Sunday, June 04, 2006

Theological Statement a Breach of "Human Rights"

In 2004 a Canadian university professor said on his personal website that if Canadian Anglicans persisted in condoning homosexuality, they would be a schismatic church -- i.e. no longer part of the worldwide Anglican communion. As the Archbishop of Canterbury has subsequently "disinvited" the north American Anglicans from future Lambeth conferences, this would seem to be both theologically accurate and good prophecy.

A Canadian homosexual has now however claimed that the professor's statement violates his "human rights" and made him cry. So he is asking that the professor be disciplined for making the statement. He is headed to court with the intention of achieving that and the university concerned is "investigating" the professor. Details here and here.

Censoring the Past

We read:

"Football fans trooping into the Olympic Stadium in Berlin will be confronted with some of the most powerful ghosts of the Nazi era: broad-shouldered statues sculpted at the behest of Adolf Hitler to celebrate the Aryan master race.

Now leading Jewish activists are calling for the bronze statues to be draped in canvas or removed entirely to shield fans from what they regard as Nazi propaganda".


I sympathize with how these Jewish protestors must feel but I think they are rowing in the wrong direction entirely. I think that people need to be REMINDED of the past. And covering up the statues would surely be a proclamation that they still have an important and potent message. Does anybody really want to proclaim that?

Student barred from counter-protesting illegals

We read:

"A California student has filed a federal lawsuit claiming high school officials intentionally interfered with his right to speak out on the issue of illegal immigration.

Joshua Denhalter of Jurupa Valley High School in Mira Loma, Calif., alleges he was barred from holding a counter-protest after students March 27, mostly of Mexican-American descent, illegally walked out of school in protest of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would make being in the country illegally a felony.

Denhalter, represented by the public interest firm Lively, Ackerman & Cowles, says that instead of walking out and being truant, he chose to organize a legitimate and lawful counter-protest during the lunch hour March 30."


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