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A Humanist Canada response to Japanese Canadian internment

Humanist Canada’s misguided response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report is an embarrassment. But they don’t understand why. So to demonstrate, I’ve reframed their release as a response to Japanese Canadian internment in World War ⅠⅠ.

On Canadian Atheist: Chevalier de la Barre Day

Most Canadians will be celebrating Canada on June 1st, but I will not. I will be raising a toast to the Chevalier de la Barre, a 19 year-old Frenchman who was legally tortured, beheaded, and burned in 1766, for failing to take his hat off for a religious procession. Remembering this 250 year-old tragedy becomes […]

On Canadian Atheist: How do Canadians feel about removing prayer from government meetings, and God from the anthem?

The Supreme Court ruling in Mouvement laïque québécois v Saguenay changed the entire landscape of secularism in Canada. But how do Canadians feel about it? The Angus Reid Institute did a forum survey asking that question, along with other related questions about the separation of church and state in Canada. For more details, check out […]

Religious indoctrination and using children as weapons

It may not be obvious from my writing, but I am a very sanguine person. There are a lot of things that make me annoyed, or upset, and depressed, but there aren’t many that enrage me. Leave it to religious people to find just the right button to push to pull that off.

On Canadian Atheist: Angus Reid survey on religious identity, beliefs, and attitudes in Canada

The Angus Reid Institute conducted a fairly comprehensive survey, commissioned by Reginald Bibby, of religious identification, beliefs, and attitudes in Canada. Much of the results won’t be surprising to anyone who reads atheist blogs, but the survey did suggest that while nonbelievers are not considered to be representative of mainstream Canada, mainstream Canada’s attitudes and […]

Feminist is not what I am, it is what I aspire to

There’s a post up at Brute Reason that I think every male feminist should read. The title is “The Importance of Self-Awareness for Men in Feminism”; a fine title, though it grossly understates the conceptual scope of the post.

Analyzing the 2014 Freedom of Thought report

Last year, when I was writing about the 2013 Freedom of Thought report, my plan was to do a thorough analysis of the data in the report. That didn’t happen, mostly because Canadian Atheist was shut down by hackers at the time. It got better, but for various reasons I never did get around to […]

On Canadian Atheist: Study on diversity in the atheist movement shows we have a ways to, but are making progress

Increasing Diversity in Emerging Non-religious Communities, by Christopher Hassall of the University of Leeds and Ian Bushfield, formerly of British Columbia, who now blogs at Terahertz Atheist, may be the first peer-reviewed study to attempt to quantify diversity within the atheist movement. Its findings reveal what many have suspected – the leadership of the atheist […]

Christopher Hassall and Ian Bushfield answer questions about their study on atheist diversity

In preparing for an article on Canadian Atheist about a recently released study on diversity in the atheist movement, I contacted the authors and asked some questions relating to the study. Both Ian Bushfield and Dr. Christopher Hassall kindly replied to my request. Below I reproduce the entirety of the questions and answers, to make […]

On Canadian Atheist: The 2014 Freedom of Thought report

Today (10 December, 2014) is Human Rights Day, which means that the 2014 Freedom of Thought report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union IHEU is out. I encourage everyone to go take a look at it – and to pass a donation on to the IHEU so they can continue their good work next […]