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Over the last 60 years the cost of clothing is 7 times higher, food 9 times, and housing is 19 times higher. But the biggest increase of all has been taxes, 28 times higher than they were in 1961.
Samuel warned the Israelites that a king would demand 10% of their goods – what the Lord Himself required! Canadians are paying more than 4 times that to their government.
News media will often hype political hypocrisy to get outraged readers to click thru. But instead of blowing a gasket, Christians should recognize hypocrisy for the insight it offers. God tells us that our actions can give lie to our words – someone might “profess to know God, but they deny him by their works” (Titus 1:16a). Our actions speak louder than our words. So when someone is hypocritical, it’s actually instructive, with their actions telling us what they really believe.
Canada’s prime minister has called climate change an “existential threat” – a threat to our very existence. Yet this past month Justin Trudeau flew his family across the country for a vacation in BC. All that carbon… simply for pleasure. Then he’ll head 5,500 kilometers the other way for a 3-day retreat with all of his cabinet in Prince Edward Island where they will discuss, among other things, climate change. That’s a lot more carbon for meetings that could have been held right there in Ottawa… if carbon emissions needed to be a consideration. The PM is big on climate politics, and it certainly plays well at the polls, but his actions tell us that he really doesn’t think climate change is that big of a deal. It certainly isn’t important enough to get him to change his lifestyle.
Barbie was modeled after a German doll known for her double entendres. But this article’s most significant paragraph highlights a different sort of influence Barbie may have had:
“Where young girls used to care for baby dolls, presumably projecting themselves as a wife and mother, far more girls today envision themselves one day being fiercely independent, fashionable, and seemingly successful like Barbie…”
Claims two years ago of a mass grave at a residential school in Kamloops started a period of national mourning. No digging has been done there, but in a Manitoba residential school where digging just finished, no bodies were found. Does that mean nothing happened at these schools? No. But claims do need to be substantiated – as Mark Penninga wrote, the truth matters.
…and here are 12 things he discovered.
Haven’t seen this yet, but the trailer caught my kid’s attention. Subpar production values, but the educational aspect – getting some understanding of what it is like to be deaf – might still make this a good one for the family. It comes to theaters in September.