The Deep Dementia Hurdle

Completion of one’s life with dignity is one of the quiet principles of the humanist philosophy. The issue, of course, is deciding when that should happen. To determine that one must decided what is the essence of a humanist life. For secular humanists reason is the core of our existence. All the rest, the mechanical…

Reasonable Criticism is Not Hate Speech

Lately the issue of Islamophobia is ticking away just underneath our polite societal patina. This is just the latest flavour of concern for the rights, dignity and sensitivities of minority groups in Canada. The other flavours are still there—racism, antisemitism, and so on, including anti-atheism. The problem in a society, like ours, that wants to…

Religious Entitlement Syndrome

Several recent incidents have reinforced my sense that there is a religious entitlement syndrome in Canadian society. A person contacted me in my role as the president of Secular Connexion Séculière (SCS) to express concern about religious information and literature being distributed in a publicly funded elementary school; another wrote in a Facebook post that…

Imam may get away with hate speech

A radical Imam may get away with a hate speech calling for the killing of Jews because of section 319 (3b) of the Criminal Code of Canada. Invited to speak by the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque in Montreal on December 23, 2016, Imam Sheikh Muhammad bin Musr Al Nasr quoted from a hadith (interpretation of the…

Lo-tech Jobs Are Essential

High Tech jobs are not for everyone. We need lo-tech jobs for those who are willing to do an honest day’s work without banging out bytes. The promotion of “service jobs” leaves many people without a way to do this. Yes, we should even consider backing off some of the high tech approaches to getting…

M-103 is a Superfluous Motion

Recently Iqra Khalid, Member of Parliament, made a superfluous motion in the House of Commons (M-103) that asks the house to request that the standing committee on Canadian Heritage examine Islamophobia and recommend action on the part of the Liberal Government of which Ms. Khalid is a part to prevent it. A number of things…

Discrimination Classified

In the discussion about discrimination against atheists in Canada, I think it is very useful to clarify the classifications of discrimination. We are all familiar with the kinds of discrimination: racial, gender, religious, etc., but each of these come in different forms or classifications. For most purposes, there are three classes: systemic, systematic, and social.…