Posted in Humanism

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.

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.

The myth of the Christmas Truce

You’ve almost certainly heard some variant of the story. In the first December after the outbreak of World War Ⅰ in 1914, in the midst of the bloody and wearing trench warfare that became the defining symbol of the fighting on the Western Front, the soldiers on opposing sides spontaneously dropped their weapons on Christmas […]

Kasese Humanist Primary School

A video made by Godless Poutine of My Secret Atheist Blog, who has been working for the last year and a half with the Kasese United Humanist Association to help create a school in religion-plagued Uganda based on secular humanist principles. This is the story of the project so far, with pictures and video of […]

Comparing the York University case with the Québec Charter of Values

It was inevitable that the York University accommodation case would be compared to the “Charter of Québec Values” controversy. The PQ practically fell over themselves gloating, and saying, “See? See? We were right! This is the kind of controversy our Charter is trying to prevent!”

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 […]

Getting the York University accommodation story right

You’ve probably already heard this story by now, but a student taking an online course at York University in Toronto requested to be excused from a group project because his religious beliefs did not allow him to work with women. His professor refused, and, luckily, the student acquiesced and did the project anyway. The incident […]