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Freedom of Religion

Cardinal Collins: College of Physicians has 'revoked the right of conscience of every doctor in Ontario'

Cardinal Thomas Collins, archbishop of Toronto, strayed from his theme on how to live a life of faith during a homily before several thousand Catholics last month, to rebuke governments, courts, and professional regulators for "suppression" of conscience and religious freedom.

During Mass at the Lift Jesus Higher Rally at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on March 7, Collins recommended a three-step path for "flying to the heart" of Christian faith, starting with "cleaning out the temple,"-our personal lives-followed by knowing and living the "Law of the Lord." The third step was to know "Jesus Christ crucified" in our minds and hearts, and to preach Him in words and acts.

But personal as the theme was, and appropriately so for mid-Lent, Collins demonstrated a shrewd, if understated, appreciation for the increasingly hostile political and cultural climate in Canada and Ontario.

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James Lunney: Christianity under siege

The past year has seen unprecedented attempts to diminish, discredit and suppress a Christian world-view in law, medicine and academia. That was the message from Christian leaders a few weeks ago in Ottawa. At the same time three politicians, all Christians, were publicly condemned as ignorant and unscientific for daring to disagree with an intolerant fundamentalist religion. Questioning theory vs. fact is the unpardonable sin for adherents of evolutionism.

Bigotry and intolerance are the trademark of militant atheism and its adherents' campaign against God. Conrad Black exposed as much in his eloquently written and defended articles recently. As a multi-racial, multicultural, multi-faith society, Canada has been known to a world in conflict as a standard for respect for diversity and inclusion. However, a religious defence of science seems to be the vehicle for the most vitriolic, pejorative, vulgar campaigns of intolerance and ad hominem attacks in Canada today.

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Blogger hacked to death with meat cleavers in Bangladesh: 'I stabbed him because he humiliated my prophet'

A blogger was hacked to death by three men in Bangladesh's capital on Monday, and two of the attackers were caught near the scene, police said.

The killing took place a month after a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death in Dhaka.

In the latest incident, Washiqur Rahman Babu, 26, was declared dead at a hospital shortly after being attacked in Dhaka's Tejgaon area, police official Biplob Kumar Sarker said.

Two suspects, both students at Islamic schools, were captured and three meat cleavers were recovered, Sarker said. The third suspect fled, he said.

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Christians 'Must Be Made' to Bow

This column by Frank Bruni in The New York Times is lighting up a lot of us this morning, judging by my e-mail. It captures the spirit animating the LGBT movement and its allies. That the most powerful newspaper in America would feel comfortable publishing this is a signal. This is not a war we have chosen, but make no mistake, it is a war.

Here are the relevant excerpts

Canada's Supreme Court to decide whether gvmt can force Catholic school to teach course on moral and religious relativism

The Supreme Court of Canada will rule Thursday whether the Quebec government has the right to force a faith-based private high school to teach a controversial ethics and religious culture program (ERC) touted by the government as "secular" and "neutral."

The program, running from grade one until the end of high school, has been criticized for its moral relativism, its positive portrayal of homosexuality, and for teaching children to question their own religious upbringing.

At the center of the case is Loyola High School, a Montreal Catholic school run by the Jesuits. In effect, the court will determine whether Catholic schools can truly be Catholic.

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