Tagged with Canadian Atheist

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 […]

On Canadian Atheist: What do Canadians think about publishing images of Muhammad?

Shortly after the murders of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, the Angus Reid Institute conducted a survey to see how Canadians felt about the balance between freedom of expression and religious sensitivity. The results were uplifting. Canada is often stereotyped as a country full of people who don’t want to step on anyone’s toes. It’s refreshing […]

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: The Canadian English-language news media has betrayed Charlie Hebdo, again

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shooting, news media has been predictably flooded with details of what happened, and why. What’s been noticeably missing from virtually all English-speaking media, however, are any images of Charile Hebdo cartoons that feature Muhammad. CBC News, for example, showed highly blasphemous cartoons skewering Jesus and the Pope, but […]

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 […]

On Canadian Atheist: Canadian atheists, your help is needed in an important Supreme Court battle

The Supreme Court of Canada is going to hear arguments on prayer in government meetings sometime in the next few months, in MLQ v. City of Saguenay. Despite the recent loss in US courts, our chances are good. However, the plaintiffs need huge amounts of money to bring the case forward, and to have a […]

On Canadian Atheist: Do Jehovah’s Witnesses think their religion is embarassing?

My sister got stopped by a Jehovah’s Witness the other day, and handed the usual magazines, but what struck me about her story was that the proselytizer was so coy about giving away what she was – to the point that my sister did not realize she was handed religious material until she had already […]