Chevalier de la Barre Day

Today most Canadians will be observing Canada Day. But July 1st is the anniversary of a tragic story in freethought history. Chevalier de la Barre Day is mostly observed by French freethinkers, but I think it’s a day we all need to remember, especially in a country that still has … Continue reading

Raymond de Souza: “Respect for Holy Places is Diminishing”

Raymond J. de Souza, “a Roman Catholic priest and well-known newspaper columnist,” is honoured to have been appointed the inaugural chair of the [External Advisory Committee (EAC)] on religious freedom, which brings together Canadians who know that the religious liberties we have traditionally enjoyed in Canada are increasingly under attack … Continue reading

The Meaning Of Atheism, Part 1: Clearing The Air

Atheists tend to be a gloriously disputatious bunch, which is not surprising for a group united only by rejection of the blandishments and superficial consolations of religion. Atheists, it sometimes appears, are people who can argue about anything – and as if to prove the point, we Canadian Atheist readers … Continue reading

Human Rights Tribunal Fines Alberta Private School for Preventing Students from Praying

I don’t know how I missed the April story about a private school in Alberta, Webber Academy, ordered to pay $26,000 in damages to two students who they prevented from praying in their school. According to the parents of the two students, upon enrollment, they explicitly asked if it would … Continue reading

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