“Canadian Masquerade”

Marco DeRossi, member of the Board of Directors for Atheist Freethinkers/Libres penseurs athées, exercised his right to vote in the 2015 federal election wearing the costume featured in the photo below:


DeRossi shares his experience in an article entitled “Canadian Masquerade“:

Just to set things up for you, Zunera Ishaq is the fundamentalist Muslim woman who, after a two-year legal battle, obtained permission from the Federal Appeal Court to take the citizenship oath while wearing her niqab.

Ms. Ishaq maintains that her battle to wear the niqab while taking the oath is merely a personal choice. However, according to Ms. Tahir Gora of the Canadian Coalition of Progressive Muslim Organizations, Ms. Ishaq is motivated by political considerations. In fact, Zunera Ishaq works as a volunteer for an organization linked to Jamaat-e-Islami, whose military wing is considered to be a terrorist organization. Up until last October 16th, her Facebook profile mentioned that she is a member of Jamaat-e-Islami and a supporter of this Pakistani political party.

Thus, she became a central figure in the 2015 federal election campaign.

In the wake of this court ruling, the Harper government announced that it would appeal to the Supreme Court. However, the other political parties took advantage of this controversy by alleging that it was only a diversion to distract us from real matters of importance. My response to all these antics is that the niqab issue is indeed one of real importance. Furthermore, it raises the question of the radical segregation between women and men, which is incompatible with fundamental democratic principles.

It was in this context that a wave of protest arose. Building on this electoral issue, Caroline Leclerc, a communications and marketing coordinator, used her Facebook page to encourage voters to cast their vote while wearing a face-covering. She succeeded in attracting more than 9000 people who indicated their intention of wearing a mask when going to vote. With a certain degree of sarcasm, Ms. Leclerc declared that:

“It is not those voting with a potato bag or other disguise on their heads who are ridiculous. What is ridiculous is that our laws allow this to occur, and we will denounce that situation.”

I endorsed this cause and went to vote wearing a mask, feeling a little ridiculous and uncomfortably hot; I was nevertheless reassured by the fact that several others had done the same. At the polling station, no-one asked me to remove my mask. I was asked for my driver’s license (with photo?!?) in order to verify the address inscribed on my voter card. I was not asked many questions, nor was there any attempt to verify that I really was the man shown on the driver’s license because no-one saw my face. I asked the people staffing the table if I needed to expose my face, and they replied that that was unnecessary because “we recognize you by your eyes.”

As a result of these events, the consequences of the Federal Appeal Court decision are unacceptable because it is now permissible to present oneself anywhere with the face covered, with no obligation to prove one’s identity. The repercussions of this situation go far beyond a simple masked ball. It will now be possible to defy the Montreal municipal by-law P-6 whose purpose is precisely to prevent street demonstrations with face-coverings.

If there is no longer any requirement to show one’s face for identification purposes, may we from now on have driver’s license (or passport) photos taken while wearing a mask? Such are the consequences of multiculturalism of the Trudeau (father and son!) variety. Now that we are saddled with a government which allows absurdities under the guise of freedom of religion, we are the laughing stock of the world.

A very grim Halloween indeed.


Today, I was alerted to a tweet that reads,

#Asshole in #Ottawa writes crappy #Article insulting #Atheists http://dld.bz/dW3pw #Toronto #Ontario #Vancouver

The tweet gives a link to ‘s website Friendly Atheist and the post  “Christian Evangelist Says There Are No Atheists.”

The “#Asshole” is not in or from Ottawa, Toronto, Ontario or Vancouver. He isn’t even a Canadian. The “#Asshole” is Clint Decker from Great Awakings: The Evangelical Ministry of Clint Decker, born in Poughkeepsie, New York and who, at age 20, “gave his life to Jesus.”

In 2013, the Ottawa Herald gave Clint Decker his own column and on October 10, the the Ottawa Herald published Decker’s latest screed: “There Are No Atheists“:

God the Creator who made us (including all the atheists) put a natural desire within us to seek and know Him. When atheists put a box around themselves, it instinctively sets off a divine internal restlessness.

I challenge every atheist to open the box, step out and seek his or her Creator. You were made to know Him. There is no reason to fear. God loves you and seeks your best for His glory. May Jesus be your hope for today.

What garbage! The Ottawa Herald should be ashamed. The Ottawa Herald has allowed an egomaniac (Decker’s name is incorporated in title of the ministry) to insult 24% of its readers, the 24% of Canadians who identify as having no religion.

There are enough Canadian columnists, radio show hosts and ex-Canadians ready and eager to criticize atheists: we don’t need to import criticism. Canadian atheists don’t appreciate a sermon or advice from a person who is in one of the smallest, tightest boxes of all: Evangelical Christianity.

The Ottawa Herald should apologize for printing Decker’s October 10th column, and Clink Decker should “shut up.”

“God: Fact or Fiction?”

Fact or Fiction

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at, Canada invites you to attend an Interfaith Symposium on Saturday, November 21 in Lindsay, Ontario.

The Symposium will include a 15-20 minute presentation by each speaker followed by a 30 minute Q&A session once all speakers have made their presentations.

Three of the four speakers have been confirmed:

Admission is FREE for the public. However registration is recommended for symposiums, so please register to attend.

John Oliver Tells Us Who Not to Vote For

John Oliver did a pretty funny segment on the Canadian election. My favourite footage was of Justin Trudeau showing someone how to pretend to fall down the stairs and Stephen Harper creepily smiling and telling people how he likes watching Breaking Bad. But, the best is at the end and I won’t spoil it for you – watch it yourselves!

Canada Votes #elexn42

Google Canada  encourages Canadians to vote:


If you haven’t already, make sure you vote today.

CBC’s Peter Mansbridge reminds us,

The last federal election produced a voter turnout of barely 60 per cent. Try to explain that to people in countries where they just won the right to vote. They don’t get it, and neither should we.

Voting hours across Canada local time:

Newfoundland Time: 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Atlantic Time: 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Eastern Time: 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Central Time*: 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mountain Time*: 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Pacific Time: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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