Agree or Disagree: It’s time to reopen the “Right to Die” debate.

In the midst of the other news going around the last couple of weeks, you might have missed the story of Brittany Maynard.

Brittany Maynard was a 29 year old woman who suffered from a stage 4 malignant brain cancer. She announced on YouTube that on Saturday November 1 she will end her life.

This is a really simplistic statement in of itself. So, let’s give some clarity here. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in January. She was told by doctors in April that she had six months to live.  And that six months would be very painful.

Throughout this process, Maynard became an advocate for terminally ill patients  to receive medication that will allow then to die on their own terms.You can see her video above.

Maynard’s story got lots of attention. It included a website which you can see here. And her name was mentioned over 105,000 times on Twitter according to

Considering Maynard’s story, and the many more that will not get this type of attention, is it time for us to consider reopening the “Right to Die” debate?  Before, you answer, I hope you have a look at this article. This is comprehensive look at the issues around the topic from USA Today.

I hope when you discuss this, you give the respect and dignity of all perspectives that will be shared.

Sorry Matt Walsh, but you are wrong. There is no double standard against Christians.

 don’t have much. I have a small apartment. I don’t own a vehicle. But, I considered myself privileged.




 First of all,Because I’m a Christian.


As a Christian, I get to experience some special things.


I can pray and read the Bible in public.


I can wear a shirt with a Bible verse on it.


My “Christian” holidays are honoured.


I’m also not hired or fired based on my faith.


I’m also privileged because I’m a heterosexual male.




Because I can get married anywhere at anytime.


I can hold hands with my girlfriend or wife if I had one.


I have benefits if I want I can support my wife and family. I never have to fight for it. They are given too me if I’m married.


If I choose, I can adopt children.


I’m not rejected because of my sexuality.


Speaking of sexuality, let’s talk about that. Actually, let’s start by talking about Matt Walsh. You know, the Matt Walsh who thinks he’s funny. The Matt Walsh who’s a hipster. The Matt Walsh that apparently speaks for the conservative movement. The Matt Walsh who is a Christian. The Matt Walsh that thinks he is always right.


Well, he’s wrong.


What about?


Well, for this we need to have a conversation about sexuality, religion and football.

For this we need to tell the story of Michael Sam.


For those who do not know who Michael Sam is, he is a Defensive Lineman. He attended the University of Missouri. He’s big and tough. He’s talented. He was good enough to be the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. If you know anything about college football. you know that is the best College Football in the United States.


As an aside, he’s gay. He announced it on ESPN on February 9. While there was many who supported him, there was the usual cast of opponents. Westboro Baptist Church and other organizations expressed their opposition. To both Sam and the University of Missouri.


Last weekend Michael Sam had a special moment. The moment many football players dream of all their life. He got drafted in the NFL. Now, he was the second last player picked in the draft, but he was picked in the draft.


Why is this a landmark moment? Because he is the first openly gay football drafted in the NFL. This got coverage everywhere. Including a video of the call that he was drafted. When he was drafted, there was video of him crying. His boyfriend shared a kiss on national TV.  A kiss where most of us heterosexual can share with no issue. But a kiss that got a reaction.


 Now, Sam has got some attention and has been embraced. He received an endorsement deal. He is also getting a reality show on the Oprah network. He is a celebrity and in general has received some acceptance. He is being praised by some for his courage.


I said some. Because now we bring in a CFL Player named Maurice Price. He is a Christian and he tweeted this.


My faith won’t allow me to ACCEPT what took place over the weekend #AdamandEve #NotAdamandAdam


Now we bring this to Matt Walsh.


Matt Walsh has expressed a concern there is a double standard. See Matt thinks that while we are celebrating Michael Sam for his expression, a man named Tim Tebow, who is Christian was being marginalized for expressing his.


For those who don’t remember Tebow. He was the guy that had Bible Verses on his face while he played football. He was extremely vocal about his faith.


Now, this would be the point that I would link you to Matt”s blog so you can read. But this time, I won’t do it. Why? 

Well, Matt said any time you click on his blog that he is going to donate money to what he calls “pro traditional family organizations”. Smarty pants Matt, you forgot others could read. If you want to find the blog, it’s not hard to find.


I’ll summarize it this way. He reminds that football players wished Tebow would “shut up about Jesus”.


See, Matt says. We can talk about people’s sexuality, but not religion. Proof there is a double standard. Right?




While we privileged heterosexual Christian males are enjoying our freedoms, here are the some of the battles people like Michael Sam have been battling.



Public rejection.


Criticism of public expression and who they love


Hiding who they love


Hiding who they kiss


Identity issues


The right to have spousal benefits


The right to  adopt children


The right for employment based on ability.


That’s right. Matt must have forgot what happened with World Vision. How a group of Christians expressed their anger over a Christian organization hiring people who are in a same sex marriage. We also discussed earlier this week a Christian University being under scrutiny for they way they handle that.



Matt also must have forgot the protests, the signs, the reminders some Christians have told the LGBT community that they will not be accepted. We forget the specific references  and policies we have on if we will hire ands based on their sexual or relationship preferences. We call it biblical values. We forget the verses about gossip, slander and others. We don’t have a specific policy on that. 


Matt  forgot the fact that we have a position of power. We have been put in a position to in a sense, control someone’s fate. A fate that has led  people to silence because of a fear of reprisal. A fate that has lead for many, much worse.


The reason people celebrate people like Michael Sam, Ellen Page and others that come out are being praised for their courage is because it  IS courageous. The reason it’s discussed is because someone, somewhere may be able to share where they are at.


In order to be a double standard Matt, there needs to be an equal standard.


A standard where all are equal.


Clearly that’s not happening.


So you are wrong. 

Agree or Disagree: We should take sex trafficking at the Super Bowl seriously

Agree or Disagree: We should take sex trafficking at the Super Bowl seriously

This is an article from CBC News about sex trafficking during the Super Bowl.

Members in Congress heard Monday that the Super Bowl is the “single largest human trafficking incident in the United States”.

However, some do believe this hype is overblown.

Julie Ham is a former researcher with the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women said this in the article via email.

“These concerns aren’t valid. The idea that trafficking increases during large sporting events is an unsubstantiated rumour.”

What do you think? Should we take this seriously?