Life and the Possibility of Absolute Finality with Terry Sanderson

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Terry Sanderson, the President of the National Secular Society –  a British campaigning organization that promotes secularism and separation of Church and State. He has cancer. Here we talk about atheism in the 21st century, the meaning of life, the possibility of death, absolute finality, and … Continue reading

Toronto man ordered to give up religiously offensive licence plate

Daniel D’Aloisio has had his vanity plate for 15 years. It reads “VI6SIX”. But now, thanks to a complaint that it is religiously offensive, he may lose it. We’ve heard this story dozens of times before, but this time there’s an interesting twist. Daniel D’Aloisio lives in Toronto, and he’s … Continue reading

Attorney general, Six Nations, McMaster Children’s Hospital Have Good News!

Finally some good news in a legal case that up-to-now has been heart wrenching and frustrating. I’m of course referring to the case of JJ, the First Nations girl whose mother decided last Fall to replace her chemotherapy treatment (a treatment that gave her a 90-95% chance of recovery) with traditional medicine, mostly … Continue reading

An Atheist’s Perspective on Cancer

When the new gods and the old meet to battle in Neil Gaiman’s book, American Gods, one new god appears as a tumour with scalpels sticking out of it. It seems uncanny to suggest that a tumour belongs in a pantheon of new deities but, we do tend to treat … Continue reading

Court in Canada Allows Parents to Stop Chemotherapy in Favour of “Traditional Medicine”

I had thought about writing about the following case earlier but I was so annoyed that I was completely unmotivated to do so. Happily, Jerry Coyne wrote about it at WEIT but I’ll add my thoughts here as well. I am of course talking about the case of a First Nations … Continue reading

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