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Legault Announces End of ERC Program

Legault relaunches session with promise to end state of emergency early in new year, Isaac Olson, CBC, 2021-10-19. One of the ways he will change education is by strengthening “national cohesion” by replacing the province’s ethics and religious culture curriculum

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Honour the Memory of Samuel Paty

Honour slain French teacher Samuel Paty by defending rights, defying fundamentalism – UN experts, Karima Bennoune and Ahmed Shaheed, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2021-10-15. GENEVA (15 October 2021) – On the first anniversary of the

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French High Court Validates Dissolution of Two Islamist Groups

Le Conseil d’Etat valide la dissolution du CCIF et de BarakaCity par le gouvernement (French Conseil d’Etat Validates Disbanding CCIF and Barakacity by Government), franceinfo avec AFP, 2021-09-24. The Conseil d’Etat, the highest administrative court in France, has validated the

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The RPL Questions Federal Political Parties

The Rassemblement pour la laïcité (RPL or Alliance for Secularism) Questions the Parties Quels engagements en matière de laïcité ? (What Commitments Will You Make for Secularism?), Claude Kamal Codsi for the RPL, La Presse, 2021-08-24. In preparation for the upcoming

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Ban on Religious Symbols in French Schools: Girls from Muslim Families Benefit

En France : L’interdiction du voile influence la scolarité des filles (In France, the Headscarf Ban Influences Success of Muslim Girls), Luc Cédelle, L’AUT’JOURNAL, 2021-09-01. A new book by economist and sociologist Eric Maurin, to be published in October, sheds new

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Vaccination Passport: Quebec Grants Privilege to Religions

Places and activities requiring the COVID-19 Vaccination Passport , Government of Quebec, 2021-08-24. Vaccination passports will not be required for the following places and activities: […] Places of worship This amounts to an egregious privilege for religion. It is completely

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Canadians of Muslim Culture Denounce the Provocative Recommendations of the NCCM

Opinion: Islamophobia or nourishing the breeding ground of political Islam?, Nadia El-Mabrouk, Tarek Fatah and Yasmine Mohammed, CTV News, 2021-07-26. Given the importance of this article, we reproduce it here in its entirety. MONTREAL — In preparation for the National

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Court of Justice of E.U.: Banning the Veil in the Workplace is Not Discriminatory

EU companies can ban employees wearing headscarves, court rules, Jennifer Rankin, Guardian, 2021-07-15. Private employers in the EU can ban people from wearing religious symbols, including headscarves, in order to present an image of neutrality, the bloc’s highest court has

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Tarek Fatah Denounces Islamist Infiltration in Canada

FATAH: Who will listen to the cries of ordinary Muslims?, Tarek Fatah, Toronto Sun, 2021-07-14. I recently had an informal meeting with 30 other Muslims to chat about their growing concerns over the growing infiltration of Islamist extremism in this

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Austria Bans Muslim Brotherhood

Austria bans Muslim Brotherhood and sets new standard in the fight against Islamist extremism, EU-Policies, 2021-07-13. Last week, the Austrian National Assembly passed an act targeting the activities of ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood. Under the new law, released terror

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Prix de la laïcité Guy-Rocher Awarded to MLQ

Le gouvernement du Québec remet le tout premier Prix de la laïcité Guy-Rocher (Quebec Government Awards Very First Guy-Rocher Secularism Prize), Press release from the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Quebec, Le Lézard, 2021-06-16. The government

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Launch of Campaign Against Religious Homophobia

Poland: Stop Religiously Motivated Hate, Press Release, Kazimierz Łyszczyński Foundation, 2021-06-17. The Kazimierz Łyszczyński Foundation, together with partner organizations, has launched a billboard campaign “Stop religiously motivated hate.” The campaign will take place in 22 Polish cities and will have

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Quebec MNAs Respond Unanimously to Judge Blanchard

In his decision of 20th April 2021 on Bill 21, Justice Blanchard of Quebec Superior Court exempted Quebec English-language schools from the ban on teachers wearing religious symbols and face-coverings. Similarly, he denied the Quebec National Assembly the right to

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Switzerland Bans Face-Coverings

Switzerland to ban wearing of burqa and niqab in public places, Philip Oltermann, The Guardian, 2021-03-07. Switzerland will follow France, Belgium and Austria after narrowly voting in a referendum to ban women from wearing the burqa or niqab in public

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Launch of Prix de la laïcité Guy-Rocher

Le gouvernement du Québec lance le prix de la laïcité Guy-Rocher (The Quebec Government launches the Guy-Rocher Secularism Prize), Cabinet of the Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General, Gouvernement du Québec, 2021-03-06. Click to view full size Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette

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Montreal: Death Threats to Impose the Veil

Menaces de mort pour le port du voile (“Death Threats to Impose Wearing the Veil”), Michael Nguyen, Journal de Montréal, 2021-03-03. A Montréal Muslim man told his four daughters that he would kill them if they stopped wearing the Islamic

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Petition to End Discrimination Against Atheist Refugees

Petition e-3114 (Citizenship and immigration), Parliament of Canada, 2021-01-25. Several organizations—CFI Canada, Humanist Canada and Secular Connexion Séculière—have initiated a parliamentary petition asking that atheist refugees, not just religious, be eligible for refugee status under the “Less Complex Claims” policy.

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Neoracist Propaganda at Radio-Canada

Radio-Canada: la rééducation, Sophie Durocher, Journal de Montréal, 2021-02-12. According to columnist Sophie Durocher, employees at Radio-Canada (the French-langage CBC) are now required to take special training to become more “inclusive,” to recognize their unconscious biases and “privileges” and to

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Call to Repeal the Concordat in Alsace-Moselle

Loi séparatisme: il est temps d’abroger le concordat d’Alsace-Moselle (“Separatism Law: It is Time to Repeal the Concordat in Alsace-Moselle”), Alexis Corbière, Huffington Post France, 2021-02-10. The author of the above article argues that it is inconsistent to allow a

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AAI Obtains Freedom for Umar Farouk in Nigeria

Story from an email of Atheist Alliance International (AAI), 2021-02-09. Click to view full size Umar Farouk leaving prison Last week our lawyers in Nigeria succeeded in quashing two convictions for blasphemy in the Shariah State of Kano. The first

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In France, A Teacher Denounces the Islamist Threat

Menacé de mort après avoir défendu Samuel Paty, un professeur témoigne (“Threatened with Death for Having Defended Samuel Paty, A Teacher Testifies”), Idèr Nabili, LCI, 2021-02-07. A philosophy teacher Didier Lemaire in the French town of Trappes, outside Paris, is

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Indonesia bans forced religious attire in schools

Indonesia bans forced religious attire in schools, BBC, 2021-02-05. Indonesia has banned public schools from making religious attire compulsory, after the story of a Christian student being pressured to wear a headscarf in class went viral. The 16-year-old girl was

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In the News: AAI’s John Richards Interviews David Rand, UPDATE

Interview: David Rand, Canada, John Richards, AAI Youtube channel, 2020-06-22. Previous video: In the News: AAI’s John Richards Interviews David Rand about Quebec Bill 21 Please donate to our Legal Fund: Legal Fund, Fundraising Campaign for our Court Intervention in

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In the News: AAI’s John Richards Interviews David Rand about Quebec Bill 21

John Richards, Publications Director of Atheist Alliance International (AAI) and editor of AAI’s magazine Secular World, interviews David Rand, president of Atheist Freethinkers, about Quebec’s secularism law, Bill 21: Interview: David Rand, Canada, John Richards, AAI Youtube channel, 2020-05-02. Follow-up

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In the News: AAI Fundraiser: Free Mubarak Bala

#Free Mubarak Bala, Fundraiser by Atheist Alliance International (AAI), Facebook. Mubarak Bala, President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria has been arrested on a charge of blasphemy. He was arrested in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria. Sources say he will be taken

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