Black Lives Should Matter To White Christians

Adrienne Martin | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Living
Adrienne Martin

Four years after the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the emergence of BLM both as a political and social movement, the Christian church has largely failed to advocate for the lives of black people. At times silent and at others deliberately distancing itself from BLM, the church has sent a clear message: Black lives do not matter.

Je Suis Humanity

Jari Qudrat | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jari Qudrat

If our social media profiles can tint in support of Paris, Belgium, and Orlando, then why not change for Turkey, Bangladesh, and Iraq? Innocent lives taken in Turkey airport, and no vigils, or landmarks, but when an attack of similar degree took place in Brussels we did all of the above. I'm often asked why Muslims don't speak out enough, but perhaps this is something we all need to work on.

I Think I Am Muslim, Therefore I Am

Jari Qudrat | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Jari Qudrat

Is it too much to ask in the 21st century to self-identify based on the beliefs you hold so dearly? After all, who has the right to tell me who I am and who I'm not? Apparently the Pakistani government does, who have declared the Ahmadiyya community "infidel" and non-Muslim since the infamous ruling in 1974.

Christians Owe LGBTQ2 More Than Just Our Thoughts And Prayers

Tamara Watson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Tamara Watson

In the wake of this tragedy in Orlando, it is important that we Christians do something to show the world that we are outraged, that we care. Because honestly? We have not done a good job of showing love to the LGBTQ2 community.

Refusing To Let Religion Define Menstruation

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

In Western culture, the dominating monotheistic religions have been a strong influence in alienating women from their own bodies by enforcing the belief that menstruating women are unclean and spiritually inferior. Judaism, Christianity and Islam view menstruation as a punishment from God.

My Kids Will Be Raised Without Religion

James Di Fiore | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Parents
James Di Fiore

People keep telling me I need to allow my kids to make their own decisions about religion. I disagree. I find that kind of equivalency to be as false as the prophets who represent the superstitions that stop people from thinking about science, or human rights, or rationalism.

Justice Is The Foundation For Everlasting Peace

Jari Qudrat | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Jari Qudrat

"Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere." These words of Martin Luther King Jr. accurately describe the world crisis we live in today. To avoid war and attacks as such, all nations must come together for the greater good and unite in their efforts to stop all forms of cruelty, persecution and injustice perpetrated in the name of religion or else wise.

It's Time Alberta Builds A Better, Fairer Payday Loan Market

Brian Dijkema | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Business
Brian Dijkema

There are times when bounced checks or the penalties for arrears exceed the cost of a payday loan. To end payday lending -- even if it is predatory -- might leave people worse off. What is needed is a better loan, and to get that, we need a better market that re-balances the interests of the lenders and the borrower.

Remember Those Who Have Died For Religious Freedom

Tahir Gora | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Tahir Gora

As Toronto was getting ready in the first week of March to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Pakistan Minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti's assassination, the Government of Pakistan hanged a man, Mumtaz Qadri, for the brutal murder of Punjab province's governor, Salman Taseer.

Why We'll Never Be Free Of Payday Lenders

Brian Dijkema | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Business
Brian Dijkema

A list of the terms our society uses to describe payday lenders almost tells you everything you need to know. It reads a bit like a description of a B-grade horror film: predators, thieves, vampires, slave-drivers, or (my favourite) rapacious usurers. But if they're so awful, why are they everywhere? Why is it that, despite a seemingly universal hatred for them, they have popped up like mushrooms in cities across Canada?

My Parents Killed My Self-Esteem - Now I'm Done Taking Criticism

Lenora Thompson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

I was 14 and shocked by all the criticisms suddenly blind-siding me. They ranged from making me believe I was an (almost) slut to something as vague as, "Shake my hand and commit to 'trying harder.'" To this day I wonder how much harder I could try. I already had a 4.0 GPA.

Embracing 'Radical' Christianity Can Defeat The Islamic State

Robert D. Onley | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Robert D. Onley

"Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you." This verse, objectively radical given its relevance today, is particularly applicable in the context of terrorist violence, where strangers are willing to viciously stab, shoot and murder total strangers. One need only think back to the Paris attacks and ask: how can such hatred be justified?

Faith And Giving: What Do Various Religions Have In Common?

Marina Glogovac | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Marina Glogovac

There is much commonality between religions in urging us to overcome our attachments to money, property and the material, to give generously of ourselves in as many ways as possible, and to realize that nothing is ours. In many ways, it's a call to overcome our selfish nature and to realize our deep interconnectedness with each other and all of creation.

42 Simple Ways To Spread Some Love This Christmas

Shawna Scafe | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Shawna Scafe

There are people who are alone, cold, sad, unwell, or struggling -- and they are all around us. We can help in simple ways.

At This Church, Muslim Refugees Converting To Christianity In Droves

CP | Kirsten Grieshaber, The Associated Press | Posted 09.04.2016 | Canada

Germany is witnessing an unprecedented surge of asylum-seekers this year, with the number of migrants expected to reach 800,000 this year.

At 52, I Am Finally Happy With the Person I Am

Allyson Eamer | Posted 05.08.2016 | Canada Living
Allyson Eamer

Congratulations to me on having finally arrived at that wonderful place wherein it doesn't matter to me if people don't find me bright, interesting, engaging, articulate or attractive. I am finally -- at 52 -- happy with who I am. I have finally decided that I have things to say that are worth taking note of.

From Rabbits to Resurrections: How Easter Came to Be

Debra Macleod | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Think Easter started as a Christian holiday? Think again. This spring holiday began as, and still is, a very pagan one. In fact, Easter itself is named after a pagan goddess who was worshipped for centuries before Christ.

Let's Pause and Consider What Jesus Would Say About Climate Change

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada
Carl Duivenvoorden

When it comes to solving climate change, we have all the technological solutions we need. But as the recent climate talks in Lima reaffirmed, political solutions remain more elusive, largely because of the vastly different perspectives of developed and developing nations. As well, it seems we as individuals have a ways to go, both in thought and action.

Why Modern Paganism Is Good For Today's Families, Part II

Debra Macleod | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Despite spending most of my life as an atheist, I have come to realize that spirituality is part of the human condition. So is the ability to think for oneself, to follow one's own moral compass and to challenge stereotypes that others have created for their own purposes. If you agree, you might have a spark of Vesta's ancient fire in you after all.

Why Modern Paganism is Good For Today's Families

Debra Macleod | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

I think it is time to challenge the stereotypes surrounding modern paganism and its various beliefs. It has so much to offer, from its fascinating history and cultural influence to its contemporary efforts to create a better world.

Stop Telling "Moderate Muslims" What To Do

Davide Mastracci | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada
Davide Mastracci

Ali A. Rizvi recently wrote an open letter to "moderate Muslims." I'm not sure if Rizvi's letter was directed toward me, as I don't measure my faith in chicken wing flavours, but I'm going to respond anyway. Rizvi's good will doesn't last long as he immediately begins to lecture Muslims about our "increasingly waning credibility" in the West.

Is Homophobia a Religious or a Psychological Issue?

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

Historically, prejudice of any kind could be freely expressed with few repercussions (emotional, legal, or otherwise) so long as there was a reasonable justification. Religion has often served as the justification, and has therefore facilitated an array of prejudice, from racism to sexism to homophobia. Over time, the use of religious beliefs to justify prejudice has tended to decline, but still persists -- especially when it comes to homosexuality.

Being a Bigot Doesn't Come With a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth Hawksworth

You do have the freedom to say what you want. You don't have the freedom to escape the fallout from your words. When you are a bigot -- and I use the word without malice -- you are trying to block another human being from having the same rights you have. You can feel however you want to feel. There is nothing wrong with your religious or philosophical beliefs, and in our society, you are free to practice them and believe what you wish. But freedom of speech does not carry a get-out-of-jail-free card.

Wanting Fred Phelps to Burn in Hell Makes You No Better

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

According to a Facebook post of his estranged son, Nathan, Fred Phelps Sr, the founder of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, is dying. In life, Phelps evaded prison on several occasions, and in my view at least he'll also escape the punishments of the non-existent hereafter. Westboro Baptist continues to picket funerals and to applaud every American misfortune, from earthquakes to school mass shootings, as the glorious work of an angry, hateful and vindictive God. But hate in all its forms is not the work of God, but instead of small and broken people.

The Idea of Trickle-Up Ethics

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Rabbi Hillel, a native of Babylonia who moved to Jerusalem in the time of Herod wrote: "If I am not for myself, t...