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Moving the Goal Posts

Tue, April 04, 2017   |   Author: Rod Taylor   |   Volume 24    Issue 14   

In any game or sport, it is essential to understand the rules. Even then, there is room for dispute.

Was the runner safe on first base? Did the receiver get both feet down before he went out of bounds? Many of these disputes can now be sorted out by the use of “instant replay” and slow-motion review of the split-second action on the field. But without clear rules, fair and unbiased referees and a shared public appetite for fair play, the game simply could not be played properly. In football, the iconic goalposts and the goal line itself, measured and marked on the field, are essential to the understanding of the game. Teams from across the country can travel to other cities and play against other teams because the field is a standard width, the goalposts are a standard height and are placed a standard distance from centre field.

So it is in politics and the governance of Canada. We in the Christian Heritage party often quote the Preamble to Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms where it says: “Canada is founded on principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law . . .” We understand that the “supremacy of God” defines the source of justice, our absolutely righteous and just God. He is the One who has established the elements of justice, the whole concept of right and wrong, the decrees by which we are to order our lives.

The second part of this foundational acknowledgment, “the rule of law”, is sometimes passed over quickly but it is also critical for the well-ordered function of a just society. In fact, without the rule of law, every aspect of our free and democratic society would be at risk. When a person violates the laws of the land, the rule of law says that no matter who he is, no matter how rich he is, no matter if he is a friend of the policeman or the judge, no matter if he gives money to the church, no matter if he is handsome, no matter what race he belongs to or the colour of his skin, no matter if the criminal is a man or a woman, he or she can expect the same treatment before the law. The law (in an ideal world) is not a “respecter of persons”, does not show favouritism, is unbiased and thus, after examination of the evidence, must be equally ready to declare “guilty” or “innocent”.

How far we have fallen from the ideal! Our judges have made the Constitution a “living tree”, which they feel justified in rewording, reinterpreting and rewriting.

By a stroke of the Court’s learned hand, a “person” no longer includes those persons not yet born. By a whimsical and intentional misunderstanding of words, “marriage” (the union of opposites) now comes to mean the union of likes. By the lightning-quick insertion of a phrase, “sexual orientation” is imagined to have been intended in Section 15 of the Charter, although it still cannot be found there by honest men and women (you know, the types who saw that the Emperor had no clothes).

Speaking of no clothes, if we honoured the rule of law in Canada, crude and vulgar men could not parade around the streets of Toronto clad in only a few leather straps and exposing children to things they ought never to see. If the rule of law were taken seriously, such men would be arrested for acts of gross indecency for such laws are still on the books. If the rule of law were the guiding principle in every police force, in every court and in the minds of legislation-happy politicians, then the few First Nations band councils who refuse to comply with The First Nations Financial Transparency Act would be held accountable for their actions before a court of law and Charmaine Stick, the First Nations woman seeking transparency and accountability would not have to be battling to have the law enforced.

If the rule of law were equally applied, M-103, the Anti-Islamophobia Motion, would never have passed because all Canadians would be treated equally and all religions would be equally tolerated and equally protected from hooliganism.

If the rule of law were highly esteemed, convicted murderers who receive life sentences would actually serve life sentences, not—like Greyhound bus be-header Vince Li—be wandering around on escorted passes. I’m sure that his victim has not yet come back to enjoy the scenery.

We claim to live in a democracy under the supremacy of a just God, whom we have rejected, and the rule of law, which we have ignored. When certain politicians discover a law they don’t like, instead of enforcing it, they simply come in at night and move the goalposts. They don’t like the laws against marijuana so they simply don’t enforce them. After a while they throw them out. They don’t like the law against euthanasia so they create an excuse and throw it out. They favour perversion so they create a phoney “right” to same-sex marriage. They like abortion so they allow abortion providers to ply their trade without having to report the numbers, the costs, the unintended injuries.

When a sports coach tries to move the goalposts, deflate the ball, use forbidden steroids or cheat in any other way, he is disqualified from the competition. We MUST all play by the same rules if we want a viable and just democratic society. We need to anchor our words and deeds to something even greater than the goalposts; that is the Word of God. Our God does not change. He is the same “yesterday, today and forever”.

Help us re-establish the rule of law and restore in our land a shared commitment to truth. God help us for without Him, we cannot maintain justice.

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