Canada Religion

Pope Francis' Visit To Egypt A Step Toward Peace In Middle East

Carl Hétu | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Carl Hétu

Pope Francis' visit to Egypt April 28-29 is important, as the direction the country takes - peace or continued volatility - will greatly impact the entire region. If Egypt can become a model of stability through interfaith dialogue, reconciliation and a desire to work for the common good, it may very well be the road map to lasting peace in the Middle East.

6 Ways Christians Are Marking Earth Day 2017

Karri Munn-Venn | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Living
Karri Munn-Venn

As more and more Christian faith communities are coming to understand care for creation as central to their spiritual mission, ecological and climate justice are featuring prominently in the ways they live out their faith and celebrate seasons like Lent and Easter.

After Religion And The 'Woo-Woo': Now What?

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada
G. Elijah Dann

Recently a friend sent me an article that fascinated me. It's penned by a woman with a similar religious upbringing, and, having abandoned "the faith,...

Anti-Islamophobia Motion Shows World What Canadians Stand For

Richad Hirani | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Richad Hirani

Canada has sent a powerful message that reverberates across all factions: Canada stands with Muslims. This is what M-103 accomplishes. And this is the kind of religious tolerance and inclusiveness that make Canada a model for diversity around the world.

Abortion Debate Poisoned By 'Pro-Choice' And 'Pro-Life' Labels

James Di Fiore | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Living
James Di Fiore

Abortion is probably the most divisive, complex issue in modern times. Perhaps, by erasing the pro-choice/pro-life labels, we can succumb to a more rational, less polarized dialogue where demonization becomes a relic from the past.

Canada Can Show The World What Strength In Diversity Really Means

Mohammad-Reza Ghovanloo | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Living
Mohammad-Reza Ghovanloo

It is hard to not be inspired when the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that "to those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength." It is time for Canada to lead by example yet again.

Religious Clothing Ban Would Only Widen Divide In Quebec Society

Mike Medeiros | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Mike Medeiros

There is quite simply no objective evidence to support that such a ban would help intergroup relations in Quebec. On the contrary - a ban on religious clothing is likely to accentuate the detachment felt by members of religious minorities, and other cultural minorities, towards Quebec society.

The Tactics Of Racism Will Not Work For Anti-Racists

Lauryn Oates | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Living
Lauryn Oates

I'm a white woman who has spent my life advocating for women's rights in Afghanistan. Unapologetic for my lack of shared ethnicity with those I have strived to defend, I've heard an array of logic-bending criticisms, from subtle critiques veiled in the buzzwords of post-modernism, like the suggestion that all development workers inherently occupy a 'hegemonic' position, to less creative and cruder name calling.

We Need To All Push Forward For Peace

Carl Hétu | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Impact
Carl Hétu

On January 30, I joined 300 Muslims and Christians who gathered at the Gatineau mosque. At the invitation of Archbishop Paul-André Durocher Catholics and Muslims started talking to each other -- embracing, shaking hands and some even hugging -- to find human beings that needed one another in this time of crisis.

We Must Understand The Necessary Distinctions Within A Religion

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

I am horrified by what happened in Quebec last week. Innocent people were killed and injured because someone indolently grouped together all sub-groupings of a faith into one broad category. The answer, however, will not be found in just ignoring the existence of such sub-groupings who are persecutors.

To The Kim Burrells Of The World, It's Time To Let Love Win

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

As I watched the saga surrounding Kim Burrell's homophobic sermon unfold over the last week, I made several attempts to speak about it and could not. Why? Because I was afraid of what might have come out of my big lesbian mouth. I was too furious to write and I wanted this piece to reflect the ideals of my rainbow family.

Dear Pakistan, When Will You Stop The Persecution Of Ahmadis?

Jari Qudrat | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Jari Qudrat

This persecution has personally affected me and continues to cause me great pain, grief and sorrow. I'd like to fall in love with Pakistan again, but something holds me back. It seems to be fear of continuing to lose those that I love most. And so, I have to ask, O Pakistan, when will you stop?

Toronto Police Chaplain's Sexist Views Don't Define My Islam

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Concerns have been recently raised about the Muslim Toronto police chaplain on his personal views about women and marriage. Officer Musleh Khan's viewpoints come across as strongly patriarchal and infantalizing of women.

The Best Places In The World To Celebrate Diwali

Booking.com | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Travel
Booking.com

Diwali is one of the biggest and most beautiful celebrations in India. Marking Hindu New Year, this ancient five day festival celebrates the triumph of light over dark and good over evil. Witness incredible light displays, mesmerising fireworks and symbolic burning of candles, while families get together to feast and share gifts. This year Diwali is celebrated from October 30th and we've put together some of our favourite destinations to celebrate this one of a kind festival.

Banning Religious Attire Will Only Create More Division In Society

Jack Jedwab | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

It's too much to ask French citizens to explain how banning the burkini in any way diminishes security threats. If bans on religious attire that are so popular in France were indeed so constructive in the fight against terrorism why are the levels of anxiety continually on the rise in the country?

Turkish President Erdogan Wrong To Blame Man Of Prayer For Coup

Gregory Baum | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Gregory Baum

I am appalled by the accusation of Turkey's president, Mr. Erdogan, singling out Rev. Fethullah Gülen as instigator of the recent military putsch. I am appalled because I am familiar with the work of this Turkish sage, have studied his thought and learned how he understands his mission in society.

Many Canadians Don't Realize They're Part Of A Majority-Minority

Jack Jedwab | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

There are multiple ways to identify as a minority in Canada with language, ethnic, religious and/or racial/racialized status amongst the principal basis. Even if in certain situations you identify as a minority, that may not be how you're seen by others and/or how you feel in day-to-day interaction.

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 05.20.2017 | 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.