The feast of Human Dignity

Originally Published in the National Post: Saturday, December 23, 2006

Earlier this week, we criticized Time magazine’s choice of “you,” – as in everyone – for “Person of the Year.” It struck us as a rather lame news judgment, but also a decision infected with the anodyne affirmation that leads to automatic advancement in elementary schools, or to giving trophies to both winners and losers in youth sports. Time’s editors, marvelling at the skill with which ordinary people – even children! – use the Internet and its transformative power, patted everyone on the head and said, “Well done.” It was condescending.

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Rally for Light, Truth & Freedom (in response to the Holocaust denial conference in Teheran)

Beth Tzedec Synagogue, Toronto

21st December 2006

My dear elder brothers in the faith,

I am honoured by your invitation to address you in this house of prayer, and I greet you with the favoured expression of the late Holy Father, John Paul II, for the Jewish people – “our elder brothers in the faith”.

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