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Looking up — not left, right

Interim writer, Josie Luetke , Talk Turkey Being somewhat of a political nomad, I was eager to read James Mumford’s Vexed: Ethics Beyond Political Tribes, published just this year, precisely because it seemed it would affirm my choice of wandering in the (metaphorical) wilderness rather than buying into one of the flawed “package deals” on offer by present political parties. [...]

2020-11-18T16:14:39-06:00November 8, 2020|Announcements, Book Review, Josie Luetke|

The Holy Spectre haunting the movement

By Josie Luetke Shortly after I became involved in the pro-life movement, I became cognizant of the push by mostly younger members to secularize its branding, even though we were all Christian. Green as I was and enamored with the clarity of the science of when life begins and the simplicity of the philosophical arguments against abortion, I was sympathetic. Pro-life could [...]

2020-11-19T10:14:52-06:00October 17, 2020|Activism, Josie Luetke, LifeChain, Religion|

When police stop seeing persons

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke In early 2016, an Arizona police officer yelled highly confusing commands at a sobbing and terrified Daniel Shaver (who, as it turns out, was unarmed), warning him that if he made a mistake, he might die, and die he did. For the sake of this column, I rewatched the video of this incident, witnessing his body [...]

2020-07-03T09:38:23-06:00July 3, 2020|Josie Luetke, Society & Culture|

Why I will rank half my ballot

The Interim recently published an online opinion piece from former MP Brad Trost, titled, “Why I will rank my full ballot” (as well as my Campaign Life Coalition blogpost on the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race). As Trost considers Campaign Life Coalition a friend, so we consider him a friend. As I alluded to in my blog about the CPC leadership [...]

2020-06-30T14:29:49-06:00June 30, 2020|Josie Luetke, Soconvivium|

Only Sloan and Lewis

Only Sloan and Lewis deserve pro-life support Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan true conservatives for life. The only debates of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leadership race took place last Wednesday in French and last Thursday in English. If you’re a Conservative Party member, you’ve likely been bombarded with emails from all four candidates’ campaigns over the past few [...]

Beware COVID-19 misinformation

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke At the beginning of the year, it was fellow pro-lifers – more than anyone else – who were warning me about COVID-19. As recently as last month, these same pro-lifers were up in arms about the devastation the Chinese Communist Party had wreaked upon the world. Then, inexplicably, sometime between then and now, many (but not [...]

2020-06-11T15:52:22-06:00June 11, 2020|Health Risks, Human rights, Josie Luetke, Society & Culture|

Red China: The saviour we didn’t know we needed

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke If the mainstream media treated Justin Trudeau the same way they treat Donald Trump, I wouldn’t need to remind you that Trudeau once responded that the national administration that he most admired was Red China’s because of how “their basic dictatorship” has grown their economy. You wouldn’t be allowed to forget. Over the past year, the [...]

2020-05-19T17:01:48-06:00May 19, 2020|Josie Luetke, Politics, Society & Culture|

Dismount the O’Toole train

On Super Tuesday II, I was watching the left-wing YouTube channel The Young Turks while primary results rolled in and I sat up when political pundit Krystal Ball joined the hosts. For some much-needed background, The Young Turks co-founder Cenk Uygur is also one of the founders of Justice Democrats, a political action committee committed to getting “progressives” like Bernie Sanders, Alexandria [...]

2020-04-01T10:41:34-06:00April 1, 2020|Announcements, Election, Features, Josie Luetke, Politics|

2018 CIHI abortion figures present unclear picture

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) released data tables on Jan. 23 indicating there were 85,195 reported abortions in 2018 – down from a reported 94,030 abortions in 2017. In response, Global News ran an article by Cassandra Szklarski with the headline: “Canadian clinics and hospitals performing fewer abortions, data suggests.” The same article was also published on various other websites [...]

2020-03-26T09:05:23-06:00March 26, 2020|Abortion, Abortion statistics, Josie Luetke|

‘Choice is a person’

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke I’ve previously heard that one of the disadvantages the pro-life movement has to contend with that other human rights campaigns haven’t had to is that unlike other historically oppressed groups like women and African Americans, the preborn cannot advocate for themselves. They can’t march. They can’t hold sit-in protests. There’s no civil disobedience in which they [...]

2020-03-15T06:31:50-06:00March 15, 2020|Fetal Rights, Josie Luetke, Society & Culture|

New poll suggests hard work ahead for pro-lifers

A DART & Maru/Blue Voice Canada Poll released February 1, 2020 reveals the ignorance of the Canadian populace on the abortion issue. 1,515 randomly selected members of Maru/Blue’s Voice Canada Online panel were surveyed from December 5 to 8 in 2019 and the results were weighted by education, age, gender, and region to match the Canadian population, though PEI and the territories [...]

An old poison

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke I’m unsure if it’s because I’m paying more attention to depressing news as I grow old and jaded, or if our populace is genuinely becoming more indifferent, but it certainly seems like the latter (if not also the former). I suppose it’s very difficult to measure indifference with any degree of confidence, though, hence warring headlines [...]

2020-02-10T11:02:10-06:00February 11, 2020|Josie Luetke, Society & Culture|

My 2020 vision: 20/20 vision

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke I apologize that many of my columns are just a series of complaints. People – pro-lifers and myself included – are dumb. We regularly arrive at foolish moral positions and while that cannot be totally avoided, I hope the frequency of this misfortune could be at least reduced by attempting to utilize a proper system of [...]

2020-01-10T09:11:31-06:00January 10, 2020|Josie Luetke, Society & Culture|

Running out the clock

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke I  find it fitting as the clock winds down on 2019 to talk about a different clock running out. In a relatively brief span of time, I’ve been let down frequently. A former member of my high school pro-life club came out against banning abortions, asserting that she wished that more “pro-lifers” would understand that “our [...]

2019-12-11T05:49:45-06:00December 11, 2019|Human rights, Josie Luetke, Society & Culture|

A church-sized hole

Talk Turkey Josie Luetke At a recent Mass I attended, the deacon indicated in his homily that we are most like Jesus when we fight against social injustices. The examples he gave? That of students participating in the climate strike, those calling for proper preparations for natural disasters, etc. I nearly keeled over the pew right then, because I’m so [...]

2019-11-14T20:32:03-06:00November 13, 2019|Josie Luetke, Religion|
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