Tag: secularism

In the News:
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. Minor corrections 2022-04-29. 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”

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In the News:
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 Cloutier ll.m & David Rand 2021-02-26, Minor correction 2022-04-22 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

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In the News:
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 to: the Rassemblement pour la laïcité (Alliance for Secularism) which

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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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Oral Arguments of Atheist Freethinkers, Courtroom Log of Hak versus AGQ

The Act respecting the laicity of the State (Bill 21) Before the Courts Oral Arguments of AFT, 14th December 2020 Quebec Superior Court David Rand 2020-12-17 In the Same Series: What Was Left Unsaid at the Trial of Bill 21

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PRESS RELEASE, 2020-12-08

For immediate release Atheist Freethinkers will plead its case for Bill 21 Montreal, 8th December 2020 — Atheist Freethinkers (LPA-AFT), an association which promotes secularism and supports the rights of atheists, will plead its case before Quebec Superior Court, presided by

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An Orgy of Hateful Hyperbole: Courtroom Log of Hak versus AGQ: Week 5

An Orgy of Hateful Hyperbole The Act respecting the laicity of the State (Bill 21) Before the Courts Summary of the fifth week, 30th November – 4th December 2020 Quebec Superior Court David Rand 2020-12-10 In the Same Series: What

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Courtroom Log of Hak versus AGQ: Week 4

The Act respecting the laicity of the State (Bill 21) Before the Courts Summary of the fourth week, 23rd and 24th November 2020 Quebec Superior Court David Rand 2020-12-26 In the Same Series: What Was Left Unsaid at the Trial

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Courtroom Log of Hak versus AGQ: Week 3

The Act respecting the laicity of the State (Bill 21) Before the Courts Summary of the third week, 16th – 20th November 2020 Quebec Superior Court David Rand 2020-11-27 In the Same Series: What Was Left Unsaid at the Trial

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Courtroom Log of Hak versus AGQ: Week 2

The Act respecting the laicity of the State (Bill 21) Before the Courts Summary of the second week, 9th – 13th November 2020 Quebec Superior Court David Rand 2020-11-21 In the Same Series: What Was Left Unsaid at the Trial

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Courtroom Log of Hak versus AGQ: Week 1

The Act respecting the laicity of the State (Bill 21) Before the Courts Summary of the first week, 2nd – 6th November 2020 Quebec Superior Court David Rand 2020-11-09 In the Same Series: What Was Left Unsaid at the Trial

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Pauline Marois Supports Bill 21

Letter from Pauline Marois in Support of Bill 21 2020-10-19 Pauline Marois was the first woman to become premier of Quebec, from September 2012 to April 2014. In 2013, her government proposed a Charter of Secularism, but was defeated in

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Court Intervention in Support of Bill 21

Atheist Freethinkers Our Approach to Bill 21 2020-09-16 See also our Press Release, 2020-09-16 Our Intervention has been Accepted! Our request to intervene in the case of I. N. HAK et al. against the Attorney-General of Quebec has been accepted

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PRESS RELEASE, 2020-09-16

For immediate release LPA-AFT’s Court Intervention in Support of Bill 21 Montreal, 16th September 2020 — Atheist Freethinkers (LPA-AFT), an association which promotes secularism and supports the rights of atheists, will intervene in the case of I. N. HAK et al.

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