Justice and Freedom

26 Mar 2008 Easter Commentary – Happy Good Friday!

By Tim Bloedow [www.christiangovernment.ca] March 21, 2008 Happy Good Friday! I mean, Happy Easter! Why do Christians wish each other Happy Easter, and not Happy Good Friday? Because we know that Jesus is no longer on the cross. He defeated sin, death and hell. He overcame… He conquered. The question today is, Do we really believe this? Do we really believe that Jesus conquered? Do we really believe that Christ is King? Do we really believe that we live today as vice-regents in this world under King Jesus? Or do we live our lives as though we were sitting at the foot of the cross, looking up at Christ, wondering when He's going to get off the cross? Maybe we've been sitting there so long, we're now wondering IF He's going to get off the cross!?
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19 Feb 2008 Two Political Movies Worth Watching

Its not often that decent movies come out, let alone ones that teach some lessons about engaging in politics Christianly, but they still exist. Recently released on DVD, check out Amazing Grace, the story of William Wilberforce (British Member of Parliament) and the abolition of the slave trade. And for something that came out many years ago, but which still is a great watch, check out Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. This entire movie is available below (high speed connection required) or it can be seen larger on google video....

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01 Feb 2008 Liberal MP Launches Motion to Stop Human Rights Commission Squelching of Free Speech

By Hilary White (from www.lifesitenews.com) OTTAWA, January 31, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A British Columbia Parliamentarian, Keith Martin, has called for the abolition of the clause in the Canadian Human Rights Act that makes it possible for special interest groups to file petty grievance complaints through the Human Rights Commissions. Martin today presented the motion to Parliament in the face of the ongoing scandals of Human Rights Commissions and Tribunals being used to silence journalists, Christian pastors and political writers on a variety of controversial topics. The motion states, "That, in the opinion of the House, subsection 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act should be deleted from the Act." Subsection 13(1) makes it a "discriminatory practice" for individuals or groups to communicate messages that are "likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt". Critics of this section of the Act have long said that the clause creates the precise equivalent of a "thought crime".
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10 Jan 2008 Losing our religion

Why the government’s “neutral stance” hurts Christians and our country by Michael Wagner*            We live in a pluralistic society – we live in a country made up of many different groups that often hold to wildly differing views on the most important matters in life. For example, in the religious realm, Canada and the other developed English-speaking countries contain Christians, Muslims, Hindus, secular humanists, Jewish people, as well as other groups. In order for all these groups to peacefully coexist, it is commonly believed that the government must be “neutral” on religious and moral issues. If the government was to favor the perspective of one group, the other groups would suffer discrimination or even oppression. Thus the existence of a pluralistic society requires the neutrality of the government.
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10 Jan 2008 Restorative Justice: What is it? Why is it better than the justice system we have now?

by Johan D. Tangelder* When Jane Creba was murdered in Toronto on Boxing Day 2005, politicians reacted with their predictable "get tough policy." Politicians seem to feed on the rise of violence in Canada's big cities. They promise to ban all guns, to lock up criminals, slam the prison doors shut and throw away the keys. Aside from kissing babies, visiting kindergartens and bribing the electorate with expensive programs, talking tough on crime is certainly the most popular political pastime. Unfortunately, politicians often offer simple answers to complex problems – and the public is eager to accept them. Even many Christians have joined in the chorus calling for severe punitive treatment of all offenders. But the crisis in the Canadian criminal justice system is serious and tough talk alone won't solve it.
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09 Jan 2008 “It’s Only A Dollar!” Some churches hold Bingos and sell raffle tickets, so can gambling really be wrong?

by Sharon L. Bratcher* “I think we should have a Bingo night to raise money for our community.” “All you spend is $1.00 on a ticket and you could win $1,000,000!” “Our organization is having a raffle to raise money for the handicapped; will you buy a ticket for only $1.00? You might win a 10 speed bicycle!” “I just won $2,000 in the lottery – isn’t that great?” Often we have friends and neighbors and perhaps even relatives who participate in the lottery, raffles, or other types of games of chance. And among secular and some professing Christian groups, games of chance are popular fundraisers because they are a fairly easy way to raise a large amount of money fast.
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28 Dec 2007 TV Interview With Ron Gray About Hate Crimes Charges

Human rights commissions have been on a war path lately. Recently Ron Gray, leader of the Christian Heritage Party, along with the CHP itself are being investigated by the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The party and Mr. Gray are accused of publishing material that is offensive to homosexuals. (For more information about these charges, click here). Mr. Gray and his lawyer did an interview with the Miracle Channel which explains the case and the dangerous road that human rights commissions are going down. Click here to listen to it...

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27 Dec 2007 Are you conscious of your philosophy of life?

By Derek Stoffels Over the last few weeks I have been reading a book called “Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults and Swallow Citizens Whole.” It has been a difficult read but it raises some worthwhile points. The basic thesis of the book is stated provocatively in the title. The author Benjamin Barber asserts that capitalism (read business) has been so consumed with greed that it is destroying democracy. In contrast to that Barber claims that one hundred years ago capitalism and democracy worked well together. At that time capitalism served democracy by reinforcing the values and conduct that are needed for a wise citizenry. In Barber’s words capitalism was “…a needs-serving economic machine,…” Today it is a wants-stimulating economic machine out to profit itself at any cost.
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20 Dec 2007 How Do We Become a Contrast Community?

By Derek Stoffels [This article was originally published in a school newsletter but it applies just as much to our political action] In a recent article in Clarion (vol 56 # 10) I read the report of a Canadian Reformed Teachers Association-West conference which reported that the speaker Mike Goheen said that as Christian parents/educators we educate our children to form a “contrast community”. This was defined as “aim to instill a sense of hope over against despair and consumer satiation, a sense of justice over against economic and ecological injustice, awareness of truth over against pluralism and relativism, and of selfless giving over against a culture or selfishness.” As I read this I thought, “Yes, Mike Goheen is correct about the need to be a contrast community, but wrong to suggest we make that aim our goal”. Setting the contrast community as the goal or aim will, I think, lead to other than the intended results. As I thought more about this statement I recalled two other articles I read recently, one which was apparently from GQ Magazine, the other from the most recent Covenant Canadian Reformed Teacher’s College(CCRTC) Newsletter. These three articles, along with a chapter from Bonhoeffer’s book The Cost of Discipleship, all came together. Hopefully in what follows I show the intersection clearly.
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18 Dec 2007 Report Says Vancouver “Safe Injection” Site a Failure

By Gudrun Schultz  Lifesite NewsVANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 4, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Vancouver safe-injection site for drug addicts has not reached the goals that proponents of the facility claim, according to a new study published Wednesday in the Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice. The controversial Insite facility, the first of its kind in North America, opened as a pilot project over three years ago in Vancouver‘s notorious Downtown Eastside. Heroin or cocaine addicts are provided with clean needles and allowed to inject themselves with their own heroin or cocaine under a nurse’s supervision.
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