Is religion really under threat? . Another article on the banning of prayers in council in Great Britain.
People with faith say secularism has become an aggressive and intolerant force in Britain. What has gone wrong? It should bring society together.. A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of secularism. All the powers of [...]
U.S., Canadian imams issue fatwa against honor killings. Over 30 American imams signed a fatwa Saturday condemning honor killings, after a Canada court convicted Afghan immigrants for murdering four female relatives accused of damaging the family’s reputation.
“There is no justification for honor killings, domestic violence and misogyny in Islam,” according to the religious order [...]
Human Rights, Religion, and the Law. (Note: Gail McCabe will be presenting a brief on Humanism and equal treatment with regard to religion, to the Ontario Human Rights commission at this conference. )
All are welcome to join an engaging evening exploring whether religion can be defined in law and the Canadian social and historical [...]
Regina adds funding for religious schools | Holy Post | National Post.
Saskatchewan is extending public education funding to independent schools, including private, religious-based schools, highlighting divergence in what “public education” means across Canada.
The move puts it alongside British Columbia and Alberta, but far from Atlantic Canada and Ontario, where the idea sank the [...]
Pope attacks atheism at Assisi inter-faith meeting; Italian freethinkers reply that “he has a bad conscience” | IHEU.
The Vatican made a big publicity push out of Pope Benedict XVI’s personal initiative to invite atheists to this week’s interfaith dialogue at Assisi, Italy. It was supposed to be a day of reflection and dialogue, but [...]
HAT invites you to a presentation on An Atheist’s travels into Missionary Ghana (September 17, 1:30 pm, OISE, 252 Bloor Street West) Mehdi Zabet is a student studying philosophy at U of T, president of the University of Toronto Secular Student Alliance. He spent the summer teaching in a small village in remote Ghana, [...]
IHEU marks International Day Against Stoning | IHEU.
The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is calling on Humanists and all people of good conscience to show their support for the International Day Against Stoning, today, July 11, 2011. IHEU marked the day by calling on Iran to release Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. Iran is one [...]
Friday prayer service at school necessary for Muslim students: board .
The Toronto public board should have held public consultations before allowing a school cafeteria to be the site of Friday afternoon prayer services for Muslim students, says an education professor.
‘These things should have been debated,’ said Sarfaroz Niyozov of the Ontario Institute for [...]
The Star: AA uses “fellowship” to help chronic drinkers quit the bottle. But there is little fellowship in a schism that splintered the Alcoholics Anonymous umbrella group in the GTA this week.
At issue is this question: Do alcoholics need God? On Tuesday, Toronto’s two secular AA groups, known as Beyond Belief and We Agnostics, [...]
Religious Aid Thrives in Canada. (from the Canadian Skeptic)
“A new study released by the French paper Rue Frontenac details how, under the Harper Government, Canada’s foreign aid contributions are increasingly religious, and specifically Christian.
Le nombre d’organisations issues d’églises chrétiennes, qui font de l’humanitaire au nom du Canada dans les zones dévastées, a triplé [...]
Don’t mention the caste system! ~ IHEU .
Repost of a speech given at the UN by IHEU representative IHEU representative David Cornut at the Human Rights Council working group on the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action. The IHEU noted they were surprised that in its discussion on structural discrimination the [...]
Christian Intruders: New Law Will Force Women to Listen to Religious Lectures Before Getting an Abortion – AlterNet.
[Several members have been keeping a weather eye on new family planning & anti-choice legislation moving through state legislatures in the US. This article is by writer Amanda Marcotte, author of It’s a Jungle Out There: The [...]
Globe: Quebec headed toward ‘radical option’ on religious minorities, One of the great thinkers who helped calm Quebec’s reasonable accommodation debate is stirring it up again, saying he fears the province may be headed toward a ‘radical option’ to deal with religious minorities.
Gérard Bouchard, the sociologist who travelled the province with philosopher Charles Taylor [...]
CBC: “A recent study from Tufts University tells the story of several pastors who no longer believe in God. Most are still working in churches, still preaching sermons, and still counseling the faithful. They are isolated and, in some cases, unable to confide even in their own families, for fear of what their newfound disbelief [...]