Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Here's a link to an excellent essay in The Globe and Mail, answering the question of why the issue of abortion hasn't gone away and why the pro-life movement both in the United States and Canada is gaining ground:
The abortion issue comes back to life
The comment section is especially interesting, and demonstrates why professor Carter Snead of Notre Dame says that when compared to pro-choicers, "since the late 1990s, pro-lifers have seemed more reasonable in tone and substance.”
This is a matter of fundamental human rights. To kill an innocent human being is a grave violation of these rights. It should be no surprise that fewer and fewer people are willing to stand by and let it happen.
The ancient Romans exposed their infants. The Carthaginians sacrificed them to the gods. We kill them in the womb and sanctify this violence by calling it "choice". It's time for our civilization to emerge from the stone age.
Posted by Dauphin at 7:27 PM
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Michael Coren has penned another column, this time for Canada's pro-life newspaper The Interim, about his talk at Queen's University which is well worth a read. It contains a thought-provoking story at the end which is sure to make people think:
Michael Coren: Reactions to pro-life talk
Michael Coren's full talk along with question-and-answer period can be viewed here:
Michael Coren - Abortion: Canada's National Shame - Part 1/9
Posted by Dauphin at 7:20 PM
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Disclaimer: This post is a defense of freedom of speech on Canadian university campuses, not an apologetic for Ann Coulter.
Ann Coulter, currently on her Canadian speaking tour, has discovered the intellectually stifling and repressive culture that has become very prevalent on Canadian university campuses in recent years. Her speech last night at the University of Ottawa had to be canceled due to protests, recalling similar cancellations of pro-life events at McGill and St. Mary's.
'Free speech in Canada leaves much to be desired': Ann Coulter after event cancellation
People who react to occurrences like this by saying that they disagree with Ann Coulter and find her "hateful" and "offensive" are entirely missing the point. We understand that you disagree with Ann Coulter and find her offensive. So do most Canadians.
However, in a mature society which places real value on free expression, there would be no question of whether or not she should be "allowed" to speak. It goes without saying that people are allowed to speak, no matter how much we disagree with them.
Unfortunately, the hyper-privileged youth of today see university campuses as "safe spaces" where they have a right not to encounter any views with which they disagree. When their sanctity is violated by some speaker who offends them, they call on the university or the state to protect them from this "harassment". Truly, there is nothing more removed from the spirit of the university than this infantile insistence on intellectual uniformity.
Posted by Dauphin at 8:19 PM