Justice and Freedom

19 Jan 2009 President Obama

By Reverend Clarence Bouwman, Pastor: Yarrow Canadian Reformed Church This coming Tuesday the United States of America will receive a new president in the person of Barack Obama.  We understand and notice that whatever happens in the United States greatly affects us in Canada, and so we are greatly interested in what happens south of the line.  To some degree Mr Obama is well known, simply because the media has been full of him ever since he entered the public stage through his quest for the presidency.  On the other hand, there remain so many questions about what makes him tick. 
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18 Dec 2008 The New Moral Order

ARPA Note: This article is strongly recommended because it clarifies the roots of the battle going on in Canada's political and legal realm. It reveals how secularism itself is the new civil religion, whether its admitted or not.By Doublas Farrow (Associate Professor of Christian Thought at McGill University) Catholic Insight Magazine, Nov 2008"I wrote last month in these pages (“Ontario physicians attack Freedom of Conscience”) of a new moral order that “sets no great store by conscience, none by natural law or religion; indeed, it finds the authority of conscience...

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24 Nov 2008 Big News: Report Calls for Repealing of Hate Crimes Section of Canadian Human Rights Act

In a very surprising move, an independent review of the Canadian Human Rights Act has concluded that Section 13 of the Act should be repealed. Section 13 is the now infamous section that pertains to hate speech and has been used by the Human Rights Commission to squelch free speech. This conclusion was a surprise to many because it was paid for by the Human Rights Commission itself and was expected to condone the status quo. Now there is even more reason for the federal government (and provincial governments) to...

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24 Nov 2008 Pastor Boissoin vs. Goliath

by Mark Penninga (first published in Reformed Perspective Magazine, July/Aug 2008) Most of us know the Biblical story of David and Goliath very well. It is a story of courage, strength, and justice. Most of all, it is a story of how God used David, a shepherd boy, to defeat the giant Goliath. We are in our own David and Goliath situation today with Christians throughout the country being stomped on by Canada’s human rights commissions (HRC’s). Alberta Pastor Stephen Boissoin is one example – and his story needs to be told. His ordeal with the Alberta HRC forces us to question how we will respond. Are we going to be like the men of Israel who shook in their boots whenever Goliath came out to challenge them? Even worse, will we just shrug our shoulders and not care? Or will we be like David, who courageously fought back with the Lord’s strength because he realized it was God’s Name that was being dishonoured?
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05 Nov 2008 Looking for a Saviour in all the Wrong Places

  By Mark Penninga (www.ARPACanada.ca) The United States has a new president. Obamamania has swept the nation. Tears of joy covered the faces of many in the crowds who celebrated when Barack Hussein Obama won the election. The mainstream media was in a frenzy - finally a politician that they can embrace and rejoice in! This is the beginning of a new era of hope and change and freedom. Or is it? How can one man change history and bring hope? Obama's campaign was built on the slogan "CHANGE We Can Believe In." But we know that the Bible says that One man has already come to bring hope and freedom. Jesus Christ solved humanity's real problem - sin. He could only do so because he was God Incarnate. Sin was and always will be the ultimate problem that we face both individually and as a nation. It manifests itself in many forms: greed (think of the massive personal debts that plague the economy), selfishness (think of the culture of rights that has swallowed up much of our legal system), lust (the objectification of women or the demand for more toys) are but a few examples. These are ultimately spiritual, not political, problems.
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04 Nov 2008 Chuck Colson’s Message to the New President (Also Applicable to Canada’s New Government)

The Solzhenitsyn Challenge, By Chuck Colson: 11/4/2008By the end of the day, we’ll know who our next President and Congress will be. My message today is directed at whoever wins. I want to echo the prophetic address Soviet dissident Alexandr Solzhenitsyn gave 30 years ago at Harvard. On that sunny June day, Solzhenitsyn warned that the West was losing its moral foundation.“The Western world has lost its civic courage,” Solzhenitsyn said. And, to the outrage of his audience, Solzhenitsyn added: “Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the...

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27 Aug 2008 Do We Want it Both Ways?

An ARPA Canada Thought Provoker In his editorial "Religious Free-Speechers Try to Have it Both Ways" that appeared recently in the Calgary Herald, Rob Breakenridge tries to argue that conservative Christians are being inconsistent in our political action. On the one hand, we decry human rights commission for clamping down on free speech in cases like that of Pastor Boissoin or Ezra Levant. But on the other hand we urge restrictions on media that we find morally offensive, such as the CRTC's recent approval of a "Canadian" pornographic channel. Is Breakenridge right? Are we all for liberty for ourselves but OK with restrictions when it comes to others? If we believe that our political action flows from our Biblical wordview, we better be consistent. Christian author and long-time political activist Tim Bloedow has prepared this response to Breakenridge's article:
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22 Aug 2008 Preparing for a New Round of Legal Action, Kempling Seeks Financial Aid

Update - This article is no longer current as the charges have been dropped and Chris Kempling no longer needs financial assistance. Click here for details. By ARPA Canada (www.arpacanada.ca) Dr. Chris Kempling, the BC school teacher and counselor who has been facing ongoing discipline for the public expression of his Christian faith, needs financial support for what is shaping up to be a whole new round of legal action. This is a result of more charges this year from the BC College of Teachers (BCCT) which seems to be upset that Kempling has not learned from previous disciplinary action against him and continues to engage in political action as a Christian.Kempling’s name is already widely known in this country. His previous legal battles go back to 2002 when the BCCT found him guilty of “conduct unbecoming a member” because he wrote letters to the editor of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer that were critical of a pro-homosexual program being promoted in the public schools.
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22 Aug 2008 Incorporating Both Grace and Truth in Our Political Action

By Mark Penninga "We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." – John 1:14 Occasionally we come across a book that really challenges our thinking and impacts us for years to come. This happened to me a few years ago when I was introduced to Randy Alcorn’s book “The Grace and Truth Paradox.” This short read examines what Christian character, modeled after Christ, should look like. Its implications are staggering. To manifest both grace and truth perfectly is unknown in our world of sin. As Alcorn explains in his summary of the book “Grace and truth found their perfect union in Christ, but the rest of us tend to gravitate toward one or the other. Truth without grace breeds self-righteousness and legalism. Grace without truth breeds deception and moral compromise. The key to true Christian spirituality is to integrate these two qualities into life, imitating the character of Christ.”
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07 Aug 2008 Two Years and $100,000 Later: Ezra Levant Complaint Dismissed by Human Rights Commission

By John Jalsevac August 7, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - After a drawn out legal battle spanning some two years, and $100,000 in legal fees later, the Alberta Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has dismissed the second of two complaints filed against Canadian publisher Ezra Levant and the now-defunct Western Standard magazine. The complaint, filed by the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities (ECMC), alleged that Levant and the Western Standard were guilty of illegal "discrimination" for republishing the Danish cartoons of Mohammed in 2006. Another similar complaint against Levant and the magazine, filed by a Muslim Imam, Syed Soharwardy, was dropped earlier this year at Soharwardy's request.
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