Twisted Logic – The BC Human Rights Tribunal and the K of C

March 2nd, 2006 at 4:19pm (Canada, Church & State, Freedom, Same-sex marriage)

[HT: Terry O’Neill at The Shotgun Blog]

The Centre for Cultural Renewal has published their analysis of the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal’s ruling on same-sex marriage as it relates to freedom of religion. In November of 2005 a lesbian couple sought out a Knights of Columbus hall to rent for their wedding. When the K of C refused, they were brought before the Tribunal. The ruling was confusing in that the K of C seemingly were exonerated for turning the lesbian couple down. Yet, at the same time they were fined for not allowing them to rent their hall.

Here’s an important quote that sums up much of this situation:

The harm in the analysis conducted by the Tribunal exists in the risk of forcing persons to act against their religious convictions because someone who does not share that belief concludes that it is not essential.”

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Chinese House Church Raided

March 2nd, 2006 at 9:00am (China, Church & State, Freedom)

A friend of mine just returned from visiting his mother in China for the Chinese new year. When he got back, I was sitting in the kitchen with him and some other Chinese friends talking about his trip. I asked him if he had noticed anything different since he was last there, and he made the comment that there are too many rich people. It was interesting to hear him say that, considering that China has historically been severely communist and only the government has the opportunity to obtain wealth.
What they told me was that there has been a gradual shift in China, from a communist economic system to a more open market. At the same time, the political regime is still communist, which can be seen by their totalitarian control over the people. Religious persecution is still high.

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Interview with David Wells

February 27th, 2006 at 8:54am (Church & State, Western Civ)

 [HT: Between Two Worlds]

 Evangelical (I use the term loosely) publishing house Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., has posted an interview with social critique/philosopher/theologian David Wells.

Here is a good quote:

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The Strand’s Non-Stand

February 24th, 2006 at 4:05pm (Canada, Church & State, Freedom, Islam)

Recently The Strand, a newspaper published by students at Victoria College, University of Toronto, published a cartoon depicting Jesus Christ embracing and kissing Mohammed. Many conservatives have been lauding this as a great act of free speech. Included in this is Adam Daifallah, which I must admit is quite a surprise. I am currently reading an excellent book that he co-authored entitled Rescuing Canada’s Right in which he appears to be highly intelligent and forward thinking when it comes to conservative issues. The Strand’s publishing of this cartoon may be an act of free speech, but it is also an act of cowardice.

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