Justice and Freedom

05 Mar 2014 Civil Disobedience: a principled position statement

The following Position Statement on Civil Disobedience was drafted by Marc Slingerland, principal of Calvin Christian School in Coalhurst, Alberta. He has kindly agreed to let us reproduce it here, for our readers' consideration. Guiding Biblical principles on the issue of Civil Disobedience: 1) Obedience to God's law supersedes subjection to human authority. "We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29). (e.g., the apostles continued preaching after they were told not to by the Sanhedrin.) 2) We owe obedience to civil government, which is also instituted by God....

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12 Jul 2013 New Lesson Plan: Religious Persecution

Note: find a list of lesson plans for high school students and home school families here. Ayman Nabil Labib was a seventeen-year-old high school student in the Upper Egyptian town of Mallawi. Ayman was a Coptic Christian. On October 16, 2011, his Arabic-Language teacher began insulting and harassing the teenager during class. He told Ayman to wipe off the Coptic cross from his wrist. He told his teacher that it was a tattoo, and added that he was also wearing a necklace with a cross. When the teacher heard this,...

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21 May 2013 Toronto casino is dead!

The plans for the new Toronto casino have crumbled in a pretty spectacular way. In a crushing defeat, the Toronto casino was sent to the dustbin of history with a vote of 38-6! What is most impressive about the story is that grassroots Canadians are credited with making it happen. Regular Canadians, worried about the health of families, concerned about the ability of small and mid-size businesses being able to compete with casinos and disgusted by the cruelty of governments making incredible sums of money off of addicts, these Canadians...

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03 May 2013 New Private Member’s Bill Would Place Necessary Checks on Party Power

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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24 Apr 2013 A Huge Win for Democracy: Party Leaders Reigned In

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...

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17 Apr 2013 Casinos cost more than you think Mr. Ford!

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...

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07 Mar 2013 Human rights commissions have had their day

National Post, Jonathan Kay - Would any Canadian government, even at the provincial level, ever have the courage to eliminate the human rights commissions (HRCs) whose judgments have become such a national joke in recent years? If you think the answer is no, consider a precedent: the federal Court Challenges Program (CCP) of Canada.
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