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Is Love the Cruelest Imposition of All?

Is Love the Cruelest Imposition of All?

On the last day of 1966, Saturday Evening Post devoted its entire issue to love, an interesting and perhaps courageous choice by the magazine’s editors given the tremendous change that was taking place in the country at the time. Kicking off the magazine’s love issue was Russell Baker, who had occasionally opined on the subject in his popular syndicated newspaper column. “Love, your magic spell is everywhere, dammit,” his piece began, making it clear that he had strong but mixed feelings about the emotion. Americans were pressured to be in love, or at least act like they were, Baker felt, with popular and consumer culture loudly and continually hammering home the message that only that could lead to happiness. “What a depressing thing has happened to love in America!” he exclaimed, considering the emotion to have been turned into “the snake oil of the 20th century.” Not just those in the entertainment business and marketers were at fault, he explained, citing the clergy, physicians, educators, and authors as conspirators in the aggressive selling of love …

Protect human rights from religious imposition, NSS urges UN

Protect human rights from religious imposition, NSS urges UN

The National Secular Society has called on the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) to address religious threats to human rights in the UK. For the first time, the NSS has submitted evidence on the UK’s implementation of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which the HRC oversees. The ICCPR is an international human rights treaty ratified by the UK in 1976. Collective worship Collective worship is a statutory requirement in all state schools. Withdrawal from collective worship requires parental consent for children not in Sixth Form. The NSS said this arrangement is incompatible with the right to freedom of religion or belief enshrined in the ICCPR. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has twice told the UK government to repeal laws mandating worship. Faith based school admissions Oversubscribed state funded faith schools are permitted to discriminate on religious grounds in their admissions. This is legally enabled by exemptions from the Equality Act 2010, which the NSS said were incompatible with non-discrimination articles of the ICCPR. The NSS said …

Federal court ruled that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s imposition of the Emergencies Act was illegal

Federal court ruled that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s imposition of the Emergencies Act was illegal

Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauCredit: Justin Trudeau – Prime Minister of Canada/Wikipedia/Creative Commons 3.0 A Canadian federal court has just ruled that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s reckless decision to invoke the country’s Emergencies Act during the 2022 trucker protests was illegal and unjustified, the National Post reports. Canada’s Emergencies Act is intended for serious threats such as espionage, terrorism, or the potential overthrow of the government, said Justice Mosley who oversaw the case. The judge added that though the protest, which included blockages at Canada’s international border with the US, caused economic hardship, it did not rise anywhere near the level of a national emergency required by Canadian law. The judge added that the invoking of the Emergencies Act violated the rights of Canadians guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Trudeau used the dictatorial powers given him under the act to seize the bank accounts of those allegedly involved in the protests and to force truck towing companies to remove trucks that were participating in the protests. The Canadian Constitutional Foundation, along …