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Pulpit and Politics

Dennis Gruending is an Ottawa-based author, blogger and a former Member of Parliament. He has worked as a print and television journalist and a CBC Radio host. He is the author of six books, including the best-selling Great Canadian Speeches. He has written biographies of Emmett Hall, whose Royal Commission recommended medicare for Canada, and of former Saskatchewan premier Allan Blakeney. In his Pulpit and Politics blog, Dennis examines the connections and collisions between religious faith and politics. Prior to serving as an MP in the late 1990s, Dennis spent four years as Director of Information for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Pulpit and Politics examines the connection, and frequent collisions, between religious faith and politics. His blog can be found at: www.dennisgruending.ca

Blog - Pulpit and Politics April 4
Martin Luther King' speaking during March on Washington,1963. Photo: Wikipedia Commons.
Dennis Gruending | Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of history's great orators, was murdered 50 years ago, on April 4, 1968.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics March 9
Bill Morneau. Photo: International Monetary Fund/flickr
Dennis Gruending | The Liberals are promising pharmacare but not a universal program. Let's look to the wisdom of medicare founders T.C. Douglas and Emmett Hall on how to proceed.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics February 18
Martin Luther King's battle for racial justice can inform our reaction to the Gerald Stanley murder trial
Dennis Gruending | Indigenous and Black experiences of oppression are not equivalent, but we can learn from civil rights activism when fighting for justice for Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics January 9
Many retail food sector jobs pay only minimum wage. Image: Dennis Gruending
Dennis Gruending | The business lobby is using alarmist tactics to oppose a minimum wage hike in Ontario.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics December 14
Nuclear test in Nevada in 1953. Image: National Nuclear Security Administration/Wikimedia
Dennis Gruending | The Trudeau government claims to support abolition of nuclear weapons ban but voted against just such a treaty at the UN.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics November 27
Cars. Photo: Dennis Gruending
Dennis Gruending | The NAFTA negotiations are causing Canadian union and business lobbies to modify some long held positions.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics November 13
MP Romeo Saganash. Photo: United Steelworkers/Flickr
Dennis Gruending | The Canadian government promised it would implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. MP Romeo Saganash says do it now.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics October 23
Amanda Lindhout, former Canadian hostage in Somalia. Image: Art Babych
Dennis Gruending | Former hostages Joshua Boyle, Amanda Lindhout were reckless and endangered others.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics September 16
NDP leadership contender Guy Caron (left) at Ottawa event in August 2017.
Dennis Gruending | Some pundits have written off the NDP leadership race. Here's why they're wrong.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics September 4
Unions are good for individuals, communities and society at large.
Dennis Gruending | It's Labour Day this week and the message is that unions are good for individuals, for communities and for society at large.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics September 1
Sir John A Macdonald. Was he a founding father, a racist, or both? Some want his name removed from buildings. Image: Dennis Gruending
Dennis Gruending | Sir John A. Macdonald: Was he a founding father, a racist, or both? Some want his name removed from buildings.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics August 25
Even after a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, white evangelical leaders continue to support Donald Trump.
Dennis Gruending | Even after Donald Trump's support for neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, white evangelical leaders continue to support him.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics June 30
Image: Flickr/European Parliament. Syrian refugee camp in Turkey.
Dennis Gruending | According to the United Nations there are 65 million forcibly displaced people in the world. Canada can do more to help.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics June 13
A large chunk of ice melts in Antarctic Peninsula, November 2014.
Dennis Gruending | The Trump administration has pulled the U.S. out of the historic agreement, but there is still much that Canadians can do.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics May 31
Participants in Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights.
Dennis Gruending | While participating in a pilgrimage in support of Indigenous rights we met a middle-aged settler who said it was his rights that need protecting. Really?
Blog - Pulpit and Politics May 15
Ottawa rally in support of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Dennis Gruending | People from various faith groups walked 600 km recently in support of Indigenous rights
Blog - Pulpit and Politics April 18
Some say modern Canada was born at Vimy Ridge. That's more trope than truth.
Dennis Gruending | Some politicians, journalists and historians says that modern Canada was born at Vimy Ridge. That's more trope than truth.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics March 14
Dennis Gruending | Just four of the 14 Conservative leadership candidates could be said to be fit for office. None of them are likely to win, however.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics February 25
Dennis Gruending | Asylum seekers, hunted and harried in the U.S. are turning up at remote and frigid Canadian border crossings
Blog - Pulpit and Politics January 28
Dennis Gruending | While Trump's desire to renegotiate NAFTA might not be motivated by altruism, free trade also hasn't eradicated inequality.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics January 15
Image: Art Babych. Used with permission.
Dennis Gruending | During his 2015 election campaign Trudeau promised to repeal the nastiest aspects of the anti-terror law. Why hasn't he done so yet?
Blog - Pulpit and Politics December 19
A 2016 rabble blog piece on Justin Trudeau's "over-promising" drew hot comments.
Dennis Gruending | Dennis Gruending looks back at his 21 blog posts on rabble in 2016, and talks about what he got right and what he got wrong.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics December 3
Critics says that Justin Trudeau is "disengaged" on nuclear weapons file
Dennis Gruending | Canada has voted against a UN recommendation to launch negotiations aimed at prohibiting nuclear weapons. Critics say Justin Trudeau has not "engaged" in the issue.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics November 27
More than 600 attend multi-faith solidarity event in Ottawa against racism
Dennis Gruending | More than 600 people attended a recent multi-faith solidarity event at an Ottawa synagogue against racism and xenophobia.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics November 23
Doug Gruner says a warm welcome is key to refugee integration
Dennis Gruending | Physician Doug Gruner says that a welcoming approach toward refugees is a key to their successful integration into Canadian life, and access to health care is vital to the process.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics November 13
Trump wins U.S. election but Clinton gets more votes. What now?
Dennis Gruending | A race-baiting sexual predator wins the U.S. election but Hillary Clinton gets more votes. What happens now?
Blog - Pulpit and Politics October 23
Scientist and evangelical Katharine Hayhoe on climate change
Dennis Gruending | Scientist and evangelical Katharine Hayhoe talks softly to fellow Christians on climate change. Is there a better way?
Blog - Pulpit and Politics October 3
The world has 65 million forcibly displaced people. What are we doing about it?
Dennis Gruending | There are 53 million forcibly displaced people in the world. What are we doing about it?
Blog - Pulpit and Politics September 20
Brian Day's medicare challenge; he's no freedom fighter
Dennis Gruending | Vancouver orthopaedic surgeon Brian Day can't convince politicians to undercut medicare, so he is going to court instead.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics August 28
Dennis Gruending | The shooting in Saskatchewan of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man, has fuelled a racist backlash on social media.

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