Demystifying the Gallagher Index

I’ve written before about how important electoral reform is to secularists, humanists, atheists, and freethinkers, and since then it has become a major political issue. The most recent debacle had former Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef trying to dazzle Canadians with math, and make an important electoral metric – the … Continue reading

Secularism and bigotry confused once again in student prayer debate

There’s been a dispute roiling in the Peel District School Board over prayer in the public schools… but not the school prayer dispute we’re used to. Usually when the topic of prayer in public schools comes up, the standard secularist line is that the students are free to pray all … Continue reading

Using the Freedom of Thought Report

I have been covering the International Humanist and Ethical Union’s Freedom of Thought Report since its first edition in 2012, and every year, without fail, someone complains about its focus. In the past I have repeatedly explained why the report’s narrow focus makes sense. This year, I’m going one step … Continue reading

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch brings up an ideological purity test for refugees

With a legacy characterized by Canada’s worst human rights record in the modern era, utter disdain for the environment, the proroguing of Parliament (twice), and the muzzling of scientists, I think all progressive-minded Canadians are quite happy to see the back of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Surely whoever we … Continue reading

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