Chevalier de la Barre Day

[Closeup on the face of the statue of the Chevalier de la Barre in Paris.]

Today most Canadians will be observing Canada Day. But July 1st is the anniversary of a tragic story in freethought history. Chevalier de la Barre Day is mostly observed by French freethinkers, but I think it’s a day we all need to remember, especially in a country that still has … Continue reading

Raymond de Souza: “Respect for Holy Places is Diminishing”

Raymond J. de Souza, “a Roman Catholic priest and well-known newspaper columnist,” is honoured to have been appointed the inaugural chair of the [External Advisory Committee (EAC)] on religious freedom, which brings together Canadians who know that the religious liberties we have traditionally enjoyed in Canada are increasingly under attack … Continue reading

The Meaning Of Atheism, Part 1: Clearing The Air

Atheists tend to be a gloriously disputatious bunch, which is not surprising for a group united only by rejection of the blandishments and superficial consolations of religion. Atheists, it sometimes appears, are people who can argue about anything – and as if to prove the point, we Canadian Atheist readers … Continue reading

An Atheist Deals With Death In The Family

I apologize for not feeling up to writing anything much for months since the unexpected death of my mother, April 21. Apart from the grieving process, I discovered the death industry is still very much biased against atheists/humanists. Starting with the Ottawa Hospital, yes the same one that put up … Continue reading

Humanist Canada Responds to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

Yesterday, Humanist Canada released its response to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report: A Humanist Response to the Report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Humanist Canada welcomes the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. We agree that Canada’s Indian Residential Schools represented … Continue reading

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