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13 Dec 2019 Euthanasia: Permitted not Mandated

Recent news articles have recounted the fight between Fraser Health and the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta, BC. Already back in 2016, Fraser Health – the local health authority responsible for serving 1.8 million British Columbians in the Lower Mainland – dictated that all hospices must provide euthanasia. After an outcry by citizens and hospices, Fraser Health softened its directive by allowing faith-based hospices to continue to live out their mission of neither hastening death nor intentionally ending life. Fraser Health still required non-denominational hospices to provide euthanasia. The Irene Thomas Hospice,...

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22 Oct 2019 Defending Legislative Prayer in British Columbia

We are blessed to live in a province that recognizes the importance of prayer. The Standing Orders of the BC Legislature mandate that morning or afternoon sessions open with prayer. The Speaker of the House invites an MLA to offer one of five standard prayers developed by the BC Legislature or to offer a prayer of their own devising. In practice, about half of the prayers offered in the Legislature are based upon the standard prayers, while half are written by MLAs. Although these prayers are short – the average...

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02 Oct 2019 Responding to Proposals to Ban Conversion Therapy

Canada and British Columbia are not strangers to the controversy around gender and sexuality. In the last few years, ARPA has waded into the fray around SOGI 123, a three-step plan to normalize homosexuality and transgenderism in BC schools. ARPA also intervened in the A.B. v C.D. & E.F. case at the BC Court of Appeal. In both instances, we argue the biblical and scientific truth that biology matters, and that parents, children, and all citizens should be free to live and speak in accordance with their religious and moral...

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25 Jul 2019 A Cause for Celebration?

“A celebration. A protest. A party. A place to take up space. An opportunity to don our finest and shiniest. A chance to recognize how far we have come and reflect on where we need to go from here.” This is how the Vancouver Pride Society, the organizers of the Vancouver pride parade, describe their upcoming signature event. The purpose of the pride parade is to celebrate homosexuality and transgenderism. In other policy reports and blog posts, ARPA Canada has explained how such views of sexuality and gender contravene God’s good...

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07 May 2019 First-Ever BC God and Government Conference a Success

“It is a rather audacious title for a conference – God & Government,” remarked Rev. Rob Schouten as he opened the inaugural BC God & Government.  Although the title did apparently cause some consternation for the BC Humanist Association, the approximately 55 attendees who took part in this event were edified by quality training that, when translated into action, will be a blessing to our governments and the broader public (including those who think they are better off when God and government do not mix in any way). Not only was...

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08 Apr 2019 You’re Invited! BC God and Government Conference – May 4, 2019

ARPA Fraser Valley East and ARPA Langley chapters are hosting a one-day BC God and Government Conference that will be held on Saturday, May 4th from 8:30-5:30, at Aldergrove Canadian Reformed Church. Reformed Christians from across the province are invited to attend. At the event, we will be hosting several speakers from ARPA, the community, and the BC legislature to talk specifically about provincial issues--such as SOGI and parental rights--and how to become more involved in provincial politics. We have invited MLAs to a social hour at the conclusion of the day, where conference attendees can...

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28 Nov 2018 BC: Ask your MLA to oppose Motion 33’s endorsement of SOGI 123

SOGI 123 which deals with how sexual orientation and gender identity are taught in British Columbia classrooms is couched as an anti-bullying initiative, but it is far more. It teaches a humanist understanding of sexuality as a subjective identity, divorced from biology, determined individually, and to be celebrated unconditionally. This in direct contradiction to a Christian understanding of sexuality, its God-given design, its corruption by sin, and its need for redemption through the Cross. Motion 33 says, “Be it resolved that this House supports SOGI 123 within our schools, to help...

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14 Nov 2018 Proportional Representation or First-Past-the-Post? Some resources to help make a decision

This month, British Columbia is voting on how they want to vote in the future. On the referendum ballot is the current first-past-the-post electoral system and three different forms of proportional representation. The outcome of this vote will not only shape how British Columbians are represented in the Legislature, but will also shape the way parties form, the way the province is governed, and the way British Columbians are able to communicate through the ballot box. There is a lot of information out there, and we highly recommend doing your research as...

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03 Oct 2018 SOGI is not about bullying

  School districts across British Columbia have been adopting an initiative called SOGI123. This policy on SOGI – an acronym for sexual orientation and gender identity – is couched as an anti-bullying initiative, but it is far more. It teaches a humanist understanding of sexuality, as a subjective identity, divorced from biology, determined individually, and to be celebrated unconditionally. This in direct contradiction to a Christian understanding of sexuality, its God-given design, its corruption by sin, and its need for redemption through the Cross. Since its introduction, SOGI has been a controversial topic....

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07 Sep 2018 March for Life – Victoria 2018

March for Life - Victoria 2018 For those of us in BC making it out to the capital for the March for Life and surrounding events is no small ordeal. A mother with 4 children that I met up with, started their day with a rude awakening at around 4:30 am to make in to a carpool in Langley and off to the 8am ferry to the Island as the 9 am was booked up well in advance of the march. I was among those privileged to board the 8 am...

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