Freedom of religion

There are many who believe we are quite probably living in the most dangerous time in world history.

  • Jun. 16, 2015 7:00 p.m.

There are many who believe we are quite probably living in the most dangerous time in world history.

We are living in troubling times worldwide whether you are talking about a fragile economy, the threat of radical terrorists, the possibility of  nuclear war, increased poverty and disease or  a dozen other depressing events that could be mentioned.

I love Canada and am inclined to believe we live in the best country on the planet, yet we would be most naive to close our eyes to certain disturbing trends in our own country that if ignored could well define a darker future for Canada and for our children.

Recent troubling actions that can be interpreted in no other way than a direct attack on freedom of speech and religion  should concern every Canadian. These “fundamental “freedoms are enshrined in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms yet there are those in this country who continue to attack them.

When a Christian university is targeted by lawyers for its Christian values on marriage, its proposed law school condemned and blacklisted and its graduates banned from practising law in certain parts of Canada, simply because they are Christian, every Canadian regardless of political stripes, faith or non-faith should be disturbed.

When a Member of Parliament  is mocked, ridiculed and attacked because he believes in creationism as opposed to Darwinism, how else can such intolerance be viewed as anything other than an attack on freedom of speech and religion. When a lawyer in presenting his case for physician-assisted suicide to the Supreme Court of Canada states that Christians should keep their views to themselves and leave “secular Canada” alone it is no time for people of faith or any Canadian to remain silent.

A very wise king once wrote that there is  “a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.” It is time for all freedom loving Canadians to speak out.

Gerald HallNanoose Bay

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