There’s a quote out there on the interweb that says “Marriage lets you annoy one special person for the rest of your life.” And in the wise words of Larry the Cucumber, “It’s funny because it’s true.” Carla and I have been married for almost 21 years and I do many things that annoy her, sometimes on purpose. I have a mug that is shaped like the head of Baby Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and I will hide it all over our place so that it will surprise her, and hopefully scare her.
“How much is a little girl worth?” is the question that Rachael Denhollander asks.
Denhollander is one of well over 250 victims of decades of repeated sexual abuse at the hands of Dr. Larry Nassar, the former national team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. The case against Dr. Nassar has been brought to international headlines over the past couple of weeks, as the judge in the case allowed over 150 victims to confront Nassar in court. You can watch her whole testimony here. It’s well worth the time.
During her statement in court, Denhollander, a devout Christian, mentions that advocating for sexual abuse victims “cost me my church.” At the time, her church was working to help sexual assault victims from one specific church scandal. As an advocate for the sexually abused, she wanted to help her church, but according to her interview with Christianity Today, her own church’s leaders discredited her voice on the topic of sexual assault because she herself was a victim of sexual assault. Does that make any sense? I was shocked. You can read the whole interview here.
Then I thought about it. What this church did to Denhollander was not unusual for Christians.
The recent outrage over the Canada Summer Jobs grant program sparked the conversation again on the issue of abortion. As one might expect, emotions run high and sharp words of condemnation are exchanged. In times like these, it’s important to keep informed, so here are 6 things that you need to know about abortion in Canada.
Abortion claims the lives of about 100,000 pre-born children every year in Canada. If that number doesn’t strike you, perhaps a visual representation might help. 100,000 children per year translates to roughly 274 children per day. That means, while you were sleeping last night, more than 91 pre-born children lost their lives through abortion.