READING, WRITING & RELATIVISM
FPO’s “3 Rs” DINNER
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 PM)
Location: Primrose Hotel – Starlight Room, 111 Carleton Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2G3 (map)
Price: $100 per plate (60% tax creditable! Your net cost as low as $55)
READING, WRITING, and RELATIVISM
It’s the issue everybody’s afraid to talk about! Morality itself.
Is the moral code that is being taught in our public schools today really about having no moral code at all? Are all ideas, philosophies, beliefs, viewpoints, and perspectives equally valid? Is there no objective way to decide? Is it wrong to say that one thing is better than another? Does a free society require tolerance, or does it require that we respect every idea/belief?
Despite being buried under the weight of political correctness, it is an issue that can no longer be avoided because its effects are no longer avoidable. So, let’s talk about it. Then, we can decide our best course of action with respect to education policy.
That is the basic idea behind Freedom Party‘s “3 Rs” dinner event in Toronto on October 27, 2012. It will not be a debate. It will be an educational exploration about the implicit and explicit moral teachings of the public education system, what it is doing to our children, and what effects it will have on our society and culture in the future. Following the three presentations, our speakers will entertain questions and comments from the audience, as time permits.
Expect more than just the ‘3 Rs’ when Real people come together to explore the Right options in a Relaxed and comfortable setting at a reasonable price. Doors open at 6pm. Great food, great company, great ideas. Really.
HEAR THREE SPEAK TO THE ISSUE OF GOOD AND EVIL
It’s impossible to predict what we’ll hear when three outspoken personalities like Michael Coren, Stephen Anderson and Salim Mansur get together in the same room. Rest assured that the views our guest speakers will be bringing to our 3R’s dinner are their own, and may be quite different from one another. However, what each of our speakers do have in common is their resolve not to hear-no- speak-no- see-no-evil, but to speak TO the fundamental issue of good and evil in our schools.
Our speakers are not known for their sense of political correctness, so expect some frank talk on what has become one of the most taboo subjects in our public schools today: MORAL RELATIVISM, and the CULTURAL DISINTEGRATION that will result. Each of our guests has a track record on this theme that has often put them in the center of public controversy.
Combined with their unique experiences and backgrounds (see below), Mansur, Anderson and Coren will surely challenge our assumptions and preconceptions.
In addition to hosting Sun News Network‘s weeknight TV show, The Arena, Michael Coren is a weekly columnist published every Saturday with the Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg Sun and The London Free Press and in more than a dozen other daily and weekly newspapers across Canada. He is also a columnist for Women’s Post, The Catholic Register, The Landowner and The Interim. He is the best-selling author of thirteen books, including biographies of GK Chesterton, HG Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. He has contributed to the Dictionary of National Biography and several other anthologies. He is published in many countries and in more than a dozen languages. He has received several honorary doctorates and awards for his writing and broadcasting. In 2005 he won The Ed Murrow Award for Broadcasting, in 2006 The RTNDA Radio Broadcasting Award, in 2007 the Communicator Award in Hollywood and in 2008 the Omni TV Award.
For over two decades Dr. Stephen L. Anderson has been a high school teacher of Philosophy and English in the Thames Valley District Board of Education (Public Board). Dr. Anderson holds a Bachelor’s degree and an Honours Specialist in the teaching of English, a Masters’ degree in Religion and Culture, and a PhD in the Philosophy of Education. He has contributed articles and reviews to various scholarly and popular journals like Pacem (The Journal of Military Ethics), History of Education and Philosophy Now, and he also wrote the Ethics section in the current McGraw Hill provincial philosophy textbook. But he came to Freedom Party‘s particular attention in the wake of his 2011 article in Education Forum, Moments of Startling Clarity, in which he raised concerns about the effects of current moral education practices on the psychology of young people. Dr. Anderson has just completed a full length book manuscript on the subject, titled Virtuous Realities: What We Really Learn from Character Development Programs, publication pending.
Salim Mansur is an Associate Professor in the faculty of social sciences, University of Western Ontario, London, and teaches in the department of political science. He is the author of Delectable Lie: a liberal repudiation of multiculturalism (2011), Islam’s Predicament: Perspectives of a Dissident Muslim (2009) and co-editor of The Indira-Rajiv Years: the Indian Economy and Polity 1966-1991 (1994), and has published widely in academic journals such as Jerusalem Quarterly, The Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Arab Studies Quarterly, and Middle East Quarterly. Mansur writes a weekly column for Toronto Sun and his Sun columns are published across Canada in newspapers owned by the Sun Media. He wrote a monthly column for the magazine Western Standard (Calgary), and periodically for National Post (Canada). He has published in the Globe and Mail (Toronto), in the National Review Online and FrontPageMagazine.com, in the web magazine PJMedia.com in the United States and in the Canadian Observer.