Tag: secularism

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. We await their response. To CFI–Canada, I am writing to you today to propose

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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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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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The ‘Free Cooperation’ Between Church and State in New Zealand and Australia

Max Wallace Max Wallace is Secretary of the Secular Association of New South Wales and a member of the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists. 2021-08-30 Introduction In a letter to The Age, 2 September 1988, George Pell, then

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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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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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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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Blog 122: The Abysmal Hypocrisy of CFI-Canada

David Rand 2021-04-30 Centre For Inquiry – Canada (CFI-Canada or CFIC) is a Canadian organization originally founded as an outgrowth of the major American humanist organization CFI with which it is still affiliated. Despite its claim of promoting secularism, the

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PRESS RELEASE, 2021-04-26

For immediate release LPA-AFT denounces the theological tone of the judgment of Quebec Superior Court on Bill 21 Montreal, 26th April 2021 — Atheist Freethinkers (LPA-AFT), an association which promotes secularism and supports the rights of atheists, denounces the categorically pro-religious

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Press Release RPL, 2021-04-20

Press Release 20th April 2021 The Rassemblement pour la laïcité (RPL) responds to the decision of Quebec Superior Court concerning Bill 21. “The RPL welcomes the validation of Quebec Bill 21 by Quebec Superior Court, but is concerned about the exemption

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World Atheist Day 2021

23rd March 2021 The International Coalition of Ex-Muslims and Atheist Republic have established the 23rd of March of each year as #AtheistDay in order to normalise atheism, defend the basic right to freedom from religion, and to stand in solidarity

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“Islamophobia” is Blasphemy

By Atheist Freethinkers Position adopted 2021-03-20. We, Atheist Freethinkers, strongly support the End Blasphemy Laws campaign whose goal is the repeal of all laws, in all countries of the world, which criminalize “blasphemy” or “insult to religion” or “hurting religious

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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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Secularism in the Republic and Canton of Geneva

Pierre Clouter ll.m & David Rand 2021-02-26 The Great Little City of Geneva The city of Geneva, tucked away in the westernmost corner of Switzerland, where the Rhône exits Lake Geneva, is not very large. Its population is only about

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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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Thank You Donors!

We Thank Our Donors! Many thanks to each and every one of you who have donated (and some of you, several times!) to our Legal Fund. We are particularly grateful for the generosity of the Rationalist Association of New South

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Global Atheist News 2021

“Global Atheist News” is a periodic news service of FreeThought Productions by John Richards. (G.A.N. was previously affiliated with Atheist Alliance International, AAI) Global Atheist News: Full Reports 2021-02-20 2021-01-30 2021-01-23 2021-01-16 2021-01-02, introducing Global Atheist News David Rand is

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2021-01-30, Global Atheist News, D.R., transcript

David Rand 2021-01-30 Supreme Court rejects appeal in Catholic sex-abuse case In a case involving four men who were sexually abused in the 1950s at Mount Cashel orphanage operated by the Christian Brothers in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Supreme Court

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What Was Left Unsaid at the Trial of Bill 21

David Rand 2021-01-21 In the Same Series: What Was Left Unsaid at the Trial of Bill 21 (THIS PAGE) Does the EMSB Condone Child Abuse? Oral Arguments of AFT—Courtroom Log of Hak versus AGQ An Orgy of Hateful Hyperbole—Courtroom Log:

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2021-01-16, Global Atheist News, D.R., transcript

David Rand 2021-01-16 (This installment was originally scheduled for January 9th but was delayed until January 16th.) The big news from Canada in January 2021 is the court challenge to Bill 21 before Quebec Superior Court. Bill 21 was adopted

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Does the EMSB Condone Child Abuse?

David Rand, Réal Boivin, Pierre Thibault Libres penseurs athées—Atheist Freethinkers, Association intervening in the case Hak versus AGQ 2020-12-24 In the Same Series: What Was Left Unsaid at the Trial of Bill 21 Does the EMSB Condone Child Abuse? (THIS

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