‘GOD SELLS MAGAZINES’ THE DIATRIBES of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens against the belief in God has produced a lot of heat, but little light (“Is God poison?” Cover, April 16). While the world’s religions come under their scrutiny, it is painfully obvious that their main target is Christianity. Of course, they say nothing about the concepts of liberty and freedom of conscience, expression and religion (including atheism) having their roots in the Judeo-Christian tradition.By Tony Costa, Alan Edmunds, Milli Seyffert, Jo Currie, Bob MacLaughlin, Erwin Dresner, Luis Jose Romero, Anthony Oland, Kevin Abell, Carl Van Harten, Louis Quigley6 min
According to last weekend's newspapers,Britain's Prince William has broken up with his pretty girlfriend Kate Middleton. Reasons given are purely speculative. Royal correspondent James Whitaker in the Daily Mirror felt it was the faux pas of Kate’s ex-flight-attendant mother, who on being introduced to the Queen said “Nice to meet you” rather than “How do you do” and asked for the “toilet” not the “lavatory.” For the British this is as down-market as saying “pardon me?” rather than “what?” Whether or not this language lapse was the reason, the mention of it is an example of the enduring value of Bernard Shaw’s line that it is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.By BARBARA AMIEL5 min
A friend of mine worked for several years in Slovakia for the National Democratic Institute, spreading the good news about democracy. Last year, when things got nasty in Belarus—protests crushed, opposition politicians jailed, reporters beaten for covering this—my friend became nostalgic, worried.By PAUL WELLS4 min
WHO BELINDA GOT CLOSE TO IN THE HOUSE Shortly after Stéphane Dion became Liberal leader, soon-toretire MP Belinda Stronach saw her seat moved closer to the fringe, near the Bloc. That was the area where all the Liberal leadership contenders sat prior to the big convention. Capital Diary was told at the time that the candidates were banished there, far away from the cameras, to keep the leadership playing field level.
Considering the horror at Virginia Tech this week, one fact stands out: school shootings are not nearly as rare as they ought to be. The United States has a long history of such events—from Charles Whitman at the University of Texas at Austin in 1966 to the Columbine massacre in 1999Between 1994 and 1999, The Journal of the American Medical Association identified 220 separate incidents of deadly shootings at U.S. schools.
The young father of four surviving sextuplets sat quietly in a Vancouver courtroom Monday as six lawyers and Chief Justice Donald Brenner of the B.C. Supreme Court walked through the legal and moral minefield resulting from the birth of his tiny, fragile children.By KEN MACQUEEN2 min
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