Here’s a song for radicalized Canadians to sing.
I’m white and scared (clap clap) They want my guns (clap clap) And veils are wrong (clap clap) Except on nuns! (clap clap)
“I’m white and scared (clap clap) you know it’s true (clap clap) I’m scared of terror (clap clap) Because I’m a tool (clap clap).”
— Hat tip to Jay Bird
Let’s keep the magical thinking out of schools.
Let’s be upfront. The demographic situation in Alberta in the days gone past dictated that we have two school boards. Keeping the religious happy was much higher on up on the agenda in the 20th century. I get that.
It is, however, the 21st century. Religious cotton-brained ideas and the accompanying adherence to magical thinking should have no place in a secular society.
As a teacher I find it distasteful that fellow members of my profession are actively teaching ‘magic-as-reality’ to naive children who look to teachers (Read more…)
When you believe in magic you can just stow your moral and ethical compass in your back pocket and whistle while you do God’s work.
“Estimates suggest that anywhere between 60 and 80 percent of migrant women and girls are raped on their journey as they travel across the southern United States border. But many of the organizations that provide medical care to these migrants are refusing to provide emergency contraception or make pregnancy-related referrals to girls who have been raped. What’s more, the religious organizations that operate these groups are opposing a move by the Obama administration to address (Read more…)
I’m always impressed with La Belle Province and her ability to serve up controversy. Recently a judge in Quebec decided that a hijab was considered not to be suitable attire for her courtroom and dismissed a case when the litigant refused to comply with her request. The judge’s words courtesy of the CBC:
“Hats and sunglasses for example, are not allowed. And I don’t see why scarves on the head would be either,” Marengo says in the recording.
“The same rules need to be applied to everyone. I will therefore not hear you if you are wearing (Read more…)
My second (and last) editorial in The Gateway while at the University of Alberta, salvaged via the Web Archive. The paper had a policy where writers were forbidden from submitting letters or opinion pieces if they were the subject of the news due to perceived conflicts of interest. I called them out at the time for the absurdity of such a policy.
Religion poll a waste of paper
Originally published in The Gateway, 9th October 2008
There’s an election going on at the moment. No—not the Obama/McCain one, and not even the Canadian one that you probably know less about, (Read more…)
Another old article, this one a review of Marci McDonald’s 2010 expose on the influence of the Christian Right in Canadian politics. Still relevant given that Harper has since gained his majority government and faces another election in October.
The Christians are coming!
Originally published in The Peak, 31st May 2010
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth. Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, And His enemies will lick the dust.
Psalm 72: 8-9
From this passage, Marci McDonald begins her argument in The (Read more…)
When christian’s ask you to go read teh bible, it should go something like this:
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christianity, Religion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice
Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Nye, Religion, Science, The Children
Just read teh Bible, and seek the answers… What happens when you literally read the Bible.
Man, that herb was good.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Literally Genesis, The DWR Religious Disservice
Just WHO should be covering up?
I recall once that Stephen Harper believed in championing religious freedom. Except for people he doesn’t like.
Now he’s appealing a federal court ruling allowing people to exercise their religious freedom by becoming citizens while not publicly removing their niqab.
But why, you ask?
Because Canada is transparent, open, equal and just. And Stephen Harper is our leader, so he too is transparent, open, equal and just.
Except he’s not. At all. He’s a racist and a hypocrite. Read on!
“I believe, and I think most Canadians believe that it is — it is (Read more…)
Darkmatter2525 is at it again, placing the Jebus back on earth – but of course in this new security conscious era things might not turn out for the best.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christianity, DarkMatter2525, Jesus, Religion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce
Some beliefs are so dangerous that it may be ethical to kill people for believing them. – Sam Harris.
This is a dangerous quote from Mr.Harris because it muddles the line between action and intent. How can there be any sort of dialogue when one faction can be singled out for death for nothing that they have done, but their beliefs.
Consider how easy it would be for opponents of US policy to follow this same doctrine – would they too be taking ethical action?
Harris, in this context, is not adding clarity to the complex (Read more…)
Alternet’s Valerie Tarico has written an insightful piece about 12-concepts, integral to organized religions, that “promote conflict, cruelty, suffering and death rather than love and peace.”
First up is the concept of “chosen people” – that separates believers from non-believers, the believers alone linked to God. Then there’s the companion concept of “heretics.” Again, non-believers. Call for the headsman!
Religions have also introduced us to the notion of Holy War. Gott Mit Uns, that sort of thing. When Muslims do it we call it Jihad. When we do it, it’s just getting (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Religion’s Twelve Deadly Sins
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Bible, Christianity, DWR Sunday Religious Disservice, Science
Sometimes the Pope makes a error when speaking. We all do. But this was not one of those times and Mr.Deity unabashedly and quite colourfully rips into the perfidious pontiff over his comments about the recent murders in France.
*Strong Language Warning*
I’m not sure what the pope was thinking on this one, but I think rightly he deserves the chastisement Mr.D brings to the table.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: France, Mr.Deity, Pope Francis
Scott Long wrote an excellent article separating the act of supporting free speech from the act of supporting the words and images created by Charlie Hebdo. But I disagree with this one bit:
“Words don’t kill…”
As I said in a comment there, too many young people have lost lives as a direct results of malicious words and images. We can’t ignore that reality. In my lifetime, I’ve seen a change in the way we talk that developed through punishments for transgressions of the new rules. We use gender-inclusive language in scholarly writing, and professionals and politicians can no (Read more…)
Oh, those wacky religious Muslim terrorists are at it again going all murder happy on people who dare to make fun of their religion.
This event is completely ludicrous and, in 2015, should not be happening, some reasons off the top of my head:
1. Mohammad, Jebus, Krishna, Sif – pick your imaginary friend – they all don’t fucking exist.
2. If they did exist wouldn’t there be some godly smiting going on, like all the time? Being immortal and all powerful and all that shite, you would think that they could take care of business without (Read more…)
Ms. Betty Bowers hits the highlights of christian religious folly from 2014.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Betty Bowers, Humour, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice
Wow, it has been a long time since Theramin Trees has made any videos. Let me assure you, it has been well worth the wait. In this video he illustrates the power of stories and their ability to circumnavigate our critical faculties.
I really appreciate Theramin’s videos as his perspective is one of someone who has been on both sides of the fence, as he was a fundamentalist christian in his earlier years. I have no access to that point of view as I never has the pleasure of being bamboozled into believing stupid shit.
Anyhow, I (Read more…)
It's Christmas Day, and although I'm an atheist, and I believe that our beautiful planet is our heaven and our hell.And that it's up to us to decide what world we want to live in. Not up to some invisible deity or some bloodthirsty Godzilla. And although I hate the shopping and the greed. And although I know it can be a sad and lonely time for many. I was raised in the Christian tradition, I believe in the earthly message of Jesus the revolutionary, I share the vision of those fighting for a kinder, gentler world. (Read more…)
Did you need another reason to be critical of christianity? Let’s take a look at what can happen when you preach hate and intolerance in your holy house of risible stupidity. You see, I’m all for the idea of having a meeting place in the community because people need to interact with people. Interactivity breeds empathy and respect for others on a general level – keeping in touch with your community is not only good for the neighbourhood, but it is good for you and your health as well. If we could dispense with all the fantastical bullshite that religions (Read more…)
We discussed Erin Anderson’s article from Friday’s Globe and Mail in my philosophy class on Friday, and it provoked a whole gamut of topics. I’ll try to encapsulate some of them here. The article starts with an important question:
“The question left is whether we’ll waste this moment, leaving the teenagers today to have the same conversation decades from now. It’s time to talk about solutions – in the courts, on the Internet and in our schools.”
The article calls for better sex ed in the high schools. I agree, but what it fails to realize is (Read more…)
Wacky Weligious News!
When will people say “enough”?
I mean, how much more silly do religious beliefs need to become before we can all agree that we are really great story tellers, but the stories we spin need to stay safely in the land marked FICTION.
But, until then we have potholer54 to tell us about Holy Sinkholes and the Shoes of Blasphemy.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Blasphemy, Humour, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice
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We all know about the hate crimes religious believers commit against one another, against people of a different faith. It’s headlines news, almost daily. Protestants against Catholics. Sunnis against Shiites. Muslims against Christians. Hindus against Muslims. Buddhists against Muslims. Christians against pagans. Christians against Jews. Muslims against Jews. Cults against anyone and everyone against cults. […]