Ontario’s Liberal government has done something really cool in setting up an online database for policy ideas that can be submitted and voted up or down to prioritize what the province should be doing.
One ambitious member of a local Young Liberal riding suggested merging the Catholic and Public school boards to save money and end the religious privilege. The idea gained quick traction and made it to the top four spot.
Unfortunately, this caught the attention of the Catholic school board administration, which circulated emails calling on their staff and trustees to crash the poll, down-voting the idea. At (Read more…)
Following up on the religious proselytization and abstinence-only sex education occurring in Edmonton Public Schools comes a quote from Orville Chubb, candidate for the Edmonton Public School Board, from his time as executive director of Meadowlark Christian School Foundation.
Chubb was asked in 2011 about a proposed anti-homophobia policy at the Edmonton Public School Board (which was passed). As head of the school, Chubb stated in an interview about his school:
It’s not that we are anti-gay in any way, shape or form. We just need to be able to articulate the moral element to all Christianity … (Read more…)
There is no inherent contradiction in viewing fundamentalist religious headgear as misogynistic while still supporting an individual’s religious freedom, so why does the media keep painting it as such?
The Charter of Quebec Values is creating a huge, perhaps irreparable rift in the province’s women’s movement. For feminists, there is no halfway position over the proposed ban on religious symbols worn by public employees.
On one side are those for whom the Muslim hijab (or any kind of religious headscarf) is anathema because it’s seen as a symbol of female submission. On the other side are those who believe that (Read more…)
The Windsor Star has a story about how declining enrollment a in local secular and Catholic school boards (both publicly funded) are forcing creative solutions as funding declines.
It sharply highlights the growing need to consider amalgamating the competing systems into a single non-discriminatory body.
Unsurprisingly the local Catholics remain quite comfortable with their privilege, despite an increasingly secular and aging population.
Such integration has caused some concerns among those in the Catholic system about a gradual merging into one system.
“There is the fear of what I call creeping incrementalism,” Iatonna said. “I don’t have that fear.
“I think (Read more…)
Efforts to defend the separation of church and state in English Canada are already suffering as Quebec’s Charter of Secularism Values is used to argue that secularism is “exclusionary” or intolerant.
The latest example comes from the City of Saskatoon, where the city is considering options for a prayer policy for before city council meetings. This move comes after complaints were raised against the long-standing Christian prayer used to open city functions.
City administrators have correctly identified that the principles of secularism and equality leave only two options for prayers at city events: Include all (and no) faiths or none. (Read more…)
Darkmatter2525 takes us into Genesis to highlight the idea that god is a douche. Dark Matter’s take on genesis is crude, so be forewarned.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Biblical Motherhood, Christianity, DarkMatter2525, NSFW Bible Stories, Religion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice
At the Filmpool , where an overfull crowd has gathered for a UofR religious studies lecture. 7:06 introductions are done by Luther College and another. Luther HS students present for a class assignment.
What is religion and what does it have to do with governments around the world? Huge question. See details everywhere. She’s from Ottawa now. American education didn’t prepare her to know Ottawa was the capital.
Museum of Civilization discussed. An exhibit last year about God(s) “a users guide”. Ottawa not first place for this. Brussels featured it first. Quebec was to have it in Quebec City next. (Read more…)
It’s a sad day friends. I was all primed to deliver a hilarious disservice, mocking some religious lunacy that rivals e-meters, magic underwear, and sin-absorbing chickens. As I researched further, however, the humour faded rapidly to be replaced with revulsion and dismay. It all started earlier this week when I came upon this article. Teen exorcists with karate black-belts “kicking some demon butt” (yes, that’s an actual quote) across America are going to fight Satan in the UK. The article promised an hour long program about it later in the week on BBC Three, so I went to (Read more…)
Egoless divine pride: the most glorious concept I have ever heard – from Tibetan Buddhism. The Uttara Tantra elaborates: There once was a prince, who lost his memory and forgot who he was. Lost in forgetfulness and confusion, he wandered aimlessly, and became a homeless beggar. Years later, a minister to the king came across […]
It [today’s American Evangelicals] also makes remarkably few demands on believers. On the contrary, they get to make demands on God, so that prayer … often consists of an extended series of requests for the deity to solve personal problems. God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost has been displaced by God the Analyst, the Agony Uncle and the Personal Trainer.
Civilization: The West and the Rest, by Niall Ferguson, The Penguin Press, 2011
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Religious doctrine that is absolute bollocks for women, how rare.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Child Brides, Stupid Traditions, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice, Women
I really like this photo. And I'm glad some Quebecers took to the streets today to protest against the PQ's exclusionary so-called Charter of Quebec Values. And although I am an atheist if I had been in Montreal today I might have marched with them. Because I will not let anyone discriminate blatantly against others for no good reason.Or in the PQ's case for cheap electoral purposes. Read more »
I was going to write a long blog post on this but since so much has been written about it I think this captures the spirit and intent of the proposal succinctly.
The bottom line on Quebec’s proposed values charter is that you can visit a hospital named after a saint with a crucifix in the lobby and be guaranteed not to be treated by a Muslim doctor in a hijab because they want to remove
There’s a Steven Weinberg quote that my atheist friends like to trot out (and I’m likely equally guilty of sharing).
With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
The problem is though that there really aren’t just “good” and “evil” people. Never-minding shades of grey, you have good people who do good and bad things, often depending on their hormones, their mood, peer pressure, and a variety of other causes.
This is why restorative justice programs are so (Read more…)
… because I was waiting to see exactly what it was going to look like… And, well, I’m disgusted. I’m sickened that any government in this country would go far as to prohibit the wearing or display of anything that does not in any way harm another person nor take away their right to a […]
It was a wonderfully warm sunny day in Toronto today. A great day off to relax and pretend that summer is still here.I went to the beach, I spotted my second Monarch butterfly of the season in some flowers near the Island Club House, and I got to pet the baby alpaca at Far Enough Farm.In short, it was almost the perfect day eh? Until I got home, a friend from Montreal called me and said: "I suppose you're going to write something about the Quebec Charter of Values."And I felt like collapsing and screaming NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Read more »
Have you ever run up against a fine deluded individual who, in their desperation to ‘prove’ their grand ooga-booga exists, busts out the Ontological argument? It sucks, as the OA relies a lot on the more informal rhetorical process known as BBB or bullshit baffles brains. Let’s travel with AntiCitizenX as he unwends the spoor of the deluded and demonstrates how thin a claim the OA actually is.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christian Apologetics, Christianity, Fail, Religion, Religious Wanking, The DWR Sunday Disservice
Google informs me that there are already people and schools taking advantage of back-to-school sales to gather supplies for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. While I think it is great to try to give extra joy to others, I want to write to urge people not to support this program.
Why? Let me count the reasons.
1) Each box is filled with different objects, some of which will not be culturally appropriate. Even presumably benign things like soap or toothpaste implies to people that we don’t think they can maintain adequate hygiene without our charity products.
2) Gift-giving is not a part of the (Read more…)
It’s TED Talk Tuesday, and today’s video is Rev. Michael Dowd’s 2012 TEDx Talk which reexamines faith traditions and what science is now revealing about human nature and instincts: The world’s faith traditions offer conflicting beliefs about our inner and outer nature, and our challenges. Fortunately, a knowledge-based view of reality is emerging, which is […]
“What’s it all about, Alfie?” sings Cilla Black in the title song for the eponymous 1966 movie. But it could be the anthem for the human race, or at least those with a philosophical bent. “What’s it all about?” is certainly a question that springs to my mind daily as I listen to the news, […]
Potholer54 does his usual service of disentangling the stupid vomited up by christians in their quest to win ultimate happy heaven land. Neutron stars, gentle readers, do not as postulated by the Yob in this video, sing the praises of god in any way shape or form. It being 2013, one would think that this sort of craptacular thinking would be out of style.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Neutron Stars that Sing?, PotHoler54, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice
The Wood Mountain Folk Festival is today, Saturday Aug. 24, 2013, at the Mergel Ranch. On Friday I drove down from Regina in my $50 rental car (for 3 days, from Enterprise). It’s getting 5.7L/100km highway driving in ECO mode. 2013 Elantra, Hyundai. I successfully passed a semi along the way in the hills.
Is this a finger? Not photoshopped.
I looked through Limerick’s centennial garden.
If this wasn’t so far away, I’d take many more photos on this hill at Lakenheath.
Here’s a bell I hadn’t seen before, and the Melaval, Sask. inscription surprised me!
It hailed in (Read more…)
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A billboard pretty much made of awesome.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Humour, Religion
The things that worry religious fundamentalists never fail to amaze and amuse me. For example, Muslim fundamentalists have threatened to kill Malik Afridi because of his mustache. Admittedly, Mr. Afridi’s version of the handlebar is rather extravagant, but considering that the fundamentalists are big on facial hair themselves, you might think they would be more tolerant.
Malik Afridi and
How you take the rotten carcass of religion to even a more repugnant level? Mix in the sham-psychology of positive affirmations and the greedy notions of robber baron capitalism. Mix this these foul artifacts together and you have what is known as the Prosperity Gospel. We are not here today to get into what the PG is all about and how frakked-up it is and the damage it is doing to the US.
We are here to observe a christian who understood the ways of the world and let his faith (partially)inform, but (Read more…)