A special Morning Agree or Disagree: The USA plan to attack Syria


A special Morning Agree or Disagree: The USA plan to attack Syria

Usually, we do this a little later. However, if reports are true, it is quite possible we could be discussing this throughout the day.

According to several reports, the USA will be launching an attack on Syria today. If it’s not today, it will be soon. This is in spite of the Brits saying they will not be supporting this. And interestingly enough, up to 80% of Americans polled opposed to this.

What do you think?

Agree or Disagree: Marijuana is a gateway drug.


Agree or Disagree: Marijuana is a gateway drug.

There has been some recent discussions in Canada about the legalization of marijuana.

Many feel that it is about time to legalize it. That it is long past time to do it. They feel the research supports it. 

However, there is some resistance. Like Alberta Premier Alison Redford. She feels it is a gateway drug.

“We actually believe marijuana is a gateway drug into harder drugs. It’s a serious drug. It leads to addiction and we don’t believe it to be harmless.” Redford said this week.

What do you think?

Agree or Disagree: In general, you are fine with public nudity


Agree or Disagree: In general, you are fine with public nudity

You may not have been aware of this, but last weekend in Vancouver, there was Go Topless Day.

Women marched topless in a 1963 Cadillac down Robson Street to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Speeches were made by women to be allowed to bare their breasts in public. Men wearing bras joined in as well.

And according to this article from Beacon News, people are ok with this.

Are you?

Agree or Disagree: A ban of wearing religious symbols


Agree or Disagree: A ban of wearing religious symbols

You may have known that I was in Montreal the last two summers.

In Montreal, it is generally quite hard to not walk past a Catholic Church or a religious institution. Two of the top tourist attractions are churches. A cross adorns of the hills of Mont-Royal

That is why I find it interesting that Quebec is bringing forward the idea for a ban of wearing religious symbols.

According to the attached article here in The Star, here is an explanation of the idea.

The so-called charter of Quebec values, to be unveiled in the coming weeks, proposes barring public servants from wearing veils, kippas, turbans and even crucifixes while at work. A leaked report last week said the measures would apply to anyone who draws their salary from the public purse: bureaucrats, lawyers, police officers, teachers, and even doctor and nurses.

Apparently, it is gaining popularity. According to the poll The Star shared 2 out of 3 Quebecers support this.

I’m interested in how this can be done. Some religions and faiths have some specific things they must wear. How will you get around that? Moreover, this does seem to have some human rights implications to this.

Here’s another perspective from Irwin Colter.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/irwin-cotler/pq-charter-of-values_b_3804914.html?just_reloaded=1

What do you think? Would you support this? Or, are there too many implications?

Agree or Disagree: Countries boycotting the Winter Olympics for Russia’s “Anti-Gay” law


One of the big stories of the summer has been Russia’s “Anti-Gay” law.

What it is in essence is Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors”

Here is the Article 6.21 of the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses says

Propaganda is the act of distributing information among minors that 1) is aimed at the creating nontraditional sexual attitudes, 2) makes nontraditional sexual relations attractive, 3) equates the social value of traditional and nontraditional sexual relations, or 4) creates an interest in nontraditional sexual relations. 

Many athletes including Canada’s own Sidney Crosby has spoken against this.

For me growing up in Canada, my view has always been that way,” Crosby said during a news conference Sunday to kick off Canada’s Olympic camp. “I think that everyone has an equal right to play and I think we’ve been supportive of that. With the Olympics and the controversy around that I think those decisions and those laws aren’t necessarily something that I agree with personally … their laws and their views.

Watching people like Crosby and Shea Weber who has spoken out about issues like this before, it leads to this question. I realize that this will not happen, but it’s something people have been thinking about.

What if Canada, and or the USA, or any other country decided that they would boycott the Olympics in Russia because of this law?. It would not be the first boycott. It happened in 1980 in Moscow and  was followed by  a boycott in Los Angeles in 1984. Would you support this?

To give perspective on the two sides, I’ll share two different articles.

This one is Russia defending the anti-gay law. 

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Russia-defends-anti-gay-law-in-letter-to-IOC

This one expresses some opposition.

http://www.policymic.com/articles/58649/russia-s-anti-gay-law-spelled-out-in-plain-english

Agree or Disagree: There is no such thing as the “Friend Zone”


This theory comes from us from Heather Hutchison.  She is the host of a show called Tiny Bubbles Hour in Edmonton. You can follow her @Kvitsh on Twitter and @TinyBubbleShow on Twitter and Tumbir

Her and I had a conversation this week.  She thinks that there is no such thing as the “Friend Zone”. 

Here are her thoughts.

The Friend-Zone doesn’t exist.

 
People want to date/have sex with someone, or they don’t.
 
Friend-zoning is a justification invented by Nice Guys to soothe themselves after being rejected. If a woman doesn’t want to date/have sex with a man, it’s because she’s not interested and never has been, not because he’s “too nice”. 
 
Because of society and conditioning, however, women are often too polite to explain why they’re not interested. They hide behind niceties.
 
If a woman only likes “dangerous” men, it’s because she has some kind of trauma she needs to work out, or the “nice” men she rejects are actually whiny and weak and the men rejected use the nice/bad man dichotomy to make themselves feel better.

Do you Agree or Disagree?

 

Agree or Disagree: Homosexuality and Gay Marriage should make you “gag”.


Agree or Disagree: Homosexuality and Gay Marriage should make you “gag”.

This is a link from  a group called The Gospel Coalition. Their mandate is “Equipping the next generation for gospel-faithful ministry and promote church reform and culture transformation. “

Well, after reading this post, you might wonder what that exactly means.

This post was written by Thabiti  Anyabwhile. They just arrived from a trip to New Zealand where they recently celebrated one year of legalizing same sex marriage.

 As you read,it will be very clear what side of the debate he is on. It will also be very clear on which side might be winning. However, he has a theory of where his side can get some footing back.

He introduces the “yuck” factor.  What, you ask is the “yuck” factor? Let’s read Anyabwile’s explanation.

Consider how many times you’ve read the word “gay” or “homosexual” in this post without thinking about the actual behaviors those terms represent. “Gay” and “homosexual” are polite terms for an ugly practice. They are euphemisms. In all the politeness, we’ve actually stopped talking about the things that lie at the heart of the issue–sexual promiscuity of an abominable sort. I say “abominable” because that’s how God describes it in His word. I think we should describe sin (and righteousness) the way God does. And I think it would be a good thing if more people were gagging on the reality of the sexual behavior that is now becoming public law, protected, and even promoted in public schools.

So what are we talking about? (Warning: Obscene descriptions follow. If sensitive in conscience, skip the block quotes below and go to the conclusion)

We are talking about one man inserting the male organ used to create life into the part of another man used to excrete waste. We are talking about one man taking the penis of another man into his mouth, or engaging in penis-to-penis grinding.

We are talking about a woman using her mouth to stimilute the nipples, vulva, clitoris or vagina of another woman, or using her hand or other “toys” to simulate sexual intercourse.

We are talking about anilingus and other things I still cannot name or describe.

That sense of moral outrage you’re now likely feeling–either at the descriptions above or atme for writing them–that gut-wrenching, jaw-clenching, hand-over-your-mouth, “I feel dirty” moral outrage is the gag reflex. It’s what you quietly felt when you read “two men deep kissing” in the second paragraph. Your moral sensibilities have been provoked–and rightly so. That reflex triggered by an accurate description of homosexual behavior will be the beginning of the recovery of moral sense and sensibility when it comes to the so-called “gay marriage” debate.

Perhaps Anyabwile missed the parts of the debate where couples together for many years couldn’t share spousal benefits. Or, the part about those faithful couples who desired to stand before God in some way, couldn’t. Or, the simple fact that some love each other more than live itself. 

He might have also missed the parts about those that have lost their job because they were “gay”. And the parts about those that have been bullied, belittled and condemned because of their sexuality. Many to the point of dying by suicide.

Apparently, he thinks this whole debate is about a sexual preference. 

It’s posts like this that reminds us why many in the Christian community have been disqualified from participating in the conversation. Instead of acting like Jesus would with some kindness and compassion, we get a Christian masking his ignorance with Scripture.

It’s enough to make you gag.

Perhaps for clarity, we should listen to Jesse Tyler Ferguson from Modern Family say what this means.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLOtTz79pUg

  

Agree or Disagree: There’s enough support for families of children with disabilities.


Agree or Disagree: There's enough support for families of children with disabilities.

By now, many have expressed outrage over this letter. If you missed it, a neighbour wrote this letter to the Milson family in Oshawa Ontario. They have an autistic boy named Max. He’s 13 years old. Here are some of the highlights.

You selfishly put your kid outside everyday and let him be nothing but a nuisance and a problem to everyone else with that noise polluting whaling he constantly makes,” the letter reads. “That noise he makes when he is outside is DREADFUL (sic) !!!!!!!!!!

“We have a nature trail!! Let him run around those places and make noise,” the letter continues. “Crying babies, music and even barking dogs are normal sounds in a residential neighborhood!!!!! He is NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It goes on to suggest that they consider the idea of “euthanizing” the boy.

We all can agree that this letter is utterly disgraceful and inappropriate. It is right to feel some anger and sadness as I am feeling while writing this too you.

Reading this has led me to conclude some things. The first one being, there is still some ignorance and lack of awareness when it comes to people with disabilities. For many, people with disabilities, or even the idea of having a mental or physical disability has a stigma to it. It is uncomfortable, and as we know as humans, we don’t always like the uncomfortable or the different.

The second thing that this tells me is there is a lack of support for families with children with disabilities. If we examine the letter and look at what possibly happened, I think it’s a safe assumption that Max was discussed by a few people in the neighbourhood. Likely with some laughter and scorn. Also likely, with some criticism towards the family with fingers pointed at the parents. Before this letter, I wonder how many of the neighbours took the time to stand and support or ask about Max? Probably not that many.

If you are a parent, you know the joy, the thrill and the fulfillment your children bring too you. But you also know that you need support. Be it family, friends, or parent groups, it helps.

If you are a family member of someone who needs support for some deep struggle, you know how hard it is on the entire family. It can be divisive, taxing and draining.

Perhaps it’s a good time to examine if there’s enough support for families of children with disabilities?

Agree or Disagree: We are ignoring what is happening to Christians in Egypt


This is a video is from Michael Coren from Sun News.

I know that many of you will have an instant rejection of this. However, I will encourage you to watch this video.

There seems to have been very little coverage to what is happening to Christians and Christian churches in Egypt. 30-50 Christian churches have been targeted and attacked there. There is also an article you can read here from the New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/21/world/middleeast/attacks-rise-against-egypts-christians.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

I know that some have a resistance to all things Christian. However, I have also seen some of those same resisters of Christianity discuss the dignity of humans as well as the rights of humans. Surely this is a concern to see this type of attack on people?

So, the question is the attacks of Christians in Egypt being ignored? If so, why? I have one theory and it might not be popular.

I wonder if some people are ignoring this due to some hostility towards the behaviour of Christians.

What do you think?