Justice and Freedom

26 Sep 2012 Latest Publication: Freedom & Liberty

This week, ARPA Canada sent its latest submission to all Members of Parliament and Senators on the issue of Freedom and Liberty. This policy report tackles the very broad issue of what it means to be free, where this freedom comes from and from whom we need freedom. It clarifies what the role of the State is and ends with a number of recommendations for policy. Get your free e-copy by clicking on the PDF below or pick up a hard copy at one of the ARPA events this fall....

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09 Jul 2012 Canada Day Sermon: God Surrounds His People

{s5_mp3}http://www.arpacanada.ca/attachments/1601_slaa.mp3{/s5_mp3} Note: You can find another Canada Day sermon, in text (not MP3) by Rev. G. Nederveen here. On July 1st, 2012 Pastor James Slaa of the Canadian Reformed Church in Smithers BC delivered a very relevant sermon on Psalm 139:8-10, a text found in the Memorial Chamber of Canada's Parliament buildings. "If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there you...

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09 Jul 2012 Canada Day Sermon – Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord

On Canada Day, Rev. G. Nederveen preached a sermon on Psalm 33:12a which is very applicable for all Canadian Christians, especially as it relates to our engagement with our government and society. Here follows the text, reproduced with permission from the pastor: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord - Psalm 33:12a  Today is Canada Day. Our country is celebrating its 145th birthday as a nation. And that calls for celebration. When we celebrate an event we usually reflect upon what we have received and achieved. For Christians it is always a time in which we focus upon the blessings of the Lord.  Now in terms of age, Canada's 145 years is but a drop in the bucket compared to other nations. The Chinese culture is at least 30 times older. And when we go back to biblical times then we hear about nations and cultures that are older still.
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18 Jun 2012 Child Sacrifice

by Cornelis Van Dam (first published in Clarion, Volume 61 No. 12, June 8, 2012)In the world of ancient Israel, child sacrifice was a reality in pagan religion. So much so that God warned his people to have nothing to do with the practice even before they entered the Promised Land (Lev 18:21; 20:2-5). "Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire!" (Deut 18:10). This horrific practice did however take place in Israel in both the northern and southern kingdoms. It was also part of the reason why God sent his people into exile (2 Kings 16:3; 17:17; 21:6; Ezek 16:20-21). While we today can recoil at the thought of taking your own offspring and laying them on the altar of a pagan god such as Molech, the question can be raised whether the danger and temptation to commit child sacrifice is not becoming stronger as our society drifts from its Christian moorings. Children today are also being sacrificed to idols of one's own making.
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04 Jun 2012 The highest law of the land?

By Anthony Furey Anthony Furey , Ottawa Sun, June 2 2012 : While I was appearing on Sun News last week, Brian Lilley tossed a quote up on the screen from Hall. What she was commenting on doesn’t matter, but how she introduced her statement certainly does: “Ontario’s Human Rights Code is, in a sense, Ontario’s highest law.” Really? Let’s do a little syllogism here: OHRC-related legislation is the highest in the land; Barbara Hall is the head of the OHRC; therefore Barbara Hall is the highest authority in Ontario.
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28 May 2012 The Fundamental Human Right to Wear Hiking Boots Anywhere

It seems that the Human Rights Tribunal in B.C. feels that a ban on wearing hiking boots in a gym is an insult to personal dignity worth $1,900 in damages against any gym that would dare to enforce such a rule. 1. 2. very clear guidelines were already established before this patron became a patron which stated that those who use the gym must abide by the dress code of the gym, and if you don't like it, they should take their business elsewhere;
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