Role of the State Tag

20 Jun 2019 Gender, politics, and censorship at the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal

Morgane Oger, Vice-President of B.C. NDP and 2017 provincial candidate in Vancouver by John Sikkema There’s a recent Human Rights Tribunal decision in B.C. you should know about. It’s about gender, religion, politics, and censorship. It’s noteworthy for how the Tribunal’s religious worldview is displayed and enforced. The decision is Whatcott v. Oger. You may have heard of Bill Whatcott and his style of public engagement, which, to put it lightly, needs improvement. But for now, let’s focus on the substance of the case – what Whatcott wrote and what the Tribunal decided. The...

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22 May 2019 Do Not Bow Down: What the LSO Bencher Election Teaches Us About Being a “Certain” Christian

Guest blog by Lia Milousis On April 30th, 2019, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), the body that governs lawyers and paralegals in the province, elected a new board. In this election, a group of 22 candidates took a public stand against the LSO’s controversial Statement of Principles (SOP) mandate, which ARPA has written about. The SOP mandates all lawyers licensed in Ontario “to adopt and to abide by a statement of principles acknowledging their obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally, and in their behavior towards colleagues, employees, clients and...

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11 Apr 2019 ARPA Canada presents to Justice Committee as they study online hatred

ARPA's Director of Law & Policy presented to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. The Justice Committee invited ARPA Canada to make submissions on the issue of online hatred. André Schutten was able to cite passages from the Old and New Testament to encourage the government to deal with this pressing issue properly, while also cautioning the government to not overstep its bounds and to make room for other institutions of society to play their part. You can read or listen to André's opening statement below: https://arpacanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Andre.ogg ...

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29 Jun 2016 Disappointing ruling in TWU Ontario case

For immediate release from the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada June 29, 2016 DISCRIMINATION AGAINST CHRISTIAN STUDENTS 'REASONABLE' ACCORDING TO ONTARIO'S TOP COURT OTTAWA – The Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada today, upholding the Law Society's decision to not accredit the Christian university's law school. The Court ruled that the decision of the Law Society to infringe the religious freedom of TWU was reasonable. André Schutten, counsel for the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada expressed disappointment on the court's...

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29 Jun 2016 ARPA’s Written Arguments at the Ontario Court of Appeal for TWU

ARPA Canada was in court June 6-8 as an intervenor for Trinity Western University at the Ontario Court of Appeal. ARPA is currently involved in three separate court interventions in Ontario, BC and Nova Scotia where each of those province's law societies voted against accrediting graduates of Trinity Western University's proposed law school. You can read our written arguments presented before the Ontario Court of Appeal below. Download [400.53 KB] ...

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Dr. Boot speaks in Ottawa on the death of man and the crisis of social order at the Tuesday God & Government banquet

19 May 2016 GG16 Spotlight: Dr. Boot on The death of man and the crisis of social order

Tuesday evening, after a long day of presentations and meetings with members of Parliament, ARPA Dr. Boot speaks in Ottawa on the death of man and the crisis of social order at the Tuesday God & Government banquet delegates were treated to a delectable dinner at the Sheraton hotel. The evening banquet was centred around an address from the Reverend Dr. Joe Boot, senior pastor of the Westminster Chapel in Toronto, founder of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and eminent Christian apologist. Dr. Boot addressed the breakdown of culture stemming from the rejection of God. He began by defining the identity of mankind; they were created and placed in the Garden as image bearers of God, and it is in this lens alone that they find the fullness of their identity. Man can only be understood relative to God, as His creation and His image bearers. Recognizing that he is not God, man ought accept his limitations in this world; however, this is not what we see today. The average man has lost sight of God, and denied any higher ideal than himself. This blindness has become meaninglessness; humanity has become dispensable, depersonalized, and adrift. Dr. Boot quoted lyrics from Sting, where the artist was left only with romance as a way of finding meaning: You could say I lost my faith in science and progress You could say I lost my belief in the holy church You could say I lost my sense of direction You could say all of this and worse but If I ever lose my faith in you There'd be nothing left for me to do  
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Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation speaks to God & Government delegates

18 May 2016 GG16 Spotlight: Taking on Goliath with Jordan Bateman

Does the prospect of swimming against the political tide in Canada intimidate you? Have you ever Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation speaks to God & Government delegates felt like the metaphorical David, armed with little power and few resources, facing the Goliath of secular culture and its many allies? Many attendees at God & Government 2016 have undoubtedly felt like this during at least some point in their political activism. On Wednesday morning, God & Government attendees were privileged and encouraged to hear Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) tell the story of their “David and Goliath” victory over a proposed transit tax in the Vancouver municipality. Translink, Vancouver’s regional transportation authority, receives 1.4B in municipal taxes, and in 2014 they wanted more. Jordan Bateman, in his work with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, had already exposed TransLink as a wasteful organization, documenting their excesses, inefficiencies, and inability manage money; his work had made the TransLink brand toxic. As a result, Premier Christy Clark had declared in her 2013 campaign that a re-elected Liberal government would not allow any new municipal taxes without a referendum.
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28 Apr 2015 The value of the Scriptural testimony engraved on Canada’s Peace Tower

This is the transcript of a speech given at a leadership seminar organized by the National Prayer Breakfast following their main event, the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast. The leadership seminar included four guest speakers and a Q&A period. The value of the Scriptural testimony engraved on Canada’s Peace TowerBy Tim Bloedow I’m here today to speak to you for a few minutes in relation to the booklet gift you received at the breakfast this morning – The Biblical Legacy of Canada’s Parliament Buildings. I don’t know if everybody here attended the breakfast and received a copy of the booklet. If you didn’t, perhaps you can talk to an organizer of the event or myself afterwards. I believe there are a few additional copies available. ChristianGovernance, a worldview and apologetics organization I co-founded a few years ago, published it as we were grappling with the Christian context of the founding of Canada, and as we discovered Bible verses on the Parliament Buildings that nobody else had documented. On that point, we have to acknowledge the help we received from modern technology in the discovery of at least two of the Scripture passages noted in the booklet. How many of you have visited the Memorial Chamber in the Peace Tower? You know, then, how steep the angle is as you look up to enjoy the beauty of the stained glass windows as they rise up above you. It’s difficult to see the details near the top of the window, and often due to cloudy skies or the sun shining through at particular angles, it can be even more difficult. Well, as I recall, we had already prepared what we thought was the final draft of the booklet, when my wife started examining on her computer some pictures we had taken of the stained glass windows, zooming in to review the pictures from top to bottom. By doing this, she noticed some words that we hadn’t seen before.
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21 May 2014 Pray for All in Authority

Pastor David Lipsy, pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Church in Burgesville preached from 1 Timothy 2 and the importance of praying for all those in authority. This message was preached on the Sunday prior to God & Government and calls on each person to commit to praying for those in authority as commanded in the Bible. It is an encouraging and refreshing reminder that we each have a role to play and that God is indeed sovereign over all. You can listen here....

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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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