- Created on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 06:08
On the program this week, an in-depth interview on the after-effects of the so-called “Carter Decision” on doctor-assisted suicide. We talk with ARPA lawyer André Schutten and Don Hutchison, the former Board Chair of the Christian Legal Fellowship of Canada on what options are open to Parliament in the wake of the decision. The options include strict regulation of the process of assisted suicide and the use of the Constitutional “Notwithstanding Clause”.
On the news portion of the program, the NDP is using the Carter Decision to step up the pressure on the government to develop a comprehensive strategy dealing with “compassionate care” and end-of-life issues. We’ll talk to the MP who’s spearheading that push.
The unanswered que stions continue to linger over plans in Ontario to introduce a new sex-education curriculum into the school system. This week, we bring you audio from the floor of Queen’s Park, where Premier Wynne dismissed parental concerns over the plan as “fear-mongering.”
We also take a look at the demise of the SUN-TV network, and what’s stepping in to replace it, and there’s a brief story about US Supreme Court, which is dropping broad hints that it’s about to mandate the legalization of gay marriage in all 50 States irrespective of citizen’s initiatives and other public opposition against the idea.
- Created on Friday, 20 February 2015 10:09
As many of you know, the Ontario government is ramming their new sex-ed curriculum forward and doing so without parental consultation. While we believe that God makes all education the responsibility of parents (the State's role is merely an "assistant" to parents) the teaching of sexuality and sexual ethics are particularly the domain of parents. What we are seeing with the present Ontario government on this particular issue is a blatant disregard for this Biblical truth, a terrible intrusion into the safe domain of the family home and a sneering "moral superiority" complex by a provincial government that really seems to believe they know better than almost 5 million parents in this province.
How dare they? How dare they mock, disrupt and meddle in Christian family affairs! While we do not advocate for revolution and general civil disobedience, we do encourage all Christian believers to stand up and demand the civil government to back off. God gave this government absolutely no authority to teach our children about sex, much less about approving of and celebrating sexual conduct that He taught us is sin. If they want to do any of this, they need our permission first.
What this government is doing is immoral. It is sin. It is wrong. I dare say, it is evil. The chief architect of this children's sex-ed program has admitted to criminal charges of child pornography, including asking a mom to sexually assault her child for him. This is just one more piece of evidence to make us want to shout our outrage at this program! How would a prudent government that just "cares for the kids" not take serious pause after such criminal actions come to light?
Few in Ontario are standing up against this government. One member of the Provincial legislature is: MPP Monte McNaughton is one solitary voice in the Legislature who continues to push the Premier on this issue. You can see him asking great questions in this video, and you can witness the infuriating dodging of those questions by the Premier time and again.
- Created on Friday, 13 February 2015 12:09
Parliament has only one year to draft and pass legislation restricting euthanasia. The BC Civil Liberties Association and others are urging Parliament to do nothing so that Canada is left with a situation like we have with abortion - with zero restrictions. Please take this opportunity to urge your MP and the Justice Minister to do everything possible to restrict this evil to the greatest extent possible.
Find a new ARPA EasyMail letter here. Please take 5 minutes to edit and send it, and then urge your family and friends to do the same.
Read answers to frequently asked questions about the case here.
New Resource: Last fall, ARPA Canada toured the country speaking on religious freedom and euthanasia. At the end of the tour, we captured Mark Penninga's discussion on euthanasia on video. His explanation and analysis of the issue and its implications for our society will be helpful to you as you engage neighbours, friends and co-workers on this very important issue. Please note that this film was shot before the Supreme Court rendered its decision, ruling in favour of physician assisted suicide. You can read about that decision here. However, Mark's presentation is still completely relevant - we need to convince Parliament and our society of the dangers of legalizing physician-assisted suicide, and warm of the slippery slope to more and more permissive "legalized death". Take 15 minutes, watch, learn and share!
- Created on Friday, 20 February 2015 11:58
Recently a couple members from the Barrhead/Neerlandia ARPA chapter and school chapter made a visit to Grande Prairie to talk with people there who were interested in learning more about ARPA Canada. The majority of those in attendance were young people, what a blessing it is to see the younger generation getting excited about political issues!
Thank you to Jacqueline and Rae-Lynn for explaining the mission of ARPA Canada, the motivation they have as individuals to get involved and some of the activities that the Barrhead/Neerlandia group has undertaken.
The group asked questions and discussed ways they could get involved, including doing more research on the ARPA website to become better informed, using the EasyMail system to encourage others to send letters and ideas for fundraisers. The youth look forward to planning a letter-writing evening with other young people from the area.
- Created on Monday, 24 November 2014 11:22
Updated February 12, 2015: Since we first made readers aware of the 72+ corporations which are uniting to oppose a Christian law school in Canada, many of you have taken action. We have heard of people cancelling their personal and corporate bank accounts with BMO and others following up with specific corporations they do business with (see attachments for two examples of letters to BMO from ARPA readers). It only took one day of this article being posted and ARPA received a call from CocaCola, asking why their logo is included below (we were happy to explain why it should concern them). The momentum is only growing.
- On March 4, Canadians are being encouraged to move their money from BMO and send the bank a loud and clear message that their efforts against Christians will not go unnoticed.
- A website called www.CorporateDiscrimination.com has been launched by the Institute for Canadian Values which profiles what BMO and the Legal Leaders for Diversity are doing. Stay tuned to that site for developments.
- Members of Parliament, Senators, and ordinary Canadians are speaking up. Read Senator Don Plett's powerful speech in the Senate here. Attached to this article are two other letters that our readers have submitted. Please give them a read and consider doing the same - also to your local branch.
We are very thankful to see that people are taking action. Please don't stop! Follow the ongoing developments at the website above, spread the word, call the corporations you do business with, and continue to pray that God will keep our land free.
- Created on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:53
The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada is a non-profit organization devoted to educating, equipping, and encouraging political action among members of Canada’s Reformed churches and shining the light of God’s Word to our civil governments. By God’s grace, this organization continues to grow.
In May 2012 we launched the WeNeedaLAW.ca (WNAL) campaign with a mission to create a groundswell of support for laws protecting pre-born children to the greatest extent possible. The campaign has grown and now requires an additional part-time employee to assist us in carrying out our mission.
- Created on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:53
The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada is a non-profit organization devoted to educating, equipping, and encouraging political action among members of Canada’s Reformed churches and shining the light of God’s Word to our civil governments. By God’s grace, and through the support of our donors, this organization continues to grow. We are now seeking an additional full-time employee to assist us in carrying out our mission.
- Created on Monday, 09 February 2015 08:48
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled last week in the so-called Carter Case. The ruling strikes down Section 241 b) of the Criminal Code – essentially removing any restrictions on doctor-assisted suicide in Canada. On the program this week, we have preliminary reaction from a number of people, including Alex Schadenberg from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, and others.
We plan, DV, to spend more time analyzing the implications of this decision on the next program, which should be posted on February 23rd, and we’d like your input into that analysis. To that end, we’ve created a new widget on the website – an “Answering Machine” feature. Just look at the top of the page to find it, click the link, and leave us your brief comment or question – maximum 90 seconds.
The other news story this week involves another assault on the conscience rights of doctors, this time in Saskatchewan. The Provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons is out with a draft policy which, in some sense, is even more egregious and objectionable than what’s being proposed in Ontario. Interestingly, there’s a line in the Carter ruling which might have a bearing on this – you’ll have to listen to the program to find the connection.
Also some very positive news. On the feature interview, we speak with ARPA legal counsel André Schutten about a ruling from the Nova Scotia Supreme Courtin late January; a ruling which resoundingly supports Trinity Western University in its efforts to establish a Christian Law School.
- Created on Friday, 06 February 2015 14:41
This morning the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a disappointing decision in the euthanasia case. The constitutional challenge launched by Gloria Taylor and Lee Carter and supported by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) against Canada’s criminal prohibitions of assisted suicide and euthanasia was heard by Canada’s top court on October 15. Less than four months later, the court unanimously decided to strike down the prohibition on physician assisted-suicide, giving Parliament 12 months to legislate restrictions if it so chooses. Here follow some initial reflections on the judgment. (You can read the actual judgment yourself here.)
Reasons for overturning earlier precedent
In 1993, the Supreme Court ruled on the same issues in a case called Rodriguez, ruling in favour of an absolute ban on assisted suicide. If the law is already settled, then why did the Court hear this case again, and overrule their earlier decision?
The reasoning for overturning Rodriguez is two-fold:
- First, “the law relating to the principles of overbreadth and gross disproportionality had materially advanced since Rodriguez” (para. 46); and
- Second, “The matrix of legislative and social facts in this case also differed from the evidence before the Court in Rodriguez… The evidence before the trial judge in this case contained evidence that, if accepted, was capable of undermining each of these conclusions [three factual findings of the Court in Rodriguez].” (para. 47).
Basically, the Court felt that the law and the facts changed since Rodriguez, and so the Court felt they were free to overturn the earlier decision.
- Created on Friday, 06 February 2015 07:45
For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada
February 6, 2015
EUTHANASIA SUPREME COURT DECISION: A SACRED LINE HAS BEEN CROSSED
OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Lee Carter, et al., v. Attorney General of Canada, et al., this morning, striking down Canada’s laws against assisted suicide and signaling Parliament to create new, permissive legislation if it so desires. The unanimous decision of the Court declared that section 241(b) and s. 14 of the Criminal Code unjustifiably infringe section 7 of the Charter and are of no force or effect to the extent that they prohibit physician-assisted death for a competent adult person who (1) clearly consents to the termination of life and (2) has a grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition. The declaration of invalidity is suspended for 12 months to give Parliament time to respond. The court has left the door open to Parliament to make the new legislation restrictive.
The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada was an intervenor in the case and made written arguments to the Court last fall to defend the inviolability of human life.
Mark Penninga, Executive Director of ARPA Canada, made the following comments:
- “A sacred line has been crossed. This decision turns the right to life from something that is objectively fixed and inviolable to something that is subjectively fluid and based on what someone feels it is worth.”
- “It will be logically impossible for Parliament or any legislature or court to enact safeguards that will be able to withstand future legal challenges. As we see in Belgium and the Netherlands, it is only a matter of time before these so-called safeguards are considered an unjust limitation on someone else’s rights, even allowing children or those who are depressed to be killed at the hands of the state.”
- “With this decision, autonomous choices have been raised as a higher value than life itself. This will have devastating consequences on the value of human life, especially for the most vulnerable in society.”
- Created on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 07:44
Pornography is widely consumed and hardly regulated in Canada. ARPA Canada recently published a new policy paper on the issue, Respectfully Submitted: Pornography which can be read and printed from the library (see http://arpacanada.ca/publications). You can access the paper directly by clicking here.
A new initiative to combat the scourge of pornography in today's culture has been launched under the title "Strength to Fight". You can learn more about their work in the film below.
- Created on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 12:35
We have great news to share - Justice Campbell from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Trinity Western University and religious freedom!
During our fall tour and through our newsletters, we had asked you to pray for the court hearing in Halifax that took place December 16-19 and for wisdom for Justice Campbell. God has answered our prayers. Thanks and praise to Him alone!
This case was fundamentally about religious freedom and whether a private Christian school had the freedom to establish a law school rooted in Christian principles. Furthermore, the principle being advanced by those opposed to TWU's law school was that if you belong to a community that holds its members to a Biblical lifestyle standard, then you will be denied equal access to the public square.
The NSBS attempted to refuse graduates from the proposed law society from practicing law in Nova Scotia, arguing that recognizing the TWU law school as a valid law school would "send a clear signal to citizens that discrimination is acceptable and justifiable." The irony of the NSBS arguments was that the NSBS itself was actually perpetuating discrimination. For more on this case, click here. To read the full 137-page decision of Justice Cambell, click here. To read our press release click here.
We are very thankful for the decision today. It corrects the false premise that members of Christian communities are somehow less suitable for public engagement because of our worldview. This decision opens the door to the public square for members of Canada's churches. As Justice Campbell wrote at para. 271, "The discomforting truth is that religions with views that many Canadians find incomprehensible or offensive abound in a liberal and multicultural society. The law protects them and must carve out a place not only where they can exist but flourish."
- Created on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:02
The following article, "Making the Case: Prostitution" was originally published in the Reformed Perspective magazine. It has been included here as a reference item for our readers.
There is more to the world's oldest profession than most people realize.
Commonly referred to as “the oldest profession”, prostitution is a vice that just won’t go away. Or so we are told. Even some Christians suggest that there’s no sense in trying to “legislate morality”. After all, if we don’t have laws against adultery, why should there be laws against prostitution? Why should we care just because money changes hands?
But a case can and should be made for using the law to combat prostitution. There are clear biblical principles involved, and a pretty convincing practical case to be made as well. So I am going to begin biblically, and conclude with six arguments for criminalizing prostitution that even non-Christians should appreciate and understand.
Click here to read the rest of the article.
- Created on Monday, 26 January 2015 08:47
The ARPA Board held its annual meeting last week, laying out the framework for the organization’s plans in 2015.
On the program this week, we take a look ahead at those plans, and we feature some audio from a devotional session that led off one of the Board meetings; a good reminder – from Psalm 82 – of some of the core principles that guide the organization.
Also, We Need a Law’s Mike Schouten on the double standard that’s at play in Health Canada’s possible approval of the “morning after pill”, RU-486.
And finally, another call to action on the issue of conscience rights for Ontario doctors. Jonathon VanDyken has written an excellent analysis of the issue; it’s available on the ARPA home page. You’re also being asked to respond to a survey on the issue by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario – you can find that survey here.
- Created on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 08:25
The following is a guest post by Jonathan Van Dyken. Please read to the end for a step-by-step guide to speaking up very effectively on this particular issue.
Do you live in Ontario and have a pro-life family doctor? If you value his survival, then you need to speak out NOW! The ancient Hippocratic oath which essentially required that a doctor, first of all, do no harm has been transformed into his professional obligation to do harm in certain situations. For example, he must either perform abortions or refer to another doctor who will. My understanding is that this requirement will also be in place for prescription of contraceptives, mutilation for sex changes, and also death by euthanasia (which has increasing likelihood of being legalized by the Supreme Court of Canada).
The CPSO Policy
Who would be the author of such horrible confusion? The new policy comes from the regulating College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). The government of Ontario says the CPSO must do more to conform to the Ontario Human Rights Code, the root of the confusion. The Ontario government appoints to the CPSO's governing council 13 to 15 of its 32 to 34 members. These appointees are not doctors and have their terms decided by the provincial government.
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