Canada Religion

Why Are Women Embracing Vesta and Contemporary Paganism?

Debra Macleod | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

The rediscovery of ancient faiths like Vesta, as well as other pre-Christian polytheistic belief systems, has been skyrocketing for years now. And wh...

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

Allyson Eamer | Posted 05.11.2015 | 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.

When Religions Preach Discrimination Are Their Freedoms Worth Protecting?

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Rabbi Ben Hecht

If a religion preaches discrimination against another? Would not supporting freedom of religion, in this case, be then a force for discrimination? While many people may not recognize this -- or wish to recognize this -- this was also a real concern when the concept of freedom of religion first arose in force. Is a religious practice inherently discriminatory or is this possible discrimination simply a side-result of the action, essentially undertaken for other reasons? The fact is that rights of individuals often invariably collide.

When the Kids of Religious and Atheist Parents Meet on the Playground

Buzz Bishop | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Buzz Bishop

I don't talk about religion in our home. Or, at least, I try not to. This is how it works for everything. From bedtimes to toys to language to diet, you can set up the rules how you like them in your house, but once your kids get out in the real world, the rule book is out the window. But when your kids and my kids go to school, those different rules mix.

Should Freedom of Religion Trump the Charter's Equality Rights?

Blake Bromley | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The Supreme Court of Canada has held that the Quebec government is infringing on the religious freedom of Loyola High School to require it to teach the Christianity portion of this course from a neutral, rather than a Christian, perspective. The Supreme Court of Canada has effectively held that the Charter's fundamental freedom of religion provision trumps the Charter's equality rights.

True Democracies Protect Everyone's Freedom of Expression

Lauryn Oates | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Lauryn Oates

Democracies must protect freedom of expression, which includes the right to blaspheme. Freedom of expression and the right to dissent is either for everybody or for nobody, or the principal falls apart entirely.

All Religious People Aren't the Same

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

Within the English language, the term for God is exactly that, a term. Without a capital letter, god refers to the pagan deities of idolatry, the supe...

Satire and Gods of Suburbia

Charlene Sayo | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Charlene Sayo

Satirizing religious and political affairs must be done, not only to deepen social consciousness and inspire action, but to reach out to those not easily swayed by abstruse theory and rhetoric.

Why You Should Appreciate Life in the GTA

Blair Mlotek | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Blair Mlotek

People are always going on about how Canadians aren't patriotic enough, saying that Canada doesn't have something to identify it. They think that sinc...

How to Hit the Spiritual "Reset Button" in Your Life

Debra Macleod | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

As a couples mediator, January is always an extra-busy month for my practice. There is always a wave of clients seeking to improve their relationships and family lives so that the new year is a happier one than the old year was. They want to hit the reset button in their lives.

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.

If Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad Lived In 2014

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 11.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver photographer Dina Goldstein is no stranger to stirring the pot. You may not know her by name, but you've likely seen her photos. Goldstei...

Criticizing Religious Beliefs Doesn't Make You a Bigot

Nishaan Sharma | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada Living
Nishaan Sharma

When we, as atheists, say that Islam is the problem with the Middle East, we aren't saying that Muslims as people are the issue, we really are saying that the root of the crisis is the system of ancient, outmoded beliefs. Belief in Allah is not merely an identity marker, it is a belief that is acted upon, and criticizing this belief doesn't make one a racist.

Do Evil People Know That They're Evil?

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Living
Rabbi Ben Hecht

The fact is that for such a 'religious' person, what they determine to be ethical comes from a system that may be totally independent from other systems. This can make dialogue effectively impossible for there is no point of connection. What these people accept as right or wrong is solely what the 'deity' in which they believe defines as right or wrong.

What Falls Between Agnostic and Atheist?

David Martin | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Living
David Martin

From where I'm sitting, there's a huge yawning gap between agnostic and atheist. Just as any modern religion has a wealth of sects to cover all manner of religious permutations and combinations, those of little or no faith should have a myriad of options, too.

B.C. Man Fights To Wear Colander In Driver's Licence Pic

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 08.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A B.C. man is fighting for his right to wear a pasta strainer on his head in his driver's licence photo, arguing that it is his religious freedom to d...

How to Tackle Religious Prejudice

Maëlle Turbide | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Living
Maëlle Turbide

We need social reflection on the topic of religion to be able to separate superstition, fanaticism, and ignorance from legitimate expressions of religion. In learning about what true religion is, we can benefit from what it can contribute towards the progress of humanity and curb acts of ignorance and fundamentalism that are carried out in its name.

Is There Such a Thing as a Taboo Anymore?

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Living
Naomi Elana Zener

Is there such a thing as a taboo topic anymore? I, alongside many other people, was raised to believe that there are certain subjects that are simply verboten to discuss, namely the trifecta of taboos: sex, politics, and religion.

What I Learned This Week: The Foolproof Secret to Going Viral

Andy Nulman | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

"How do I make my YouTube video/Facebook post/blog post/etc. go viral?" I was asked it twice last week alone. By now, one would think that people would realize that there's no magic formula. So in an effort to satisfy inquiring minds, and to finally bring closure to the topic, I have come up with the foolproof, two-step path to Virality.

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.

A Faith-Based Law School? Now There's an Oxymoron

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Kolby Solinsky

Pushers for Trinity Western and its faith-based law school -- which is an oxymoron up there with civil war and old news -- would like you to believe this whole deal is about religious freedom. How can any law school be able to create, foster, and spit out our next generation of lawyers when it doesn't hold our values? Not just Canadian values but simple human-to-human values.

There's No Shame in Shaming An Asshole

Brett Caron | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada
Brett Caron

Who cares if an asshole is feeling ostracized for being an asshole? Isn't that sort of the point? If they stew on it and distance themselves from other people, that's a win. Who wants to spend time with an asshole? If they revisit their thinking in order to avoid being shamed again, so much the better; either way, we lose one asshole.

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 World Needed the Return of 'Cosmos'

Dr. Raywat Deonandan | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada TV
Dr. Raywat Deonandan

This past week, the much lauded TV show Cosmos made its return to the small screen. Back in 1980, I was a 13-year-old immigrant kid, youngest in a busy, working class household of seven people, and attending a Toronto inner city middle school that was not exactly a model of academic excellence. Enter into that world Carl Sagan.