With Disgusting Images -NSFW)These bullies in christian clothing come from the Canadian Centre For Bioethical Reform and purport to be spreading god’s word claiming they are being deliberately provocative with their use of 3Ã—4-foot images of dismembered first trimester foetuses.
Today Media has never had as many comments on a single post as we did when we published the above column on our sister site, Langley Today – 43 Comments – because the lunatic fringe came out like piranhas in a feeding frenzy, rapturous that somebody was paying attention and bearing witness to their bizarre expression of faith. It makes for some interesting reading from a psychological point of view, but frankly serves only to show how warped some on the far religious right can get trying to quiet the voices in the heads.
Seemingly oblivious the the consequences of his actions and defending them Van Maren told The Chilliwack Times, “No kids got worked up at any point.”
The Chilliwack School Board should act immediately to have Van Maran and his crew kept from within ten blocks of any school in Chilliwack. Other School Districts in the Fraser Valley should take heed of Van Maren’s actions in Chilliwack lest he decide to repeat them in other cities.
Someone in the Faith Community should stand up and be counted on this issue by denouncing Van Maren and his coterie lest the tactics they employ and the glee they seem to experience with the inevitable attention they get be confused with any of the teachings of god or the practices and beliefs of the churches in the community.