Jian Ghomeshi and Picking Sides

Jian Ghomeshi is generally a pretty well-loved figure for the under 40 crowd in Canada and syndicated across the US as well. I’ve never really listened to his show, though, so don’t have any particular personal attachment. Yesterday afternoon the CBC issued a 3 sentence statement that they were cutting ties with him over accusations about him. He quickly shot back, saying he would sue CBC for $50 million and writing a very personal Facebook post detailing the allegations. In that post, he talks about how he likes BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadomasochism) but that it was always consensual and now the accusations from jilted exes are that it was not.

Q with Jian Ghomeshi
Source: http://taylormann.com/2014/10/jian-ghomeshi-the-cbc-real-time-pr/

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The Moral Imperative of Public Transit

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One of our new light rail transit cars in Kitchener

Public transit has been a hot-button issue in many areas of Ontario in recent years. When we lived in Toronto, it was an issue there, and still is going into their current election campaign. When we lived in Hamilton, there was discussion of a light-rail line running east to west, but it was vetoed and they settled for bus lanes in the busiest stretch of downtown. We now live in Kitchener, part of the Waterloo Region, which has earned itself a bit of a reputation for being ahead of the curve on public transit development. They have spent years debating a light-rail line and recently broke ground on it. Nonetheless, some want to rip it up, even though it would cost a lot more to do that than to finish at this point, seemingly out of spite more than anything else.

Here’s five reasons why I think there is a moral social imperative to develop public transit systems as best as possible. (more…)

How Will Canada Respond?

Yesterday much of Canada – and a lot of the rest of the world – watched as shootings occurred at our Parliament building in Ottawa. To summarize for anyone who wasn’t aware: one soldier, who was unarmed as it was a ceremonial position, was killed; a couple of others went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries; the whole downtown area was on lockdown basically the whole day unsure if there was a second shooter or not; the shooter was a radicalized Muslim with some ties to ISIS.

I’ve seen three common streams of responses, with of course some being somewhere in the middle.

CNN: terrified capital. CBC: Soldier dies after Parliament Hill atack.
A nice demonstration of the different headlines by American vs Canadian media

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Diversity in My 10 Most Influential Books

There’s been one of those viral challenges going around Facebook asking for your 10 most influential books. Here’s mine, not counting the books of the Bible:

  1. Repenting of ReligionRepenting of Religion by Greg Boyd
  2. Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland
  3. The Great Emergence by Phyllis Tickle
  4. A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren
  5. A Nonviolent Atonement by J. Denny Weaver
  6. The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey
  7. God and Empire by John Dominic Crossan (even though there were some sections I really didn’t agree with)
  8. Scripture and the Authority of God by N.T. Wright
  9. Christianity’s Dangerous Idea by Alister E. McGrath
  10. Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw

The last 2 took a while and on any given day could probably be interchanged for some others like Boyd’s God of the Possible and McLaren’s Everything Must Change, but for the most part, this is what I’m looking at for my core book influences.

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Rape Culture in Celebrity Photo Theft

Jennifer Lawrence
This photo Jennifer Lawrence has consented to you seeing

A few days ago a hacker (or team of hackers) successfully stole nude photos of approximately 100 celebrity women. Those photos were quickly spread all over the Internet and the person(s) responsible have yet to be caught. This is a large-scale sex crime. There should be no sugarcoating of that fact. Unfortunately, as often the case with sex crimes, many are blaming the victims or in only a slight variation, blame their choice of technology. (more…)

Undiluted by Benjamin Corey

UndilutedI had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of Undiluted by fellow MennoNerd Benjamin Corey. The goal of the book is to help us reclaim an understanding of Jesus and Christian faith that has not been diluted by our culture. In my estimation, it does a great job of accomplishing this goal.

General Impressions

It is a very readable book. That much will stand out right away. I spaced my reading out simply because of a busy summer, but I’m sure doing it in a day or at least a weekend wouldn’t have been challenging. That’s an important quality for a book with this one’s goal. To be more specific, each chapter essentially begins more as a memoir and then shifts to a more general discussion of Jesus’ life and teachings on the topic. (more…)