Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Godelieva De Troyer is dead now. The man who killed her says she wanted it that way.
Life News: “No one should support any doctor who thinks the right prescription for depression is death,” said ADF International Legal Counsel Robert Clarke. “We are pleased that Tom will be able to pursue justice in the Belgian court. We trust the court will take his case seriously and that the case will be properly managed and progressed quickly so that justice will be done.”
The New Yorker: In Belgium and in the Netherlands, where patients can be euthanized even if they do not have a terminal illness, the laws seem to have permeated the medical establishment more deeply than elsewhere, perhaps because of the central role granted to doctors: in the majority of cases, it is the doctor, not the patient, who commits the final act.
DeMorgen (Translated via Google): In an extensive article examines the American magazine The New Yorker euthanasia in non-terminally ill people. Three Belgian families are central. They complain about too little involvement and quick decisions.
Life News: I have written several times about how De Troyer’s son,Tom Mortier, who has been indefatigable trying to bring attention to the profound injustice of Belgium euthanasia. (Imagine receiving a telephone call from a hospital telling him to pick up your just-euthanized mother’s remains. He has even brought a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights.
ADF Media: The case against a doctor who killed a woman for being depressed and then didn’t have anyone inform her son until the next day is headed back to a Belgian criminal court.
Christianity Today: What do Canadian evangelicals believe, and how are they viewed by Canada as a whole? Some new stats provide insight.
Breitbart: The mother tried to get the Catholic school system to allow her son to use the little girl’s room and they refused. The school has even installed a special non-gendered bathroom for this situation, but the mother feels this solution is not good enough for her child; she claims no harm will come to anyone if he is allowed to use the girls’ restroom. She cited a doctor who said the boy has “gender dysphoria.”
The American Conservative: Let’s understand what happened here. This Christian jeweler agreed to custom-make engagement rings for a lesbian couple, knowing that they were a couple, and treated them politely. But when they found out what he really believed about same-sex marriage, even though the man gave them polite service, and agreed to sell them what they asked for, the lesbian couple balked, and demanded their money back — and the mob threatened the business if they didn’t yield. Which, of course, he did.
Trove (Toronto Star): Much has been written — and shouted — about an updated sex education curriculum that leaves many Ontarians all hot and bothered.
Rome Reports (Translated via Google): “He asked permission to his family doctor, whom he knew for 20 years. The doctor told him that his request came too soon. It also asked a psychiatrist who dismissed his petition.” -Roger Kiska, ADF International
Christian News Network: A public school teacher in Canada recently explained at an educator’s conference how she convinces young children to accept homosexuality and same-sex households.
The Christian Institute: A Canadian author who was brought up by her homosexual father and his multiple partners has expressed opposition to same-sex marriage.
Public Discourse: Americans need to understand that the endgame of the LGBT rights movement involves centralized state power—and the end of First Amendment freedoms.
Religion News Service: Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that a small town in Quebec may not open its council meetings with prayer.
CBC: The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled the municipal council in the Quebec town of Saguenay cannot open its meetings with a prayer.
The Christian Institute: The Supreme Court in Canada has upheld the right of a school to continue teaching religious studies in line with its religious ethos.
Life News: Recently, the Canadian British Columbia Court of Appeal saved a disabled woman from being literally starved to death.
National Catholic Register: ADF International’s executive director, Benjamin Bull, said the government “cannot require a private religious school to tell its students that their faith is no more valid than a myriad of other, conflicting faith traditions. All faith-based organizations must be free to speak and act consistently with their faith or religious freedom is not at all free.”
Alliance Defending Freedom: Recently, the Canadian British Columbia Court of Appeal saved a disabled woman from being literally starved to death.
Panam Post: “This decision means that faith-based schools are free to operate according to the faith they teach and espouse,” said lawyer Gerald Chipeur, [allied attorney] from the Alliance Defending Freedom. “This ruling makes clear that the government is on dangerous ground if it seeks to force a private organization to act in a manner completely contrary to its deepest faith convictions.”
Religion News Today (Montreal Gazette): When it finally ended Thursday, the private Catholic school for boys in Montreal expressed delight with the Supreme Court’s verdict in its favour.
CBC (The Canadian Press): The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Quebec infringed on the religious freedom of a Catholic high school in Montreal by requiring it to teach the province’s Ethics and Religious Culture program.
The Globe and Mail: In a judgment that reins in Quebec’s effort to take religion out of its schools, the Supreme Court has ruled that the province infringed on religious freedoms when it refused to allow a private Catholic school in Montreal to teach Catholicism from its own faith-based perspective.
Acton Institute: An attorney working with the Alliance Defending Freedom International filed a brief last year with the high court in defense of the school after the court granted them the right to intervene in defense of the school’s freedom of religion and conscience.
ADF International: The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously Thursday that the government cannot force a private Catholic high school to teach a government-mandated ethics and religion course that includes teaching contrary to Catholic belief.
La Ley (translated via Google): In the document submitted with the support of the NGO Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), it argues that the controversial regulation of euthanasia has allowed “prime the personal autonomy of those who have a desire to die on the constitutional responsibility of the State to ensure.
wPolityce (translated via Google): From the last correspondence we know that the Court began deliberations on this matter, which, we hope, is an indication that it has been treated as a priority because of the serious problems which raises. – Said one of the lawyers Mortier, Robert Clarke of the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom organization.
Alliance Defending Freedom: One of the saddest realizations that can come to anyone studying the news – locally, nationally, globally – is how endlessly, indefatigably, so many forces are working to negate and erode the value of human life.
The Christian Science Monitor: The Korean pastor from Toronto who has disappeared in North Korea is an “outdoorsy guy” who likes to ice fish and whose last trip abroad was to help villagers in the Amazon, according to clergy of his Light Korean Presbyterian Church.
CNN: A Canadian pastor, who went to North Korea on a humanitarian trip in late January, is being held in the reclusive Communist state, his family said early Thursday.
CBC News: The B.C. woman who made a living will to avoid a slow death will continue to be fed at the care facility where she lives after the Court of Appeal dismissed a bid from petitioners to let her die.
Public Discourse: Most Americans are probably not aware that the push to create a right to assisted suicide is an international effort. The Canadian Supreme Court has just ruled that parliament must enact laws allowing assisted suicide.
Reuters: A head pastor of large Canadian church has failed to return from a humanitarian mission to North Korea, and the Canadian government has reached out to try to locate him, his Toronto-based church said on Monday.
National Post: The Supreme Court of Canada has made an activist decision by giving physicians the right in law to cause the death of people by euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Last week, I shared with you some of the good news of important victories your prayers and support have enabled Alliance Defending Freedom to have a part in across the U.S. But we’ve also been blessed with encouraging wins in courts overseas – wins that have great potential to influence U.S. jurists, protect religious liberty and national sovereignty, and perhaps even favorably impact similar cases in our own country in the years ahead.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In a recent unanimous decision, the Canadian Supreme Court overturned a longstanding ban on doctor-aided death. The Court found that the ban violates a person’s right to life, liberty, and security of person under the Canadian Charter of Rights, if that person has an incurable condition that causes “enduring and intolerable suffering.”
Calgary Herald: We might have an entirely lawless Canada as far as assisted suicide is concerned, what Calgary lawyer Gerry Chipeur refers to as “no country for old men.” Or middle-aged women. Or possibly even young children.
Law and Religion UK: The Supreme Court agreed with Smith J that the prohibition on physician-assisted dying had the effect of forcing some individuals to take their own lives prematurely, for fear that they would be incapable of doing so when they reached the point where suffering had become intolerable.
Juicy Ecumenism: Canada’s top court has effectively overturned its nation’s laws against assisted suicide, overriding longstanding legislation of Canada’s elected representatives and a thousand years of Common Law, not to mention even more ancient understandings about human life rooted in millennia of Jewish and Christian teaching, which is no little thing. But fully self-actualized philosopher kings and queens in judicial robes may do so cavalierly, because they are the vanguard of the ever progressing radically autonomous individual, who is subject to no normative reality and may endlessly reimagine truth contingent only on need.
The Globe and Mail: Canadian adults in grievous, unending pain have a right to end their life with a doctor’s help, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday.
CBN: The Alliance Defending Freedom had been helping in the fight to uphold the ban on euthanasia. ADF Senior Counsel Brett Harvey expressed disappointment that the court has essentially legalized it.
The Daily Signal: In a decision with serious international ramifications, Canada’s highest court has overturned an absolute ban on assisted suicide/euthanasia and has given Parliament one year to create a “stringently limited, carefully monitored system of exceptions.”
One News Now: Trinity Western University in British Columbia Bar has sued associations in three Canadian provinces because they have voted to not recognize attorneys who graduate from the Christian university’s future law school. This week, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruled that that province’s bar association is out of line and is discriminating on the basis of religion.
Life News: The Canadian Supreme Court has struck down Canada’s ban on assisted suicide, saying it violates the right to life of terminally ill people.
ADF Media: The Canadian Supreme Court struck down total prohibitions on doctor-prescribed death Friday but said that Parliament may only allow a “stringently limited, carefully monitored system of exceptions” and affirmed that physicians cannot be forced to participate in killing someone because patients do not have a “right to death.” Canada’s existing laws will remain in place for another year.
Canadian disability rights activist implores Supreme Court not to strike down Canada’s laws prohibiting assisted suicide
National Right to Life: Canada’s Supreme Court is considering the case of Kay Carter and physician assisted suicide. As a Canadian who has been incurably ill and disabled for more than 30 years with degenerative multiple sclerosis (MS), I implore the Supreme Court not to strike down Canada’s laws prohibiting assisted suicide. The laws are there to protect vulnerable people when they are at their lowest point of life and overwhelmed by their circumstances.
Space enough for all: Nova Scotia Supreme Court makes decision on Trinity Western University Law School
Canadian Council of Christian Charities: People disagree about many things in a pluralistic and multicultural society such as Canada. But perhaps the most passionate debate in recent years is found among those caught in a controversy involving religion and sexuality.
MercatorNet: The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons is consulting on whether patients’ right of access to certain procedures, such as abortion, should trump the rights of those physicians who refuse, for reasons of conscience, to provide them. Dr. Marc Gabel, a College official, chairs the working group looking at this issue, which is drafting a new policy on “Professional Obligations and Human Rights.”
National Right to Life: The onset of multiple sclerosis is sudden. I went dead from the waist down. I could not distinguish something hot from something cold. I could not distinguish blunt from sharp. Overnight, I lost the use of my right hand, and I am right handed. My wife had to help me dress. For a time, I could not hold a pencil, and when I came to the point where I could, I scribbled like a little kid. Within a week, I had gone from the world of the able-bodied to the world of the disabled. They are distinctly different worlds, rather like two solitudes.
World Religion News: A school board in Ontario is being subjected to a human rights complaint. This comes after a Canadian man has taken issue with the fact that the school has a Christian life center as well as a close relationship with the Habitat for Humanity organization. Specifically, Rene Chouinard says that the school is supporting Christianity by showing a preference for the religion at its facilities as well as in their support of Christian organizations.
Law and Religion Australia: In a previous post I noted the ongoing controversy over whether Trinity Western University, in British Columbia, Canada, can train lawyers who will be able to practice in Canada. TWU as a Christian University requires its students to agree to comply with a Code of Conduct, part of which bans all sexual intimacy outside the traditional marriage between a man and woman.
Judge’s tough decision lectures about church rights and protections from ‘power of the state’ in huge win for Christian law school battling for survival
The Blaze: The court ruled that the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, which regulates legal practices in the province, does not have the right to issue such a denial, concluding that the governing body violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canada’s bill of rights, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal firm based in the United States.
The College Fix: Big win for religious freedom up north: The forces of secularism can’t punish law school graduates because their institution forbids premarital sex or sex outside of traditional marriage, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom.
ADF Media: A Nova Scotia trial court ruled Wednesday that the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society does not have the authority to deny accreditation to Trinity Western University’s law school because of its biblical beliefs on appropriate sexual behavior. The court concluded that the NSBS violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and did not consider “the concerns for religious freedom and liberty of conscience.”
Life News: In a landmark decision already twenty-seven years old today, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canada’s then-existing abortion regulations were unconstitutional. While many Canadians grieve the subsequent loss of a full quarter of their generation through abortion, others celebrate this day with exuberance, calling Canadians to protect their unfettered access to abortion at any stage of the pregnancy.
CBCNews: The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has struck down a decision by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society to deny graduates of British Columbia’s Trinity Western University the right to practise law in the Maritime province.
Times Colonist: Nova Scotia’s law society doesn’t have the authority to deny accrediting graduates from a Christian university because of the school’s policy prohibiting sexual intimacy outside marriages between men and women, the province’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
Christian News Network: Concerns are growing as the Canadian Supreme Court is set to rule on the country’s current assisted suicide ban, which provides criminal penalties for those who take part in ending the life of another.
CBC News: Graduates of the law school at B.C.’s Trinity Western University will be able to practise in New Brunswick, as a move to rescind their future accreditation failed to pass today.
The Wall Street Journal: In the wake of Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, secular advocacy groups in Canada are calling on their government to abolish the country’s blasphemy libel law, which makes it a crime to speak sacrilegiously about god.
Christian News Network: Two Mennonite ministers in Canada have officiated the denomination’s first same-sex “wedding,” holding the service publicly in a “church” building in Saskatchewan.
Life Site News: New Brunswick newly-elected Liberal premier, Brian Gallant, declared this morning that he would scrap previous abortion regulations and work with regional health authorities to “increase capacity” and “improve timeliness to access.”
Life News: Follows of Jesus desire to live selfless lives and this is characterized by putting others needs ahead of their own. I bring this up in connection with the work of faith-based pregnancy care centres. These centres are for the most part staffed by volunteers who give up much to come to the aid of those in need.
Life News: This week nearly a dozen MPs, from across party lines, are introducing a bill that would “make it explicitly illegal for doctors to abort foetuses on grounds of gender alone.” Canada is not exempt from this extreme form of misogyny.
Toronto Suns: Members of the B.C. Law Society have asked their governing body to overturn a decision to accredit graduates from Trinity Western University’s law program.
National Right to Life: Today the Supreme Court of Canada will hear argument in an appeal which seeks to strike down Canada’s Criminal Code prohibition against assisting suicide.
Public Discourse: For both principled and practical reasons, the Supreme Court of Canada should maintain the country’s legal ban on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.
The Christian Post: A recent graduate from a Canadian Christian University who applied for a job with a Norwegian wilderness tourism company got the shock of her life when she was “attacked” for her religion in a series of emails in which Mary, the mother of Jesus, is called a “whore” and Jesus is threatened with sodomy.
National Right to Life: This story–“Abortion clinics in Maine see ‘spike’ in New Brunswick clients”– from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is a textbook example of making news instead of reporting news. Taken in the context of what happened last week and which was almost completely ignored, it reminds us there are journalistic sins of commission and omission.
Public Discourse: A new academic study based on the Canadian census suggests that a married mom and dad matter for children. Children of same-sex coupled households do not fare as well.
Worldwide Religious News (The Canadian Press): The criminal case against two men from a polygamous sect in British Columbia is likely to re-examine whether the ban on multiple marriages violates the right to religious freedom, experts say, despite a court decision three years ago that declared the law constitutional.
Life News: It is a sad day for abortion advocates in Canada. After more than 20 years of operation, today will be the last day the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick will end the lives of pre-born children.