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Terahertz: Religion, Politics, and Rex Murphy

Tomorrow, the Canadian polysyllabic pontificator Rex Murphy will be in Vancouver recording a live episode of Cross Country Checkup on religion in public life..

The Checkup is a long-time Canadian radio talk show, designed to spark dialogue across the country.

To arrange my thoughts for the discussion, I sat down for a Google+ Hangout with . . . → Read More: Terahertz: Religion, Politics, and Rex Murphy

Terahertz: I get email: Bibles and Abstinence

Posted without comment.

TO: Ian Bushfield—B.C. Humanist Association

DATE: November 17–2012

FROM: Leonard R., Abbotsford, B.C.

SUBJECT: Article in Abbotsford Times — Nov. 8–2012

The article states you have protested to the Minister of Education of B.C. about the free distribution of Bibles to Grade 5 students at various schools in B.C. Your inaccuracy . . . → Read More: Terahertz: I get email: Bibles and Abstinence

Terahertz: Support our Light the Night Walk

Grant LaFleche, writing for the St. Catherine’s Standard, wrote a column yesterday calling on atheists to be more charitable.

It’s a common trope that atheists and Humanists don’t give as much (or frequently) as the religious. Lacking formal structures and congregations, there’s less of a culture of philanthropy, both in terms of regular tithes or . . . → Read More: Terahertz: Support our Light the Night Walk

Terahertz: Radio Freethinker on Tuesday

Just a quick post tonight.

On Tuesday afternoon, I’ll be on CITR’s Radio Freethinker show talking about all the latest news from the BC Humanists.

The show runs for a full hour, so if you have ideas for what I should talk about, drop them below (obviously soon so that I can be somewhat prepared).

. . . → Read More: Terahertz: Radio Freethinker on Tuesday

Terahertz: On the Simi Sara show

On Monday I did a brief interview about Christy Clark’s recent bible comments on 100 Huntley Street and the BC Humanist Association’s response.

Ironically enough, the interview was on Clark’s old radio station, CKNW, with host Simi Sara.

1:30-1:40 CHRISTY CLARK’S RELIGION COMMENTS SPRARK CRITICISM FROM B.C. ATHEISTS

Last week, Premier Christy Clark appeared . . . → Read More: Terahertz: On the Simi Sara show

Terahertz: Bible no basis for public policy, declare BC Humanists

BC Premier Christy Clark recently went on 100 Huntley Street and explained that she finds her courage to make tough decisions from what the Bible teaches (~5:30 mark in the video)

This story prompted me to quickly throw together a press release with some input from the BCHA members. That release can be read . . . → Read More: Terahertz: Bible no basis for public policy, declare BC Humanists

Terahertz: Humanist Rituals

A few weeks ago, I was invited to give a talk in Kelowna on Humanist Rituals. The attendance was unfortunately rather low, so rather than give a formal speech, I worked it as more of a discussion about humanism, ceremonies, and interfaith involvement.

The speech I intended to give is below though, adapted from a . . . → Read More: Terahertz: Humanist Rituals

Terahertz: Vancouver’s Freethought Movement Grows

Today was a very good day.

This morning the trend of increasingly successful BCHA meetings continued, with just over thirty humanists gathering at the Oakridge Seniors’ Centre for a discussion on Neuroscience and Memory. Four-year-old Addysen was perhaps one of the youngest attendees to one of our meetings yet – although I think she was . . . → Read More: Terahertz: Vancouver’s Freethought Movement Grows

Terahertz: iPads and a new Job

Just a couple of pieces of great news for now.

First, last week my wife won an iPad through The Peak’s iPad a Day in May contest, and then I won one this week. We’re selling hers, but I’m writing this from my first Apple product!

So far I like the interface and the speed . . . → Read More: Terahertz: iPads and a new Job