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【新聞後記】被忽略的安省第 89 號法案

 

3 月份的南安省,乍暖還寒。月初春回大地,月中卻寒冬雪暴重臨;省府部份政策及提交的法案,亦暗藏隱憂,不可單看表面或理所當然。

安省省議會冬季休會後於二月下旬復會,電費加幅成為各反對黨炮轟議題,亦是傳媒焦點所在。此舉,成功迫使省長韋恩於 3 月初宣布,繼今年 1 月 1 日開始減少 8% 合併稅中的省稅部分外,6 月 1 日開始再減居民電費 17%,令電費減幅合共達 25%。表面上這政策的確能減輕近年不斷飆升的電力價格,令省民可以稍為喘息,但反對黨隨即批評,省府主要是透過像樓房按揭般分攤更長時間支付電力生產合約成本,從而降低每個月的電費。這筆開支在今後 30 年的利息將達到 250 億,省民今後每年要額外支付 14 億元 。面對強烈反彈,韋恩堅持,這項計劃長遠來說雖然成本較高,但是公平的做法,令這一代的電力用戶不用為前人或後人承擔高昂電費。

「南京大屠殺紀念日」79 號私人法案

安省省議員黃素梅提出訂立「南京大屠殺紀念日」的 79 號私人法案(Bill 79),在去年 12 月成功通過二讀後,過去兩個月,於華人社區收集簽名,以增強法案獲提交三讀的聲勢。由於法案對華裔及韓裔社區均意義重大,而且今年是南京大屠殺 80 周年, 黃素梅及支持法案的團體均有信心可在社區收集到 10 萬簽名。

不知是否華裔一般慢熱,還是太有信心法案可以順利三讀, 至三月中只收集到 4 萬多個簽名, 距離所期望的 10 萬簽名相差甚遠。相反, 自 79 號法案公布以來,日本駐多倫多領事館及一些親日人士積極四處游說,指法案針對日本人及日本政府,企圖阻止法案通過 。黃素梅 3 月初再次澄清,建議安省將每年 12 月 13 日定為「南京大屠殺紀念日」,並非針對日本人,目的在於確認並紀念這段歷史確實發生,那些受難者和親屬們的聲音不會消失,並希望阻止類似的事件在將來發生。除了多倫多史維會外, 多倫多華人團體聯合總會亦加入支持行列,聯合眾多社區機構,呼籲市民簽名支持。該會將聯同不同社團安排義工,深入超市、餐廳、學校、老人院、工廠等人流集中場所,現場收集簽名,希望大眾把握機會積極參與。


第 89 號「支持兒童、青年和家庭法案」

省府在去年聖誕休假前悄悄地提出了冗長的「支持兒童、青年和家庭法案」(Bill  89,Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act)。如獲通過,它將完全廢除並取代現行已有 32 歴史、被指過時的「兒童和家庭服務法」,該法管理兒童保護、收養及寄養服務。第 89 號法案要求兒童保護、寄養和收養服務提供者以及法官,考慮和尊重兒童的「種族、血統,原生地、膚色、族裔、公民身份、家庭多樣性、殘疾,信仰、性別、性別認同和性別表達」。「支持兒童、青年和家庭法案」同時堵塞現行法例的盲點,將保護兒童服務延長至十七歲。 目前,16 和 17 歲的青少年可能不符合保護兒童的資格,但年齡亦不足以符合成人計劃的條件,令不少這些兒童被迫輟學,甚至為了生存而犯法 。

這 89 號法案原意是好的,尊重文化、宗教和區域差異;以兒童的最大利益為福祉。省府提交法案時,反對黨及傳媒均沒有刁難,認為是順理成章,中文媒體更鮮有提及。 但令人憂慮的是,法案同時要配合較早時通過的第 28 號「家庭平等法案」(All Families Are Equal Act)﹐ 加入了「性別認同」和「性別表達」的內容。 新法案下,父母若不認同子女的性別認同及取向,保護兒童會有權介入;新法案同時刪除了領養父母須要考慮孩子宗教信仰的因素。

有基督徒家長組織 PAFE 多次批評,第 89 號法案實質上是在家庭中實施性別意識形態,自由主義者正逐步取代父母的權利,目的是將權力直接轉移到省府手中。法案一旦通過,將進一步侵蝕父母的權利。例如,如果孩子被識別為「跨性別者」(transgender),但父母拒絕認同這一點,則該孩子可被視為需要由政府保護。組織呼籲大眾要更了解第 89 號法令人擔憂的部份內容,並向省議員反映,希望法案最終能作出修訂,維護父母應有的權利。

聖經多次明確指出,教養子女是父母是的天職,絕非政府或第三者可以取代。「你們作父親的、不要惹兒女的氣、只要照著主的教訓和警戒、養育他們。」(弗六:4)「教養孩童、使他走當行的道、就是到老他也不偏離。」(箴廿二:6)

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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