Articles from June, 2000

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Consistent life ethic

Do you not know me? There has been a debate of late, dealing with the issue of what does it mean to be truly pro-life. I'm thankful for the input and thoughts of Calgary's new Catholic bishop, Bishop Fred Henry, for his helpful and insightful remarks, made public, delivered to a convention of Alberta Pro-Life last month. I won't repeat those remarks here. Others much wiser than I will, no doubt, ... (Continue reading)

Pro-lifers should get involved in Canadian Alliance leadership race

The preoccupation of pro-life and pro-family people in federal politics these days is the Canadian Alliance leadership race, so much so that pro-life leaders have had to fend off allegations that they are shifting from their traditional non-partisan stance. For the longest time Canada's pro-life movement has endorsed or rejected individual candidates, whatever their party affiliations, based on their track records and responses to questionnaires. Campaign Life Coalition, representing the ... (Continue reading)

Harris defeated!

I looked at my TV set recently, which was turned off at the time (actually there's not that much to look at anyway), and lo and behold I was shocked at what I saw on the screen! Suddenly the front page of the National Post appeared before my eyes with screaming headline: ‘HARRIS TORIES DEFEATED.' I looked at the date. It was Oct. 11, 2003! Sub headings read: Harris defeated in own riding by Sid ... (Continue reading)

Silencing Dr. Laura

On May 10, the industry "watchdog" Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled that radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger's characterization of the sexual behavior of homosexuals as "abnormal," "aberrant," "deviant," "disordered," "dysfunctional" and a "biological error" are in violation of the human rights provision of the voluntary Code of Ethics of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. In so doing, the Council not only declared war on the second most popular radio host in North America, ... (Continue reading)

We can persevere because of Him

A suburban Toronto school. A young women teacher with obvious liberal tendencies explains to her class of small children that she is an atheist. She asks her class if they are atheists too. Not really knowing what atheism is but wanting to be like teacher, most of the hands of the eager young students punch the air like fleshy fireworks. There is, however, one exception. A beautiful girl named Lucy has not gone along with the ... (Continue reading)

‘Forgiven of Murder’

Review by Pat Hansard The Interim Every woman who has given birth has a story to tell. When a woman has an abortion, she also has a story, but it's likely she will never tell anyone. For those who have been touched by abortion, telling the story is one of many healing steps on the road to recovery. They stand in the gap as advocates for those who have sacrificed their children on various altars and cannot ... (Continue reading)

Gov. Robert Casey, R.I.P.

By Paul Tuns The Interim On May 30, former Pennsylvania governor Robert Casey died at the age of 68. He was a pro-life Catholic Democrat who criticized his party's position on abortion and was ostracized for it. Long plagued by various health problems, in 1987 Casey underwent quadruple bypass surgery. He also suffered from the genetic condition familial amyloidosis, which required a heart-liver transplant in 1993. In 1997, Casey was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent radiation ... (Continue reading)

Empathy, the experience of the heart

Pro-lifers must identify profoundly with every human being who waits in hope of rescue By Donald DeMarco The Interim Experience may be the sharpest teacher. "One thorn of experience," the poet James Russell Lowell tells us, "is worth a whole wilderness of warning." But only the most insulated individual can learn no other way. More often than not, unfortunately, learning through experience is learning the hard way, getting the test first and the lesson afterward. ... (Continue reading)

Pilgrimage is a tough job, but someone’s got to do it

By Catherine Fournier The Interim On Friday April 28, at 7:30 in the morning, Andrew called his sister Faustina from Parliament Hill in Ottawa. He had walked extraordinary distances in the last three weeks, pushing himself nearly a week ahead of schedule, for this moment. "Andrew, where are you?," she mumbled, still half asleep. As far as she (and the rest of the family) knew, he was somewhere outside of Montréal. "I'm sitting on Sir Wilfrid Laurier's statue!" he ... (Continue reading)

‘Life on the Edge’ in Hamilton

Focus on the Family event aims to strengthen youth and families in Christ By Tony Gosgnach The Interim Although attendance fell slightly below the figures hoped for, organizers of the Life on the Edge event at Hamilton's Copps Coliseum April 28-29 are calling its first-ever appearance in Canada a success. About 4,000 young people and their parents took in the happening, which was presented by Focus on the Family and designed to facilitate learning, growth and ... (Continue reading)

The rejection of natural law in Canada’s courts

A mere 40 years ago, the Canadian Bill of Rights recognized that ‘men and intitution remain free only when freedom is founded upon respect for moral and spiritual values' By Rory Leishman The Interim How do we know that abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide are evil? For Christians and Jews who uphold the historic teachings of their faith, the answer is obvious: God has forthrightly declared, "You shall not kill." In the light of recent discoveries ... (Continue reading)

Regina activists picket ‘Queer City’ film fest

By Linda Wegner The Interim The recent Queer City Film Festival held in Regina, Saskatchewan, did not go unnoticed or unchallenged by members of the Christian Truth Activists. On opening night, May 8, 2000, eleven protestors stood outside the main branch of the Regina Public Library where the event took place. On Saturday, May 13, 20 people took part in a second rally. Regina resident Bill Whatcott, organizer and spokesperson for the activists, alleges film ... (Continue reading)

U.S. Supreme Court to rule on late-abortion law

By Paul Tuns The Interim On April 25, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the Stenberg v. Carhart case which will decide whether or not states have the right to ban partial-birth abortion (PBA). The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a Nebraska law that prohibited PBA when abortionist Leroy Carhart sued the state saying that such a ban impedes his right to commit whichever form of abortion he sees fit. Pro-abortion groups also claim that ... (Continue reading)

Definitely not a man to mess with

Dr. Gregor Wolbring defies the ‘inducements to euthanasia' society presents to the disabled By Sue Careless The Interim Dr. Gregor Wolbring is not a man to mess with. The bushy-bearded professor of biochemistry is an academic with a wickedly sarcastic edge. His forceful presence can be disarming. With a thick German accent and deep booming voice, he is not what you envision ... (Continue reading)

March For Life 2000: Photo Album

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