Multiculturalism

07 Jun 2010 Ayaan Hirsi Alie Talks About Islam in the West and Christianity’s Response

ARPA Note: After reading the interview below, check out some of the resources from the Middle East Reformed Fellowship, an organization that is devoted to bringing Christ to the Middle East. Maclean’s talks to writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali about living under a fatwa: (May 21 2010) - Born Muslim in Somalia, Ayaan Hirsi Ali grew up in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Kenya, fleeing to the Netherlands at the age of 22 to escape an arranged marriage. Ten years later, she was elected to the Dutch parliament. A prominent feminist and...

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02 Jun 2010 Religious faith is the civic oxygen of our social ecology

In yesterday's Globe & Mail, Ray Pennings, Senior Fellow and Director of Research at Cardus, writes a response to Marci McDonald's latest book 'The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada',  echoing earlier remarks that he delivered at an ARPA Canada Parliament Hill event, arguing faith, rather than posing a threat to the country's political process, is in fact the oxygen of civic life. The policy analyst addresses McDonald's anti-theist fear-mongering and appeal to the American concept of the separation of church and state, noting the former Maclean's bureau chief ignores Canada's founding values and denies the important contributions of the country's religious communities to the public good of the nation:
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19 Mar 2010 How to Foster Hatred

By Neil Dykstra (Langley ARPA) Writing for www.noapologies.ca: Nothing fosters hatred more than favoritism, real or perceived. If you have siblings, you’ve probably experienced some measure of this yourself during your childhood. On a larger scale, wars have often erupted over perceived unfair advantages of one identifiable group over another. The caste system in India, apartheid in South Africa, and the Muslim practice of jizya (a tax on unbelievers), are several modern examples of organized discrimination.
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17 Feb 2010 No legal hurdles to Islamic financing, mortgages in Canada, says CMHC report

By Julian Beltrame (CP) – Jan 26, 2010, OTTAWA — Most forms of Islamic financing, including Shariah-compliant mortgages, would pose no legal hurdles if widely offered in Canada, concludes a CMHC report expected Wednesday. The 88-page Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. study notes that Islamic funding instruments are widely available throughout the world, but even in Muslim countries, often comprise a minority share. [Keep reading this story here.] ...

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17 Dec 2009 Submission to Canadian Museum for Human Rights

On December 7, ARPA Canada's Director Mark Penninga met with representatives of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights as they travelled the country to get input on the content and vision for the museum. We discussed a Christian perspective of human rights and the dangers of the contemporary understandings. The museum also requested a follow-up video interview about the Preamble to the Charter of Rights which states that "Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law."...

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12 Nov 2009 God & Government: A Biblical Perspective on the Role of the State

Now available at no cost from www.ARPACanada.ca! In March of 2009, Dr. Cornelis Van Dam made a presentation in Canada's Parliament at an ARPA Canada event for MP's and Senators. The presentation was titled God & Government: A Biblical Perspective on the Role of the State. A booklet with the transcript of the presentation was also prepared and given to many of the MP's who were not able to attend. An e-version of this booklet is now available to ARPA Canada readers at no cost. Click on the attachment...

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09 Nov 2009 Native tribe will petition Ottawa to remove its Indian status

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Nov 9/09: A delegation of the Gitxsan people from northwest British Columbia is set to meet with Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl next month with a groundbreaking proposal: That the 13,000 members of their tribe be allowed to abandon their status as "Indians." The group is willing to relinquish reserves, tax exemptions, Indian Act housing and financial supports in exchange for a share of resources. Unlike most contemporary efforts at treaty-making, it would also abandon the ambition of a separate level of government. [Continue...

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24 Jul 2009 Hutterites need driver’s licence photos: top court

CBC.ca, July 23 2009: The Supreme Court of Canada ruled 4-3 Friday that a Hutterite community in Alberta must abide by provincial rules that make a digital photo mandatory for all new driver's licences as a way to prevent identity theft. The case involved the Hutterian Brethren of Wilson Colony, located east of Lethbridge, Alta. The group had argued a 2003 regulation enacted by the province requiring photographs on the licences breached their charter right to freedom of religion. [Continue reading this article here.]...

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03 Jul 2009 Kingdom Citizens in Secular Canada

A longstanding source of discussion, debate, and controversy has been determining how our Christian faith should translate to our lives as citizens in a secular nation.  In 2005 the Burlington Reformed Study Centre organized a series of lectures on this topic. A transcript was published in the January 6, 2006 issue of Clarion magazine. ARPA Canada has been given permission to include transcripts of these lectures on our website. Here are four of the lectures: 1) Dr. Cornelis VanDam - Kingdom Citizens in Secular Canada 2) Dr....

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02 Jul 2009 85 sharia courts in UK, says report

Gaurdian.co.uk: There are as many as 85 sharia courts operating in Britain, according to a new report. Academic Denis MacEoin, the report's author, said the existence of the courts practising Islamic law could lead to different legal standards being applied to Muslim and non-Muslim citizens. He said many of the courts operate out of mosques and their rulings are closed off to non-Muslims. [Continue reading this article here....

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