A friend of CFI Canada sent me a link to an article about the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada’s lawsuit against the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. The author, Joyce Arthur, also did a great article about blasphemy laws in March 2015. I’m not going to repeat Ms. Arthur’s analysis of the lawsuit – but I will encourage Canadian Atheist readers to check out both of these articles as well as the Abortion Right Coalition of Canada website – Ms. Arthur is the founder and Executive Director of ARCC.
Secular humanists, atheists and agnostics and organizations like CFI Canada need to do a better job of connecting with and supporting organizations and causes where we share a root-cause concern. We need to do a better job of supporting our friends and allies because religious organizations can be counted-on to relentlessly pursue their own interests.
Wealthy and powerful Christians will do their best to deny human rights to their clients and will not be ashamed to pretend persecution. Nor are they likely to acknowledge the levels of taxpayer funding they received from the moment they started kindergarten through to the day they graduated medical school. Instead, these privileged professionals can be counted on to happily and eagerly deny the rights of the very people who pay for their positions of privilege.
The average Ontario physician earns over $340,000 per year; indeed, as pointed out in this CBC article, Canada’s rich earn on average $381,300 and are mostly white and male and married while the median Canadian family earns $76,000 and the median individual income is only $27,600.
There is always something shallow and contemptible when the most powerful and privileged in society pretend to the very vulnerability that they create and manipulate for others.