Tagged with history

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 […]

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 […]