Unsanitized China

March 6th, 2006 at 3:37pm (China, Freedom)

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[HT: The Shotgun]

No, I’m not talking about Chinese markets with raw meat hanging in a window, unless you’re talking about their the market with the corpse of freedom for sale. I’m talking about a clean look at the dirty politics of Chinese communism. The infamous Ezra Levant has published a column on the riots in China (no cartoons involved) that a commie-loving western media doesn’t want on your screen. Good night and good luck? Hey Cloonie, try Wen Jiabao on for size. The Chinese comrades would make for a good flick, don’t expect it to get you an Oscar® nod though.

Thanks Ezra for stepping up for Freedom. Google won’t do it, so someone has to.

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“Islam Must Re-examine Their Holy Books”

March 6th, 2006 at 9:45am (Freedom, Islam, Western Civ)

My friend Dan commented on an earlier post and sent me this link to an interview from The Middle East Media Research Institute. The people involved in the interview I’m not familiar with, but the Arabic lady definitely has something to say. She explains that the west’s confrontation with Islam is not a clash of civilizations, rather it is a clash of freedom vs. oppression; progressive civilization vs. the Middle Ages; etc.

Her most important piece of advice is the call to examine Islamic holy books that clearly spell the desire for war against the “infidel.”

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Manifesto: Together Facing A New Totalitarianism

March 3rd, 2006 at 9:57am (Freedom, Islam, Western Civ)

[HT: Andrew Sullivan

The infamous magazine, Jyllands-Posten, that published cartoons of Mohammad that sent the Islamic world into a “Cartoon Jihad” has now published a manifesto slamming Islamism. It’s utterly brilliant.

The sub-headline says it all:

After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.

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Albertanicus – More Equal Than Thou

March 3rd, 2006 at 9:26am (Canada, Freedom)

The mighty Albertanicus has posted his scathing opinion of the current debate over health-care. It’s worth reading just for the rhetoric as well as the dead-on insight he conveys.

Here’s a good one:

And so the culture of entitlement continues to permeate Canadian culture in ironic, though subversive ways.  it is evident in the blind denunciations of shorter wait times and quicker healing.  Yet it prefers  the entitlement of  “equal futility” and “equal pain”. 

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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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Same-Sex Marriage in Canada – A Lesson in Statist History

March 1st, 2006 at 9:10am (Books, Canada, Freedom, Same-sex marriage, Western Civ)

In the excellent book Divorcing Marriage: Unveiling the Dangers in Canada’s New Social Experiment (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004) edited by Daniel Cere and Douglas Farrow, Canadians are given an opportunity to evaluate the issue of same-sex marriage from an objective and scholarly perspective. Eleven scholars come together in this one volume to offer their analysis from their respective areas of specialization.

Over the course of time I may try to summarise and evaluate the various essays in this book with the hope of disseminating the information they provide as well as offering some thoughts of my own.

Of particular interest to me today is the essay written by one of the editors, Daniel Cere, entitled “War of the Ring.” Cere provides a historical survey of Canadian politics related to same-sex marriage, going back only a few years to 1999 when the federal parliament reaffirmed the traditional definition of marriage. How far we have come in only a few years! Cere catalogues the main events that took place showing how we got to where we are today. I must tell you, it has been a frightening ride, especially for one like myself who is horrified by statism and government interventionism. I enjoy my democratic freedom as a Canadian, and to read the events that gave legal status to same-sex marriage in Canada is nothing but scary. Canadian rights and opinions have been left in the lurch in favour of the opinions of elitist politicians and judges who act as though they are a law unto themselves. Cere also offers a philosophical analysis of this change in marriage, poking at the presuppositions that lie behind this burning desire to push same-sex legislation through – at the cost of freedom.

Daniel Cere writes as one who knows the issues involved, and so he should, as he is the director of the Institute for the Study of Marriage, Law and Culture in Montreal.

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The Windsor Liberty Seminar

February 28th, 2006 at 2:23pm (Canada, Freedom)

Windsor Liberty Seminar

I will be attending (DV) the Windsor Liberty Seminar in about two weeks time. It will be held on Saturday, March 11th, 2006 at the University of Windsor (Katzman Lounge). It is hosted by The Freedom Project and The Institute for Humane Studies.

Speakers will include: Dr. Steven Horowitz, Prof. of Economics at St. Lawrence University; Dr. Lydia Miljan, Prof. of Poli-Sci at the University of Windsor; Dr. Jan Narveson, retired Prof. of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo; Mr. Gerry Nicholls, VP of the National Citizen’s Coalition and Dr. Pierre Desrochers, Prof. of Geography at the University of Toronto.

The agenda for the seminar can be found here.

I think it will prove to be a valuable event and will hopefully help the cause of a conservative agenda in Canada. My hope is that there will be a good turn out and that many will profit from the insights these speakers will share.

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Needing to Wake up, West Just Closes Its Eyes

February 27th, 2006 at 8:46am (Canada, Freedom, Islam, Western Civ)

[HT: Ezra Levant]

Mark Steyn’s recent article in The Chicago Sun is chilling. Writing about the west’s failure to expose Islam as it really is, a religion founded and based upon violence and terror, is nothing new. Each time it tends towards running a chill down my spine, but nothing too serious. But when it gets to the point that the west won’t even report about racist murders against Jews, it gets even scarier. It is as if western, plurastic newspapers don’t even know what news is.

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The Wages of Spin – Freedom and Protest

February 27th, 2006 at 7:26am (Freedom, Islam, Western Civ)

Historian Carl R. Trueman, in his regular Reformation21 column “The Wages of Spin,” has published his thoughts on the recent protests in the Islamic world over cartoons depicting Mohammed. True to fashion, Dr. Trueman’s writes with a powerful and colourful wit. Whether you agree with him or not, he’s sure to entertain.

Here’s a brilliant quote from the first paragraph:

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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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