Entries by Diane Weber Bederman from 07/2013

Ashke-Nazis: Is That an "N" Word?

| Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada

I live in a small rural community. Mostly white. Mostly Christian -- in name if not practice. Imagine my surprise when I was listening to my local rad...

There's No Age Limit on Bullying

| Posted 07.05.2013 | Canada Impact

There is no age limit on bullying. Winston Churchill wrote: "You have enemies? Good. That means you have stood up for something in your life." Bullies don't stand up for anything. They tear down. They covet. They do that to fill their empty spaces while those who are bullied are seeking something and often that something is different from the every day.

The Danger of "Playing God" With Genetics

| Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Living

Today, science is making it possible to remove "genetic errors" by changing the DNA in the ovum. I am left asking what constitutes a genetic error. Missing a limb? Cleft palate? Down syndrome? Autism? And who will be the arbiter of these decisions as we learn more about our genes and heredity? Do YOU want to be God? The point is who decides who is perfect, normal, and genetically acceptable? And when? In utero, at birth, later in life when an "imperfection" shows up? Perhaps in later years when one becomes a burden to family or society? Quality-of-life and utilitarian ethics (greatest good for the greatest number) could make for dangerous bedfellows.

What to do with Orphan Embryos

| Posted 07.12.2013 | Canada

"Did you get all the answers right on your test today?" "Did you make any progress on your research project?" These are the typical questions we ask...

Grateful for the Small Pleasures in Life

| Posted 07.17.2013 | Canada

As a chaplain and then as I patient I came to learn about bowel surgery. I had gone in for minor surgery on a Thursday and ended up with a colostomy ...

There's No Excuse for Inciting Fear of Others

| Posted 07.19.2013 | Canada

Mark Taliano, the author of the blog, Canada's Hidden Fundamentalism, is a fear-monger telling us that we're about to be overrun by crazy Christian f...

Is Quebec Good Enough for Canada?

| Posted 07.25.2013 | Canada Politics

The secular fundamentalism as practiced in the province of Quebec is destructive to the bi-lingual, multi-ethnic fabric of Canada. Quebec's narrative of uni-lingualism, uni-culturalism and uni-ethnic absolutism is a throwback to tribalism that flourishes in parts of Africa and the Middle East.