The Trouble with Islam? Or the Trouble with Muslims?

Sheema Khan had an interesting article in the Globe today, on the need for Islam to reform to reflect the 21st century in light of the recent incident in Sudan where a young pregnant woman, Meriam Yahya Ibrahim,  was sentenced to death for the crime of apostasy, allegedly for abandoning her Islamic faith to become a Christian.  Ms. Ibrahim has since been released, no doubt due to the massive international backlash her sentence triggered. In her piece, Ms. Khan tries to make the case that sentencing Mr. Ibrahim to death for apostacy is not in accordance with “true” Islam, and only by returning to the true roots of Islam can Muslims advance into the 21st century.    In doing so, however, she (unintentionally, no doubt) makes a damning critique both of modern Islam and modern Muslims. Continue reading “The Trouble with Islam? Or the Trouble with Muslims?”

If the case against TWU law school is so strong, why do its opponents have to mistate what the law actually is?

I’m not sure why I actually care  about the Trinity Western University (“TWU“) law school (which I’ve written about ad nauseum, here, here and, most recently, here) or whether or not it gets accredited by the provincial law societies.   I went to a proper law school (UofT) and frankly would rather spend my weekend at the local gay pride parade than at bible study with the TWU grads. Yet, here I am, defending TWU.  In part, though, I think its the fact that, as a lawyer, I’m offended by the by shabby, misleading, and plain stupid legal arguments being made against TWU.

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Law Society of Upper Canada Sticks it to Christians… and the Law

I guess being the Law Society of Upper Canada (the “LSUC“) means you aren’t compelled to comply with silly little rules… like the law.  How else can one explain the appalling decision of the LSUC to refuse to accredit the proposed new law school at Trinity Western University (“TWU“)?

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Ontario Law Society Sticks It To Law Students – I’m Embarassed to be a Member

Before I start, I’m going to stake out my bias here.  I hate the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), the organization responsible for regulating lawyers in Ontario.   Not because I’ve had any problems with them, but because, in my experience, there are few no public organizations as inept, incompetent and clueless as the LSUC.  Everything they do, they do badly.  They are the living embodiment of the old maxim that: “Those who can, do.  Those who can’t do, regulate”. When I went through the bar admissions program, they handed around material that was outdated and wrong (badly, badly wrong).  The bar admissions exam was a fiasco – the exam itself was filled with typos and spelling errors, and the organization was so poor it ran twice as long as it was scheduled to run and almost resulted in a riot.  Every year I have to fill out to two separate annual reports at two different times, rather than filing a single report at the same time (ok, this is a petty complaint, but you know, even the tax man doesn’t make me file two tax returns).  Even in their principal role of protecting the public from unscrupulous lawyers, it’s not clear that it is particularly competent (witness the recent Heydary fiasco, where the LSUC stepped in only after a lawyer allegedly disappeared with $3 million of his client’s money).

So, against that background, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to me that the LSUC would do something to completely fuck this year’s class of law school graduates.  And yet… even as jaded I am, I was shocked by the announcement that the LSUC was DOUBLING licensing fees for students to become lawyers in the province of Ontario to almost $5000.

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God, Not Another Kennedy Assassination Anniversary.

If I have to listen to one more baby-boomer ass-nozzle reminiscing about where they were when JFK was shot, I swear to Christ, I’m going to lose it.  Unless they tell me that they were in Dallas, staring down a sniper rifle at the back of Kennedy’s head, I don’t give a shit.

And I’m sick of all the conspiracy theory shit. It wasn’t the FBI who killed Kennedy.  Or the CIA, the mob, the Cubans, the communists, little green men. None of them had anything to do with killing Kennedy. It was a crime committed by a single man, for a simple reason. Joe DiMaggio killed JFK for boffing, then killing Marilyn Monroe.  Period, end of story.

Can we move on now?

The Decidedly Corporate Rabble.Ca

I enjoyed the irony of today’s story in the Post about how Rabble.ca, Canada’s pre-eminent left-wing and union-backed news platform (which is a fair description only if the dissemination of left-wing talking point and fact-free ideology can be characterized as “news”), allegedly hasn’t paid it Quebec “bureau-chief”, Ethan Cox, in 10 months.  Naughty, naughty.

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Pauline Marois talks Bombings – Well, Separatists Know a Thing Or Two About That

I can’t get enough of the silliness behind Quebec’s proposed Secular Charter.

Pauline Marois, Quebec’s Premier, is quoted in today’s Le Devoir defending her proposal to impose secularism on civil servants (well, except Christians, apparently, unless you think secularism means having a giant freaking crucifix in the National Assembly).   According to her, the French model of secularism she’s proposing to adopt will prevent Quebec from turning into England, where:

“they whack each other on the mouth and send bombs because it’s multiculturalism and nobody can find a place for himself anymore in that society.”

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It’s Groundhog Day in Quebec

Remember that movie “Groundhog Day“? An arrogant weatherman, played by Bill Murray finds himself living through groundhog day over and over, until he finally mends his ways?  I kind of feel like that with Quebec.

About this time last year, I had a post about the Party Québécois’ (the “PQ“) proposal to prohibit Quebec civil servants from displaying religious symbols at work, well, other than crucifixes (see Secularism – Iran Style).  Well, here we are, a year later, and guess what, we have a post about a new PQ proposal to ban all religious headwear and dress by public sector workers in Quebec (which, given that Quebec’s public sectors is massively bloated is half the work force).  Sigh. Continue reading “It’s Groundhog Day in Quebec”

The Cronut Burger and a Fistful of Bacon – No Wonder North Americans are Fat

Cronut Burger from Epic Burgers & Waffles and ...
Cronut Burger from Epic Burgers & Waffles and La Dolci (Photo credit: LexnGer)

So, apparently, over 100 people (so far) have gotten sick as a result of eating cronut burgers (right) at the CNE.

For those of you not familiar with this particular piece of modern North American cuisine, a cronut is the bastard offspring of a donut and a croissant.  Toss in a (presumably) beef patty and some sort of maple-bacon jam and – voila – a cronut burger!  What could go wrong?

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Terrorism Makes you Stupid – Redux

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Major Nidal Malik Hasan.  And a psychiatrist – would you want mental health advice from this guy?  Seriously, does he LOOK like a happy fellow?  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In keeping with a recent post on the ass-clown behaviour of alleged Islamicist terrorists (or, at least, would-be terrorists), we have alleged Fort Hood murderer Major Nidal Hasan.  Facing the death penalty on 13 counts of murder – and no one denies he’s responsible for killing his 13 victims – he has dismissed his lawyer and is proposing to defend himself.  Sure, ’cause that’s a good idea!

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