- Created on Monday, 26 May 2014 14:11
In response to this story about Meriam Ibrahim, Mr. Blokhuis was inspired to pen the following poem.
(Read the signs of the times)
When your head's placed in a noose,
Does it matter tight or loose?
Would it's texture hold you back,
When placed on that torturous rack?
Tell, would forty lashes hurt,
Less, with, or without your shirt?
Would it merely hurt your pride,
With a knife pierced through throat's side?
- Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 11:50
Pastor David Lipsy, pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Church in Burgesville preached from 1 Timothy 2 and the importance of praying for all those in authority. This message was preached on the Sunday prior to God & Government and calls on each person to commit to praying for those in authority as commanded in the Bible. It is an encouraging and refreshing reminder that we each have a role to play and that God is indeed sovereign over all.
You can listen here.
- Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:14
Mark Penninga, Vancouver Sun, May 20 2014: Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau announced last week, just before the National March for Life, that candidates for the next election for the Liberal Party will be required to be pro-abortion. This is clearly discriminatory. It excludes at least half of the population that for religious or other reasons does not support the status quo of zero restrictions on abortion.
I joined the thousands of Canadians who marched for Life in Ottawa on Thursday. Many of those who are pro-life are Christians. There was clearly a strong contingent of Roman Catholics, traditionally strong supporters of the Liberal Party. Another sector included evangelical and Reformed Christians.
This new Liberal policy therefore is indirect discrimination against some Christians. I have seen almost nothing from lawyers denouncing this discrimination. On the other hand, lawyers and human rights activists have lined up to denounce Trinity Western University. At TWU, students must sign a community covenant document wherein they agree to abstain from sexual intimacy outside marriage, which the university defines as being between a man and a woman.
TWU does this to stay true to its Christian basis. Outspoken lawyers have argued that because their professional codes of conduct requires non-discrimination, TWU should not be approved.
May I respectfully point out this reasoning may well apply to members of the Liberal Party. Keep reading
- Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:04
Updated July 29, 2014: see postscript
Under the title of "the Granddaddy of Government Scandals," FreeThePressCanada has made the effort to connect ARPA Canada to Canada's Federal government. ARPA is cited a whopping 95 times in this report, all in an effort to uncover this "scandal" of Christians using their democratic freedom to communicate their views with their government officials. Unfortunately, the author didn't take the time to fact-check, nor even give us the courtesy of a phone call to clear up her big questions and allegations. If she had, it might have made for a rather boring report. Here are just a few corrections to the many factual errors in the report:
- Created on Friday, 16 May 2014 11:09
A euthanasia doctor in Belgium, apparently blind to the sick and twisted nature of his plan, has announced a euthanasia seminar and tour in Auschwitz. To hold a seminar on euthanasia in an extermination camp where the idea of 'lives not worth living' took its most extreme form, is strange, to say the very least. As our friends at ProWomanProLife suggest, this seems to be a peculiar application of Godwin's Law. Thanks to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition for publishing this story. Read it here.
- Created on Thursday, 15 May 2014 08:46
Special report by ARPA intern Mark Luimes
If there is one phrase I've heard more often than others at the various political and motivational events I've attended since moving to Ottawa, it is that "youth are the future leaders of our society". It's true, and it has the been the driving motive behind student engagement events like the "I vote/Je vote" campaign at uOttawa, pro-life club training events like the NCLN Symposium, and events like the one I was able to attend this past week, the National Student Forum.
The National Student Forum is a two-day event that takes place before the National Prayer Breakfast. It is intended for young Christians who are interested in learning more about what it is like to be a Christian leader in politics. The Forum is packed full of interesting and practical talks given by Members of Parliament, Senators, Parliamentary staffers, and others who have valuable experience to share. This year's forum was coordinated, hosted and moderated by the exceptionally talented and experienced Daniel Gilman, a staffer of six years and a well-known face among Christian political activists in Ottawa; his presence was an invaluable and entertaining part of the forum.
- Created on Thursday, 15 May 2014 08:20
Special report by ARPA Canada intern Mark Luimes
If you ask most Canadians what they think about parliamentary procedure, they will typically recall question period - the energetic, overly partisan war of words that is publicly televised on CPAC (Cable Public Affairs Channel). Many will come away from question period unimpressed with the seeming inability of MPs to give straight answers or engage in meaningful debate on government issues.
What most people don't realize, however, is that question period provides a poor picture of the life and work of our parliamentarians. In reality, a significant part of the real work is done in small, multi-partisan committees, characterized by higher levels of co-operation, decorum, and policy analysis than what is typically displayed in question period.
- Created on Monday, 21 April 2014 17:44
“God” and “government”. In today’s society, it’s rare to even hear those words in the same sentence. But on Lighthouse News this week, we take a comprehensive look back at the “God and Government” event that took place in Ottawa earlier this month.
Interviews with Mark Penninga and Mike Schouten, and a feature-length recording of a speech given to MP’s, Senators, and other event participants on the issue of “Restorative Justice”.
- Created on Friday, 09 May 2014 15:54
ARPA's Infiltrate Parliament – Promoting Life, Faith, and Justice
(More pictures to come) Parliament Hill was abuzz with close to 70 representatives of ARPA chapters from across the nation who gathered last week and sat down with approximately 50 Members of Parliament and Senators to discuss issues close to our hearts. This was part of three days of other activities that included an evening reception for MPs by Dr. John Smith (pictured on right), strategy and training sessions for the ARPA chapters, a speech to the ARPA groups from cabinet minister Jason Kenney, as well as the March for Life and Reformed Prayer Service.
Day 1: Parliament Hill
In the weeks and months prior, the ARPA chapters booked meetings with government officials who are from their area or who are responsible for an issue that they wanted to address. We were able to meet with Conservative, Liberal, NDP, and Green MPs from a wide variety of worldviews and talk in depth about prostitution, palliative care, abortion, and a sports betting bill that was pushed through the House of Commons largely unnoticed and is in the Senate right now.
We were able to pray with many of the MPs and express our appreciation for their service, while also sharing our concerns about the direction our country is taking on some of these matters. The sheer number of ARPA reps on the Hill did not go unnoticed – even MPs who we did not meet with commented on this. As always, the MPs were encouraged to see ordinary Canadians make the effort to put their work and tasks aside to come to Ottawa and meet with them.
- Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:23
The pressure continues for our Parliament to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia. While the push to legalize it through the back door in Québec has stalled, it most likely will be a battle that picks up again very soon. You can read about the battle in that province here. And while the battle in the provincial legislature in Québec raged, the battle for legalizing euthanasia through the courts continues as well, with another appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. And in the federal Parliament, there continue to be calls for legalizing euthanasia, with yet another pair of bills attempting to legalize physician-assisted suicide. So, on three fronts (provincial government, federal government, and in the courts) the battle for life rages. What are we to do?
One thing (among many) that we can do is support a new NDP motion on palliative care. Canada needs a national strategy for palliative care. In contrast to a push for legalized euthanasia, Mr. Charlie Angus wants to shift the discussion to how to improve end of life care. With M-456, Mr. Angus has changed the nature of the debate, taking the focus away from terminating people who are suffering, and instead focusing on ways to terminate the suffering in people. Read more...
- Created on Monday, 21 April 2014 17:44
Does Canada need a truly national strategy for palliative care? One New Democrat MP thinks so. In contrast to a push for legalized euthanasia, Charlie Angus wants a discussion on how to improve end of life care. This week, we have a feature length interview with Mr. Angus about a motion he’s sponsoring on this issue.
Also on the program, an open letter to the Premier of New Brunswick, urging the government there not to bow to pressure to fund the private Morgentaler abortion clinic in Fredericton. The clinic is set to close at the end of July, mainly for economic reasons, and pro-abortion groups are ramping up the pressure to have taxpayers fund the operation.
We also have an update on a motion in Parliament to expressly recognize the dignity of every human being, a sound bite of the most expressly Christian tribute given in Parliament to the late Jim Flaherty (you might be surprised at where it came from), and we detail another attempt to smear Christian education – this time in Alberta. The program references a rebuttal on the issue by Ray Pennings, which you can find in full here.
- Created on Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:02
Students at Neerlandia Covenant Canadian Reformed School, under the direction of Jacqueline Hamoen, recently held a fundraiser in support of the Crisis Pregnancy Care Centre in Edmonton. This was the first step to start an ARPA School Club there. We look forward to seeing what else these students will do! A big thank you to Jacqueline and the students: Tristan J, Jewel, Olivia, Ally, Mason, and Tristin VL for their hard work on this. See pictures of their experience and the write-up that was in their school newsletter, below.
Last week I had the privilege of taking 6 students to the Pregnancy Care Centre. A BIG THANK YOU goes to the grade six class who raised over $300 from a bake sale. All proceeds raised were used to buy much needed products for the Crisis Pregnancy Care Centre in Edmonton. THANK YOU to all those who gave donations to Tristan J for this great event. He was a big part of this trip. Upon arriving there the students received a bit of a tour with an explanation of how they help those in need. I think the biggest shock to them was the fact that this place was a house instead of a large building. When asked what their first impression was, most replied, “It’s a house and it looks very comfortable”. They were all excited that they could raise so many items for such a cause. The Pregnancy Care Centre welcomed these gifts with big smiles and thankfulness.
- Jacqueline Hamoen
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- Mr. Jim Flaherty has died
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- March for Life 2014
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- Assisted Suicide Bill Coming to Parliament - But a Vote is Unlikely
- ARPA makes submission to the Law Society of Upper Canada
- Reflections on the Loyola hearing by Cardus' Ray Pennings
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- Loyola now at the Supreme Court
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