Articles from November, 2016

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Cultural Divides


You may have read a couple of weeks or so ago of a Montreal housing complex here in Canada that was until recently moving in the direction of becoming more or less an Islamic enclave, fully compliant with Sharia law. For one thing, they would refuse to pay interest on their mortgages, which Nabil Warda, the mover and shaker behind this scheme, describes it in these terms: “A lot of Muslims have problems with the idea of interest, which in ... (Continue reading)

Young Sam and Somalis


Another Islamic terrorist attack in America, this time in Ohio, where a Somali-born student, 'self-radicalized' according to reports, went on a rampage with his car, ramming into a crowd of his fellow students, before jumping out and stabbing two with a butcher knife. A campus police officer checking out a nearby gas leak showed up at 9:43 a.m., and the perpetrator, refusing to drop the knife, was deceased by a police bullet at 9:43 a.m. God rest his troubled soul, ... (Continue reading)

The End of Castro


Justin Trudeau shows his true colours once again, eulogizing Castro as a 'friend' of his Dad's, who 'made significant improvements to the healthcare and education of his island nation', whom he also had the 'opportunity to meet', along with his Castro's three sons, ending up praising him as a 'remarkable leader'. The reaction has been swift and brutal, with the Prime Minister ridiculed with parodies of eulogies of Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin and so on, who also 'improved' their nations ... (Continue reading)

To Be a Pilgrim: Thanksgiving as a Pilgrimage


      Thanksgiving, for most people here in America, is something of a precursor of Christmas that initiates a deluge of holiday hits playing ad nauseum in public and private locales until sugar plum fairies dance in your worst nightmares. It is a day when family and friends gather together across a table laden with various delicacies erroneously claimed to be eaten by Pilgrims and Indians, trying their best to avoid ever-controversial politics and religious topics that just might start a ... (Continue reading)

Einstein’s God


Max Jammer valiantly tried to make sense of Einstein’s religious notions in his book Einstein and Religion, but few of his readers would contest the view that Einstein’s seemingly contradictory thoughts on religion prove difficult to fathom in a coherent way. As various scholars have noted, Einstein’s genius as a physicist did not carry over to philosophy and theology. In his infamous 1930 essay titled “Religion and Science,” Einstein disparaged the idea of a personal God. He never recanted this ... (Continue reading)

Philosophers, Trudeau and Trump

The New White House?

Today is the feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, a woman 'renowned for her learning', put to death as a virgin martyr in 305 under Emperor Maximiam (whose wife the saint converted, and who was also thereby condemned).  The emperor brought in the best and brightest pagan philosophers to convince Catherine of the folly of Christianity, but Catherine's reasoning and eloquence bested them all.  So Maxentius resorted to the argument that ends all arguments, the ad baculum fallacy, or 'to ... (Continue reading)

Of Severed Heads, Pronoun Wars and Canaries


An Italian neurosurgeon, Sergio Canavero, is planning to head up the first human body-head transplant, taking the head from a man, Valery Spiridonov, who is suffering from spinal muscular atrophy which confines him to a wheelchair, and putting it on the body of a 'brain dead' victim, I mean, donor. There are so many issues with this prospective $128 million operation, involving apparently 100 surgeons: There has never been a successful head transplant in any animal (at least one that ... (Continue reading)

Saint Caecelia, and What Church Music Should Be


Today is the feast of Saint Caecelia, a young virgin martyr in Rome, put to death either in the late second or early third century.  She was married, against her will, during which ceremony she 'sang in her heart to the Lord'.  For that one phrase, she was adopted as the patroness of music (her husband, by the way, according to the tradition, respected her wish to remain a virgin, being baptized himself after a vision of the angel protecting ... (Continue reading)

Youthful Ambition Pays Big


So Mr. Oosterfhoff has won the by-election, becoming the youngest MP ever to win a seat in the provincial legislature.  I wish him and his constituents all the best, but still stand by what I wrote, that there should be certain criteria for leadership, whether by custom or by law.  Ideally, we as voters would and should just know who would make a good candidate, but things have become so disordered, the whole system so open to abuse, demagoguery, ... (Continue reading)

Laying Heavy Burdens of Carbon


John Robson is right, when he decries the hypocrisy of Prime Minister Trudeau and his entourage of 225 ‘delegates’ to the ‘climate change’ conference in sunny and warm Morocco.  Yes, you read rightly, that’s 200 plus 25, along with Trudeau, his whole family, and one may presume an in-law  and nanny or two, trailing one giant plume of exhaust, leaving a ‘carbon footprint’ worthy of a entire medium-sized African country.  Do not think these ‘elites’ will be dwelling in ... (Continue reading)

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