Christians should support all liberties, not just religious liberty

– in Grand Rapids, Michigan –

As we mark the 25th anniversary this year of the defeat of communism, there are new questions about the unity of liberties. In the 1980s, when in the Gdansk shipyard the workers began to rattle the cage of communism, they demanded economic liberties (free trade unions), personal liberties (speech, the press), political liberties (democracy), legal liberties (against the police state) and religious liberty (the strikers insisted upon public worship in the shipyard itself). Continue reading

How a New Orleans boat-maker beat the Nazis

– in New Orleans, Louisiana –

Last week was full of history — the 10th anniversary of the death of the man who won the Cold War, Ronald Reagan, and the 25th anniversary of the date it was won, when Solidarity won the first free elections in Poland. Without Reagan and Walesa to inspire, the gathering in Normandy for D-Day’s 70th anniversary was rather flat. Barack Obama and David Cameron and Francoise Hollande are rather a long step down from FDR, Churchill and de Gaulle.

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The triumph and tragedy of 1989

The year 1979 marked the beginning of the end for communism. In January, Deng Xiaoping, having seized power just weeks before, began the economic reforms that would remake Chinese communism. On June 2, 1979, Pope John Paul II returned for his first papal visit to Poland with a more ambitious agenda. He wanted the Soviet communism in his homeland, and throughout Europe, utterly destroyed. Continue reading

Instead of legalizing euthanasia, try improving Canadian palliative care

Justin Trudeau’s blundering about abortion has drawn attention to whether those at the very dawn of life ought to be within the circle of common concern, welcomed in love and protected in law. But while Trudeau speaks about future hypothetical votes on abortion, the federal Parliament is currently considering whether the elderly, frail and disabled belong to the circle of common concern as they approach the end of life. Continue reading