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So I’m in a restaurant, sitting in a booth waiting for some friends, trying to access the internet on my laptop, finding the restaurant has no wireless (what kind of place still doesn’t have that? Oh well, whatever…)
A boyfriend/girlfriend couple is sitting next to me, trying to calmly discuss the prospect of marriage, clearly initiated by her. I learn they’ve been dating for two years, and are planning to move in together this summer; she’s arguing in favour of marriage, he’s telling her he’s open to the idea, but just isn’t sure yet, and can’t give her an answer, at this time, but maybe by the time they’re ready to move in together, he’ll know. She’s arguing that it’s the logical progression of their relationship. He’s not so sold on the idea, it seems.
And why would he be? Nothing suggests they’re Christians, committed to waiting for sex until they’re married; I’m sure they’ve already slept together, spent nights at each other’s places. She’s already about to give him the other thing that comes with most marriages – living together – without absolutely requiring that he first ‘put a ring on it’, so to speak, so what’s in it for him?
Now, with Ontario following British common law, in regards to marriage, eventually the government will declare them married, once they’ve lived together already for some period of time (I forget how long it is), whether or not they put in the effort to make it official before then by signing the papers either at a wedding service or at a Justice of the Peace.
So he’s right, there isn’t any point; they’ll end up married whether they do it deliberately or not.
They’ll just miss out on a potential Bridezilla having ‘her day’, as they say.
But, given that they’re both worldly folks anyway, I’m sorry he’s going to end up, if he is foolish enough to indeed move in with her, married to her in the eyes of the law. Right now, he’s got it made: he gets his jollies, but doesn’t risk divorce, alimony, etc. He’d be a fool to change that.
Would-be Canadians will have to keep taking an oath to the Queen after the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday refused to hear a challenge to the citizenship requirement.
The decision by the top court leaves intact an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that upheld the “symbolic” oath.
At issue is a provision in the Citizenship Act that requires would-be citizens to swear to be “faithful and bear true allegiance to Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, her heirs and successors.”
The challenge to the requirement was launched by Michael McAteer, Simone Topey and Dror Bar-Natan — longtime permanent residents who want to obtain citizenship but, for different reasons, do not want to pledge allegiance to the monarchy.
Informed of the Supreme Court decision that ends the battle, McAteer, 81, of Toronto, said he was disappointed but not surprised.
“It’s been a long haul,” said McAteer, a staunch republican who came to Canada from Ireland 51 years ago.
“(But) I feel the same: If the oath stands, then I won’t take Canadian citizenship.”
Topey, a Jamaican Rastafarian, said her religion forbids taking an oath to the Queen. Bar-Natan, an Israeli, argued that the oath represents entrenched privilege he opposes.
Hey, if’n y’all don’t like it, go back to Ireland, Jamaica, and Israel, and get the fuck out of Canada!
WK thinks this is unfortunate. I understand that perspective.
I beg to differ, in that I don’t want fetuses which are members of particular groups, whether females, or racial minorities, or whatever, to receive protection, while others do not.
I am not a utilitarian, nor a femiservative, femingelical; no asinine comparisons of saving some children on a bus for me. I oppose the murder of all unborn, and want equal protection under the law for all fetuses, and nothing less than that.
Originally posted on Wintery Knight:
The leftist BBC reports.
MPs have defeated a cross-party bid to clarify in law that abortion on the grounds of gender alone is illegal in the UK.
Conservative MP Fiona Bruce, who spearheaded the move, said the law was being “interpreted in different ways”.
But her proposal was defeated by 292 to 201. A review of the extent of sex selective abortion was agreed to.
[…]Her amendment would not have changed the law, but sought to update 1967 legislation that was drafted before it was possible to identify the sex of a foetus.
[…]Making the case for the change, the Congleton MP said her amendment would “clarify beyond doubt in statute that sex selective abortion is illegal in UK law”.
Now you might think that the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats would be against killing unborn girls, just because they are the “wrong” sex.
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Islamic fundamentalist governments and movements like Boko Haram in Africa, and Communist regimes in China and North Korea, are not the only folks actively persecuting Christians outside of the West; with the recent increase in influence of the Hindutva movement in India, due to the rise in power of the BJP and the growth of the RSS, Christians there have been coming under increasing persecution there…
Mumbai (AsiaNews) — Arvind D’Souza was stopped by the police “for reasons of public order,” even though he had committed no crime. The incident occurred on Jan. 2 in the district of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
D’Souza, who is still in prison under preventive detention, the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) told AsiaNews, ran afoul of a group of Hindu radicals in the village of Maulvikhurd.
The latter filed a complaint with police against the Christian man for “spreading Christianity” and “forced conversion of women and children through the gift of Bibles.”
From the latter link:
The local police, as Superintendent of Police to Amethi Hira Lal admitted, “found no evidence that D’Souza used force in converting anyone.”
“However, since the fact could undermine public order, they took him into custody in accordance with Article 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and placed him under preventive detention for 14 days.”
“This is a serious violation of human rights,” said GCIC president Sajan George. It is part of “a trend that is spreading more and more in India.”
“In Madhya Pradesh, families, including small children, have been arrested for forced conversions under the state’s anti-Conversion law,” George explained.
Sadly, such legislation is being used “as a political tool to terrorise and persecute the Christian minority.”
TAGBILARAN, Philippines – A city in the Philippines mandates all of its taxi drivers to paint Scripture on the back of their vehicles, also known as three-wheeled motorcycles, in an effort to curb crime in the city.
While the regulation in Tagbilaran has been in effect for over twenty years, reports have just recently highlighted the requirement.
“This is the only city in the Philippines that has such an ordinance,” Samuel Belderol, who issues taxi licenses at city hall, told reporters. “We want the world to know that we are a God-fearing city and that these Bible verses help us draw closer to God.”
“We only issue 3,000 licenses every year and each one must have a unique verse on it, no duplicate verses allowed,” he explained, nothing that the drivers are assigned a particular Bible verse.
Those that fail to have the Scripture painted on their taxis may be fined or have their license revoked.
City Council member Lucile Lagunay said that the presence of the verses has helped to change the atmosphere in the city, and has consequently lowered the crime rate.
“With a Biblical message at the back of the units, commuters get to see the message every day and it helps in way to preserve the peace in our city,” she stated. “Everyday commuters get to see the biblical message on the tricycles and who want to think of crime when they see biblical passages everywhere.”
Some of the verses painted on the taxis include, “I am the way, the truth and the life,” “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul,” and “God loves a cheerful giver.”
“Years ago people used to paint obscene messages and images on their tricycles, but the city ordinance changed that,” Buala Siongiex, who has been painting verses on the motorcycles for two decades, stated. “Now when you read the word of God you can’t help but feel alive, even a little bit of God’s word makes you happy.”
While it is not clear how the law was passed or who was responsible for its passage, the vast majority of Filipinos are Roman Catholic, with an estimated 2.8 percent professing to be evangelical Christians as there are numerous Baptist, Pentecostal and non-denominational congregations throughout the nation as well.
As previously reported, in 2012, hundreds of Christians and other youth marched in Manila to protest a performance on the island by American pop star Lady Gaga. Dr. Benny Abante, former Manila congressman and pastor of Metropolitan Bible Baptist Church, took to the streets with approximately 70 youth from his church. He denounced Gaga’s song, “Born This Way,” which he believes is manipulative toward young people and promotes homosexuality.
“It is not only immoral, it is a blasphemy,” he told ABS-CBN News. “The Lord Jesus Christ is being maligned here and mocked.”
“[It’s] a direct affront to the moral and religious values that our nation has been known for,” Abante said.
Good for Tagbilaran! May the Faith continue to grow there, as they have already demonstrated faithfulness.