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


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A preview of upcoming Podcasts. Topics include

 

The Liknes/O’Brien case and the impacts going forward.

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: 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: We as a society look down on the disabled.


By now there have been enough tweets commenting on how Ann Coulter called President Barack Obama a “retard”.

The anger and disappointment towards the action of Coulter is rightly justified.

A young man named John Franklin, who has Down Syndrome posted this Open Letter to Ann Coulter.  You have to admire his gentleness and respect he took towards her in the letter. This paragraph, I really liked.

After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me.  You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV

As justified as the outrage is towards the comment Ann Coulter made, I feel like something is missing here.She is not the first or the last person to insult someone with this word. It has happened at many different places at many different times. As a matter of fact, it might have been you that have said it or heard it.

What the letter brings to mind too me is how we look at the disabled. Do we look down upon them? Or admire them?

Agree or Disagree: Equal Pay for Equal Work


It is somewhat strange too me that in 2012, we still bring this up.

Last night during the Presidential debate, there was a discussion about women in the workforce.

It was interesting to listen to some of the focus groups on MSNBC and CNN. While the general feedback from the focus group was that Romney was strong on the economy, he did not do well in women issues. It even came across from women who would vote for Romney.

As Chris Matthews from MSNBC asked, it is interesting that Romney never answered that question. Granted, Matthews is a Obama supporter.

So I ask you, what do you think? Is this a fair expectation. Not only for women, but for the overall work force?

Agree or Disagree: You can’t reform bullies, but you can teach your kids courage


it has been the talk of the weekend.

A young woman in B.C. named Amber Todd tragically took her life due to the act of bullying.

We reflect on another situation and we wonder why this has happened. We have called out to end bullying. All of that, I agree with wholeheartedly. It is sad this has happened and my heart breaks.

Perhaps Markham Hislop has brought up a point we need to consider in this article here http://beaconnews.ca/calgary/2012/10/you-cant-reform-bullies-but-you-can-teach-your-kids-courage/

What are your thoughts on this?

Agree or Disagree-We need to stop volunteering at homeless shelters and soup kitchens


Last night I participated in discussion on how to solve some issues related to poverty in Calgary.

There were many themes and discussions that came out. One thing we did get too, I think was some deeper discussion then a simple “hand out.”

This point came from someone who I would consider qualified to make this statement. It’s someone who has spent some time at  the shelter and has worked with volunteers.

This is the statement that was said. “Instead of 30 people coming from a church and spending an hour helping in the kitchen, why not 3 come and spend some real time with them.”

There was another theme that came up that was interesting. A theme called “Poverty Porn”. The term comes from a book called Damnation. It basically means that perhaps our help is more on the level of making us feel good, rather then actual help. Instant Gratification.

Here is an interesting thing to note. Did you know when the boom hit in Calgary from 2001-2006 that the top 20% of Calgarians  felt the positive impact of it. In other words, the money that we thought should solve the problem didn’t.Those that were stuck, were still stuck. 

Clearly, we do need to look at different ways. And to add another perspective, I’ll post Culture Rebels blog as a part of this which you can read here. http://culturerebel.com/blog/why-we-need-stop-volunteering-at-soup-kitchens-and-homeless-shelters

Happy Anniversary: A reflection of 2 years of Agreeing or Disagreeing


I didn’t know what I was doing.

 I think it was a Friday. I was walking to the mall near my work for lunch.  At the time, it was my Friday tradition. I went to this place and ordered my lunch. She was a very friendly lady who knows what I want. I place my order, which follows with a payment. I’m fairly regular at this place and paid numerous times. But this time after I hit the Ok button on the debit machine, there was the next question.

 

Add Tip?

 

Add Tip? This is fast food. “What tip is worthy of this project?” I ask myself. It’s not like they are bringing this to the table. I will be carrying this to the table. Why should I give a tip? Does everyone get a tip?

 

I decided to take this to Facebook. Because Facebook has answers. Facebook is like Google, but different.  This is what I ask:

 

‘Agree or Disagree: You should give a tip for service’.

 

There was a bunch of comments. I was really surprised.

 

This is fun, I thought. Let’s try this again. I can’t remember the second topic, but I know I started it with an Agree or Disagree.

 

A bunch more comments.

 

I started doing this every day. People kept commenting.  People from different perspectives were talking to people they normally would not talk to. Usually, we are in our own bubbles with like-minded people. This was different. Christians from more of a conservative mindset, discussed with Liberals. And then others who would subscribe to something different or quite frankly didn’t care, chimed in. Often there were has been debates, discussions. But people started talking.

 

And still are.

 

That was two years ago. The truth is, I don’t have the exact date of when Agree or Disagree started, but in that time, there has been much that I have learned and observed from this process. I’d like to take the time to share about what I have observed.

 

For those who don’t know, I live in a city called Calgary. You probably are familiar with the Calgary Stampede. We have about a million people. It would be accurate to call this city a conservative city. Yes, there is money here. Generally, people are doing well. There aren’t a lot of waves to rock here. It’s comfortable. In my time specifically being involved in the Christian Community, I would generally say the Christianity mirrors the feeling of the city. Comfortable. However, I always think it’s good to look under the surface. There is what you see, and what you might miss if you look too quickly.

 

One of the first things I noticed is that I think that there are some real presumptions that many Christians have made about the “world” or the “secular”. The presumption at times is the “Non-Christians” have low morals or low values. Some Christians have went so far as to call them God-hating. I think from what I can see, these are dangerous presumptions. Having a faith or subscribing to a religion or not does not automatically assumes morals and values. It’s very clear that this is not the case.

 

At the same time, I think the same can be said by those who do not subscribe to a faith that those who do have not thought that their faith, values, and convictions through. You may not fully agree with some of the thoughts, but I think that generally there has been much thought and pondering on what they think. I can say that from the perspective, not just from the Christians, you read comments from. I have had a number of years of being involved with the church in Calgary, and I do think many have thought deeply about their view.

 

My experience with the church, particularly in Calgary, but in other places as well, leads to some comments I would like to make to Christians. I must admit part of this comes from a question that I was asked about my spiritual questions I have asked over time.

 

There is a real sense in Calgary that many Christians have readily accepted the teachings of the pulpit speaker without challenging or questioning. We have places that are very “hyped” with their worship. At times, it comes across like a cheerleading group that encourages people to be more happy than real. And what has followed is this has led to some accepting Bible messages or theories that are based on what everyone thinks. I have a practical example to share.

 

There was a service I was at a number of months ago where it appeared  that they were trying to grow limbs. How the speaker explained it was that most people had one part of their body shorter than the other.

After a long few minutes of his talk, he called people up to have this happen. Now maybe it’s my stand back nature, but this did not seem right to me. It was quite unsettling. Yet, they came up. Now I’m sure that someone felt that they had a miracle that night. I wouldn’t take that away. But in the back of my mind, I wondered how many people went up, because they wanted to be a part of the group. Or feel holy.

 

Yet, in the same breath, are the understated and the undercurrent of the church in Calgary. That is there has been some that have been deeply hurt by the church. And perhaps some have been hurt by people in a position of authority in the Church. When I say authority, I think of pastors, or spiritual leaders that some have felt they’ve taken advantage of their position. It has resulted in some deep hurt,resentment, and questions. It feels like people know, but are afraid to say it. They have sat in the pew, or have heard a message. Something tells them it isn’t right. But there was a fear to challenge. But you can feel the move of change where that fear of feeling “right” is moving to question whether it is.

 And this has moved the conversation to a place where people can be open. Find people who think the same way as they do.

 And I’m sensing it’s not only happening with the post, but it seems to be going forward. I’m hoping people are actually sitting down and talking with their friends and family. Maybe you won’t comment on this, but you will talk with them about what you think of this.

 I would like to just end this by saying Thank you. Whether you only read this once and said this wasn’t your cup of coffee. Or you pop in every once in a while. Or you are eagerly awaiting whatever I’m going to post. I want to say thank you for the time you have taken to read. It truly is humbling and surprising in many ways, that people read this.

Question: How has the world truly changed since September 11, 2001?


Instead of coming up with an Agree or Disagree, I thought we could discuss a question.

We all know the event, or lived through the actions of Sept 11, 2001. The questions asked every year was where were you on that day? 

I’ll tell you where I was. I woke up in the morning hearing my roommate screaming at the TV. He could not believe what he saw. I could not either. It was a surreal to watch. Like a movie, but more. I remember yelling at the TV saying President George W. Bush not to go on a plane back to Washington D.C.  And being scared for the reporters and the people running through the streets of New York with debris. The news was coming fast and no one knew what was going on. So many questions and at the time less answers until later in the day.

We all know what has happened since. On May 2,2011, Osama Bin Laden was killed. Security on airplanes and the Canada-US boarders were to be tightened.

There is so many things that changed the way we live since that day. My question to you is, how have you seen the  world change since 9/11/2001?