March 16th, 2018

How would things be if we loved our neighbours as we love ourselves?

By Letter to the Editor on November 12, 2017.

This is not really happening in Canada, not in Alberta, were our premier, Rachel Notley, is dictating (trying anyway) to the Catholic school board what to teach in sex education.

And this probably also counts for all Christian schools with government funding (Christians pay taxes, too).

This is the state mingling in church affairs. Christians believe it goes against God’s law what she wants to teach in schools.

It would not be a bad idea actually if the government worked more according to Christian principals and laws. It would make it a lot simpler. For example, the second greatest commandment is “love your neighbour (everybody) as you love yourself.” That means do not hurt or misuse anybody, no murder, theft, abuse, fraud or even bullying, no hatred, no jealousy. Does this not sum up just about everything we need for a safe society? Just by more love for each other, also no more divorces. How much better that would be for the thousands of children that have parents that are not together anymore.

There will never be a Canadian law “love your neighbour like yourself” but isn’t this lack of love the root of all crimes or evil? It would not be possible to enforce a law like this with people anyway; it is God’s law.

I notice more dislike or hatred toward Christians in letters to the editor, more in the Lethbridge Herald online, to the point that it is annoying to more people, and the writers (only a handful) get away with it because of what we believe, “love your neighbour as you love yourself.” Christians are supposed to forgive. Why do the critics not pick on an other religion?

I have to say this, that from all the countries and people in the world, we still have probably the best and safest country with the nicest, most helpful and giving people. We see this every time when there is help or money needed for some disaster.

May God bless Canada, the government leaders and the Canadian people.

John Van Liere


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10 Responses to “How would things be if we loved our neighbours as we love ourselves?”

  1. John P Nightingale says:

    “This is the state mingling in church affairs. Christians believe it goes against God’s law what she wants to teach in schools.”
    And the church does not meddle in the state’s affairs?
    The last sentence is mystifying. By “she” , I assume you mean Notley. If by teaching the fundementals of sex (whoops a naughty word), then of course she is guilty as charged.
    If by allowing gay-staight alliances and recognizing the importance of confidentiality, guilty once again.
    BTW, what exactly is it that “she” wants to teach that goes against god’s laws? (Nothing to do with Leviticus 18 / 20 or Romans 1 ? )

  2. Pecker says:

    Just wondering if gods law says anything about the catholic church hoarding
    billions of dollars when so many of their flock are starving?

  3. biff says:

    so long as these separate schools suck away public money, they need to be bound to the broader standard, for better and for worse. the idea that my tax dollars go to fund what amounts to church disguised as school is annoying.

  4. petie150513 says:

    The letter writer ponders the question, “Why do the critics not pick on an other religion?”. To the best of my knowledge there are few if any letters from leaders of a fundamentalist organization that advocate for non-Christian takeover of the state (despite how much it may be alluded to). It is so hypocritical to have dozens upon dozens of letters published in the Herald by members of Mr. Van Liere’s group – like clockwork. What Mr. Van Liere fails to recognize is that he is trying to impose his religion on the citizens of Alberta. If any other religious group wrote the kind of things that his cohort have written my bet is he would be the first person penning letters in opposition – perhaps ranting about persecution. Mr. Van Liere advocates for a theocracy and a fascist state that eschews science and logic and truth in favour of clinging to an outdated book of mythology. Government meddling in his affairs? What about him meddling in mine?

  5. Tony Pargeter says:

    Yes. Which cult is he from? We are in the midst of many here, unfortunately. Not that it matters; there is interchangeability. It never seems to occur to these brainwashed people that they “believe” what they do because they were told what is, to more and more of us, an obvious lie. They should be deeply angry about the fundamental abuse of that. But few escape, being held hostage by their need for love and family. Even worse. As a society we must at some point realize that continued, feigned respect for this delusion as a human right just can’t work. And all this blather about loving each other….look at the Middle East and extrapolate! This is the reason people keep attacking the “poor little Christians,” because they insist on thinking like children. Either that or mentally ill adults….
    He completely misses the valid historical point (and not the only point he misses) about the importance of separating church and state, which means all religion needs to remain in people’s homes or churches, period. They have been given the inch and have taken the proverbial mile.

  6. snoutspot4 says:

    Religious organizations enjoy tax-exempt status for their “organizations”. So yes, Christians do pay taxes but they reap deductions that are not available to all. Why should you take my tax money (which I am happy to pay for the greater good of all citizens), that is earmarked for PUBLIC non-denominational schools, to fund yet another part of your fantasy of being so hard done by – your industry that robs others? When your churches are no longer tax-exempt, when you pay your fair share then you and yours can start bi**ing about how you pay taxes so you have the right to strip others of their rights. It really is simple (or so it appears to me) – not one of my tax dollars should be spent on indoctrinating children into a religion in the guise of “education”. Bottom line: I do not want to pay for child abuse.

  7. Tony Pargeter says:

    Precisely. And abuse it is.
    With this GSA issue, which I am thrilled to see outing the stubborn nastiness of Catholicism in particular, I keep hearing these religious people insisting on their parental rights, completely bypassing the kids themselves, like they’re talking about five year olds.
    And in keeping with that, I have noticed that religious kids (as well as adults actually), are often strikingly childish in their attitudes and behaviour.

  8. manby says:

    “country with the nicest, most helpful and giving people” This has nothing to do with religion! Sorry John VL you simple don’t understand people! More of us are not following any kind of religion, doctrine, whatever you want to call it. Yet we understand that treating others as we want to be treated is simple the right thing to do.
    What right does a hospital taking tax payers funds and denying patients their rights through the laws of the land, because this is against their religion. This in my eyes is a crime.
    Church and State must be separate. They have no right to make decisions for those of us who are ‘enlightened!’

    • biff says:

      excellent point, manby. i am now also annoyed that there may be churches disguised as hospitals, in addition to the many churches/places of worship/ethnic clubs disguised as schools, that are being funded by the public dollar: to promote their private interests, and to deny the public their rights.

  9. snoutspot4 says:

    @manby I agree completely. No public funding for health care services for those institutions that refuse to follow the letter of the law with respect to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As oft quoted: “Freedom of religion includes freedom from religion.”

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