The Freedom to Believe Differently

November 14, 2017

Watch this week’s radio commentary below:

I’m intrigued by issues around people’s freedom to believe as they choose. Everyone says they support this idea but they often support it more for themselves than for others. Typically I support your rights until they don’t match mine; then you become suspect.

This was shown in the GG’s statements two weeks ago when she was mocking those who have different beliefs than she does – even though her position requires her to represent all Canadians.

It was even more on display these past few days when CBC created a story around the Alberta Homeschool Association inviting a creation scientist to their annual convention next April. The initial article is about one person who objected because he doesn’t agree with their beliefs. Then CBC amplified it to an evening news feature. The whole point was that somehow they should be forced to change their thinking and their actions to meet with CBC’s approval. This from a state-funded broadcaster, again, with a mandate to represent all Canadians.

It’s a true test of our commitment to these freedoms when we allow others to believe differently than we do.

David Anderson, MP

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