Friday, June 25, 2004


So Much To Say, So Much To Say....... up my head and let me out. Special award to the person who is first to identify song and artist where I took the (abridged) opening line from.

Wow, do I have a lot of ground to cover. Sorry I've been away for a while. I had slo-pitch baseball games last Friday, Monday and yesterday. Lots going on at home, too. And, to top it off, I picked up a really annoying virus last week that rendered me voiceless for the better part of three days. Oh, did I mention I've been on course the last five work days and had to support an implementation over the weekend?

Nope, haven't been too busy.

So, where to start. OK, last Friday:

I'm walking into work and pick up the paper, which has the despicable Michael Briere all over the front page. Now, please understand, nothing makes me angrier than those who would dare to hurt/exploit children, the most precious gift God gives us on this earth. I am pro-life, anti-cloning, find stem-cell research abhorrrent to a degree and think that partial-birth abortion is criminal. So, you can imagine my ire as I read his feeble attempts to apologize for and justify his horrific acts committed against Holly Jones. However, as I sat on the train home, I was struck by the most amazing revelation, which I will share at the end of this post.

Fast forward to Saturday:

I see the show put on by Stephen Harper as he calls out Paul Martin on child pornography, which Briere identified as the key motivator in his decision to do what he did. Instead of standing up and saying he abhors this stuff, he demands that Harper apologize for stating that Martin is soft on child porn.

Then Jack Layton supports Martin.

Am I living in an alternate bizarro world? I read an article, I don't recall where, in which Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe actually commented that a crackdown on child porn would make it illegal to have naked cherubs on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.


Martin, in Saturday's National Post, accused Harper of politicizing the child pornography issue, then quickly announced the following:

"I can tell you that that legislation will be the first thing introduced [after the election] and it will be introduced so fast that your eyes will blink," Mr. Martin said. "I feel so strongly about this issue.... There just is no equivocation on this at all."

Who's politicizing things now? There was a bill removing the "artistic merit defense" that died in Senate when Parliament was dissolved. Was it really so necessary to have an election now, rather than waiting for passage of this bill? After all, Mr. Martin claims to have "no equivocation" on this issue, so I imagine this would be a priority.

Funny how everybody's taking this so seriously once Harper cast a harsh light on it.

Y'know, if I wasn't so concerned about what the Conservatives might do to health care if they assume power Monday, they would have my vote right now.

So, what was my revelation?

At any point in time, Michael Briere could turn his face to God and ask His forgiveness and accept Christ as his Saviour. And God would immediately forgive him. In God's eyes, Briere's sin is no worse than mine and He would forgive him as quickly as He forgave me (or anyone else).

If you ever needed more proof of the breadth and depth of God's grace, there you go. It also clearly illustrated (to me) how far I have to go in my walk with God.

Well, gotta go. Sorry it's kind of a downer topic, but I really needed to get this off my chest and at least I ended on an up note. Later, all.