Lighthouse News: a biweekly newscast from ARPA Canada, featuring host Al Siebring.
Local ARPA groups:join us in Ottawa on May 6 and 7 for meetings with MPs, a presentation to MPs and Senators about Restorative Justice, and a conference. The March for Life is the next day (May 8).
Yesterday, BC voters gave the BC Liberal party and Premier Christy Clark the privilege and mandate of serving another term in government. This came as a huge upset, as the sense on the ground and among polls for the past two years has been that the NDP would sweep the province and take over the government again. Romans 13 states that it is God, and God alone, who gives us our authorities and governments. He decides who will lead our provinces and nations. We see this clearly when the outcome of an election is so different than what was expected. But it is something we should always testify to in the way that we show respect to those whom God puts in these positions. Increasingly we live in a culture of disrespect for all politicians. We see this among Christians as well. Yet the most central command that the Bible gives to us concerning our civil authorities is to honour, respect, and pray for them. May the Lord bless BC's new government, and may we stand alongside these new leaders with help, submission, and respect.
BC ARPA groups plan to go to Victoria this fall to meet with our new MLAs. Please get plugged in with your local group to help out and join us.
Wake up preachers of this nation, Let the voice of God be heard!
Preach the gospel of salvation, Lead the people with His Word,
We are without guidance, straying, Men combined have lost their way
Teach us, for His goodness praying, Guide them Lord in what they say.
Man is headed for perdition, When insisting on his rights,
We are dead in our condition, Counter to His Truth's delights.
May all ears to Truth be opened, Come, reside within our heart.
May we all place trust and hope in; May His Spirit never depart.
Update: Click here for full coverage of the service, from LifeSiteNews.com.
It's only the second year where ARPA and Jubilee church in Ottawa have co-hosted a Reformed prayer service before the March for Life and we saw a packed church with standing room only. The service was held at First Baptist Church in downtown Ottawa. From there everyone went to Parliament Hill for the speeches and March. It is so good to see so many people turn their hearts to God in supplication, before taking to the streets.
Dead babies matter more than living babies? The curious case of the dead baby on the balcony delivers a judgment that reveals our government is more intent on protecting dead babies than living ones.
A Supreme Court of Canada commentary by ARPA's legal counsel, André Schutten - On Friday May 3, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the R. v. Levkovic case (click here for our initial and more detailed report). Ms. Levkovic was charged under section 243 of the Criminal Code with improper disposal of a child, whether the child had died before, during or after birth. Her lawyer argued that the law was vague: how far before birth is the court willing to go? Since it's not clear in the law how long before birth this law applied, the lawyer argued any baby who dies before birth and is subsequently disposed of should be exempt from this provision.
As reported earlier, the Supreme Court had struggled during oral arguments with the whole issue of semantics surrounding preborn life: what do we call... "it"? One judge called the preborn child a "thing", another just referred to the subject as an "it" and the Chief Justice preferred the term "being" (but not human being!)
If there remains any doubt about whether the entire Manitoba education system is under attack, consider this recent story from the Winnipeg Free Press: "The union leadership representing Manitoba's 15,000 public school teachers wants all provincial education curricula to reflect sexual orientation and gender-identity issues. A resolution to go before the annual general meeting of the Manitoba Teachers' Society May 23 to 25 would call on the Department of Education to 'ensure that same-sex families and LBGTTQ (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, two-spirited, queer) people and themes are reflected in all curricula.' All Manitoba schools, regardless of whether they are public or private, must follow provincial curricula."
By Lennart DeVisser (www.ARPACanada.ca): Is Canada's Parliament still democratic? Recent events make this question hard to answer with confidence. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is one of many who are appalled by the abuse of power by party leaders. With her new Private Member's Bill, she is doing something to change this.
At a press conference yesterday, Ms. May explained why she is pushing for an amendment to the Canada Elections Act. An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act aims at putting power back into the hands of MPs and their constituents. She is motivated by what she calls "the noxious effect of party discipline on our democracy."
This proposed amendment would require candidates running for seats in Parliament to be endorsed by members of their political party's electoral district association.
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ARPA-inspired billboards have been popping up across Canada over the past year. We have seen one design, featuring our WeNeedaLAW.ca campaign, reproduced well over a 20 times already! We challenge our readers to create new designs for billboards, which can then be used by ARPA groups, our campaigns, and other organizations to make a testimony across our land.
This morning, the ARPA Oxford group erected a large and impressive memorial commemorating the 100,000 preborn children lost to abortion in the last year. The impressive display is strategically located where lots of traffic in Oxford county will see it as they pass by. Following a very successful campaign in 2012, this memorial is the first of 2013, kicking off another season of public witness by local ARPA groups across the country.
We expect to see more of this large, attention-grabbing visual testimony to the numbers of children lost to abortion every year in Canada. These memorials are incredibly effective in raising awareness about what TheTRUTHis.ca on this issue: the lack of a law, the high numbers, the reality of the humanity of the preborn child. Congratulations to ARPA Oxford for a well constructed display, and we look forward to seeing many more across the province and country this season!
ARPA note: This decision by the House of Commons Speaker is critical to the health of Canadian democracy. The NDP and Conservative parties in particular have been squashing our MP's ability to speak on behalf of their conscience and their constituents. We thank the Lord that he turned a disappointment (the muzzling of Warawa) into a huge and lasting win.
Globe and Mail, April 24 2013: In a ruling that challenges the centralized discipline of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, the man who presides over the House of Commons is inviting MPs to slip the yoke of party discipline when it comes to who says what in the chamber. Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer, in his first major decision since being elected to the post nearly two years ago, told Members of Parliament on Tuesday they need not feel constrained by caucus lists that dictate who can deliver 60-second statements or, for that matter, who can ask questions in Question Period. The decision loosens the leash on MPs, particularly Tories, who have chafed at party control. It offers the potential to change how the Commons functions – leaving party whips to merely co-ordinate, rather than control, their backbenchers. Read the whole article here.
I wanted you to be among the first to know my decision about Motion 408 because your support has meant so much to me. We have already achieved so much, and yet there is still so much for us to do.
When I made my decision to introduce Motion-408, my goal was to raise awareness that sex selection is happening in Canada. Canadians have responded to our efforts by supporting Motion 408 through thousands of letters, phone calls and petitions. Many of you as individuals and as organizations have been integral to this effort.
This week, ARPA Canada sent a letter to Toronto's Mayor Rob Ford and the 44 councillors urging them to reconsider the Mayor's position on building a casino in the downtown core. Mr. Ford is on record as advocating for the casino as a financial saviour of the city. Sadly, he has dismissed outright many of the social scientific evidence that demonstrates the incredible costs to the city in law enforcement and lost revenue for small and mid-size business as well as the heavy toll on addiction services and the losses to familes and employers because of gambling addictions. Thankfully many of the councillors have been receptive to our position. Check out our letter attached, and consider sending a note to Mr. Ford encouraging him to rethink his position.
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