Agree or Disagree: Humanity is Sacred.


From time to time, I get requests on topics we should discuss on Agree or Disagree. This is one of those times.

This topic comes from Marty. He contributes from time to time. Him and I go back a few years. Actually, maybe more than a few years. He always provides humour and intelligence whenever he contributes.

He ask the question if Humanity is Sacred?

As a reminder from other guest posts, remember to keep on topic.Do not attack anyone personally, and of course we thank Marty for contributing.

 

Here are his thoughts for you to consider.

 

Is Humanity Sacred?

That’s the question…..

 

There are several reasons I’m curious about the varied perspectives that there must be on this topic.

We live in a society that heavily values personal freedoms and individual rights; those things are often described as “constitutional”. So in the human construct of government and “The people” we have determined that we are entitled to a basic standard of living. We also sometimes make those types of decisions for those who can’t speak for themselves (ie:animals, the environment etc.)

Often these decisions are made by representative groups or individuals whose position affords them the right to do so.That said, we acknowledge not all other species should by our laws.We have laws about theft, murder,ethics,standards of food production, where and it’s ok to be naked……and so on.But we have no trouble with the idea that other species do what they please so long as those decisions don’t adversely affect our lives.

In the end, decisions made about how we and (to a degree) other life forms live,form laws,how we eat, where we poop, when we sleep and what to do with our remains after we die made by humans.

So does that merely mean that we just happen to be the only ones in a position to do so? Or is Humanity somehow sacred? Since sacredness defined is “Connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration”, and our society is increasingly moving into the post-religious, what then, from the perspective of atheists and religious alike, does that mean for humanity?

If Human life is “Sacred”; why? And if it’s not “Sacred” ….what are we?

What makes human life so important?

 

Agree or Disagree:The Podcast-A preview of Upcoming Podcasts


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The Controversy between the Edmonton Public School Board and the Edmonton Pregnancy Care Centre.

How easy is it to date in Calgary?

An early look at the Mayoral Race in Toronto.

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Agree or Disagree: Being in Love is not Enough


I think it is fair to say that we have all been in love.

Some of you still are in love. You met your Mr or Mrs Right and you are currently living your “happily ever after”.

But some of you were also in love. But,for whatever reason that is, it didn’t work out. Were you in love? Yes! Did you need more? Yes!

Mark Manson argues in this post that sometimes Love is not Enough.

http://markmanson.net/love

Do you Agree or Disagree?

Agree or Disagree: With more school choices, both taxpayers and students win.


There was an interesting perspective on this topic written in the Calgary Herald.

I’ll let you read it. It’s written by Mckenzie Hahn from Faith Beyond Belief.

She believes that more school options are beneficial for taxpayers and students.

You can read that here http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Hahn+Taxpayers+students+with+school+choice/10008477/story.html

Do you Agree or Disagree?

Agree or Disagree: Animal Rights Activists are educated on the Rangeland Derby


http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/protesters-charged-with-public-mischief-after-disrupting-calgary-stampede-s-rangeland-derby-1.1900431

We start with the above video.

It’s an annual discussion over the Calgary Stampede.

It’s also an annual event during the Calgary Stampede.

Every year, there is an Animal Rights Group, in this case the Vancouver Animal Defence League, that protests the Chuckwagon Races at the Stampede. This time two actually handcuffed themselves to the race track delaying the start of the races.

For your information, here is the website to the Vancouver Animal Defence League.  www.vancouveranimaldefenceleague.com

At the end of the video, you will hear from two of the participants of the race, Jason Glass and Kurt Bensmillier. They also make an interesting point.

They ask two questions. The first one is from Glass asking people like the Vancouver Animal Defence League.

“Come to our place and see how we care for the horses.”

The second one is from Bensmillier.

“How does delaying a race until dark safe for the animals?”

I do think these are fair questions. Particularly since this group did this for the “safety of the animals”.

What do you think? Does it seem these Animal Rights Activists groups are educated on the Rangeland Derby? Or, does it seem like a publicity stunt? 

Agree or Disagree:The Podcast-The Hobby Lobby decision.


 

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Click above to the latest Agree or Disagree:The Podcast as we review the week involving the Hobby Lobby decision.

My guest is John. He is from California and has been following American Politics for some time. He also works in the pharmaceutical industry. We discuss the decision and the impact around it.

Topics include.

The Hobby Lobby decision.
A similar decision in the 1990′s involving the Payote decision.
What exactly are the medications involved in this decision? What are they used for?
Who are the Supreme Court judges?
What does Hobby Lobby mean when they live by Christian principles? What do companies mean when they live by Christian principles?
The impact of the decision going forward. Including a decision involving Wheaton College.
You can read that here.
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/supreme-court-birth-control-wheaton-college-108567.html
What is going on with the Christian Right and the Republican Party? We also give a historical perspective?

John does not have a Twitter account. However he introduces us to a Craft Beer project he is involved in.

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What Religlous Liberty means to me as a Christian.


 

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fNYJHCxwx9E

The above video is from Barbara Green. She, along with her husband is the co-founder of Hobby Lobby.

For those of you that missed some of this, let’s catch you up. Hobby Lobby is owned by a Southern Baptist family. Specifically, the Green Family. They believe that their company should be ran on, their words not mine, Scriptural principles.

On Monday, the Supreme Court in the United States ruled that Hobby Lobby can opt out of covering specific types of contraception for employees because of religious reasons. It has opened up a whole debate on the impact of that. Some have been supportive, while others have some extreme concerns about this. Many feel the legal impact on this going forward on this will be setting some precedents. Incidentally, as of this writing, there are now religious groups petitioning the government it be exempt from hiring LGBT people. Here’s a sample article.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/religious-groups-lgbt-hiring-hobby-lobby

Now, I’m not going to speak specifically to the decision today. The reason is because we will be doing an Agree or Disagree: The Podcast on the topic. (Shameless plug)We will be speaking to an American who has been following the story closely.

What I do want to speak about is a theme in the debate that Mrs.Green spoke about. It has been a theme not only in this debate, but in other debates around the world. The term is called Religious Liberty.

There has been some interesting discussion around this term. Many on the religious side have argued about their religious rights being violated. The specific concerned seems to be Christians.

Well, I’m a Christian. I also work in the service industry.We have students with some various steps of morality and conviction.My job is to treat them with dignity. Equally. If I don’t, I don’t have a job.

Let me share a story with you. This will help explain my perception on religious liberty.

A number of years ago,there was a student that approached my desk. I wasn’t paying that close attention, but in a strong manly voice, the person spoke,

“Hello, how are you today?”

“Good” I said. I looked up. The manly voice looked quite different. The man was wearing a women’s dress, necklace, earrings, and makeup.

Now, I have to be honest. At the tIme, the transgendered group wasn’t a group of people I seen a lot of. They were not in my social circle. So, there was some shock to what I was seeing. However, something inside told me that this person was laughed at, picked on and belittled.

Today would not be that day for this person.

The person was in the process of having their records changed to her legal female name. I went to the back to get clarity on this process.

The person I spoke to explained to me the very difficult process mentally, physically , emotionally, and financially one has to go through in making this change. I learned a lot about the process and did my own research on the impact of it.

The “religion”in me could have said this was a sin. And living in Canada, I have the freedom to think that. However, with freedom comes responsibility. I also took the liberty to look closer and gain an understanding on the person, and the persons who make that decision or struggle to make it.

Religious Liberty isn’t the permission to shut people out because you don’t agree with someone’s “lifestyle”. Religious Liberty is the opportunity to speak into people’s lives in a way your God called you too.

With the same mercy, compassion, understanding, and grace your God has given you everyday.

Yes it’s a freedom. But it is also a responsibility too.

Religion our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress. And keep one polluted from the world.

James 1:27

 

Agree or Disagree: If God exists, God is male.


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This is apparently, a picture of God. I say apparently because the reality is no one has seen God. However, in many monolithic religions the idea of God is male. For most anyway.

Some have challenged the idea of God being exclusively male. People like Rachel Held Evans back in 2012. She wrote this post asking this very question of God being a man.  You can read that here.

Now, this openminded doesn’t sit well with everyone. One angry person is Owen Strachan. Strachan is the president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood declared this heresy on Twitter.
“Let’s stop pretending like all’s okay. @rachelheldevans called God a she:”God Herself” This is heresy, straight up.
At this point, let’s all put our hands on our mouths in utter shock!
You done? Good!
Because while I’m not sure I’m “all ok” with a Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, or sure what the purpose of this really is, I do think the question is fair.
While Scripture addresses God as a male, there are clearly  seems to male and female traits of God.
Here is a post that gives some examples. http://www.womensordination.org/resources/female-images-of-god-in-the-bible/
So, the question I ask is do you believe that God is exclusively male? Or, if you aren’t sure God exists, could God be male?
The other question I have is this. Are we as a society more comfortable with a male image of God?

 

 

 

Agree or Disagree: Religion is turning off our youth.


This is an interesting article and perspective on how many youth from many different faiths have been pulling away from faith and religion.

http://www.npr.org/2013/01/15/169342349/more-young-people-are-moving-away-from-religion-but-why?sc=emaf

It does seem to be a very different perspective from the generations on the role of religion in society. What do you think?

Agree or Disagree: Pregnancy from rape is something God intended


“The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

Robert Murdock GOP Senate candidate.

There was much outrage over this comment over the last week. Many of really struggled with this. One of the struggles is on the deepest level, Robert Murdock’s comments can be interpreted as rape being something God allowed to happen. That is for many reasons, very uncomfortable.

For those who don’t understand where the idea of “God intended rape” can come from. I saw this posted on Tony  Jones. He happened to post this written by John Piper.

So what do you think of this concept? And deeper then this,what are your thoughts on those who would consider abortion in cases of rape?