Tag: Quebec

Secularism in Quebec: Questions for the Political Parties

A general election will be held in Quebec on October 3rd. The Rassemblement pour la laïcité (Alliance for Secularism) has some important questions for the various political parties. The text below is a translation of an article which appeared in

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Blog 139: Priorities for Secularism in Quebec

David Rand 2022-06-04 The following is a list of priorities as I see them. This is an important topic of discussion. You are invited to leave your comments. This list is of course not exhaustive and the order of priorities

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2022-05-23: Patriots’ Day

23rd May 2022: National Patriots’ Day “That any union between Church and State is hereby declared to be dissolved, and every person shall have the right freely to exercise such religion or belief as his/her conscience dictates.” — Declaration of Independence

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Blog 138: Three Inconvenient Facts about Secularism

David Rand 2022-04-14 There are three important facts which need to be faced if we are to make serious progress towards secularism. The U.S. Constitution is not a good model of secularism. Islamists weaponize the “antiracism” movement in order to

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In the News:
Quebec Group and Torontonian Sue Toronto to Stop Misuse of Funds to Oppose Bill 21

Toronto man sues City Hall over $100k donation to Quebec Bill 21 challenge, Andrew Lawton, True North, 2022-03-24. A Toronto man has filed a lawsuit against the City of Toronto to scrap its $100,000 payment to a legal fund fighting

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Blog 136: Multiculturalism and Colonialism

Pierre Marchand 2022-01-27 Canadian multiculturalism is pure colonialism. The descendants of British colonists and American loyalists who took refuge here are the masters of the country, regardless of which political party is in power. Nowhere is this colonialism more patent

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Blog 135: Four Myths about Quebec Bill 21

David Rand 2022-01-23 Here are four falsehoods which are regularly heard concerning Quebec Bill 21. The word “myths” in the title is perhaps too weak—the term “lie” would be more appropriate—as opponents of the Bill blithely repeat them. [1] Bill

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Blog 133: Is Quebec Bill 21 Discriminatory?

David Rand 2021-12-28 If you check the text of Quebec’s Bill 21 (officially named An Act respecting the laicity of the State, where “laicity” is a bad translation and should be “secularism”), you will see that the religious symbol ban

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RPL Press Release, 2021-12-12

Press Release, Rassemblement pour la laïcité (Alliance for Secularism) Veiled Teacher at Western Québec School Board RPL Denounces Political & Media Exploitation 2021-12-12 12th December 2021 — The Rassemblement pour la laïcité (RPL) denounces the media and political exploitation of the

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In the News:
Quebec Creates a Directorate of State Secularism

Loi 21: création d’une Direction de la laïcité de l’État (Bill 21: Creation of a Directorate of State Secularism), Marc-André Gagnon, Journal de Québec, 2021-12-03. The government of Quebec has announced the creation of a Directorate of State Secularism whose

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Blog 125: The Inappropriate Modesty of Quebec Secularists

David Rand 2021-11-02 In the fall of 2016, the Liberal Party of Quebec government held parliamentary hearings in Quebec City to study Draft Bill 62 (Session 41) which ostensibly affirmed State religious neutrality but was extremely weak—although too much for

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PRESS RELEASE, 2021-10-25

For immediate release Atheist Freethinkers welcomes the new CCQ program announced by Minister Roberge Montreal, 25th October 2021 — Atheist Freethinkers (LPA-AFT), an association which promotes secularism and supports the rights of atheists, welcomes with enthusiasm and relief yesterday’s announcement by

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RPL Press Release, 2021-10-24

Press Release, Rassemblement pour la laïcité (Alliance for Secularism) Quebec Culture and Citizenship A promising new course for social cohesion 2021-10-24 The Rassemblement pour la laïcité (Alliance for Secularism, RPL) enthusiastically welcomes the draft, announced today by the Minister of

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In the News:
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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RPL Press Release, 2021-10-18

Press Release, Rassemblement pour la laïcité (Alliance for Secularism) Quebec Bill 21 : The English Montreal School Board seeks an exemption from the usual rule of law in order to hire teachers wearing religious symbols. 2021-10-18 18th October 2021 : Today the

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AFT Challenges CFIC to a Debate about Quebec Bill 21

2021-10-15 We, Atheist Freethinkers (AFT) sent the following message today to the Centre for Inquiry–Canada (CFIC), challenging them to a public debate about Quebec Bill 21. 2021-10-21, UPDATE, Reply received from CFIC: “Unfortunately, we will have to decline your invitation.

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RPL Press Release, 2021-10-06

Press Release Against Vaccination Exemptions for Religious Reasons in the Federal Public Service 2021-10-06 The Alliance for Secularism (Rassemblement pour la laïcité or RPL) is compelled to respond to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s October 6, 2021 declaration that federal public

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In the News:
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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In the News:
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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In the News:
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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Blog 124: English Canada’s Unhealthy Obsession with Islam Gets Worse

David Rand 2021-07-01 Since a deadly vehicle attack on a family in London, Ontario on June 6, 2021, media and politicians in English Canada have deepened their unhealthy obsession with Islam. The Trudeau government has even proposed new legislation to

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In the News:
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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2021-06-12: Bill 21 and Court Challenges

Quebec Bill 21: Vanguard of secularism despite its modesty David Rand, President, Atheist Freethinkers 2021-06-12 In this talk, David Rand explains: What Bill 21 does. Why we support it. The current state of the court challenge to the law. The

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Blog 123: Cultural Relativism, Cultural Imperialism & Quebec Bill 21

Opponents of Bill 21 Reject Objectivity David Rand 2021-06-02 Suppose that we are confronted with a situation where conflicting values collide, where two groups of people who come into contact with each other have very different approaches to a given social

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Quebec Superior Court Decision about Bill 21

Understanding the Quebec Superior Court Decision about Bill 21 Rendered by Justice Marc-André Blanchard, 20th April 2021 What you need to know David Rand The court decision reveals very clearly that the judge hates Bill 21 and secularism and does

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