Ten Misconceptions About Secular Humanists

Ten common misconceptions about secular humanists used by theist apologists to avoid logical discussion (all gathered from direct encounters with believers): As non-believers, secular humanists have never learned about the Bible/Torah/Gospels/Qur’an/Bhagavad Gita, etc. If they were to learn about these, they would believe.In fact, most Canadian secular humanists are former believers; that is, we have…

Pickets, Posters, or Pestering?

Success in advocating for humanist rights in Canada almost always comes in small increments. Sometimes the efforts we make at Secular Connexion Séculière (SCS) show promise of some kind of dramatic break through. Most of that promise, though, is generated by our own subjective perception of the problem and the events that lead to its…

Different, Not Better

The idea of human beings’ superiority over other species on this planet is a sop to the religious sensitivities of the last eight patriarchal millennia. Evolution science does not show that the idea of Homo sapiens superiority is correct. Even some human centric humanist philosophers claim that we have the advantage of higher reasoning ability…

C-14–Assisted Suicide Bill–Should Die

Breaking news! Spoiler alert! Whatever word bomb you want to apply. I think that the government should just let Bill C-14—physician assisted dying legislation–die. This would mean, after June 6, 2016, that there would be no criminal law against medically assisted suicide, just as there is no criminal law against unassisted suicide. How one completes…

“Don’t Bother, They’re Here”

This is the last line of “Send in the Clowns.”1 It is also a reality statement about Canada’s government and the religious people who influence it. I am not accepting the “don’t bother” part, however. Secular Connexion Séculière has been working for some time now to get to the table of government and present the…

Two Freedoms in M.A.S.

Democratic laws must not interfere with individual rights and freedoms, but must at the same time prevent individuals from harming others. The current proposed assisted dying law misses both of these requirements. The proposed law allows assisted dying, medically assisted suicide to be accurate, but it puts limitations on it that exceed those needed to…

Charitable Status – Boon or Bust?

For some years now, humanist organizations in Canada have actively registered as charities – good idea? – bad idea? First, full disclosure here. I am the president of an organization that decided on its formation in 2011 that registering as a charity was not a good idea. That decision was finalized when its test application…