A man wishing to volunteer at a Winnipeg food bank was banned because he didn’t want to sign its pledge that would require him to “respect the relationship of only a man and a woman in marriage.” The New Civil Rights Movement has provided quotes from some of the follow-up video at APTN:
The father and son are not the only people who disagree with the food bank’s processes. Tanya Smith doesn’t like how the food bank requires her to sit through church services she doesn’t agree with before she’s allowed to have access to the assistance programs.
“In the end, you just stay quiet,” Smith explained, “because you know you need the food, and if you rock the boat something bad might happen, like you get refused services, or the people that are providing you the services may treat you differently.”
One of the effects of having a neoliberal government like the one currently in power in Canada is that many social services have been downloaded onto the charitable and / or private sectors, and some charities and businesses have been placing increasing ideological conditions on access, excluding those who refuse to live by their dictates.
Consequently, some food banks are joining ideologically-driven hospitals and clinics, universities and school boards, adoption agencies and more demanding the right to limit who they are willing to employ and serve based on their religious beliefs.