If I cannot give consent to my own death, whose body is this? Who owns my life?

“If I cannot give consent to my own death, whose body is this? Who owns my life?” said Sue Rodriguez in 1991 when she asked legislators to change the law to allow for assisted suicide. It is Rodriguez’s weak voice I hear when I listen to the groups who oppose the Supreme Court’s … Continue reading

Makayla Sault Died Because Canada’s Institutions Failed Her

I’ve been remiss in submitting articles for Canadian Atheist recently; I’ve been busy with a new job and all the new appointments that result when you discover a new health issue. This all means I missed the opportunity to comment on the death of Makayla Sault, the First Nation’s girl … Continue reading

The Cruelness of Christian Based Laws and the Hope Christians Will Help Change Them

Saturday November 1,  29-year-old Brittany Maynard ended her life.  She made certain to point out that her death was not suicide because she wanted to live (more on this below). You may have heard Brittany’s story: newly wed to her husband, Daniel Diaz, in September 2012 and diagnosed with a rare … Continue reading

Pankaj Mishra Takes On The Eschatology Of Liberal Democracy

The expectation of a fairly imminent Second Coming persists in certain quarters. In other quarters, it was replaced in the last century by almost equally millenarian notions about an imminent global triumph of secular liberal democracy, although the geopolitical turbulence of recent years has at least dampened such expectations. The … Continue reading

Sam Harris on Big Think: Divorcing Mindful Meditation From Religion

Some atheists are uncomfortable with Sam Harris because he practices meditation and uses the word “spiritual”; this allocates him to the woo pile of public figures, along with Deepak Chopra and Oprah. Truth be told, I can’t stand the word “spiritual” either but I accept the context in which Sam … Continue reading

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