Canada cuts Bible camp’s funding after it refused to support abortion

Canada cuts Bible camp’s funding after it refused to support abortion, by Lianne Laurence.

An Alberta summer Bible camp may have to cut staff this year after it lost out on Canada Summer Job grants for refusing to sign the Liberal government’s pro-abortion attestation when applying for funds.

“It just feels tough that the reason that we got … not approved is because of our beliefs,” said Jon Gartly, executive director of the Southern Alberta Bible Camp told the CBC. “That’s a tough one to swallow.”

It’s a situation critics warned of after the Liberals this year required employers applying for Canada Summer Job grants sign an attestation that their “core mandate” respects abortion and LGBTQ “rights.”

The move sparked fierce and widespread backlash from faith-based charities and non-profits, which protested they could not in conscience sign the attestation. …

Some critics have warned the Liberal government is using the Canada Summer Job attestation to lay the groundwork for denying church-based organizations tax-exempt status.

The organizations that support the PC agenda get the money from the PC government.

Unfortunately most non-PC government in the West are too decent or too stupid to cut the funding of their ideological opponents when in power — such as NGOs. Of course, when this becomes the norm politics goes tribal. The tribe that wins the elections gives all the government money and jobs to its supporters, and denies its opponents anything. This often happens in Africa, and then what follows is “one man one vote, once” — because the tribe in power cannot afford to lose power. Shame that it’s trending this way in the West.

The Muslims do the  same thing when they conquer a place. Yes, you don’t have to be a Muslim they say — but all the non-Muslims have to pay a special tax. Ahhh, think as we tell you or we penalize you economically.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Australia: Muslim husband tells wife “I’m allowed to marry four women. You have to change your Western mentality.”

Australia: Muslim husband tells wife “I’m allowed to marry four women. You have to change your Western mentality.” By Stephen Johnson.

A parallel system of Islamic Sharia law operating in Australia is trapping wives in abusive relationships, for years, as male religious leaders refuse to recognise a women’s right to end a marriage. …

While a Muslim man can divorce his wife by saying ‘I divorce you’ in Arabic three times, women have a much harder time in Australia getting permission to be allowed a separation. …

The ABC investigation into religion and domestic violence heard from one woman, known by the pseudonym of Noor, who endured a husband yelling at her in front of their children for the way she cooked dinner.

He also beat her when she confronted him about how he had limited her ability to access bank finances, and threatened to take another wife, even though Australia doesn’t recognise polygamy.

‘I’m allowed to marry four women,’ he told her. ‘You have to change your Western mentality.’

Cool. Where can we get more people like this for our multicultural society? Progressives rejoice, because they very likely vote Labor.

It’s a bit off topic, but this sums up a lot:

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Schools need freeing from the right as well as the left

Schools need freeing from the right as well as the left, by Roger Scruton.

Many on the left see schooling as a form of social engineering, the purpose of which is to produce a classless society. Equality is the real value, and when knowledge gets in the way (as it often does) it must be downgraded or set aside.

Many on the right look to education for the skills that the country needs in order to maintain our economic position in a competitive world. On this view, those children who show no aptitude in hard subjects, or who take up too much classroom time to achieve too little, should not be allowed to hold back the ones whose skills and energies we all supposedly depend upon.

Those two visions have fought each other in the world of politics, and descended from there into the classroom. …

Our country is full of people who know things, and children who want to learn things. A successful education system brings the two together, so that knowledge can pass between them. That is how the system grew during the 18th and 19th centuries, and why it was, until the politicians got wind of it, one of our national treasures.

The conclusion to draw is that schools should be liberated from the politicians and given back to the people. The school is a paradigm of the ‘little platoon’ extolled by Edmund Burke. It ought to be a place of free co-operation, in which each member has a shared commitment to the collective purpose.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

China challenges three Australian warships in South China Sea

China challenges three Australian warships in South China Sea, by Rhian Deutrom.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has issued a strong warning to the Chinese government that Australia will not be prevented from asserting its “right of freedom of navigation throughout the world’s oceans” after a group of Australian warships were challenged by China’s military earlier this month.

Three naval ships, HMAS Anzac, HMAS Toowoomba and HMAS Success were travelling from separate ports to the Vietnamese capital, Ho Chi Minh, when they were confronted by the People’s Liberation Army.

The warships are participating in a series of exercises with nations in the region when they were stopped by Chinese military in the South China Sea.

The ABC reported this morning that the naval ships were questioned by the Chinese about their reasons for travelling through the area in what was described as a polite but “robust” exchange.

When questioned at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Mr Turnbull would not disclose the operational details of the confrontation but said Australia maintained its “perfect right” to navigate and fly throughout the world.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Trump Vastly Better than Obama at Foreign Policy

Trump Vastly Better than Obama at Foreign Policy, by Roger Simon.

Now that we have learned CIA director and secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jung Un over Easter, it is time to acknowledge the obvious: the foreign policy of political novice Donald Trump has been vastly more successful that that of the supposedly experienced Barack Obama.

And vastly is an understatement. Obama’s foreign policy was a disaster, beginning with the peculiar apology tour that mystified much of its Middle Eastern audience, through the yet more peculiar (misspelled) reset button with Russia that further mystified Sergei Lavrov, on to Obama’s overheard whisper to Medvedev telling Putin he would be more accommodating on missile defense after the election (imagine the apoplectic reaction of our media if Trump did that!), to the Libyan war leading to the assassination of Qaddafi (the only Arab leader to voluntarily denuclearize) that created a failed state and a raft of refugees to Italy and elsewhere, and, of course, the rapid exit from Iraq that gave rise to ISIS.

And this omits the equally egregious examples — … the never-signed, never-published Iran Deal itself, which has done nothing but enrich the mullahs who wreak havoc from Venezuela to Yemen. This duplicitous and unverifiable non-agreement prolonged the monstrous Syrian civil war, causing the greatest refugee crisis since World War II and changing the character of Europe possibly forever. …

And Trump?

To begin with, there’s the near-annihilation of ISIS. Then there’s the renewed alliance with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states without, miracle of miracles, the ostracism of Israel. Indeed, while announcing the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem (with little protest by ME standards), the Israeli-Saudi alliance has flourished. …

And then there is the North Korea situation. Not one American president made a dent in it. There are no guarantees, but Trump seems to be on the brink of … something. It’s exciting to watch because there is actually a possibility of real peace in a part of the world that has not seen it in well over half a century. …

But what accounts for this great difference between Trump and Obama in foreign policy and the closely related trade negotiations? It could come down to something as simple as this. Trump may have read a tiny bit of Marx at school, but I doubt he paid very much attention to it or even remembered it. It seemed useless to him — it wouldn’t help him build a single hotel. Obama read it and believed it, with “modern” reservations. … So the Marxism remained as part of his credo, though never mentioned, except perhaps to the most trusted friends. Sometimes he didn’t even admit it to himself. Truth, from the beginning, had to take a second place for Obama. Adhering to economic reality, actually helping people, ran counter to his own advancement.

For Trump, laissez-faire with all its pluses and minuses ruled. The bottom line was king. What worked worked.

This partly explains Trump’s two-tiered approach — criticizing a country’s actions while seemingly being softer or even too soft on their leaders (Putin, Xi). The president wants to get things done and realizes, from business, that is the effective way. You might insult the leader for a while, as he did with Kim, but eventually you stop in order to get your way. You don’t alienate the boss who has to make the final decision or it won’t get made — unless you want to completely annihilate him, but Trump, despite what his critics say, has not indicated that he does. In fact, the reverse is true. Consequently, Trump, as he has demonstrated, has little use for ideology or even consistency.

‘I’m the equal of Putin,’ Macron tells journalists over a drink ‘I’m the equal of Putin,’ Macron tells journalists over a drink

‘I’m the equal of Putin,’ Macron tells journalists over a drink, by RT.

President Macron gave a nearly three-hour-long interview on the results of his first year in office to RMC radio host Jean-Jacques Bourdin, and Edwy Plenel of Mediapart website on Sunday. After the program went off the air on BFMTV, the President shared a drink with the journalists and the liquor apparently loosened his tongue.

“I am an equal of Putin,” Macron was cited as saying by Bourdin, who told RMC radio that an informal conversation with the head of state provided an insight into the French role in the Syrian crisis and Macron’s attitude towards Vladimir Putin.

“By the way, Putin understands me. And I decided to strike Syria in order to convey to Putin that we are also part of this,” the journalist cited Macron’s words. According to Bourdin, the French leader also called Saturday’s missile attack on Syrian civilian and military facilities, carried out by the US, UK and France, “a decision that will lead to peace in Syria.”

During Sunday’s interview, Macron said that he convinced his US counterpart, Donald Trump, that it was “necessary” to maintain American military presence in Syria and that the coalition strikes should be limited to the alleged chemical weapons facilities. Shortly afterwards the US reiterated that its troops will be returning home from Syria “as quickly as possible.”

Cannot resist:

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Sweden’s violent reality is undoing a peaceful self-image

Sweden’s violent reality is undoing a peaceful self-image, by Paulina Neuding. The Sweden debacle is finally too big for the left too ignore, and now it is in Politico. Let’s see how they spin it.

Sweden may be known for its popular music, IKEA and a generous welfare state. It is also increasingly associated with a rising number of Islamic State recruits, bombings and hand grenade attacks.

In a period of two weeks earlier this year, five explosions took place in the country. It’s not unusual these days — Swedes have grown accustomed to headlines of violent crime, witness intimidation and gangland executions. In a country long renowned for its safety, voters cite “law and order” as the most important issue ahead of the general election in September.

The framing:

The topic of crime is sensitive, however, and debate about the issue in the consensus-oriented Scandinavian society is restricted by taboos.

To understand crime in Sweden, it’s important to note that Sweden has benefited from the West’s broad decline in deadly violence, particularly when it comes to spontaneous violence and alcohol-related killings. The overall drop in homicides has been, however, far smaller in Sweden than in neighboring countries.

But now for the bad news:

Gang-related gun murders, now mainly a phenomenon among men with immigrant backgrounds in the country’s parallel societies, increased from 4 per year in the early 1990s to around 40 last year. Because of this, Sweden has gone from being a low-crime country to having homicide rates significantly above the Western European average. Social unrest, with car torchings, attacks on first responders and even riots, is a recurring phenomenon.

Shootings in the country have become so common that they don’t make top headlines anymore, unless they are spectacular or lead to fatalities. News of attacks are quickly replaced with headlines about sports events and celebrities, as readers have become desensitized to the violence. A generation ago, bombings against the police and riots were extremely rare events. Today, reading about such incidents is considered part of daily life. …

On image and optics:

Since crime is intimately linked to the country’s failure to integrate its immigrants, the rise in violence is a sensitive subject. When the Swedish government and opposition refer to the country as a “humanitarian superpower” because it opened its doors to more immigrants per capita during the migrant crisis than any other EU country, they mean it. This has resulted in some impressive contortions. …

The government’s excuse for denying the Islamic terrorist attack in Sweden is that no Islamic group has officially claimed responsibility. Given the importance these days of fighting fake news, the Swedish government’s tampering with politically inconvenient facts looks particularly irresponsible.

Not too bad. The role of Islam and the nature of the immigrants compared to Swedes are downplayed, but the article correctly conveyed that there is a serious problem.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific