Canada Religion

There's No Shame in Shaming An Asshole

Brett Caron | Posted 04.17.2014 | 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 03.18.2014 | 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 03.17.2014 | 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.

Lev Tahor Members Returning To Canada

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Police say nine members of a fringe Jewish sect who fled the country only to be stopped in Trinidad and Tobago will be returned to Canada to...

The Globe and Mail Gets Hindu Fascism Wrong

Prashanth Gopalan | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Prashanth Gopalan

An article published in the Globe and Mail last week lulled readers into thinking that India is struggling to contain a growing Hindu fascist movement, carelessly employing reductionism and omission to present a distorted view of a country that is gaining economic and cultural importance for Canada.

Penguin Books India Gave Up on Freedom of Expression

Prashanth Gopalan | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada
Prashanth Gopalan

Only days ago, news leaked that Penguin Books India had quietly settled a 2011 lawsuit filed against it by a conservative Indian education reform group, which required the publisher to withdraw and destroy all available copies of the Indian edition of University of Chicago professor Wendy Doniger's book The Hindus: An Alternative History.

Halifax Teen Felt 'Degraded' After Gender Separation

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada

When a Muslim man enrolled in Sonja Power's martial arts class, the Halifax teenager had no idea that her hobby of nine years was about to become poli...

Why Did York University Throw Women Under the Bus?

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

I honestly can't think of a major religion that forbids men from meeting in public with a group of women. And honestly, if this restriction existed, how would you even function in the world? Regardless of whether the student's request is legitimate, let's talk about the fact that certain people quite high up in the university's food chain were willing to grant the accommodation that the student was seeking. A secular university -- I seriously cannot stress that point enough -- was more than willing to make an exception based on a religious belief that women were ultimately so different from men that the two genders could not interact in public.

As a Man of God, I See the Value in Atheism

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada Living
Rabbi Ben Hecht

I understand the importance of free thought and the necessity for societies to allow for variant perceptions on God including atheism. It is for this reason that I, as a religious person, strongly advocate for freedom of religion and decry these nations who persecute those who, in the process of thought, arrive at different perspectives.

How the Values Charter Will Affect Quebec's Children

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Imagine your child's favourite teacher. This teacher is known to provide her students with an enriched classroom. Now imagine that this exemplary teacher is a person who subscribes to a religious faith for which she dresses in a particular fashion. Should she remove the outward signs of her faith so that she can keep teaching?

Telling My Kids We Don't Celebrate Christmas

masalamommas | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living
masalamommas

At their age, the best explanation I can give my kids is that we are Muslim and that's why we don't celebrate Christmas. I know that as they get older, I can get into more detail but for now, that will have to suffice. We still wish our friends and neighbours who celebrate a Merry Christmas just as they wish us a Happy Eid when it's our turn and I hope to pass on this respect for other holidays and faiths to our children.

Christmas Brings Christianity Back For Me

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I refuse to be part of any organized Christian sect because my problem, I realized, isn't with God. It's with a lot of his followers. It's why I ended up leaving the church a few years ago. It's why I struggle so much with hatred and disgust when it comes to Christianity.But it changes at Christmas time.

The Charter's Veiled Threat Against Montreal's Muslims

Ramp1885.com | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

Quebec's Muslim women have been threatened -- violence against veiled women has increased dramatically since the Charter debate was introduced. In Quebec, the issue of choice and self-determination around the veil is critical. It would seem, then, that in matters of fashion, religion, and secularism, Montreal's Muslim women are being held to a higher standard by their provincial government. Montreal's young Hijabistas -- and those who support them -- told us what the veil means to them.

The Church Needs to Stop Spiritual Shaming

Lori Gard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

There is a problem with the church today -- a problem that runs deep and wide and long. It's created a chasm actually and an exodus. It's a problem sourced by a history of church practices and traditions that serve to verify its authenticity as real and overt. It's a problem all right. And that problem is shaming, specifically the shaming of people, both Christian and otherwise.

A Politically Correct Nightmare: The School That Cancelled Halloween

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Halloween celebrations are cancelled at one Ontario school. No candy, no costumes, no fun. The reasoning behind this puzzling decision is supposedly one of inclusiveness, according to school administrators. The decision of the school board to cave in to these demands is political correctness on steroids.

Hey, Parti Québécois - It's My Hijab and My Choice

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Are we really the progressive nation that we like to think we are or is it just politically correct terminology that is convenient to use? What kind of nation do we want for our children? One of religious tolerance and understanding or one of intolerance, exclusionism and passing judgment?

Israeli Parliament to Hold Historic Meet at Auschwitz

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Arsen Ostrovsky

On January 27, 2014, the largest-ever delegation of Knesset (Israeli Parliament) members will convene overseas -- on the grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau, together with Holocaust survivors, for a historic gathering on combating anti-Semitism.

"Science Is Not Your Ememy", Steven Pinker

Bill Haines | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

Here is a link to Harvard University Psychology Professor Steven Pinker's now "infamous" essay in the New Republic titled "Science Is Not Your Enemy." "Geeze, who in their right mind would think that science is their enemy?" Memo to self, "Write an essay some day called "The Christian faith is not your enemy."

The Alpha Course - Christianity's Biggest Success

Bill Haines | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

"British Christianity's biggest success story" is what reporter Matthew Bell calls Anglican Minister Nicky Gumbel's Alpha Course, which has been attended by millions of people world wide. The Alpha course is a remarkable phenomena, for a lot of reasons.

My Lost Faith Still Makes Me Furious

Shannon Fisher | Posted 10.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Shannon Fisher

Years ago I found out that someone I love is gay. I was instructed to love the sinner and hate his sin. My fidgeting became loud and urgent. How could I be part of a community that knowingly marginalized? I watched his faith circle adjust to the news of his homosexuality. Christianity framed our world in a way that created this need for a period of mourning over something sacred. Personal. None of our goddamn business.

How Rex Murphy Went from Critic to Crackpot

Graham Templeton | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada
Graham Templeton

Rex Murphy helped shape the way I think. He was a shining example of the type of strong rhetorician that this country rarely produces. Now, he openly deals in hateful diatribes cast down from the pages of the National Post. This means he has become what his critics have incorrectly accused him of being all along: a shallow, reactionary demagogue. And his latest piece will only prove them right.

Don't Worry About Political Correctness - Say What You Feel

Graham Templeton | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada
Graham Templeton

Absolutely nobody benefits from the hateful, idiotic idea that repressing our genuine thoughts and feelings can ever be helpful to anyone -- so say what you feel. If you take a moment to articulate yourself clearly and without aggression, I absolutely guarantee that you'll be rewarded.

Father John and Me

Daniel D. Veniez | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada
Daniel D. Veniez

I was born, baptised and confirmed a Catholic, but I could never relate to the Church. For four straight weeks I attended Father John's 7 a.m. Mass at Saints Peter and Paul in Vancouver in addition to regular Sunday morning Mass. The truth is I knew after my first Mass that I had found my priest at long last.

Why Deny Women Access to the Western Wall?

Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada
Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver

Police barricades blocked hundreds of Women of the Wall supporters, a liberal Jewish women's group, who are demanding equality of worship at the Western Wall. Current customs prevent females from wearing prayer shawls and from praying and reading the Torah aloud, as men are permitted to do.

Heaven and Angels: What's Ailing America

David Martin | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada
David Martin

Three of the top ten books in a recent New York Times nonfiction paperback best sellers list included the word "heaven" in the title: "Proof of Heave...