Tag Archives: human rights

Jailed for not being able to afford an abortion clinic

Like many discriminatory laws, the US states that are criminalizing abortion and even miscarriage primarily affect women at the lower end of the economic ladder. Recently in  Pennsylvania a young women was unable to afford the combined travel or direct costs necessary to … Continue reading

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Liberal Muslims

Many people think of Islam as a monolithic religion with two main groups, the Sunnis and Shi-ites, battling it out for fundamentalist supremacy. Just like Christianity and other religions, there are differing degrees of modernism among believers, and with some … Continue reading

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Return to Blogging

I’ve had a summer of home renovations, parties, company, and beach, so blogging dropped to a very low priority. These activities took precedence:  

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More on MacKay

Here’s a bit of follow-up to the comments of Justice Minister Peter Mackay I wrote about yesterday.  It didn’t take very long for The Toronto Star to find some people who strongly disagree, not only with MacKay’s tone, but also with … Continue reading

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Peter MacKay Justice Minister. Is he racist and sexist?

My first introduction to Peter MacKay was back in 2003 when he became leader of the progressive Conservative party of Canada partly by making promises that he would not attempt a merger with the then Canadian Alliance party. That promise … Continue reading

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A Quick look at the effects of unintended pregnancies

I think it’s safe to assume that most women make the decision to terminate a pregnancy because the pregnancy was unintended. Some, of course, make the decision due to health concerns. Some of the reasons given for making the decision include: … Continue reading

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Canadian Immigration needs to step up

Apparently Canadian Immigration doesn’t really want to help protect potential asylum seekers. In fact they seem to be afraid of them. In late June, the University of Toronto is hosting the WorldPride Human Rights Conference and is touted to be: exciting … Continue reading

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We all believe in free speech

However, we have no control over the response to that speech. While we don’t have the same constitutional protections as they do in the US, it’s something we take pretty much for granted here.   The conflict between free speech … Continue reading

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Boko Haram in Nigeria

Boko Haram is an extreme Islamist organization in Nigeria that is using terror tactics in an attempt to force the introduction of Sharia Law in at least part of the country.  In their latest attacks, they bombed a bus station in … Continue reading

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Ugandan Christian leaders like dead gays

In February of this Ugandan president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act and people convicted of committing homosexual acts are now potentially subject to life in prison. Proscribed actions include:  Aggravated homosexuality (Life imprisonment) Attempt to commit homosexuality (Life imprisonment) … Continue reading

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