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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 […]

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 TV: On a show about different faiths getting along, atheism is just a punch line

You may remember that show that CBC aired a few years ago called Little Mosque on the Prairie. It caused a big stir when it was first announced, and remained a moderate hit for its first year or two, though interest waned quickly when it became obvious how empty-headed it was. Pretending to be controversial […]

Canadian Atheist is back!

It’s true! Canadian Atheist is back online and already flush with new posts.

Good news for Canadian Atheist

I got some good news in my inbox today: Canadian Atheist seems to be on the mend. (In fact, by the time you read this, it might already be back up.) That’s certainly a bright spot in what’s been a rather rough week for me, on the personal front. It’s nothing anyone needs to worry […]

What Ryan Bell’s atheism experiment should really be about

The atheist world has been buzzing about the “experiment” being conducted by (former?) Pastor Ryan J. Bell, to – as he puts it – “try on” atheism for a year. Some have been positive about the idea, others not so much.

Being a more assertive atheist

Jeffrey Tayler had a nice editorial in Salon on Saturday about 15 ways atheists can be more assertive. There’s nothing actually new in it, and it’s really just reaffirmation for atheist readers, but its ballsy tone has captured some attention. Here are some of the suggestions I really find appealing.

What is wrong with the Ontario Human Rights Code

In a previous post I mentioned the case of the York University student who asked to be excused from interacting with women for religious reasons, and the back-and-forth between the professor and the university administration over whether this was reasonable accommodation. My main focus was taking issue with the people who are simplifying the story […]