I feel like a stranger in the country of my birth: Canada.
We were a Christian nation at the beginning of the 20th
mutated into a secular nation by the beginning of the 21st
Century. But that is not the end of the massive societal shift of the nation. Canada is
becoming anti-Christian – particularly within the mainstream media and the élite
halls of officialdom. The last vestiges of our Christian heritage – the
foundation of anything that gave Canada goodness and virtue -- are being systematically
removed from public consciousness and recollection. People have such short
An earlier striking and painfully obvious example of Canada’s emerging anti-Christian prejudice
occurred 16 years ago after the 1998 SwissAir disaster off the coast of Nova Scotia.
There was an official memorial in which various faiths participated. Canadian federal
protocol officials prohibited the Christian clergy from mentioning the New
Testament or Jesus Christ under threat of being bumped from the memorial program -- in
the interests of being “inclusive.” No such restrictions were placed on
aboriginal, Jewish or Muslim religious leaders who spoke freely about God and
quoted from the Koran and Talmud. Only mention of Jesus and the New Testament
were banned. Canadian government officials demanded to see the speaking notes
of Catholic priest, Father Duncan MacMaster, and other Christian clergy,
before the service and removed any mention of either from their speeches and sternly warned against
speaking of Christ or the New Testament. One member of the Christian clergy
protested to then Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s office ― where the invitations
originated ― to no avail. The clergy were invited but not Jesus Christ.
When Canadian politician and evangelical Christian,
Stockwell Day, ran for the leadership of what is now known as the Conservative
Party, an orchestrated media campaign was mounted to discredit him. They were
successful. The bigoted idea was presented in the pages of newspapers and on the
airwaves of television and radio that an evangelical Christian should be
disqualified for high public office. Why? Well, liberal pundits asserted that
they are “right wing religious fanatics.” To the secular liberal mindset that
is as bad as a criminal record, and after all, central Canadian liberal elites
concluded, evangelical Christians do not represent Canadian values. How they
knew this is beyond me. After all, for decades, we were told by the same
liberal mindset that there was no moral consensus among Canadians. (?)
A mischievous observer may have commented that the sort of
anti-Christian bias that publicly ponders whether evangelical Christians are unfit
for public office, is itself in violation of the pluralism, intolerance and
inclusion they espouse in other contexts. Ahh, yes, liberal secularists are
tolerant of everything except
Christians, their beliefs, morality, or their holy Book.
Another example of the limits of Canadian pluralism,
tolerance and inclusion is the fact a 2001 Saskatchewan Human Rights tribunal
deemed portions of the Bible were hate literature. That decision was later
upheld by a Saskatchewan court in 2003.
The bitter fruit of Canada’s rejection of its previous
consensus can be seen in the rejection of the sanctity of human
life of those in society who inconvenience others or are unwanted. The evidence
is seen in abortion on demand across the land. Over 100,000 unborn children are
killed each year. My wife used to be the Executive Director of Alberta Pro-Life from 2008-2010. An abortion clinic was situated across the street from my wife’s office; 6,000 unborn children were systematically slaughtered each
year at that one killing center.
Canada's poster boy for abortion was Henry Morgentaler. “Dr.” Morgentaler was given Canada’s highest
award, the Order of Canada, for his role in Canada’s holocaust. He had abortuary franchises across Canada churning up the bodies of preborn children
in assembly line fashion and turning their mothers out into the street,
one-two-three .... Kaching-kaching-kaching!
Imagine! This goes on five days a week, week in-week out in
abortion clinics across the land. The bodies of the children disposed of as "medical biowaste". It’s
all protected by the state and paid for by Canadian taxpayers.
I wonder if there was code-language in the ancient world for
the bodies of children forced through the fire as a sacrifice to the pagan god
I wonder if there were temple guards who protected priests and the child
In Canada, there is no protection at any point of gestation
for prenatal life. Abortions are legal up
to, and including the third trimester – although we pretend it doesn’t. The neo-pagan
god of "choice" is never satisfied.
Now, the next vulnerable and burdensome group are in the
crosshairs of the new secular Canada: Killing off the terminally and
chronically ill, and the severely disabled. The stage is being set for
euthanasia and assisted suicide. (The code phrase here is choice in dying.) Quebec recently legalized assisted suicide. Again the highest secular ideal of "choice" is
being used to peddle death. It's working.
Seventy-percent of Canadians agree with assisted suicide for
the terminally and chronically ill. That’s me. It’s hard to go down any street
in Canada and know seven out of ten people who pass me think my life is worthless –
so worthless I deserve help killing myself if I become suicidal. There’s no
sympathy for assisting physical healthy people to kill themselves – only the
country’s sicklings (like me).
What was unthinkable in the 1950s, is contemplatable in
1970s and 80s, acceptable in the 90s, and may become commonplace in the 21st
Century. If the past is any indication, people will have the "right" to choose
assisted suicide. At first it will be for the terminally ill, then the
chronically ill, then the mentally ill, then the depressed. I can not bring
myself to think about what may come after that.
Suffice to say that the right
to die with dignity will eventually become the duty to die with dignity or at
least with suitable aplomb in deference to the greater community. And that brings me to my last point. A community that kills its
unwanted children and old or sick people is not a community at all. It is a
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