Agree or Disagree: Canada needs to regain it’s cultural backbone

This is an interesting commentary from Brian Lilley from Sun News.

There was a story in the Sun about a 17 year old girl named Sonja Power from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was told that her Aikido class would be divided by gender. Men on one side and women on the other.

The reason? Because there is a Muslim man that requested it.

I might have mentioned this before, but when Sun News tells a story, I feel like there is something missing. This is another example of that.

Let us look at this story from The National Post. Here is the link.

It seems that this wasn’t actually an issue. As a matter of fact, it seems like the class understood his point.

It would seem that the reason this Muslim man for religious reasons didn’t want to be in physical contact with the females in the class.

So, on one end, we have a perspective that an action like this, as well as what happened at York University with the Muslim man asking to not participate with a female group in his class, is a sign of Canada losing it’s cultural backbone.

On the other side, it would appear this might be part of Canada’s strength. Trying to respect where people are from and well, perhaps being friendly.

What do you think? Are we losing our cultural backbone? Or, are we being a respectful culture?

Agree or Disagree: The Bible is “clear”.

Agree or Disagree: The Bible is “clear”.

The above link is a thoughtful blog from Rachel Held Evans.

There is a historical tendency for people to justify some action because they have a clear biblical mandate to do what they feel necessary. You will be able to read some of the comments in the blog.

It has made me think a little bit about this.  I admittedly used the phrase “The Bible is clear.” I’ve seen other people use the phrase. I keep thinking it has a tone of finality to it.

However, is it that simple. Can people simply use the phrase the Bible is clear? Or, is it more complex than that?


Agree or Disagree: Men are being “Wussified”-A perspective from a Man.

I tend not to get overly personal here, but I would like to tell you what I did Sunday.

I was out at the pub with guys watching football. We drank beer, ate wings, and cheered the Seattle Seahawks to victory.

I did that last weekend.

I’m going to do that in two weeks.

In this video,people are on Elisabeth Hasselbeck for the comments about asking about “Wussifying” males being a threat to National Security. Granted, not the brightest question in the world. However, the author of this book, Nick Roach, said absolutely!

I’m not sure where Nick Roach lives. I’m not sure Elisabeth Hasselbeck lives. But where I live, it would seem to me that being a man is in no way being threatened.

However, they asked the wrong question.

Some men like to hunt. Some men like to fish. Some men love cars. Some men do not. Some prefer other activities. It doesn’t mean one man is better or more manly than another.

Instead of asking how we are “wussifying” men,why don’t we have a conversation about what a quality man is?

Why don’t we stop looking at what a man is by the amount of stuff he has? There are several men who have everything life can grant to them. Money, stuff, looks, attitude. Yet, they treat women, and other people, like garbage. Some have abandoned kids.

What we should do is applaud the men that are honourable. The men who have lots or little that put their family and friends first. That take the time to contribute positively to culture. Be it volunteering, advocating, defending and supporting others. Many who do so quietly and with dignity. They may or may not hunt, or fish, or drive a car. They may prefer a simpler lifestyle.

But if you asked their friends and family, they would call them a man. And they are loved for it.

At the end of life, the things that will matter and the things that I will reflect on is not how you measured up to society’s image of man.

What will matter is the type of man I became.

Agree or Disagree: Taxi Cabs should charge a “Vomit Fee”

Agree or Disagree: Taxi Cabs should charge a “Vomit Fee”

This is an idea that Toronto Cab Companies are putting forth as part of a taxi review.

You can read the story up top. Basically, if you are out at night, and you need a cab, you might have to pay a $25 deposit for what is called a “vomit fee”.

If this happens, would you pay it?

Agree or Disagree: Society and the Church approach Sex before marriage totally wrong.

Agree or Disagree: Society and the Church approach Sex before marriage totally wrong.

This is a post  from Connie Jakab about a complex subject. Sex before marriage.

The topic of sex before marriage is a topic that many in the Christian church take and have taken seriously. Many for various reasons will tell you the importance of why they wait. Some will concede specifically because of Scripture. Others will take it a step further and tell you other reasons. 

And while the church have mentioned this in message after message, the fact is there are Christians who have had or will have sex before marriage.  The other fact is, some will never publicly admit it. The reason is many know they will feel condemned, shamed and judged.

Now many in society, or those that used to be part of the Christian church, think this is an unreasonable expectation.  Some might think that this idea is actually archaic. Sex is a natural part of life they might say.  But others actually take the concept of waiting seriously . Maybe they may not wait until marriage, but they will take it seriously.

So, I’ll encourage you to read Connie’s post. Then ask what you think about the concept of sex before marriage? Does the church or society have it right?

Agree or Disagree: The Professional Sports World is more accepting of homosexuality.

Recently, I was thinking back to high school.

I remembered back to how the social structure went. There was categories. There was Bangers Preps, and Skaters. We also had Nerds and Geeks . My high school had a strong band contingent as we were well known for our band.

Depending on your opinion, the Bangers, Preps, Skaters, Nerds and Geeks were all different levels in the social structure. I’m sure no different then any other school. What seemed constant however was who was on top of the list.


The Athletes were beautiful. They were confident, well put together, smart. They made our school famous as they represented us in sports like football and basketball. Often wearing their jerseys before the “big game”, we would acknowledge and admire their efforts. We would cheer them on. They would nod and acknowledge you.

When they win championships, we would off course, celebrate them. There would also be pep rallies in which we would cheer and clap them to victory.

Obviously, this still happens. In school and also of course in a professional sports world. Other than actors, many professional athletes are some of the most famous people in the world. We have an expectation and an image of them that some might feel they must hold.

Yet for some, they have a secret they are not ready to share. The secret is that they might be gay.

Now, of course for you and I, that is debatable on whether or not that is a big deal. We have had that discussion before haven’t we? However, in the world of athletics, many feel uncomfortable. There has been times in the locker room when people have been called those names. You know those names we don’t need to mention them. For the athletes that are gay, the words no doubt cut deeper then we can imagine.

As we approach the Olympics in Sochi Russia, let’s not forget the law that has been discussed and protested.

Starting tonight, TSN is opening a discussion that many feel has been a long time coming. They are doing a three part series called ReOrientation. It discusses professional athletes and homosexuality. It discusses the culture around it. You can see the preview video to see if this interests you.

The question I bring forward is this. Do you perceive or do you have the knowledge to believe that there has been a change in culture in the professional sports world that an athlete can come out? Does it matter to you?

Or is your image different then that?

Agree or Disagree: This man’s religious rights were violated

Agree or Disagree: This man’s religious rights were violated

Above is a rather… bizarre story.

I have to explain this in a kind of picture this.

Male student arrives in Canada. He decides to study at York University.

Perhaps not reading the brochure, or doing any research available to him, the man makes a shocking discovery. 

There are women in his classroom.According to the man’s religious beliefs, at this point unknown, he cannot study with women

He decides to take this issue to the Dean Martin Singer of York University. After an unknown time of discussion, Dean Singer agrees that the man should not have to work with the women in his group. He should work with males.

This is in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Canada.

The instructor, J. Paul Grayson is in the class everyday. He has a sense of how the entire class, men and women interact. He sees the behaviour of the man towards his female counterparts.

He decides to defy the order of the Dean. He orders the male to work with the women in a group. 

Grayson’s  reason why he made this decision? 

We have to make a value choice,” he told the Toronto Sun. “What’s more important, the rights of females who make up 54% of the population, or those of individuals with religious notions incompatible with egalitarianism?

Rightly I think, Grayson is being applauded and supported for his decision. He has received many emails supporting this decision.

The question is was York University right in granting this request first? Is this mans religious rights violated?