Rory Leishman

Catholic education: a divided morality

  Rory Leishman National Affairs For a striking illustration of the moral and spiritual degradation that afflicts so many ostensibly Christian universities in North America, consider the contrasting reactions to the screening of the excellent pro-life movie Unplannedat Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and King’s University College at Western University in London, Ontario. Given that both Benedictine College and King’s describe themselves on their respective websites as a Catholic, ... (Continue reading)

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Multiplying reasons for applying euthanasia

National Affairs Rory Leishman Prior to enactment of the Medical Assistance in Dying (Bill C-14) in 2016, pro-lifers warned that this pernicious legislation would mark but the first, fatal step down an exceedingly slippery slope toward ever broader legal scope for physicians to intentionally kill their vulnerable patients. Proponents of euthanasia scoffed. In a report released in 2011, the self-styled expert panel of the Royal Society of Canada ... (Continue reading)

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Transgender ideology targets children

National Affairs Rory Leishman In Ottawa couple deserves immense credit for their resolute opposition to the transgender propaganda that was persistently inflicted on their six-year-old daughter in a Grade 1 class at an Ottawa public school. According to an application before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the teacher (JB) of the daughter in this case (NB) allegedly initiated a series of lessons on gender identity early last year in ... (Continue reading)

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Progressive politics

National Affairs Rory Leishman Almost all members of Parliament representing the Liberal Party, the Bloc Quebecois, the New Democratic Party and the Green Party of Canada fancy themselves as enlightened and progressive legislators who are leading Canadians to a better and brighter future. But is that true? Most definitely not. Well-intentioned as these progressive politicians might be, the great majority are unenlightened agents of darkness, despair and death. ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion and the Constitution in Canada and the U.S

Abortion and the Constitution in Canada and the U.S

National Affairs Rory Leishman In a televised debate on October 15th among Democrat candidates for President of the United States in next year’s election, former vice-president Joe Biden maintained: ”Reproductive rights are a constitutional right.” Furthermore, he promised to nominate people for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) who can be relied upon to “support the right of privacy on which the entire notion of ... (Continue reading)

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Love our enemies

Rory Leishman Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt, is a timely new book by Arthur C. Brooks that presents a compelling argument about how all people – left and right, pro-life and “pro-choice” – can best communicate their ideas to friends and fellow citizens about subjects on which they fundamentally disagree. As president of the American Enterprise Institute, Brooks has had considerable ... (Continue reading)

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Perilous to flout moral truth

National Affairs Rory Leishman On April 20, The Spectator, one of the oldest and most influential weekly, news magazines in Britain, published an intriguing debate on the legalization of euthanasia by two avowed atheists, Sam Leith and Douglas Murray, respectively literary and associate editor for the magazine. In recent years, bills to legalize euthanasia have been repeatedly rejected by the British Parliament, yet the idea commands widespread popular ... (Continue reading)

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Moral dimension of poverty

National Affairs Rory Leishman While the Trudeau Liberal government deserves credit for a substantial decline in child poverty over the past few years, there is still much that both the federal and the provincial governments should do to safeguard the lives and enhance the well-being of the poorest and most vulnerable of our fellow Canadians –starting, of course, with babies in the womb. As it is, the Trudeau ... (Continue reading)

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Religion, sexual morality, and tolerance

National Affairs Rory Leishman In recent years, theologically orthodox Christians have come under sustained attack throughout Europe and North America. The Netherlands, once renowned for its tolerance, is no exception. Some 250 Dutch Calvinists are now undergoing a hate-crime investigation for publicly reaffirming the traditional teaching of the Christian Church on the sinfulness of sexual intercourse outside the bond of marriage between a man and a woman. The focus ... (Continue reading)

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Diverse views in expert panel report on expanding euthanasia

National Affairs Rory Leishman In a remarkable report released in December, the Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) which was convened by the Canadian Council of Academies at the request of the Trudeau government concluded that there is no consensus among academic authorities on the wisdom of amending Canada’s euthanasia law to include MAiD for mature minors, advance directives for MAiD, or MAiD for mentally ill, ... (Continue reading)

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Brave new world of CRISPR babies

National Affairs Rory Leishman Despite the intense controversy over the birth last November of the world’s first gene-altered designer babies in China, numerous leading biologists around the world are proceeding with similar, potentially catastrophic experiments. The crisis has been brought on by the invention of CRISPR Cas9, a revolutionary new technology for editing genes that was hailed four years ago by MIT Technology Reviewas “the biggest biotech discovery of ... (Continue reading)

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Churches backsliding on morality

National Affairs Rory Leishman That is the best, most reliable and time-tested means of determining the difference between good and evil? According to the Book of Proverbs, King Solomon had the right answer: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own ... (Continue reading)

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Politicized courts

National Affairs Rory Leishman New York Senator Charles E. Schumer, Minority Leader of the Democrats in the United States Senate, has aptly described the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States as “one of the saddest, most sordid chapters in the long history of the federal judiciary.” Is it conceivable that judicial nominees to the Supreme Court of Canada could ever ... (Continue reading)

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How the courts allowed pornography

How the courts allowed pornography

For the past 30 years, Canadians have been increasingly inundated with the most disgusting exhibitions of pornography on television, in the movies, and on-line. How can that be? Throughout this period, the Criminal Code of Canada has clearly stated that everyone commits an offence punishable by up to two years imprisonment who (a) makes, prints, publishes or circulates any “obscene” thing whatever or (b) publicly exhibits “an indecent show.” As ... (Continue reading)

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Dutch experience provides cautionary tale on euthanasia

National Affairs Rory Leishman Less than a year after the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously legalized euthanasia for mentally competent patients in the 2015 Carter ruling, Liberals and New Democrats on the Special Joint Committee of Parliament on Physician-Assisted Dying unanimously recommended that the law on euthanasia should extend to mentally incompetent patients as well. Everyone who supports this so-called progressive reform, should contemplate the shocking case of a 74-year old dementia patient ... (Continue reading)

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