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‘Enduring’ vs. ‘living’ constitutions

National Affairs Rory Leishman Among proponents of judicial restraint, Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court is widely esteemed as one of the most brilliant, learned and principled judges in the English-speaking world. Bruce Allen Murphy disagrees. In Scalia: A Court of One, he sides with the partisans of judicial activism who deride Scalia as a vainglorious hypocrite who imposes his conservative, Catholic ideology on the ... (Continue reading)

Take a vow

Light is Right Joe Campbell To wed is to marry. But there are differences. Weddings, including related celebratory events, last a day or two. Marriages, including related blessed events, last a lifetime. This, at any rate, is the intention. And yet couples often spend more time preparing for weddings than for marriages. Maybe that’s why failed marriages outnumber failed weddings. When they fail, marriages usually end in ... (Continue reading)

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Boyhood cannot escape the emotional facts

Boyhood cannot escape the emotional facts

I was sitting on a midway ride recently, waiting for the lights to start flashing and the machinery to start hurling us around when I realized that my life might not actually get better than this moment. I was with my family, near the end of a lovely day at the end of our summer vacation, and it felt like a line was drawing itself around the moment to ... (Continue reading)

The intolerance of atheism

The intolerance of atheism

In the last edition of The Interim I wrote about the noted atheist and enemy of the pro-life movement A.C. Grayling. But if Grayling is a problem, Richard Dawkins is a horror. In April, 2010 he announced an initiative to have Pope Benedict XVI arrested when the Pontiff made an official visit to Britain later that year; the ostensible reason being his involvement in the Catholic clergy abuse crisis. ... (Continue reading)

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Seeing Red

It looks as though the Senate is here to stay, unreformed and unloved. I’m speaking, of course, of the Canadian Senate, also known as the Red Chamber. The nickname, from the traditional royal colour of the interior, symbolizes historic links with the Crown. The Senate also has historic links with patronage appointments, a sense of entitlement and, more recently, an expense claims scandal. Maybe we should re-nickname it the Red-Faced Chamber. The Senate is also called the chamber of sober second thought. ... (Continue reading)

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No need for buffer zones

National Affairs Rory Leishman On June 26, the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts’ law prohibiting pro-life counselling or picketing on a public sidewalk within 35 feet of the entrance to an abortuary. In the opinion of the Court, this law violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the enactment of any law “abridging the freedom of speech.” Meanwhile, several ... (Continue reading)

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Enraptured

The rapture used to be top of the list whenever it came time to make fun of “things Crazy Christians believe,” or at least it was until Tim LaHaye published his bestselling Left Behind series of novels. Spawning a burgeoning franchise of further books and movies, it made the rapture of sudden social and monetary interest to the entertainment industry in general, so it’s no surprise that we’re about ... (Continue reading)

Atheism’s shades of Grayling

Michael Coren Journalist for Life There are many fronts launched against the pro-life movement and one of them comes from militant atheism. In actual fact the argument against abortion doesn’t necessarily have to have a Christian or religious foundation and atheists can certainly be pro-life. But the reality is that some of the most extreme supporters of abortion are also the most God-denying. Their champions are ... (Continue reading)

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Beware the sexperts

Light is Right Joe Campbell Like me, you might not have known that sexpert is an officially recognized word. Well, it is. You can look it up in the Oxford dictionary, which defines it as an expert in sexual matters. I don’t object to the word. I do, however, object to the definition. I think it should be an alleged expert. Years ago, sexperts told us that we ... (Continue reading)

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The endangered right to speak

Michael Coren Journalist for Life Recently on my television show The Arena on Sun News I interviewed David and Jason Benham, the two brothers who were about to begin their own show on HGTV entitled Flip It Forward. The network cancelled the idea after a website called Right Wing Watch revealed that the brothers were evangelicals and opposed same-sex “marriage” and abortion. This, of course, came after ... (Continue reading)

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Putting the midlife crisis in perspective

Amusements There weren’t a lot of books in our house when I was a boy, but I remember a copy of Gail Sheehy’s bestseller Passages sitting on my mother’s bedside table for the longest time, alongside a copy of I’m OK, You’re OK. There they were: two high water marks of mass market pop psychology that my poor mother probably read desperately, a woman born before World ... (Continue reading)

Perverting ‘security of the person’

National Affairs Rory Leishman In response to the outrageous ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada in Canada v. Bedford last December that struck down Canada’s longstanding laws on prostitution, Justice Minister Peter MacKay has introduced a commendable new bill on prostitution, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, that, for the first time in Canada, criminalizes the purchase of sexual services. Will Canada’s top court invoke the Canadian Charter of Rights ... (Continue reading)

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Let’s replace I

 I would’ve liked to have been able to say: “I’m sorry to see you go, Kathleen, but that would’ve been lying.” Inwardly, I’m loudly cheering. A clone of former Premier Dalton McGuinty, Wynne is still promoting his anti-life agenda featuring abortion, euthanasia, and same-sex “marriage,” and pushing paganism on our schools. At this writing, Wynne appears to be in a sinking boat with a rather large hole in it. It looks like the ... (Continue reading)

Excluded

Light is Right Joe Campbell I’ve tried, really I have, but I can’t understand why, as a society, we discriminate so aggressively against homosexuals. Rare is he, or she, who at some point in life does not need help for mental, physical or spiritual disorders, if not all three. But when homosexuals need help, we deny or ignore afflictions that ought to be obvious to anyone, ... (Continue reading)

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Justin’s authoritarian nonsense

Michael Coren Journalist for Life Author’s note: This is a slightly edited version of the monologue I delivered on my nightly television show, The Arena, on Sun News the day after Justin Trudeau’s decision to ban pro-lifers from running for the Liberal Party.  My friend Fr. Stefano Penna, a Yale philosophy Ph.D., is one of the most intelligent, thoughtful, and balanced men I know. He’s a native ... (Continue reading)

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