Articles from July, 2012

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Predicting 2012 in 1987

Writers of the Future, a project of L. Ron Hubbard, predicted in 1987 what 2012 might look like. Generally speaking, the writers offer apocalyptic visions and several people predicted world population will catastrophically hit 8-10 billion (in fact, there are about 7 billion people on the planet today), and that there is no way Earth could handle that many people. One person, Gregory Benford, didn't think the world would be "over-populated" because he predicted a deadly solution to the so-called ... (Continue reading)

Choice when killing: good; choice when feeding: bad

The New York Sun editorializes on the decision by New York City under Mayor Michael Bloomberg's regime that hospital maternity wards must restrict choice -- not the choice of a mother to kill her baby, but how she feeds it: The latest from New York’s commissioner of mental hygiene is that maternity wards in New York are going to start locking up their baby formula so as to force new mothers to breast feed their children. This scheme, ... (Continue reading)

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The difference between Marriott and Chick-fil-A

Business Week is trying to push its socially left-wing agenda to be helpful in advising Chick-fil-A to follow the example of Marriott International, the hotel company run by Bill Marriott, a "devout" Mormon. Business Week says that the company stayed out of the gay marriage fight when the Mormon church supported a ban on the practice in California. In fact, Marriott International went out of its way to publicize its commitment to gay relationships. Bill Marriott tells Business Week that ... (Continue reading)

Transgendered, transsexual rights in Ontario

Interim's coverage from the July edition of the paper: "Transgendered, transsexuals get special protections in Ontario." The article begins: On June 13 Bill 33, a private members bill in the Ontario legislature that would add “gender expression” and “gender identity” to the Ontario Human Rights Code and give special legal protection to people who self-identify as transgender and transsexual, passed with all-party support in an unrecorded vote. Opponents of Bill 33 and similar bills at the federal ... (Continue reading)

Judge to pro-life activist: ‘Your God is wrong’

An appeal is being launched into the conviction of Mary Wagner after the judge told her: “Your God is wrong.” The case dealt with Wagner’s arrest on Nov. 8 after she entered Bloor West Village’s “Women’s Clinic” in Toronto. She had already been arrested several times for entering abortion facilities to provide women with counseling and roses as part of her pro-life witness. Her hearing took place on March 21 at the ... (Continue reading)

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Supreme Court dismisses Gibbons appeal

Supreme Court dismisses Gibbons appeal

The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an appeal by pro-life prisoner of conscience Linda Gibbons on June 8 as she continues her 18-year battle to overturn a Toronto injunction banning pro-life activity outside abortion facilities. Gibbons was appealing a criminal charge of disobeying a court order by arguing that while the 18-year-old temporary injunction she is accused of violating was instituted by a civil court, she has since been tried in criminal courts. Her ... (Continue reading)

Transgendered, transsexuals get special protections in Ontario

On June 13 Bill 33, a private members bill in the Ontario legislature that would add “gender expression” and “gender identity” to the Ontario Human Rights Code and give special legal protection to people who self-identify as transgender and transsexual, passed with all-party support in an unrecorded vote. Opponents of Bill 33 and similar bills at the federal level have called the amendments to human rights legislation the “Bathroom Bill” because among other consequences it would allow men access to female ... (Continue reading)

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Pro-lifers who should write their memoirs

Great list of "Five Canadian pro-life activists who need to write their memoirs," by Suzanne Fortin of Big Blue Wave: Fr. Alphone de Valk, Gwen Landolt, John-Henry Westen, Steve Jalsevac, and Jim Hughes. Agreed on all of them and would add a sixth: Dr. Barrie de Veber, a medical doctor who helped create one of the first two pro-life groups in Canada, founded the de Veber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research, and helped set up the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. In ... (Continue reading)

Bits & Pieces

Canada The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada released a position statement saying they were “troubled” by Stephen Woodworth’s private member’s motion, M-312, which is passed will have a Parliamentary committee examine the scientific evidence as to whether the child in the womb is a human being with an eye to amending Section 223 of the Criminal Code definition that says it is not a human being until fully proceeded from the womb. The SOGC claims ... (Continue reading)

Media reports Harper pressuring caucus to oppose Woodworth motion

In early June both the Globe and Mail and Toronto Sun reported that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was pressuring Conservative MPs to vote against Stephen Woodworth’s private member’s motion calling upon Parliament to create a select committee to examine the modern scientific and medical evidence regarding preborn life and the human rights implications of those findings. The Criminal Code says that a child in the womb is not a human being and that she does not become so until proceeding ... (Continue reading)

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Think tank questions anti-bullying laws

Provinces across Canada are seeking to adopt anti-bullying legislation after a series of high-profile cases in which bullied students committed suicide. In light of these recent developments, a new report by the Institute for Marriage and Family Canada evaluates the overall effectiveness of anti-bullying legislation. “The limits of anti-bullying legislation” by senior researcher Peter Jon Mitchell warns that lawmakers are introducing such laws with little evidence that they work and without adequate ways to monitor their outcomes. The report acknowledges that ... (Continue reading)

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House scraps HRC hate crime provision

One small step to restoring our democratic rights The House of Commons passed Brian Storseth’s private member’s bill C-304 repealing Section 13 of the Canada Human Rights Act that proscribes so-called hate speech. C-304, An Act to Amend the Human Rights Act, was introduced by Storseth last October and passed third reading June 6 on a 153-136 near party-line vote. All members of the opposition except one voted against Storseth’s bill while every member of the Conservative Party ... (Continue reading)

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Toronto Pro-Life Forum told ‘be not afraid’ to speak up

Toronto Pro-Life Forum told ‘be not afraid’ to speak up

Participants at the Toronto Pro-Life Forum were informed, inspired, and, organizers hope, activated, after a weekend of listening to pro-life and pro-family speakers explain what is happening politically and culturally and challenging both youth and movement veterans to speak up and defend their moral values. In 2011, Campaign Life Coalition increased the number of regional and provincial conferences in order to reach more people and get them involved in grassroots activism. The Toronto ... (Continue reading)

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Chick-fil-A PR guy bullied to death

Don Perry, head of public relations at the department at embattled Chick-fil-A, died unexpectedly on Friday. Five Feet of Fury says: Something to remember the next time somebody asks you sarcastically: “So, just HOW does gay marriage hurt straight people, huh…?” (Continue reading)

Chick-fil-A and ‘egregious and sleazy advocacy journalism’

Rod Dreher on the journalistic crusade against coverage of the Chick-fil-A story: This is all about some fake-journalism scheme dreamed up by a few extremely parochial, bourgeois anti-Christian bigots who work in the Newsweek/Daily Beast building in lower Manhattan. It’s not about reforming a great social wrong. It’s about destroying the reputation of a restaurant whose owners are traditional Christians who share the views on marriage of half the country. (HT: Five Feet of Fury) (Continue reading)

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