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Bill Longstaff: Niqab nonsense—much ado about nothing

I am no fan of the niqab. Hell, I’m no fan of religion. But if a Moslem woman wants to wear a niqab at a citizenship ceremony for religious reasons, I can’t think of a single reason why I, or the state on my behalf, should prevent her. As long, that is, as she is prepared to unveil privately to establish her identity.

And that, Zunera Ishaq the young mother who took the government’s ban to

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Supply Side Jesus

The mounting Neo-liberal oligarchy couldn’t exists if American christians actually followed the teachings of Jesus, thus Supply Side Jesus was born to fill the gap. Bill Mahr paints the funny, yet troubling, picture of what much of mainstream religious discourse has become in the United States.



Marx said in his Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right:

“Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how we should call out the Cons’ bigotry surrounding the niqab for its own ill intent as well as for its effect of distracting from more substantive election issues.

For further reading…- The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision confirming that the niqab is a matter of religious freedom protected by the Charter is found here. And the Federal Court trial court and appeal decisions involving Zunera Ishaq are here and here, respectively.- CBC reports on just how few people are being singled out for deliberate and gratuitous discrimination, while also providing some background on (Read more…)

Eclectic Lip: Dieseldammerüng

image taken from’s latest t-shirt

Before we get to this message’s main event, I’ll throw another brief shoutout to Pope Francis. Sure, he leads one of the world’s socially most regressive organizations, but he seems to be pulling in the right direction, and ultimately, he’s not in fact that powerful — his level of authority is more Barack Obama than Stephen Harper, let alone Kim Jong-Il.

While there’s general awareness of the doctrine of Papal infallibility, it was only formalized in the 19th century, and has only ever been invoked twice. So it’s one of many late-arriving concepts we (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Post Christian America – Oh Yah Baby!

Let’s put it this way, I’m glad he’s on our side. Enjoy 8 minutes of christian smack-down courtesy of Brian Dalton aka Mr. Deity.


Filed under: Religion Tagged: Mr.Deity, Post Christian America, The DWR Sunday Disservice

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – God’s Life Hacks

Hard to argue with this top 10 11 list of religious christian life hacks…

10. How to Deal with Annoying Neighbours.

9. How to Peel a Banana.

8. How to Get an Abortion.

7. Foreskins: Perfect Gift for Any Occasion.

6. How to Get High Without Using Drugs

5. How to Donate Sperm Without Masturbating.

4. How to Prevent Pregnancy

3. How to Get Rid Of Mold in Your House.

2. How to Beat Your Slaves (erroneously #3 in the video)

1. How to Kill Someone.

0. How to Deal with (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Religious Liberty is Shit – Kim Davis and Her Struggle with Reality

It was nice.

I was on a lovely sabbatical, my time was restful and chock full of repose, languidity, and tranquility. I was defended from hearing about the woes of the Oppressed Christian Majority in the United States. My ire toward the loon-factory that is organized religion was at an all time low. It was going well until the farcical fail-o-tron of delusional christian nonsense headed by Kim Davis, remorselessly yanked my sensitive secular antenna and thus, sadly, my attention back to this specious example of ‘secular oppression’ being visited upon the goodly religious folk down in (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice -You’ve Never Seen a Ghost (Holy or otherwise).

The universe is an amazing thing. While you are “sitting still” reading this post, you, me, and everyone else are hurdling through space at an unfathomable speed. This is almost as amazing as the fact that we, for the most part, don’t even notice that we’re doing it. The Earth rotates 1,600km/h at the equator, which goes down to 0 at the poles, for an average of 800km/h across the planet. Our orbit takes us around the sun at 107,000 km/h and our solar system’s orbit around the galaxy has us going about 792,000 km/h. On top of that our solar (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: HarperMan

Not surprisingly, the musician is being investigated by the paranoid and vindictive Harper Government.

The Streisand Effect is working though, and is a hit today.

When I tweeted #Harperman last June & you RTed it @saskboy, I did wonder if #cpc thugs would come after Tony. They sure did. @althiaraj

— deBeauxOs (@deBeauxOs1) August 28, 2015

Tony Turner sang #Harperman protest song with his church group. Where's the office of Religious Freedom? #cdnpoli

— PatRiotchick (@PatOndabak) August 28, 2015

Christy's Houseful of Chaos » politics: yep, I’m going to write about the Duggar scandal.

I’m writing about the Duggar family because I think what the situation is a good one for shining light on the different ways people interpret things. The Duggar family need to decide how they will handle it, and they will decide that but everyone else who hears about the case gets to decide how they will understand the story. For some that comes very quickly and easily, while for others the situation is a bit more challenging. For some it is a story about a bad man from a good family, and others about a man from a bad ideology. (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Backed Into A Corner, Poked with a Stick – Arguing with Religious People.

How does one win an argument with another that doesn’t accept the basic tenets of reality. Recently over at Violet Wisp’s blog the religious element was once again taking the moral low road on abortion and left with trying to explain how their religion was explicitly “pro-life” when in fact their magic book is, in fact, pro-abortion. You can go over and read the thread yourself here, but I’ve screen captured the parts that I want to talk about.


Observe what is going on here. JZ is attempting to establish a coherence in what christian dogma (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The Devil’s Purpose

Darkmatter2525, once again, is featured on today’s disservice. Enjoy.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: DarkMatter2525, The Devil’s Purpose, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Imprison Pat!

Morning everyone. I’d like to share a Word of the Master video with you today.

The intolerance is strong with religion and really is only a path to further divisiveness and conflict. Let’s not continue the religious cycle of marginalizing and fearing other people based on bronze age melodrama.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Homosexuality, Mr.Deity, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce

LeDaro: Religion and politics

Major religion’s total followers in the world are:

Christian: 2.6 billion (with b.)Muslims: 1.6 billionJews : 13 million only.

6 million Jews live in Israel and rest of the 7 million are spread around the world especially in U.S, Canada and European countries.

Yet Israel/Jews control the foreign policies of U.S. Canada, Germany, Britain and some other European countries. Our current Prime Minister Harper is a lapdog for Benjamin Netanyahu and Obama does not dare to do anything which may look against Israel. Previous presidents of U.S. were the same way. Obama (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – The Case for the Religious ‘Pro-Life’ Enslavement of Women

Religion treats people like shit, the further away you are from the white male ideal, the shittier your deal will be. The recent anti-choice propaganda wave in the US caused enough whinging in wordpress blogosphere that I felt compelled to wrestle with the full-blown stupid that is the anti-choice position. . . I went to this saintly dudes page and left my usual inflamatory comments – women are people, they have rights et cetera – the mind-blowing stuff that makes the zealots wail and froth. . . But rather than approve my comment, this dipstick emails a response to me (Read more…)

A. Picazo: The Assault On Planned Parenthood: A Long Campaign Against Reproductive Rights

In 2011, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding, a move deemed necessary to ensure no taxpayer dollars were used on abortion despite existing federal legislation which prohibits funds granted under Title X from paying for such services. This vote, a “culmination of a multi-year effort that involved parallel … Continue reading →

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice: Bringing Back Traditional Marriage

Funny how christian advocates of ‘traditional’ marriage don’t bring this stuff up…

Thank you Darkmatter2525 for showing one of the ‘moderates’ on the republican slate of possible presidential candidates all the while skewering loopy christian logic.


Filed under: Religion Tagged: DarkMatter2525, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce, Traditional Marriage

A Puff of Absurdity: Peace or Apathy

I found this piece on Medium, yet another on-line time suck! You can’t read it without joining, so I copied and pasted the bits I like below. This piece says much of what I’ve been saying for a while now: We need to wake up and pay attention and act on what we see. But Chris Morris says it more poetically than I ever could:

The greatest sorrow I feel is when I see someone mistaking peace with apathy. I’ve dwelt in that delusion myself. Now I see it as a temporary suicide — a form of limbo that diminishes the (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Teaching Magic To Children

The year is 2015. In this age the availability of information has never been greater – and yet, the abuse that is religious teaching, is regularly foisted on children across the globe. One would think that in this information age a rational parental-agent would attempt to look for the best way to transmit the necessary cultural values to children.

I postulate this cultural transmission should involve the following –

1. The formulation of strong emotional and social attachments with immediate and extended family.

Realizing that nothing else works without strong attachments to parents/caregivers Working on the social (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Meta-Thoughts on Conversing with the Deluded.

The authors here at DWR have a mean atheistic streak. There is no denying that. I mean we have a whole day of postings that deal specifically with religion and the goofiness that ensues when you allow magical thinking into your wheelhouse. My readership mostly knows that believing in religion is seen by most rational people, a character flaw at best and a reason to make funny and derisive comments at worst. It is obvious how toxic religion is to critical thinking, progress (social and otherwise) and advancement of the human condition (see the religion/patriarchal (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Losing Faith

One of my favourite youtubers is theramin trees, his videos are always coolly narrated and punctuated with slick visual animations that always manage to highlight how incredibly toxic religion is. He recalls how his questions got him in trouble… and the terror of growing up as curious child. So many alarm bells with this video – the stunting of critical thinking, the mental abuse and the emotional blackmail all in the name of believing in magic.

Filed under: Religion Tagged: Faith, Losing Faith, Submission, The DWR Sunday Disservice, theramin trees

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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 […]

The post Why stop with just one religion? Shouldn’t Ottawa certify clerics for all religions, plus martial arts instructors? appeared first on Alberta Politics.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – The Most Famous Convert

A short film that uses repetition to make a very good point.

“This is touted as a compelling reason Christianity is believable, but I find it sorely lacking. People convert, even antagonistic people. It happens all the time. Some people even call them traitors. Such conversions prove nothing. It’s even a Hollywood trope, yet notice how none of the plots of those movies felt the need to invoke the supernatural to explain the protagonist’s change.”

On a more cinematic note I think the above trope is one of the reasons why I found the latest Mad Max (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Pope Francis offers hopeful perspective on global crises, says David Suzuki

Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on climate change contains a “scientifically and morally valid call for radical change”, says environmentalist David Suzuki.

The post Pope Francis offers hopeful perspective on global crises, says David Suzuki appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Scripturient: One Small Step, One Long Whine

The Supreme Court of the United States made a landmark decision last week that states cannot constitutionally (i.e. legally) ban same-sex marriage. The bottom line: under the Constitution, every citizen is entitled to the same rights and freedoms regardless of sexual orientation. Most of the world celebrated with the USA over this decision (the US […]