The death of forgiveness in an age of self-righteousness

Modern society doesn’t forgive. There’s no sense that a person’s life is always a mixture of light and darkness

The death of forgiveness in an age of self-righteousnessIn 1961, British War Minister John Profumo, a married man, had a brief, tawdry affair with teenage party girl Christine Keeler. Among Keeler’s other lovers was Yevgeny Ivanov, a Soviet military attaché and intelligence agent. When this potential threat to national security was raised in the House of Commons, Profumo did a foolish thing: he…

Embracing minorities shouldn’t lead to penalizing the majority

The protection of minorities does not include minority rule or the raising of minority interests above those of the majority

Embracing minorities shouldn’t lead to penalizing the majorityIn today’s colleges and universities, ‘progressive stacking’ is recommended to deal with diversity among students. The professor sorts out students according to categories, using criteria of suffering and victimhood. In this social justice vision, black and Indigenous women are the most oppressed, then white women, then black and Indigenous men, then finally the privileged white…

Are women’s marches a step back?

Focusing on what’s right with gender dynamics rather than what’s wrong might produce better outcomes for women and girls

Are women’s marches a step back?Women’s marches were held around the world recently, with more than one million people taking to the streets to highlight the gap in gender equality. Their stated purpose is to get more people politically engaged. To that end, they’re no doubt working. But what if that goal comes at too high a cost? One that…

Changing attitudes, changing platitudes

We’re rather smug in our belief that our modern take on things reflects a perfect and compassionate view for all time

Changing attitudes, changing platitudesThe federal government recently announced it will compensate people who lost their jobs or were otherwise persecuted a generation ago simply because their sexual orientation didn’t fit the accepted norm of the day. This perfectly reflects modern thinking, and the government should be applauded for the decision to compensate members of the military and other…

Is justice pricing really justice or just plain hate?

This isn’t a time for Canadians to be segregating each other, or rushing to put themselves and their neighbours into hyphenated categories

Is justice pricing really justice or just plain hate?The attempt by a Victoria, B.C., promoter to institute “justice pricing” for a movie series has attracted considerable attention, most of it hostile. The Made You Look Media company had decreed that to view their latest offering at the Roxy Theatre, the “general admission price of $10 (would) be doubled to $20 for all white…

Don’t keep parents in the dark about their child’s transgenderism

A handful of Ontario school boards have decided that parents shouldn't be told if their child has adopted a transgender identity

Don’t keep parents in the dark about their child’s transgenderismA handful of Ontario school boards have implemented policies that allow children from junior kindergarten to Grade 12 who have adopted a transgender identity to keep it from their parents. It’s a presumption that the choice may not be as readily accepted in the household, and that schools and educators will provide a safer environment.…

How the left has ruined multiculturalism

Under the heavy hand of the left, multiculturalism, which was supposed to bind us, is driving us apart

Multiculturalism is no longer a celebration of the best that each culture offers the human community. Rather, it has become the separateness that defines and categorizes cultures, to the detriment of us all. Technically, multiculturalism means the coexistence, celebration and recognition of the equal worth of diverse cultures; the acceptance that every culture has a contribution…

Modern progressivism has a fatal flaw

The rise of identity politics puts the focus on petty grievances and champions a group's narrow interests at the expense of the greater good

Modern progressivism has a fatal flawA large portion of voters in the U.S. and elsewhere are rejecting the progressive agenda, prompting a major rethink: is there a flaw in modern progressivism? The electoral victory of Donald Trump sent shock waves around the world. How, people wonder, could the U.S. electorate prefer The Donald, with all his defects, over Hillary Clinton, an…

News anchor in hijab puts substance first

Ginella Massa's impressive achievement marred only by a small number of offensive comments

News anchor in hijab puts substance firstOn Nov. 17, a first occurred in the country’s news media. Ginella Massa, a news reporter for Toronto’s CityNews, filled in as anchor for the 11 p.m. broadcast. She wrote on her Facebook page, “As far as I know, no woman in hijab has ever anchored a major newscast in Canada.” While the video archive…

A courageous stand against made-up gender pronouns

Individuals and groups cannot simply force a change in speech, language or perception that hasn’t been recognized by the vast majority of society

There have been occasions when seemingly innocuous YouTube videos go viral. The most recent (and unusual) example has been a Canadian academic’s esoteric discussion of a violation of his right to free speech on campus. Yet, there are many logical reasons why Jordan Peterson’s 57 minute, 42 second video, “Fear and the Law,” posted on…