Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
18-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-Saturday, Law makers trace ethics back to religious roots By GEORGE CORNELL AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (A.P) Al- though recognizing that good laws always are based on fun- damental moral principles, lawyers rarely have given for- mal credit to the source of those age-old religions of the world. But now the legal profession is doing a global scale. "It's high time for it." says Charles S. Rhyne, a Washing- ton, D. C., attorney who heads up an international" conference of about lawyers, judges and law professors who have been convening in Abidjan on the Ivory Coast. "All just laws basically go right back to religious prin- ciples, whether acknowledged or not, and it's important to bring out this he says. "Religion and the rule of law complement each says Rhyne, former president of the American Bar Associa- tion and now president of the World Peace through Law Centre, which has members in 140 nations. Observing that law derives frqm ethical principles devel- oped over the centuries out of religious ideals of peace, justice and the devine worth of each person, Rhyne added in a telephone interview: "When you get down to the root of it, all laws to protect life, liberty and human rights are based on belief in the sanctity of the individual. Law requires respect for the per- son, and that flows from religious concepts." "Together, maybe we can stop the senseless killing of war." Rhyne said. "The law can't do it alone, but when the people of the world stand up and say they won't accept war anymore, then there be any." "Essentially, similar prin- ciples run through all the great world said Rhyne, a Presbyterian. "In the Western perspective, all the fundamental principles of law go back to the old Biblical foundations." That ancient book views God as the "great law giver." The Ten Commandments, which prohibit killing, stealing, lying and marital in- fidelity, offer the earliest legal framework for safeguarding life, property and family rights. As to why the legal profes- sion in modern times general- ly has paid scant heed to its links to principles derived from religion, Rhyne said: "It's hard to account for it when you look at the close his- torical ties, especially when you hear so many references in the courtroom to the Bible." Synagogue contract disputed by rabbi TORONTO (CP) A state- ment of defence and a counterclaim have been filed in the million breach-of- contract suit filed by Rabbi Stuart Rosenberg against Beth Tzedec Congregation and Lethbridge Baha'i to select delegates Members of the Canadian Baha'i community are con- ducting regional conventions across Canada for the election of delegates to the national convention which is he'd in April of each year. In Southern Alberta, the Baha'i convention is being conducted this weekend at the University of Lethbridge An unusual aspect of Baha'i voting is the absence of any form of election campaigning. Emphasis is on capabilities displayed and all reference to personality is discouraged. Through regional conven- tions, all adult Baha'i par- ticipate indirectly in the elec- tion of the Universal House ot Justice, supreme governing body of the Baha'i faith. The Baha'i faith is an independent world religion with its own holy book, holy places, laws and ad- ministrative order. Baha'u'llah, prophet founder of the faith, declared in 1963 his mission to unify mankind. Despite martydom of many early Baha'i followers, the prophet's message has since spread to many parts of the world. eight members of the board of governors. Rabbi Rosenberg, dismiss- ed as chief rabbi of the Toronto congregation last Jan. 11, sued the congregation for breaking a contract signed in April, 1970, which called for his services until 1987. He also sued eight members of the synagogue boa of dire tors for conspiracy to induce theba to break the contract. In its counter-suit, the syna- gogue asked the court to direct him to account for all contributition over a 10-year herriodttts special charitable fund and all disbursements from the fund. It also seeks possession of the rabbi's residen e, hihich t class to own, and asks for rent of a month from last Jan. 11 to date of judgment. SOUGHT INJUNCTION The rabbi has sought an in- junction preventing the boad oom m interfering with his usese of the residence. Fred Weinberg, presidide- nent of the congregation, Albeert R. Gellman, chairman of the boarfl of governors, and the other board members in their state- ment t of defence denenieeed allelegatioions of conspiracy. Abortion column irks bishop Starts church Arnold Tagoona, an Eskimo who calls him- self a fundamentalist mis- sionary, preaches in Baker Lake, N.W.T. Tago- ona, as he is known in many areas of the Arctic, is the first Eskimo ever ordained an Anglican priest. He resigned and started his own church, calling it the Christian Arctic Fellowship. PRISONER SUPPORT SOUGHT TORONTO Rev. N. Bruce McLeod, moderator of the United Church of Canada, says Canslians should flood members of Parliament with letters urg- ing the federal government to take a stand on the plight of political prisoners in South Vietnam. Mr. McLeod, who visited Vietnam in 1966, told a church congregation here that Exter- nal Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp has said the Canadian government might approach the government of South Viet- nam if "expressions of concern" were heard from Canadians. LONDON, Ont. (CP) The controversy over a recent col- umn in the Catholic Register dealing with birth control is a "tempest in a Most Rev. G. Emmett Carter, Roman Catholic bishop of London, said today. "I totally disagree with the position taken in the Bishop Carter said. "But far too much importance is being accorded to an obscure article meant to reflect only the opin- ion of the author." The column, by Rev. Joseph Killoran, a Roman Catholic priest from St. Catharines, Ont., said Catholics should let their conscience be their guide on whether to use ar- tificial contraception until Pope Paul specifically states otherwise. The column, titled "one priest's said the Pope has not been "clear in his statements" on the matter. Bishop Carter disagreed. "The position of the Holy Fa- ther is clear and I support he said. On Wednesday, Rt. Rev. J. A. Roney, former chancellor of the diocese of London, recommended censorship of The Register, a weekly new- spaper, for publishing the column. 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