Canada Religion

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.

Mischaracterizing Faith As Hate Gets Us Nowhere

John Carpay | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada British Columbia
John Carpay

In a free society, the government does not try to force the "traditionalists" or the "progressives" to abandon their beliefs and practices. A free society allows TWU to form and maintain its own religious community, with its own rules and practices, which no person is compelled to join

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.

Orlando Massacre: Today's Religions Foster A Climate Of Intolerance

James Di Fiore | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Living
James Di Fiore

The truth is, even for some devout believers, there is an honest recognition that our ancient institutions are in need of an overhaul, a modernization process where even the words of god himself are openly criticized and whose hateful messages are ultimately abandoned.

Rethinking Christianity In An Ever-Changing Modern World

Nancy Fornasiero | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Living
Nancy Fornasiero

The church has had a long tradition of revising and shifting when it comes to theology: the Age of Enlightenment brought to an end to mainly mythological understandings of God, and Galileo's findings caused a shift in beliefs around the cosmology of the universe itself.

4 Things You Can Only Experience In Bali

Allison Eberle | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Travel
Allison Eberle

When you tell your friends you're travelling to Bali images of coconut palms and picture-perfect beaches may come to mind. While Bali does offer all of those things, you won't want to spend your entire vacation sipping frozen drinks on the beach.

Kirk Cameron's Outdated Views On Marriage Don't Deserve Attention

Sara Starkman | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Living
Sara Starkman

Kirk Cameron believes (drum roll please) that, "Wives are to honour and respect and follow their husband's lead, not to tell their husband how he ought to be a better husband." WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN? I'm so serious. Partners, PARTNERS are supposed to honour each other and treat each other with respect.

Reading 'The God Delusion' In The Arab World

Kacem El Ghazzali | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada
Kacem El Ghazzali

In the Arabic translation of The God Delusion, under the title, Bassam added the words: "This book is banned in Islamic countries." It is fortunate and wonderful that the banning of books in the Arab and Islamic worlds is no longer feasible in our new age of information.

How I Self-Destructed At The End Of A Decade-Long Relationship

Lily Burroughs | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Living
Lily Burroughs

No matter how independent, self-reliant, and strong we are, sometimes there's a part of us that wants to self-destruct. Usually, after a traumatic experience, when we feel especially vulnerable, scared, and alone. And after the devastating breakup with my fiancé and boyfriend/best friend of nine years, I self-destructed in a big way.

The Time Has Come For A 'Sexual Spring' In The Arab World

Kacem El Ghazzali | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
Kacem El Ghazzali

When we say that nowadays to call for sexual freedom in Arab and Muslim societies is more dangerous than the demand to topple monarchies or dictatorial regimes, we are not playing with metaphor or attempting to gain sympathy. We are stating a bitter and painful fact of the reality in which we are living.

Islam Is Not A Religion Of Peace In Societies Where Faith Is Law

Kacem El Ghazzali | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Kacem El Ghazzali

Do tolerance and social peace prevail in Muslim-majority countries which enshrine "Islam" in law? Nowadays in most such countries, atheists, apostates and those who convert to another religion are persecuted. In a religion of peace, freedom of conscience and belief should be guaranteed to everyone.

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.

The First Steps Toward A Reform Of Islam

Jérôme Blanchet-Gravel | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Jérôme Blanchet-Gravel

Unfortunately, the absence of a clearly identified clergy in the Muslim world (particularly in the Sunni world) does not favour a reform of Islam. To reform this religion, the various representatives of Islam all around the world should cooperate, coordinate their action to find common ground on major issues.

Sometimes I Question Raising My Son Without Religion

Julie M Green | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Mostly, I fear that skipping out on my son's religious education makes me a selfish mother. In time, will he grow to resent the omission? Or, in leaving the slate blank, have we actually given him the greatest spiritual gift of all -- choice?

Being An Orthodox Jew Shouldn't Make Me A Target For Hate

Rebecca Beck | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Living
Rebecca Beck

I am an orthodox Jewish woman and it's something I'm proud of. I know I may seem different to you, strange even. We look different, we keep mostly to ourselves and basically live in our own little bubble. I understand you don't "get" us. But I don't understand why we deserve the hatred directed at us.

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.

The Arguments Around Assisted Death

Misha Abarbanel | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Living
Misha Abarbanel

Allowing people to opt out of obeying the law on religious grounds can be a slippery slope. You can't oppose anti-discrimination laws because your religion tells you, or you think your religion tells you, that women are inferior, or that LGBTIQ people are sinners. You can't commit violent acts because your religion tells you, or you think your religion tells you, that infidels should be punished.

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?

The Human Capacity For Denial Will Only Get Us So Far

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Living
G. Elijah Dann

Unlike other species with no ability for self-reflection, humans are able to tell themselves fictions and myths, religious or not, to mollify and placate. Denial enabled early Homo sapiens ignore the realities of their fragile circumstances. But while the capacity for denial enabled continuance of the human species, at this stage of the game in our present evolution, our individual and collective undoing may be inevitable.

The Fading Case Against Canadian Multiculturalism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Although the term multiculturalism has remained broadly popular, its application has been the object of ongoing controversy. At the center of the debate is the issue of whether identities are in inevitably in conflict. That, for example, individuals must choose between their ethnic attachments and their Canadian identity.

Stanley Kubrick Already Took Us Beyond Star Wars With 2001

Gerry Flahive | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Gerry Flahive

Star Wars: The Force Awakens might be taking us to a galaxy, far, far away, but way, way before even the first Star Wars did so, another science-fiction film took us much, much farther. Fifty years ago this week, six astronauts posed on the moon for a selfie-ish photograph next to a newly uncovered three million-year old alien artifact.

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.

I'm Canadian, But Trump Makes Me Want To Be American

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Before I talk about the wretched Muslims ruining America, I'm going to admit I'm not American. I am Canadian, which I realize is pretty unfortunate. To make up for this deficiency, I've always pretended to be American. I pretend because it is feels great to be "exceptional" and more civilized than the rest of the world. I pretend because it makes me feel safer to fear others who are different. I pretend because American Republican politicians aren't afraid to demonstrate their overt bigotry by generalizing an entire group of people. Now, it's time to finally stop pretending and fulfill my true destiny.

Criticism of Religion Should Not Lead To Discrimination

Renu Mandhane | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Renu Mandhane

Most Canadians believe that religious discrimination is no longer a problem in contemporary society. Yet, after the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, we have seen a marked spike in hate crimes against Muslims. Less extreme, but likely more pervasive than overt attacks are new stereotypes that view all religious people as inherently backward, less tolerant, less informed, or closed-minded. This is a different form of prejudice that appears to be socially acceptable in our more secular society, and among many otherwise "progressive" or "liberal" individuals.