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By Michael Wagner, Originally published in the February 2011 issue of Reformed Perspective magazine(http://reformedperspective.ca/), page 8 The concept of self-defense is easy to understand and its validity is recognized by most people, whether Christian or not. If somebody is attacked, it is easy to understand that fighting back is a proper and even moral thing to do. That’s why people sympathize with the victim in these situations—self-defense seems naturally just.
André Schutten - With the riots in London making front page news, I found the comments of Kelly McParland pretty bang-on. A society built on entitlement, where the government exists solely to give me everything I need, nay, everything I want, will eventually suffer. What we see in London and in the United States markets now, and saw in Greece only a few months ago, it all screams the self-centered entitlement mantra. As stated so eloquently elsewhere, "This Greek tragedy holds lessons for all world economies, Canada’s included. A Leviathan state will ultimately be crushed by its own weight, not only that of its ballooning debt, but the attitude that underpins its largesse. When the government cares for citizens from cradle to grave, individuals lose the will and ability to support themselves. They also routinely bite and cheat the hand that feeds them: The state may be responsible for everyone, but no one takes responsibility for the state."
(www.ARPACanada.ca - June 2011 - M Penninga) Regardless of what one thinks about the Conservative Party and Stephen Harper, the very nature of a stable majority government that identifies itself with conservative principles should mean that Canadians can expect to see changes to our governance. But as with all things in life, much more will be accomplished when goals are set and accountability is in place to keep the goals front and centre. Over the next four years, at least 10 noteworthy steps can be taken by our nation if our leaders have the courage to lead and if citizens give them the encouragement and accountability to do so. The Harper Conservative government could very realistically...
By Michael Breukelman (Southern Alberta ARPA) Lethbridge Herald, May 26 2011: This past winter was a long winter for many Canadians. Here in southern Alberta, snow started flying and temperatures started plummeting around mid-November, and it stayed like that until April, at least. But there's another kind of winter we are just entering. Unfortunately, this winter may last for much longer and have more drastic effects than our recent winter season, not just here in Canada, but around the (western) world. With this "winter weather" it's not snow that's flying around; it's abortion numbers flying sky high. And it's not temperatures that are plummeting; instead it's fertility rates and population.
ARPA Note: This article is strongly recommended because it clarifies the roots of the battle going on in Canada's political and legal realm. It reveals how secularism itself is the new civil religion, whether its admitted or not.By Doublas Farrow (Associate Professor of Christian Thought at McGill University) Catholic Insight Magazine, Nov 2008"I wrote last month in these pages (“Ontario physicians attack Freedom of Conscience”) of a new moral order that “sets no great store by conscience, none by natural law or religion; indeed, it finds the authority of conscience...