Articles from August, 2001

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Tax dollars at work

The dog days of summer allow us a great opportunity to ponder, reflect and generally digest news and information that crosses one's desk as we seek to restore sanity to a culture in love with death. Imagine my excitement when I viewed the latest newsletter of the BC Pro-Choice Action Network. Their Spring/Summer newsletter was jam-packed full of goodies that remind us all how utterly devoid of morality was the ... (Continue reading)

Longford: Radical conservative, RIP

The Earl of Longford died earlier this month, a fact that in Britain provoked a response from almost every adult citizen. In Canada, he is less - perhaps little - known. Even so, he merited half-page obituaries in some newspapers and several radio and television discussions. I write about him because Lord Longford, or Frank Pakenham, was my godfather. He was 95 years old and had led a wonderful life. ... (Continue reading)

Going to pot

The problem, I fear, is that the whole country is going to pot - "pot," as in marijuana. There's a crazy campaign being carried on by the mainstream media to decriminalize pot. We'll be a nation of glassy-eyed potheads if this media blitz is a success, and I don't doubt that they'll succeed. Many will be getting into their cars stoned from marijuana joints in a variety of flavours - ... (Continue reading)

Montreal or Sodom?

At the end of July through the beginning of August, we suffered through the "gay festival" as Montreal became Sodom for a week. A particular arrogance and presumptuousness marked this year's activities. Some estimates had 750,000 people attending the gay parade on August 5, giving the occasion an appearance of having been a great success. Key politicians were present, showing their deference for the homosexual ... (Continue reading)

Coins for Life a simple, painless fundraiser

"It's a pleasure to help in this small way!" That statement sums up the sentiment of hundreds of people who participated in this year's Coins for Life campaign. Anti-life forces are well-financed by media moguls such as Ted Turner and other billionaires, as well as by the government. But there are thousands of ordinary folks who want the relentless attacks on human life checked and eventually reversed. They try to ... (Continue reading)

Markham man faces the reality of euthanasia

For many pro-lifers, euthanasia may seem less of an issue than abortion, yet it is a reality that many Canadians face daily and one that is no less horrendous. One such Canadian is Patrick McGurran. He has been in and out of hospitals, undergoing 61 surgeries on his back, legs and elsewhere, as well as many treatments. He has arthrogryposis, a ... (Continue reading)

Contraceptives and AIDS: two views

"Abstain and be faithful won't fight AIDS" was the headline of a column by Donna Laframboise in the National Post on August 2. She was ridiculing African Catholic bishops who condemned the use of condoms in fighting AIDS. She came to a very strong conclusion: "any religion that thinks you fight a public health catastrophe that threatens millions upon millions of lives by blaming ... (Continue reading)

Arthur Schopenhauer: Architect of the Culture of Death

Philosophy was born the moment it was discovered that there is a critical difference between appearance and reality. The way things really are is not simply the way they appear to us. The surface of a table appears solid and static to us. Yet, according to physics, it is highly porous and charged with electrical particles. It has ... (Continue reading)

Politics mars AIDS summit

The UN Special Session on HIV/AIDS, June 25-27, was the scene of a clash between pro-family delegates and organizations and those countries and groups that sought to extend same-sex rights. Canadian officials were among those who successfully fought against 11 nations that attempted to ban the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, a group of radical activists, from the proceedings. With the support of ... (Continue reading)

The Truth about “Overpopulation”

Ever since Paul Ehrlich released his 1968 book The Population Bomb, many in the modern world have been convinced that maybe the 17th Century British economist Thomas Malthus was right all along: perhaps, if given a chance, human beings will breed like rats and overpopulate the Earth. The "solution" proposed by scientists, the United Nations, and pro-abortion activists in the West has been relatively ... (Continue reading)

Knights of Columbus consider pro-life resolutions

The abortion issue was front and centre when some 600 delegates from Canada, the U.S., Mexico and several other countries came to Toronto for three days in early August for the 119th annual meeting of the Knights of Columbus. The organization's New York chapter put forth a resolution calling for the running of newspaper, radio and television advertisements that publicize elected officials' statements and voting records on abortion. The resolution ... (Continue reading)

CLC Ontario conference October 13

In the wake of highly successful national pro-life conferences in the previous two years, Campaign Life Coalition Ontario is staging a special one-day provincial conference in Richmond Hill, just north of Toronto, on Oct. 13. The conference, running from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Parkway North Hotel and Convention Centre, 600 Highway 7 East, is being highlighted by two stellar speakers - Wesley Smith and Julius Yankowsky. "It ... (Continue reading)

Study confirms concern about place in society fuels desire for euthanasia

A recently published study in The Lancet indicates that people primarily desire euthanasia and assisted suicide not because of intolerable pain and symptom management but rather because they fear a "loss of self." The study, carried out by the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, interviewed 32 people with HIV-1 or AIDS, questioning them on their thoughts concerning euthanasia, assisted suicide, and end-of-life medical care issues. The study found ... (Continue reading)

Senator Cools defends marriage

Excerpt from a speech by Senator Anne Cools (Liberal-Ontario) to the Senate on June 13 on the second reading of her Bill S-9, An Act Respecting Marriage: Hon. Anne C. Cools: Honourable senators, I rise to speak to the second reading of my bill, Bill S-9, to remove certain doubts regarding the meaning of marriage. Bill S-9 will create a statute called An Act Respecting ... (Continue reading)

Family under seige, but defendable

Legislative and court battles over everything from child pornography to euthanasia are so common now that it is difficult to keep track of the ever-changing frontline in what Pope John Paul II has dubbed "the culture war." Nevertheless, pro-family groups in Canada believe they may have identified a political battle they can win and sustain: defending the definition of marriage in court. In recent years, the homosexual rights ... (Continue reading)

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