With widespread burqini bans, French laïcité may have finally jumped the shark

Quick question, Canadian islamophobes: If I told you that a government was enforcing a dress code for women (and women only) for the sake of “respecting good morals”, because if women wear what they please it might “draw a crowd and disrupt public order”, and thus the government was enacting … Continue reading

Aux Armes, Canadiens?

After the recent Islamic State (also known as ISIL, ISIS and Daesh) attacks in Paris, France’s atheist President François Hollande was quick to vow to destroy the jihadist caliphate (full French transcript here) by forming “une grande et unique coalition”. France also launched heavy air strikes on Raqqa, the capital … Continue reading

Chevalier de la Barre Day

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

Je Suis Charlie – How Will the Very Secular François Hollande React to the Latest Attack on Democratic Freedom?

You most likely have heard of the terrible massacre in Paris today at the head quarters of the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo. The image, Je Suis Charlie is being tweeted along with the hashtag #jesuischarlie to show support for the paper. First, the facts about the attack as they … Continue reading

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