The Ignorance of Newspaper Commenters

There are two meanings for the word ignorant: 1. Lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated and the informal 2. Discourteous or rude Many of the people commenting on the Ottawa Citizen article, “Anti-separate School Ad Campaign Rejected” are ignorant in both senses of the word. The commenters … Continue reading

The Canterbury Tales

The Ottawa Citizen “Ask the Religion Experts” question this week is “Why do pilgrimages play such an important role in many religions?” Most of the “experts” feel they have to define and explain pilgrimages: Rabbi Reuven Bulka explains that “Pilgrimages are usually undertaken to places of significance for the particular … Continue reading

“The Devil Himself Believes in God”!

According to John Counsell, “the Devil himself believes in God.” Thus starts another Ottawa Citizen “Ask the Religion Experts” column, “What does it mean to ‘believe’? Must belief be absolute?” Counsell also says, “Absolute belief is meaningless on its own,” but Counsell’s words are meaningless as usual. Ignore him. You are … Continue reading

“Religion Is an Addiction”

While he softens the blow by saying, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many advocating for human rights whose compulsion to faith is not divisive, but there does exist a select number where religion is an addiction. Kevin Smith, a member of the board of directors for the Centre … Continue reading

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