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I had two beautiful dogs, George and Spike, I had raised from pups.

Spike was always right beside me when we walked.

George, on the other hand, was more independent.

One day we were out walking when I noticed that George was on the other side of the road. When he saw that I had seen him he shrugged as if to say, “Oh, shit,” and grudgingly began to cross the road to me.

My head turned to the left. In the distance I saw an approaching car speed up.

At once I realized the driver meant to hit George.

I started to shout, “Stop!” to George then realized he thought I was angry with him. If I said that the car would hit him.

Without thinking I fell to the ground, put my hands out and said, “Good dog.”

Everything about him changed in an instant. His movement became bouncy, joyful. He sped up just enough that the passing car grazed his tail.

People would say to me, “You raise good dogs.” I would reply, “I treat them just like people.”

After they smiled I would say, “Of course, I treat people like dogs.” At that most stopped smiling and snarled. In that instant I saw how they would treat a dog.

I thought of George and Spike when I read a piece by Michael Coren in which he states, “Abortion isn’t really mentioned in The Bible…”

Well, the Sixth Commandment does state: You shall not kill.

I am not against legalized abortions. In the days when abortions were illegal they were performed anyway. They were dangerous. Women died. We don’t need a return to that.

But to say that because abortions are not literally mentioned in The Bible there is no Biblical foundation to oppose them is very poor thinking. It is also all too typical of Michael Coren’s reasoning. “Abortion isn’t really mentioned in The Bible…and when there is a reference it’s vague and about God’s communal plan rather than abortion as we know it today. Poverty, refugees, and the marginalized are constants however, and Jesus seldom shuts up about them!

Frankly, the government has been a little clumsy in all this, and played into the hands of those who care far more about scoring points than preserving freedoms. Nobody, however, is arguing that conservative Christians shouldn’t be allowed to oppose abortion and LGBTQ2 equality, just that financing them to do so is going too far.”

Frankly, I don’t believe Christians should oppose anything non-Christians do.  It is wrong to force our ideas and ideals on others.

I also know that the Government Of Canada in this current “kerfuffle” is showing an immense lack of respect as well as understanding of what the core mandate of people of all faiths is about.

Perhaps that is because the government so little values all of our lives. As Thomas Jefferson wrote, “If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.”

When I see someone in danger of their life, whether that someone be a cat, a dog or a person, I do what I can to save their life most often without them being aware of it.

For myself the words that ring loudest are the words of Jesus in The Gospels to the Damned and to the Saved.

Those words state, “As you did to the least you did to me.’

I am not here to force anything on anyone.

I see infants, however, as the least of these and the most vulnerable.

But that’s just me.

–Reg Hartt 2018–01–25.



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