Did you know? Canadian Firearms Licences Regulations have a Religious Exception

Did you know that the Canadian Firearms Licences Regulations have a religious exception which allows the applicant to be exempted ...
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In the News: Femen denounces the visit to France of the Torturer of Raif Badawi

Femen, Facebook page of Femen, 2019-09-16. Cliquer pour agrandir The Foundation of Islam of France and the Muslim World League ...
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Statistics Canada: Hate Crimes, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

2017-09-08: Showing data from 2012 to 2015 2019-10-11: Additional data from 2016 taken from the page Table 1, Police-reported hate crimes, by detailed motivation, Canada, ...
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Laws Restricting Face-Coverings and Religious Symbols

Compiled by David Rand Updated 2019-10-09 Country
[Region] Date Restrictions & Notes References Algeria 2018
[Effective: 2018]

IFOP Poll: The French and Secularism

According to a poll conducted by IFOP (Institut français d’opinion publique) for the Jean-Jaurès Foundation, the French are very much attached to the principle of ...
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Léger Poll: Canadians’ Opinion on Secularism and Bill 21

In Quebec, a strong majority (64%) is in favour of banning religious symbols.
Among Canadians in general, those who are for (44%) and against (43%) are ...
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Blog 112: Quebec Must Enforce Its Own Law

David Rand 2019-09-12 The government of Quebec earned the respect and support of the electorate when it proposed and passed the most important secular legislation ...
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Blog 111: Putting the Brakes On Ideological Pollution

David Rand 2019-09-02 Quebec’s Bill 21 does not discriminate against anyone. It excludes no-one. It only excludes a certain behaviour (wearing religious symbols) in some ...
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Religious Neutrality is Not Enough

David Rand Talk presented at the Rationalist International Conference, Cambridge, UK, 27-28 July 2019. You may also consult the slide presentation (format PDF) which accompanied ...
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Blog 110: Quebec Formally Declares State Secularism

David Rand 2019-06-21 The 16th of June 2019: An historic day for Quebec and a great victory for secularism and democracy: the National Assembly adopts ...
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Press Release RPL, 2019-06-17: Secularism, Finally!

PRESS RELEASE RASSEMBLEMENT POUR LA LAÏCITÉ (Alliance for Secularism) Secularism, Finally! 2019-06-17 Montreal, 17th June 2019 — The adoption of An Act respecting the laicity ...
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Blog 109: British Secularists Reject “Islamophobia” Definition

David Rand 2019-06-07 The British National Secular Society (NSS), along with several public figures, has signed an open letter addressed to the Home Secretary Sajid ...
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Poll: Canadians, Banning Religious Symbols Worn by Public Servants in Positions of Authority

Data from: Canadians’ opinions. April 29th, 2019. Web survey using computer-assisted Web interviewing (CAWI) technology. From April 18 to April 22, 2019. 1522 Canadians, 18 ...
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Blog 108: The Burden of Proof is on Opponents of Bill 21

David Rand 2019-05-27 In the debate over Quebec's Draft Bill 21, An Act respecting the laicity of the State—if it can really be called a ...
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