Different Shades of Satanism

Whenever I meet someone who finds out I am a Satanist, they think "oh, this person is up to no good", or "he probably just hates Christianity". Let me get this straight. There are Atheist

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 21:11 GFP Columnist - Alan Caruba
We are told we need to feel sympathy for the Cuban people who have suffered from a U.S. embargo and lack of diplomatic recognition. That ignores a long history of oppression in Cuba no matter who was in charge.

Prior to Fidel Castro, Cubans were in the grip of Flugencio Batista who overthrew the existing government in September 1933 and then dominated Cuban politics for the next 25 years until Castro’s revolutionary movement took control of the capitol in January 1959.

Fifty-six years ago in 1959, I was about to graduate from the University of Miami and among my friends were young Cubans sent there to get a degree. I have often wondered which among them returned to Cuba and which, like those who could afford it, were joined by their family who fled Cuba.

The U.S. had been involved with Cuba from the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898 when Spain ceded Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam for $20 million. We stayed in Cuba until it was granted independence in 1902 as the Republic of Cuba. Its first president faced an armed revolt in 1906 so we returned to briefly occupy Cuba to restore some stability, but they never really got the hand of being a democratic self-governing nation.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 20:47 GFP Columnist - Dave Huntwork
The concept that the whims of public opinion, the fads of the moment, or the opinions of an ideological opponent should fundamentally alter what a particular political party stands for has always seemed rather odd to me. It is an argument I see trotted out in articles from Left leaning sites on a regular basis. The argument is always, without fail, that the Republican Party needs to become more like the Democratic Party. Yet the reverse is never suggested for consideration. Great "concern" is showed time and time again by often very radical and liberal writers, as well as general media types, that the Republican Party will fade away into oblivion and cease to be relevant if it doesn't reject the "extremist" factions and beliefs that it currently contains.

As if they really care.

A healthy and robust representative government has political parties that represent different views and positions in that society, not ones that are merely pale shadows of one another. Now it would be nicer if we weren't constricted by the two-party system and had more ideologically pure and clear parties to choose from, but in reality we do not. So the two political parties we do have should, in general, reflect different views and positions so that people have an actual choice between differing political philosophies when they go to polls.

If I was interested in voting for political candidates that are for bigger government, the redefinition of marriage, higher taxes, abortion on demand, a decadent popular culture, socialized medicine, gun control, amnesty and open borders I'd vote Democratic. I'm not, so I vote for the most conservative Republican candidate that I have the opportunity to do so.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 15:25 GFP Columnist - R.L. Francis
On expected lines, there was once again a hue and cry when unidentified persons allegedly vandalised a church and damaged the statues of baby Jesus and Mother Mary in the Agra Cantonment area earlier this week. The uproar comes close on the heels of the hullabaloo raised by sections of the intelligentsia and media over a letter written by Justice Kurien Joseph, a Supreme Court judge, protesting against the holding of a conference of High Court judges on Good Friday, citing it as yet another instance of “persecution” of the Christian community in the country.

The Chief Justice of India responded to Justice Joseph’s protest saying the question is whether it is institutional interest or individual interest that one should give preference to. “In my view, it is the institutional interest”, he added. But what the aforementioned intelligentsia and media completely and conveniently overlooked was responses of equally eminent Christian intellectuals including former Supreme Court judges who totally disagreed with Justice Kurien’s uncalled for reaction.

For instances, the widely respected Justice K T Thomas, who had presided over the Rajiv Gandhi assassination trial in the apex court, in a recent newspaper interview recalled that a similar conference of Chief Justices was held in 2007 as well on Good Friday but “nobody even bothered”.

Monday, 04 May 2015 00:00 Editorial Cartoonist - Michael Pohrer

Friday, 01 May 2015 13:29 GFP Columnist - Joseph M. Cachia
Does this phrase "No Justice, No Peace" sound revolutionary to you?  Do you take it as a ‘threat’?  If you do you are totally right, as consequently you are, perhaps unknowingly, acknowledging the pressure of the enormous global injustices prevailing in today’s world.  However, it may not be so much a threat as much as it is a cry of the heart. It is not simply a call to protest, but also a naming of the powers and what those powers have done and are still doing.

As Jimmy Cliff sang:

How is there going to be peace?
When there is no justice, oh no, oh
Someone is taking my share
And they just don't give a damn, no they don't care

Furthermore, this slogan can be equally applied to the rising voice as well as to the listener, to whom it could well be a warning.

Notwithstanding, the greatest injustice, presently prevailing in most European countries and strongly promoted by the European Union, is the privatisation of most public and government services.  When services are privatised, injustice flows freely.  Private corporations frame services in business terms, placing economic outcomes over social objectives, preventing prioritisation of the poor and vulnerable.

Thursday, 09 April 2015 00:00 GFP Columnist - Sage Thyme
Laws regarding the sale and use of alcohol vary widely around the world. Much of the nonsense appears in your state. For ten or so years in the early part of the 20th century, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution banned the manufacture and distribution of “beer, wine, or other intoxicating malt or vinous liquors”, but curiously ignored possession for personal use while giving no advice on where not to find the banned substances. 

People like Al Capone became rich and famous offering the magic words “Joe sent me.” to facilitate easy access to the “speakeasies” serving the coveted consumables. 

Happily, church attendance and doctor visits increased, since Sacramental and Medicinal uses were not outlawed.

More odious results included the infamous gun battles among the illicit suppliers, increase in alcoholism, loss of tax revenue from formerly legal transactions, and of course the criminalization of otherwise law-abiding citizens who enjoyed an occasional drink. Oh, and don’t forget, NASCAR came about as a result of a need for speed to escape the “revenuers” when transporting moonshine. 

Friday, 17 April 2015 15:41 David Camfield Editorial Dept - Human Rights
There has never been more talk about human rights than there is today. Social media is full of calls to sign petitions or send e-mails about human rights causes. Almost no one says they're not supporters of human rights, from radicals on the left to people on the hard right like Stephen Harper. Governments of Western countries justify war in the name of defending human rights. We now have a Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.

Defending human rights is necessary. But championing human rights is a completely inadequate way of responding to the biggest crises of our times: the ecological crisis – above all, climate change – and socio-economic crises.

What Are Human Rights?

There's nothing natural about rights – they're human-made. Enforceable rights are those enshrined by governments in the laws of states. In the Canadian state, we have the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and human rights codes.


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