Accoringly, on October 20th, British Columbia Parents and Teachers for Life is hosting a dinner in honour of Dr. Chris Kempling
.Regular readers of this website and subscribers to our E-Mail Bulletin will be familiar with the sacrificial stand Chris Kempling
has made on behalf of the students of British Columbia.We are inviting pro-family people to join in paying tribute to Chris
while enjoying food and fellowship at the dinner to be held at the Surrey Days Inn on October 20, 2007.
At our Annual General Meeting in April, members of British Columbia Parents and Teachers for Life voted unanimously to honour Dr. Christopher Kempling
by granting him a life membership in British Columbia Parents and Teachers for Life.
Most readers of this E-Mail Bulletin will be well aware of the fact that Chris Kempling
has made extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of the children and youth of this province.Because he
has spoken out in his
own time against the pro-homosexuality propaganda being foisted on the students of this province, Chris
has been subjected to unrelenting persecution.He
case in the BC Supreme Court
and the BC Appeals Court, and had his
case refused by the Supreme Court of Canada.He
is still under threat of further penalty from the BC College of Teachers
.Those of us familiar with his
case know that it has involved the most important principles, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press.Chris
has been a splendid example of compassion towards those whose life-style he
has been careful to distinguish between opposition to the ideas of others and hostility towards his
opponents.Such hostility has been foreign to Chris's approach, and we have admired that.
BC Parents and Teachers for Life is planning to honour Chris
at a testimonial dinner on October 20th (at a location in Lower Mainland BC to be decided on).We would like to invite our members, and members of other pro-family groups to join us at that dinner.We believe that this should be an event that will be enjoyable for all who attend, who will have the satisfaction of helping to show respect for the stand Chris
has taken on behalf of the children and youth of our schools.
International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
(a public-school counsellor who has spoken out)
[Click here for a detailed summary of Chris Kempling's
Supreme Court of Canada Refuses to Hear Kempling Freedom of Speech CaseKempling Statement on Supreme Court Decision:The Supreme Court of Canada today refused to hear a freedom of speech case brought by Quesnel, BC, teacher Dr. Chris Kempling in a dispute with the British Columbia College of Teachers.
The case stemmed from letters to theeditor written to the Quesnel Cariboo Observer newspaper between 1997 and 2000 questioning the wisdom of promoting the homosexual agenda.Stated Kempling
: "This is a victory for the enemies of free speech and a sad day for
[For background to the statement immediately above, see the article below entitled "Another Blow to Freedom of Speech and Religion: Chris Kempling's
Appeal Dismissed by the British Columbia Court of Appeal"]Chris Kempling
Denied a Hearing by the British Columbia "Human Rights" Tribunal
...In a decision released November 15, Christian teacher Chris Kempling was denied the right to present his religious discrimination case against the Quesnel School Board to the BC Human Rights Tribunal.Kempling
brought the case after he
was disciplined by the board for granting an interview to CBC Radio in December, 2003.In the interview, which was conducted by phone on his
Christmas vacation, Kempling
explained the orientation change therapy services which he
offers as part of his
private counselling practice.Kempling, who holds two masters degrees and a doctorate in psychology, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and a clinical member of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality.
It seems to me that it's open season on Christians," stated Kempling
...The Tribunal's decision stated that the case had "no chance of success" based on the recent BC Court of Appeal decision against Kempling in June of this
year. That decision, in a related case against the BC College of Teachers
, is now being reviewed by the Supreme Court of Canada
, who will decide earlynext year whether or not to hear the case.Kempling
intends to keep fighting for the rights of Christians to participate freely in public debate.He
intends to run for parliament in the upcomingfederal election as a candidate for the Christian Heritage Party of Canada in the Cariboo-Prince George federal riding."It appears . . . that this may be the last way for Christians to be allowed to exercise free speech in this country," stated Kempling
."When we can't even argue our case before a Human Rights Tribunal, and the courts state that no evidence is necessary todiscipline an employee, what recourse do we have left?"Kempling
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for comment or clarification. Chris Kempling Update-September 15, 2005
In my . . . update in April, I related that I had been suspended for three months without pay for writing a letter to the editor opposing same sex marriage.
[Read the whole of Chris Kempling's
September 15th "Update."]
A judicial decision with grave implications for teachers, students,parents, and people of faith:Another Blow to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion: Chris Kempling's Appeal Dismissed by the British Columbia Court of Appeal
On June 13, 2005, the BC Appeals Court released its ruling regarding Chris Kempling's
appeal of a BC Supreme Court decision.The Appeals Court ruling supports the imposition on Dr. Chris Kempling
of a one-month suspension from his
teaching and counselling position in Quesnel School District
.The British Columbia College of Teachers
had imposed this penalty for Chris Kempling's
statements--off the job, in his
own time--protesting pro-homosexuality propaganda in the public (government) school system.
...[Please note that the action of this local bureaucrat and the school board mentioned in the news release below are quite separate from the actions of the BC College of Teachers in seeking to have Chris Kempling punished for earlier public statements.
The audacity of the local superintendent of schools in joining in the persecution of Dr. Kempling
may well have been encouraged by the climate of opinion created by the successful passing of Sven Robinson's bill limiting free speech and by some of the statements coming from ministers of the federal government. --editor of this website.]
...In a decision handed down today, Quesnel School District Superintendent Ed Napier suspended school counsellor Dr. Chris Kempling for three months.
...Dr. Kempling has been employed as a counsellor since 1990, and has been active in a wide variety of volunteer positions in the community.He
is also the local spokesperson of the federal Christian Heritage Party, and had written a letter to the editor of the local newspaper on behalf of his
party, criticizing the Liberal government's same sex marriage legislation.The school district did not provide a single example of disruption to the school system, or anynegative effect of the letter.They also ignored over a dozen letters ofreference from supervisors and community members written in support of Dr. Kempling
"It is truly unfortunate that the Quesnel
School Board believes that only thosewho support same sex marriage are able to comment publicly on a matter ofnational importance, " stated Dr. Kempling
...Dr. Chris Kempling's
letter of January 8, 2005,to the Quesnel Cariboo Observer is posted on our web page entitled: "Rights: Standing Up for Parents' and Teachers' Rights. [Click here to go to the letter.]Dr. Kempling & the BC Court of Appeal
. . . Dr. Kempling
legal team faced off against the College of Teachers
and their allies on April 21st and 22nd in Vancouver's Court of Appeal.
...Chris Kempling's Appeal of the
British Columbia Supreme Court Ruling Against Him Was Filed on February 28th.Chris Kempling
has received word that his
lawyer on February 28th filed on his
behalf an appeal of the British Columbia Supreme Court ruling against him.For those who may not be familiar with the case, Dr. Chris Kempling
is a British Columbia School Counsellor and teacher who on his
own time outside of the public-school setting, spoke out against the pro-homosexuality program of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation
Read a letter from Chris Kempling
, dated February 4, 2004, in which Chris
intention to appeal the BC Supreme Court's
unjust ruling. A Commen