We’d be fools to let ISIS lead us to all-out war

If we make religion or ethnicity the first filters in deciding between good and evil, we are on the road to destruction

We’d be fools to let ISIS lead us to all-out warRED DEER, Alta. June 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Don't wait for the full facts to come out, just organize a lynch mob – or launch an all-out war. The gap between moments of violent horror and public reaction grows ever shorter. Funerals for the Orlando massacre victims had not even taken place and people were politicizing the attack and demanding violent retribution.…

Father’ Day: A father’s role continues to evolve

Research indicates that when fathers are actively involved with their children, the children thrive

Father’ Day: A father’s role continues to evolveTRAIL, B.C. June 16, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The first Father’s Day was observed in Spokane, Wash., on June 19, 1910. Since then, the role of a father has evolved to include greater participation in a child’s day-to-day life. According to the Library of Congress Wise Guide, Sonora Dodd gets the credit for the day on…

It’s time for all-out war on Islamic terrorism

All western democracies need to come to the realization that this evil presence must be removed from the face of the Earth

TORONTO, Ont. June 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ - If the worst mass shooting in U.S. history isn’t the wake-up call that western democracies need to bring down radical Islamic terrorism once and for all, I don’t know what is. Sunday’s terrible attack at an Orlando, Fla.-based gay night club, Pulse, left 49 people dead and another…

A refugee reaches out to help Fort McMurray’s displaced

Part of Basel Abou Hamrah' desire to help is prompted by a need to give back to Canadians who helped him

A refugee reaches out to help Fort McMurray’s displacedHAMILTON, Ont. May 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ - For Basel Abou Hamrah, the difference between an evacuee and a refugee is a simple matter of months and of who is helping whom. Four months ago, on New Year’s Eve, the 27-year-old Syrian accountant arrived in Edmonton as one of the refugees being helped to resettle here…

The slippery slope of physician-assisted suicide

The Supreme Court Carter decision normalized suicide, turned it into a medical treatment and trivialized life

The slippery slope of physician-assisted suicideThe outrage came fast and furious. Within hours of the federal government releasing its draft legislation on assisted suicide, politicians and the public were clamouring for more permissive legislation. A majority of Canadians accept assisted suicide as a national value. This is evident in polls, in the language we use and in the national conversation…

Churches risk losing their moral authority

The decisions of church authorities are out of step with the moral understanding of their parishioners

Churches risk losing their moral authorityRED DEER, Alta. April 22, 2016/ Troy Media/ - People join religious organizations for as many reasons as there are people. They decide to leave or ignore religion for just as many reasons. Each decision is personal. Even so, reasons for joining up can be broadly categorized, and one main category is that adhering to…

Sowing a seed, nourishing our spirit

Gardening can be a metaphor for realizing our potential

Sowing a seed, nourishing our spiritTRAIL, B.C. April 9, 2016/Troy Media/ - “Look, Granny. Basil sprouting!” exclaimed my granddaughter as she took me to see the tiny seedlings on the table in her playroom. Earlier that day, we had wandered around my yard, hand in hand, looking for sprouting things. We marvelled at the tulips poking through the leaf mulch,…

St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t always as benign as it is today

Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day riot of 1858 began when an Orangeman used his horse-drawn cab to disrupt the parade

St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t always as benign as it is today[popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.wpmudev.host/2016/03/1858-toronto-st-patricks-day-riot/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="http://www.troymedia.wpmudev.host/tag/st-patricks-day/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]St. Patrick's Day[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.wpmudev.host/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] TORONTO, Ont. March 16, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Nowadays St. Patrick’s Day is thought of as a social occasion characterised by parades, green beer, celebration and jollity. However, that wasn’t always…

Understanding our deep political differences

Distorting the true religious sense leaves us with sharp social divides and opens the door to politicians like Donald Trump

Understanding our deep political differences//  political differences  political differences [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.wpmudev.host/2016/03/understanding-deep-political-differences/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="http://www.troymedia.wpmudev.host/tag/religion/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]religion[/popup] and political differences [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.wpmudev.host/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] HAMILTON, Ont. March 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Rabbi Jonathan Sacks roots today’s religious violence in the soil of ancient heresies. By doing so, he gives us fresh…

Of Popes and American politics

If you’ve a long memory and a thing for American politics, the Vatican’s recent anti-Trump intervention may have rung a bell

Of Popes and American politics//  popes  popes [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.wpmudev.host/2016/03/popes-american-politics/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="http://www.troymedia.wpmudev.host/tag/pope-francis/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Pope Francis [/popup] and [popup url="http://www.troymedia.wpmudev.host/tag/donald-trump/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Donald Trump[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.wpmudev.host/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] TORONTO, Ont. Mar 2, 2016/ Troy Media/ - If you’ve a long memory and a thing for American politics, the Vatican’s recent…