Religion and Politics

Take it From Rex Murphy, Religious Morality Is Bad for Politics

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics
G. Elijah Dann

This sort of bleating about how difficult the road is for the religious politician is stunning. We are witness to an era of dominance when North American politicians proudly and arrogantly proclaim their religious righteousness and Christian bravado. The worst of it is seen, almost daily, in the once proud Republican Party.

Why Should Terrorists Obey Our Criminal Code?

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

When you first heard about the statement of Chiheb Esseghaier -- one of the men charged with plotting a terror attack against a Via Rail train -- that he did not recognize the authority of the Criminal Code because "it is not holy book", how did you respond? The fact is that in a broad, general way, it is not enough for us to see the Criminal Code as morally binding because it is the law of the land. We must go beyond that assertion. We must understand it to be -- again, in a broad and general manner -- the law of the land because it reflects a greater, moral standard that is incumbent upon all humanity.

Does Following a Methodology Make You Religious?

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

There is an interesting disconnect in our world today regarding religion. Being an adherent to a certain religion is simply seen, to most people, as a description of the way by which this individual achieves spirituality. This is not, however, the way that religions -- even more so, traditional religious systems -- actually view themselves.

In Defense of Stephen Harper

Bill Haines | Posted 05.31.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

A lot of pundits have been giving PM Stephen Harper a really hard time for muzzling MP Mark Warawa's motion that parliament condemn sex selection abortion. I think both Warawa and Harper are doing a good job, but if I have to take sides, I'll side with Harper.

Can We Buy Our Freedom: Wilberforce Said Yes

Bill Haines | Posted 05.23.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

Here is an essay I wrote encouraging Christians to support the Child Benefit Payment. If nothing else, please watch the video at the end of this essay, by a Canadian doctor. I have never met her in person, and I do not know if even she would support the Child Benefit Payment. However, in this brief video, everything that ever need be said, about the abortion issue in Canada, she said. So let's learn from her and go with her suggestions.

How the Catholic Church Should Change

Bill Haines | Posted 05.17.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

With the advent of the new Pope, everyone is talking about how the Catholic church should change. When CBC's Peter Mansbridge, interviewed Cardinal Ouelette from Montreal, his questions were all about how the Catholic church should change. Cardinal Ouellet of course mentioned all the plans to protect children now introduced into the church so that the sexual abuse scandal can never happen again.

Why Shouldn't the Clergy Be Allowed to Marry?

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada
Qais Ghanem, MD

The recent clamour to permit Catholic priests to marry is an excellent development, which should be encouraged. After all, non-Catholic clergy, who do marry are presumably equally dedicated to God and their church. The clergy of other religions too are meant to be dedicated to serving God, and their own sexual experiences do not seem to prevent such dedication.

Who Knew We'd Need an Office of Religious Freedom Here?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Weber Bederman

I never thought I would feel the need to write in favour of the Office of Religious Freedom. I took my religious freedom for granted. I am a Chaplain. It seems that the readers know all about me from that title. It is assumed that if one believes in God, there is a lack of intelligence, that one cannot believe and have a background in science, philosophy, economics, medicine, the arts.

A Good Counter Argument to Freedom From Religion

Bill Haines | Posted 04.19.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

"Freedom from religion" is the phrase used by Doug Thomas in his recent Huffington Post blog "Church and State, It's About Time You Separated." Also there is a very active group in the United States called "The Freedom From Religion Foundation." There is a good counter argument to freedom from religion, and I will make it.

The Movie Lincoln And The Real Story Of Slavery

Bill Haines | Posted 03.22.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

Although it was not in the movie, here is what Abraham Lincoln said when he met Harriet Beecher Stowe, (author of the best selling book Uncle Tom's Cabin, Or Life Among the Lowly, 1858 ) "Here is the little lady who gave us this big war." The movie Lincoln did not tell this story, but it is a great movie nonetheless, giving us an opportunity to reflect again, on why our world was so cruel.

Romney's Undies And Other Not-So-Secret Sacred Mormon Facts

Jerry Aulenbach | Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada Alberta
Jerry Aulenbach

Hi, I'm Jerry. And I'm a Mormon. Incidentally, so is a certain american man running to be the President of that grand country. For one reason or another, the subject of his underwear has become a topic of discussion.

Can Harper Do Anything Right?

Gerry Nicholls | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Gerry Nicholls

Did you know that in politics you can actually attack somebody for doing good and harmless stuff! How is this possible, you ask? Let me give you three recent examples of ways in which Prime Minister Stephen Harper has come under assault for doing things any rational person would see as completely innocuous.

Rimshah Masih

Farzana Hassan | Posted 10.26.2012 | Canada
Farzana Hassan

In Sharia-benighted Pakistan, an 11-year-old Christian girl with Down's Syndrome has recently been incarcerated for blasphemy. Rimshah Masih allegedly burned pages of the Quran and other Islamic textbooks, including a Quran primer. The girl was found holding the charred pages. Unfortunately, Rimshah is not the only Pakistani facing such charges. Pakistanis collectively have shown little outrage at these travesties.

In Quebec You Might Soon be Forced to Trade Your Hijab for a Crucifix

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 10.15.2012 | Canada Politics
Supriya Dwivedi

The Parti Québécois (PQ) have unveiled some disconcerting aspects of their would-be mandate: all overt religious symbols would be banned from public institutions... except for Catholic religious symbols. In addition to lengthy and costly constitutional battles with Ottawa, certain Quebecers can now be expected to have their basic civil liberties trampled on in order to appease an increasingly intolerant voting population. The PQ are once again marginalizing a segment of the Quebec population because they are not seen as being an important fabric of Quebec's so-called distinct society. What I find truly alarming, however, is that the PQ is poised to form the next government. Vive le Québec libre indeed.

Baird Defends Religious Freedom Office

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says his department's new Office of Religious Freedom won't become a vehicle for playing domestic politic...

Progressive Jews Can Love Israel; Religious Jews Can Love Peace

Mira Sucharov | Posted 01.22.2012 | Canada
Mira Sucharov

Instead of a person's values coming to carefully inform one's opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, what I'm seeing is the reflexive taking of sides. What could be a very fruitful discussion about values, ethics and policy instead comes to resemble a boxing ring, with everyone in their corners primed to fight.