Category: Did You Know?

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Did you know? Halal is the Offspring of Neoliberalism and Fundamentalism

Did you know that, according to anthropologist Florence Bergeaud-Blackler, the halal market is a recent invention, born as an industry, offspring of neoliberalism and fundamentalism? Reference: Florence Bergeaud-Blackler : « Le halal est né industriel, fruit du néolibéralisme et du fondamentalisme » (Halal

Did you know? Billions of Dollars of Canadian Public Funds Go to Religious Organizations?

Did you know that, according to research by Luc Grenon of the Faculty of Law of the Université de Sherbrooke, religious organizations enjoy considerable unjustified fiscal privileges which are not justified by tangible benefits to society? Some of Professor Grenon’s

Did you know? Yusuf al-Qaradawi Admits Islam Cannot Survive Without Death Penalty for Apostasy

Did you know that Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian Islamic theologian and prominent intellectual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, has declared “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment Islam wouldn’t exist today.” ? References : Yusuf al-Qaradawi on AZ Quotes Yusuf

Did you know? Emma Goldman’s “Philosophy of Atheism” Celebrates Centenary in 2016

Did you know that the essay “Philosophy of Atheism” by the celebrated anarchist Emma Goldman was published in February of 1916 in Mother Earth, Vol. X, no. 12. Thus, this famous essay will be a century old in 2016. Here

Did you know? Athena Provides Legal Info About Forced Marriage, Conjugal Violence, etc.

Did you know that the web site Athena Legal Info provides important information about marriage and civil union, forced marriage, conjugal violence, honour-based violence, etc., in Quebec. For example: FORCED MARRIAGE Forced marriage is not tolerated in Canada, and the

Did you know? The Sergeant-at-Arms’ Mace Has a Cross at the Top

In an article entitled “A Man Loyal to Canada and to His Faith” written by Fr. Raymond J. de Souza, de Souza highlights the fact that there is a cross at the top of the Canadian Sergeant-at-Arms’ Mace. De Souza

Did you know? Plato codified atheophobia

Did you know that Plato codified atheophobia — the anti-atheist prejudice based on the preconception that morals must be founded on belief in divinity — and promoted either long incarceration or the death penalty for atheists? Plato recognized that atheism

Did you know? American States Discriminate Against Atheists

Did you know that seven states of the USA — Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas — ban atheists from holding public office? Arkansas even stipulates that atheists are not “competent to testify as a witness

Did you know? The Bolsheviks decriminalized homosexuality & abortion. Stalin recriminalized them.

According to the Wikipedia entry on Communism and homosexuality: In 1917 in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Vladimir Lenin decriminalized homosexuality, and allowed openly homosexual people to serve in the government. Joseph Stalin re-criminalized homosexuality in 1933 (Stalin’s criminal

Did you know? Supreme Court imposes religious neutrality on public servants

Did you know that the Supreme Court of Canada, in its decision of 15th April 2015, imposes a duty of religious neutrality on representatives of the state? That decision prohibits the reciting of prayers at Saguenay city council meetings, because

Did you know? An author has documented murders committed by god in the bible

The American author Steve Wells has counted no less than 158 slaughters in the bible. Each one is either directly perpetrated by Yahweh or “commissioned” or heartily approved by him. This includes not only the Old Testament but also the

Did you know? Hate propaganda legislation in Canada has a religious exception

Modified 2017-02-17 In the Canadian Criminal Code, sections 318, 319 and 320 deal with hate propaganda. Section 319(3) includes a list of four so-called “Defences,” i.e. exceptions where speech is justified and cannot be prosecuted as hate propaganda. First in

Did you know? Until 1823, members of Nova Scotia’s Legislative Assembly were required to take an oath against transubstantiation

Laurence Kavanagh was the first English speaking Roman Catholic to become a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Nova Scotia. When Kavanagh was elected to represent Cape Breton, there was one barrier to his admission: Anyone wishing to hold

Did you know? Omnipotence is impossible because it is self-contradictory

Did you know that omnipotence is impossible because it is self-contradictory? Consider the paradox of the rock: Can god create a rock so heavy that even he cannot lift it? If yes, then he is not omnipotent because he cannot

Did you know? It is impossible to be both omnipotent & omniscient

Did you know that it is impossible to be both omnipotent and omniscient? Theologians claim that god is omnipotent and omniscient. But if one is omniscient, then one already knows in advance everything that will occur in the future. Consequently,

Did you know? Hitler Was Very Religious

Did you know that Hitler was very religious? Just read a few excerpts from his book Mein Kampf (My Struggle) or from one of his speeches and it is obvious. He was raised in the Catholic Church and remained a

Did you know? Jean Meslier, great theoretician of atheism

Did you know that the greatest atheist theorist of all time was probably Jean MESLIER, 1664-1729, a simple country priest in rural France under the ancien régime and author of Mémoire contre la religion (Treatise Against Religion)? The manuscript of

Did you know? Charles Darwin, Icon of Anti-racism

Did you know that Charles Darwin was one of the most important anti-racists of all time, because of his explanation of the origin and evolution of species through natural selection? Indeed, evolutionary theory, which is the basis of all biological

Did you know? The Koran Orders the Faithful to Kill Disbelievers

Did you know that the Koran orders believers to kill “disbelievers” — or, more generally, anyone who is not a Muslim — and condemns disbelievers to an eternity in hell. Some examples: Sura 2, verse 89 : “[…] The curse

Did you know? Jesus Orders the Faithful to Reject their Family

Did you know that, according to the Christian New Testament, Jesus orders those who want to follow him to abandon and even hate their family? According to Luke 14.26, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father

Did you know? Giordano Bruno was executed for the “crimes” of blasphemy and atheism

Did you know that the Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno, a proponent of heliocentrism who held that the universe was infinite and had no centre, was accused of blasphemy and atheism by the Inquisition and finally burned at the stake on