Well, it’s that time again, for me to talk about all the people who have been talking about Jennifer Lynch and her wondrous multi-colour commission, with gratuitous mention of the various other commissions and commissioners currently mucking about in the Dominion.
There’s not a whole lot to talk about today, but there are a couple of items that you might like to check out.
First off, Nigel Hannaford talks about more than just hockey in the Calgary Herald: More than hockey at stake in this game:
Hockey going out of style in Canada? I doubt it, notwithstanding Lethbridge sociology professor Reg Bibby’s latest study. However, in showing how new arrivals to Canada don’t get hockey–and even less do their children–Bibby points out what everybody knows, but hates to talk about: Immigration changes a country.
So, what exactly do we want to become?
First, the study, though. Bibby is a veteran researcher and a respected authority on social trends. He has in the past alerted us to Canadians’ diminished sense of threat from crime, the progressive decline of organized religion, and then –to our surprise–rays of hope for it, and changing attitudes to marriage.
Now, his latest report makes this challenging claim: We aren’t nearly as keen on hockey as we think.
Canadians who read of Bibby’s hockey research may well blow a patriotic gasket. But, hockey is not in nearly such danger as some of the good old rights and freedoms those same Canadians continue to believe they have, despite 27 years of headlines about bizarre human rights tribunal rulings (that seek in effect to establish that, contrary to repetitive patterns of disturbing behaviour that embarrass certain demographics, all cultures are equal really).
Defining Canadian culture can be like trying to nail jelly to the wall, but even so there is a very fine basic working consensus: Government prefers no particular religion, men and women have the same opportunities and rights to own property and choose with whom they will share their lives, and one common law founded on Judeo-Christian traditions shall decide among us.
As long as we continue to attract people who will attach themselves to this recipe for liberty, these shared values will flourish.
The reverse is also true.
There being more than hockey at stake, it is time for those who value liberty to speak up.
Second, contributor Scary Fundamentalist writes on his blog about Jim Corcoran’s complaint before the OHRC against several members of the Catholic Church: Persecuted Parishioners Respond:
They state that the letters were not directed to Jim Corcoran and his partner in particular, but rather were a laundry list of reasons why the appointment of the parish priest should be reversed. Nowhere do they request that Corcoran and his partner should be removed. The only text in their letter referring to the two altar servers is as follows:
Now we have a couple, not from our parish, who are openly and publicly
involved in a same-sex relationship serving at our altar at Sunday liturgies.
This has to be a grave contradiction. What message is being given here?
The contradiction they refer to is self-evident: the Catholic Church regards same-sex relations to be an abomination.
They also note that the Human Rights Commission has no jurusdiction over the case since the position of altar server does not constitute employment.
Mediation should be initiated within the next six months. I reiterate my plea for the defendants to refuse any sort of mediation or settlement – what they did must be defended as the right of religious organizations in Canada. A mediated settlement will also undoubtedly forbid the defendants to talk about the issue, preventing the rest of the country from witnessing the miscarriage of justice. For Barbara Hall to even suggest that she has jurusdiction over church matters is to install herself as head of the church, and to demolish the wall of separation between church and state.