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Looking for God in Ottawa Tragedy

By Craig Macartney

National War Memorial in Ottawa

Christmas is a time of reflection. As Christians, we reflect on the coming of Christ as light in a dark world. Many people also use the time to reflect on events of the past year. Christmas is an incredible time of hope, but reflections this year will be tainted with the still-fresh memories of terror attacks in Quebec and Ottawa.

On October 22 Michael Zehaf-Bibeau drove to the National War Memorial and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Zehaf-Bibeau then forced his way into the Centre Block of Parliament before being killed in a firefight.

The attack came two days after another home-grown, radicalized Islamist had used a car to run down two Canadian soldiers in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, killing Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and injuring the other.

Beneath the surface of such tragic events, I believe another story is visible for those who are willing to see: the story of God’s love and protection.

Zehaf-Bibeau’s first shot missed. The next two shots hit Cirillo. Before heading to Parliament, Zehaf-Bibeau fired a fourth shot, aimed at the other soldier standing guard. He missed again.
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Prostitution Laws Just Moral Enough

By John Cassells

When Peter MacKay reported earlier this year that prostitution is “very corrosive” to our society, many scoffed at his moral stand. Though he hadn’t started the debate, MacKay was in the middle of it when the Supreme Court ruled our prostitution laws unconstitutional last Christmas.

Now that new prostitution laws are in place, clearly, the federal justice minister got the last word.

It all started in 2007 when York University’s Alan Young sought to have Canada’s three main prostitution laws overturned in a case called Bedford versus Canada. Young’s hope was to legalize brothels, suggesting it might a way to increase safety for prostitutes. He also asked that the so-called pimping law (living off the avails) and public solicitation constraints be stricken from the law books.

Among those who countered Young’s arguments were The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, the Christian Legal Fellowship, the Catholic Civil Rights League and REAL Women of Canada. While it became apparent that the old laws were not very effective, it was to the dismay of Evangelicals across the country that the Supreme Court sided with Young.

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