Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Charter is Dead. Long Live the Charter!

by | April 28, 2014

“The Charter is Dead. Long Live the Charter!” is the title of  David Rand’s latest article on the Atheist Freethinkers website. The first part of the title makes it clear With the crushing defeat of the PQ in the recent elections, the secular Charter proposed by the outgoing government is now dead. However, we would… Read more »

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Bread and Circuses

by | April 27, 2014

The spectacle of the canonization of two popes in Rome on April 27 has it’s roots in the last centuries before the Common Era in a phenomenon characterized by the the Roman satirist and poet Juvenal as “Bread and circuses.”  The phrase is metonymic for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics,… Read more »

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Ontario and Nova Scotia bar associations deny accreditation to homophobic university

by | April 26, 2014

Trinity Western University (TWU) will sound familiar to most Canadian atheists. Back in 2001, the British Columbia College of Teachers (BCCT) – which was, at the time, the professional regulatory body for teachers in BC – denied accreditation to its teaching certification program because of the university’s bigoted stance against homosexuality. The BCCT said that… Read more »

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Birth, Death, Infinity

by | April 26, 2014

Today’s Ottawa Citizen religious panel is asked, “What response can you offer to a non-religious person regarding end-of-life issues?” Rabbi Reuven Bulka is first up and asks for clarification: Any response of course is dependent on what is the question or the challenge. Regarding end-of-life, the most likely matter to come up is — why… Read more »

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Annaka Harris’s Book, I Wonder, Free to Download Now Through Mother’s Day

by | April 26, 2014

When I wrote about atheist books for kids, I somehow failed to mention Annaka Harris’s book, I Wonder. I’ll correct this oversight now. This beautifully illustrated book captures the conversation between a little girl named Eva and her mother, where Eva learns that it is okay to say “I don’t know”. I’m sure children and adults alike will appreciate… Read more »

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I Victim

by | April 24, 2014

So, I went to a rock show recently. I do that on occasion. I’ve developed a taste for live music and it gives me a chance to exercise my other new hobby, photography. This particular show involved a string of bands with proceeds going to various women-centered stuff. So it was a fempunk evening, cool.… Read more »

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