Poverty - What Does It Look Like?

June 14, 2015

My parents, each born in the 1920’s were raised on farms where they did have the basic food essentials of whole milk, potatoes, eggs and vegetables and some meat but rarely tasted sugar, oranges or bananas.  There was no television or internet and ipads were something you placed over an injured eye.  They each attended a one room school house where they learned how to read and write and do basic math and completed their school education at grade 8.  A very simple and basic  yet fulfilling life.

I recently reviewed an elementary reader of my grandfather’s and I dare say that the vocabulary of that book exceeds university textbooks of today.  2 plus 2 equalled 4 back in those days prior to the age of political correctness and if you were offended by that it just didn’t matter – truth prevailed.

 
Redhead Ducks and Christian Children

 

I was listening to CBC radio on 99.1 FM yesterday as I often do on Saturdays.  Not that I agree with the views they espouse, but more so because I like to hear how the world thinks in order that I may better understand the culture and perhaps better address it in a language or framework they relate to.

On a show called ‘Quirks and Quarks’ was a man discussing a recent study he had undertaken regarding Redhead ducks.  He explained that this duck species not only lay their eggs in their own nests but also in the nests of other Redheads and as well in nests of other duck species.  In this example, he named the Canvass-Back duck as the alternative species.

 
The Stones Will Cry Out

The Stones Will Cry Out

In April of 2011, CBC conducted a poll regarding the Canadian national anthem, O’ Canada.  The poll asked Canadians if they would support replacing ‘God keep our land glorious and free’ with a line that would not make reference to God.  It is not clear exactly what prompted the poll or what CBC anticipated the response would look like, however, the result it seems did catch them off guard when 86% of respondents objected to changing the anthem.  Now bear in mind, this poll was not taken at a church conference, it was taken from a cross-section of CBC followers who tend to be more liberal-minded than the general population.

 
Imagine

March 26, 2015

Imagine

Recently, following a church service, the song ‘I Can Only Imagine’ was playing over the sound system. This song is the writer’s thoughts of Heaven; what it will be like and what he might do when he arrives there. Not only was this song popular in church circles, it also had significant air time on secular radio; it seems that those of the secular worldview like to imagine themselves entering heaven as well one day.

As this song ended, a congregant inquired of me if I recalled the song ‘Imagine’. I replied that I did and that it was written and performed by the late John Lennon.  However, Lennon’s song was distinctly different, perhaps opposite. The first verse reads as:

Imagine there’s no Heaven

It’s easy if you try

No Hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people

Living for today

Here Lennon, rather than face reality, chooses to imagine that there is no Heaven, no Hell; just people living for today. His belief system or worldview is viewed through the lens of naturalism, which at its foundation is the concept that nature is all there is, all life forms and everything is the result of nature; all mother nature, no father God. Typically, naturalists are also utopianists in that they believe human nature is good at its root and that the casting off of traditional behavioural boundaries and putting in place the right social and economic structures will bring out the good nature of mankind thus resulting in harmony and world-wide peace.

 
What if Everybody Lived This Way

March 1, 2014

 

What if everybody lived this way?

What if every mother killed her children?

What if all men married men?

What if all women married women?

What if lying was considered equal to telling the truth?

What if there really was no God?

 
Teaching Children Diversity Doesn’t Limit Rights of Others

The article below is a response letter to the editor of November, 2010.

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Dear Editor

The writer here clearly states his view that regardless of a person’s feelings with respect to sexuality, they are not evil and deserve respect and protection.  I understand that view while not supporting it in its entirety.  It is true that all people are of equal value in the sight of God based on their personhood including the unborn, the infirm and the aged, however, I do not support today’s utopian definition of diversity/equity which has at its core that all worldviews, lifestyles and behaviours are equally moral and valid.

 
1 in 5 HIV Positive

When Statistical Preciseness Conflicts with Political Correctness

In this age of political correctness one must be cautious, not only about what is being said, but more so about what is not being said. Sadly, political correctness can be used to cover for behaviours and\or lifestyles which are statistically problematic. Yet, those who understand the implications of the statistics are deemed by the politically correct crowd as having a form of mental illness known as phobia - an irrational fear. In particular, this is true when dealing with the statistics surrounding the group known as MSM, men who have sex with men.

The politically correct preach that the MSM group are to be embraced and celebrated and that they should be made heroes of in children’s school studies, not simply because they accomplished something worth noting, but because they were among the MSM group. Society must hold parades, fly flags over City Halls and pay homage to such heroes during Gay Pride Week. We must be proud of such conduct in order to prove that we truly are part of a culture celebrating diversity and unconditional acceptance because this is the sign of a true loving humanist; it is all good! But what do statistics say? Is embracing the MSM crowd in their MSM conduct a loving act? Not according to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).

 
Principle or Preference

November 11, 2013

Prepared by Jim Enos

(Some of the ideas expressed in this article in part are from a sermon presented by Dr. Charles Stanley.)

 

Principle or Preference

How an individual makes decisions is important to understand as our decisions often affect not only ourselves, but others as well. This is even more impacting when we consider how governing bodies make their decisions be it a municipality or a nation.

On what basis or foundation do we make our decisions, Principle or Preference?

 
Re-Thinking Abortion

For so many of us family, schools, media and peers shape our basis of thought.

Have you ever thought about abortion?

Should a woman have the right to take the life of the unborn child?

Should abortion be legal in Canada?

Are you willing to watch and listen to the video at the link below?

http://www.180movie.com

After viewing the video please send us your thoughts.

 
Is Abortion a Legal Right in Canada

(The article below was prepared by Life Canada)

Abortion was illegal in Canada until 1969 when the Canadian Parliament passed a law that allowed abortion in certain circumstances to protect the “health” of the mother—the word “health” was not defined or limited. Then-Justice Minister Pierre Trudeau introduced a bill to amend Section 251 of the Criminal Code of Canada, which provided for abortions where the health of the woman was deemed at risk by a therapeutic abortion committee consisting of three doctors. Under the amendment abortions could only be performed in accredited hospitals by licensed physicians. All other abortions were still subject to the Criminal Code sanctions. Abortion remained in the criminal Code as a criminal offence outside of the proscribed circumstances.

In January 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada, in a case brought by Henry Morgentaler challenging the law, struck down Section 251 of the Criminal Code on procedural grounds. It found that the law was not applied equally across the country thereby violating the security of the person guarantee in Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Not all hospitals had established therapeutic abortion committees. Some had committees that simply approved any requests and others were far stricter. The court did agree that the state had a legitimate interest in protecting the fetus, referring to such an interest as a “perfectly valid legislative objective,” and invited parliament to draft another law restricting abortion.

 

 
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