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somecanuckchick dot com: These are the types of NDP candidates Thomas Mulcair stands behind…

These are the types of NDP candidates Thomas Mulcair stands behind…

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Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie

Alexandre Boulerice says the NDP is against the niqab! [VIDEO, en français!]

Mégantic—L’Érable

Jean-François Delisle says the NDP should reopen Constitution to deal with the niqab. FYI Jean-François Delisle has backed off his initial statement that the NDP should reopen the . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: These are the types of NDP candidates Thomas Mulcair stands behind…

Alberta Politics: Why stop with just one religion? Shouldn’t Ottawa certify clerics for all religions, plus martial arts instructors?

PHOTOS: The Senate of Canada, also known as “the Red Chamber,” possibly for its adoption of tactics for dealing with religion reminiscent of two large communist countries. Actual Canadian Senators may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Andrew P.W. Bennett, Canada’s first “Ambassador for Religious Freedom” and a cantor at the St. John the Baptist . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Why stop with just one religion? Shouldn’t Ottawa certify clerics for all religions, plus martial arts instructors?

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: That’s A Turnabout

When I first started writing this blog, Michael Coren was a regular target for my ire, especially when he would go off spouting right wing talking points about gay marriage.  Quite frankly, I saw little difference between his columns published in the Sun newspapers and the tirades of his then ally Charles McVety. About a . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: That’s A Turnabout

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: That’s A Turnabout

When I first started writing this blog, Michael Coren was a regular target for my ire, especially when he would go off spouting right wing talking points about gay marriage.  Quite frankly, I saw little difference between his columns published in … . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: That’s A Turnabout

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Prentice’s Bill 10: A Legislative Trojan Horse

There is little doubt that the Prentice government is getting its ass handed to it on the editorial pages of newspapers across Canada with respect to its hastily written Bill 10 counter response to Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman’s Bill 202.

After looking at Bill 10 for a little while, I have come to the conclusion . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Prentice’s Bill 10: A Legislative Trojan Horse

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Confusing Freedom With Imposition

Canada’s “Association For Reformed Political Action” came to my attention this past week.  Just from the name, you can tell that this is one of the groups that is seeking to turn Canada into a theocracy much like the far right is currently doing in the United States.

I decided to spend a little time . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Confusing Freedom With Imposition

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Dear SCotUS: You Blew It

When you ruled that Hobby Lobby could implement its ownership’s personal religious beliefs as policy imposed upon the company’s employees, you really opened up the door to a world of abuse.

Hobby Lobby is a privately held corporation.  As are the majority of companies in both Canada and the United States.  Hobby Lobby is unusual in . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Dear SCotUS: You Blew It

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Sincerity Is Hard In Politics

Apparently, PC Leadership Candidate Ric McIver hasn’t learned that lesson.

After getting caught in a firestorm over ribbon cutting the “March For Jesus” event the same weekend that others were at the Edmonton Mayor’s Pride Brunch, he issues the following rather flaccid retraction:

He says he blames himself for not doing his homework . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Sincerity Is Hard In Politics

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Wingnut Education In Alberta

I have a problem with these “Lifestyle Covenants” that Christian Schools seem to be in love with.

It is not that these schools are publicly funded, although I do consider it a gross abuse of public resources for them to be used in this manner which so clearly flies in the face of both . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Wingnut Education In Alberta

Bill Longstaff: Religious persecution on the rise

The Pew Research Center recently published a study of religious persecution over the period 2007-12 and the results aren’t pretty. Of 198 countries and territories included in the study, 29 per cent had high or very high government restrictions on religion and 33 per cent had high or very high social hostilities involving religion. Egypt . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Religious persecution on the rise

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Creating Hierarchies of Rights

Recently, we have had a series of stories where there have been arguments put forth that there should be “exemptions” in non-discrimination laws for religious beliefs.

Yesterday’s column by Licia Corbella in the Calgary Herald positively oozed with a smug sense of religious entitlement, and attempted to hold atheists responsible for the acts of . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Creating Hierarchies of Rights

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Reasons For A Boycott Of The Sochi Games

In light of John Baird’s recent comments regarding Russia’s recently-passed anti-gay laws which basically outlaw any “gay propaganda” (such as two people of the same sex holding hands), I’d like to spend a bit of time talking about why a boycott of the Sochi games, along with generally isolating Russia politically is needed right now.

. . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Reasons For A Boycott Of The Sochi Games

Progressive Proselytizing: Thank you Westboro Baptist Chuch

Westboro Baptish Church – made infamous for picketing military funeral in a protest against homosexual tolerance in America – has reached, unbelievably, a new low. They are now threatening to picket the funerals of victims of the Boston bombings, again for some incoherent homophobic reason. As disgusting as this all is, and as much . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Thank you Westboro Baptist Chuch

The Disaffected Lib: Harper’s Religious Freedom Boondoggle

It’s probably no surprise that Sideshow Steve Harper, immersed in the magical thinking of fundamentalist evangelism, would say “screw austerity, let’s create an Office of Religious Freedom.  Now, find me an Ambassador.“

In the Toronto Star, Natalie Brender has an interesting look into what Steve has in ever curious mind.

I’m all for freedom . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Harper’s Religious Freedom Boondoggle

DeSmogBlog: Wisconsin v. Yoder Redux? MN Amish Citizens Revolt Against Frac Sand Mining

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"History," the old adage goes, "repeats itself." And this is precisely the reason why we learn it.

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