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Hope for the future.


A glass can be half empty or half full, depending on one's view. So it is with pro-life students on Canadian University campuses. See them as subjects of persecution and therefore deserving of commiseration, or count them as resistance fighters against secular impudence and intolerance and therefore deserving of support and praise. I congratulate them for standing up for freedom of thought and speech.

Secularism, as we have argued in these pages in the past, is by no means neutral. On the contrary, as Edward Collins demonstrates again in his article "Clergy, laity and Secularism" (pp. 9-10), Secularism is first a religion and, second, one intolerant of all other beliefs, but especially hostile and aggressive against Christianity from whence it sprang. But Christianity not only remains its most formidable opponent, combining Divine Revelation with (Divine) Reason, but one which cannot be conquered. As history shows, sooner rather than later Secularism, just like all its previous incarnations will run aground on the Rock of God. For a short while of course, it may seem all pervasive. As the prophet Isaiah, 600 years before Christ, prophesied, the Lord will deal with his people "in surprising and wondrous fashion:" "the wisdom of its wise men shall perish and the understanding of its prudent men be hid." (Isaiah 29:14)

But this condition will not last.

Students on half a dozen campuses across Canada, at the Universities of Capilano (Vancouver North), Guelph and McGill, Calgary, Lakehead (Thunder Bay, ON) and others, are standing their ground for freedom of speech against the boorishness and anti-democratic bullying of the Canadian Federation of Students and their local obsequious followers (see pages 15-20). University staffs have contributed to this servile brainlessness by embracing the political correctness of the day. Religion is said to be a purely private matter that has no public relevance, while sexual "diversity" is the "in" thing and rigorously imposed upon students as, for example, at the University of Western Ontario which has opened ten washrooms for "trans-gendered" persons or those who are "in transition" from one gender to another!

It is with pride, therefore, that we take note how young men and women fighting for the dignity and preservation of babies in the womb, are following in the footsteps of their pro-life parents, foremost among today's champions for freedom of thought and conscience.

The students are acting courageously and timely both benefiting from, and, in turn, contributing to the struggle for freedom of speech endangered in society at large by run-away Human Rights Commissions. These HRCs are staffed today by those of the same mindset and political correctness as threaten the university students. Here, too, there are signs of hope. After several decades of mind-numbing submissiveness, Canadians may be finally waking up and demanding an end to the HRCs. These were principally brought into existence first to correct injustices in housing and employment as well as to provide the Jewish community an outlet to battle anti-Semitism. But with the recent religious paranoia of Muslim Jihadists, in the eighties and nineties, and the current brazen offensiveness of homosexual political activists, the time has come to cut off their censorship of free speech. (See "Repeal Section 13," pp. 21-23)

Credit should also be extended to those media which have helped expose the follies of the HRCs.

Our pro-life students are upholding a basic truth of Christian culture: the dignity of the individual person from contraception to natural death. What Secularism offers in replacement of religion is not sufficient to safeguard the core values of our civilization. While we must learn to respect other cultures, multiculturalism--whereby all cultures are considered equal--is unacceptable.

Pope Benedict re-iterated recently that, "the dignity of all persons is only truly guaranteed when all the fundamental rights are recognised, defended and promoted." He also pointed out that "the Church has always emphasized that the fundamental rights, beyond their various formulations and the distinct weight that they have in the cultural sphere, are a universal given, since they form part of the very nature of humanity."

"Natural law, inscribed by the Creator in human consciousness, is the common denominator of all persons and all people; it is a universal guide that all can understand and in virtue of which all can understand themselves." (Pope Benedict, "On 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," Dec. 11, '08,

Please support our pro-life students in word and deed.


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Author:de Valk, Alphonse
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Date:Jan 1, 2009
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