For believer and non-believer alike, this is an especially fitting time to recognize the public nature of religious faith and its contributions to our common life. It’s also a time to stand against social hostility toward faith.
Given the public policy context, Minister Lametti’s talk of “rights” and “humane” ways to end one’s life are not just philosophical chit-chat over beers. His words require clarity and explanation.
In a secular framework, references to the transcendent make about as much sense as flying does to a goldfish or swimming does to a goldfinch.
Our history, constitution and core values explicitly recognize “the supremacy of God and the rule of law.” They cannot simply be recommended out of relevance in a misguided aspiration to “do something” about the military’s very real problems.
These days, we tend to see each other as oppressor and victim. This makes apologies and restitution just parts of a negotiation process. True forgiveness is not negotiation; it’s recognition of the dignity and worth of another
So, was the gathering hate or patriotism? Did it reflect genuine democratic participation for an unheard group or simply a platform for the worst impulses that divide and denigrate? The evidence is clear: Both were present.
On Thanksgiving Day 2021 there is much for which we can give thanks.
If the Conservatives continue to dabble at the policy margins and sidesteps making positive arguments about what their values have to contribute in the long-term, the consequence of an election in 2021 could be long-lasting.
Yes, trust is on the decline but business and commerce can’t fix what is broken