Openly Secular and Openly Atheist

Openly Secular

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It will come as no surprise to readers of Canadian Atheist that I am an atheist, openly secular and very comfortable about telling anyone who asks, or doesn’t ask, about my secular/atheist identity. So I am naively surprised by the need for an Openly Secular Day.

Hemant Mehta at Friendly Atheist asks his readers,

Openly Secular Day is April 23: Can You Come Out to Just One Person?

The Openly Secular website asks people to take the “Tell One Person Pledge”:

I Pledge to Tell One Person that I am Openly Secular, or that I support secular persons.

I will engage in enlightening, constructive conversation about my identity so that I may be a role model of secularism to my community, dispel myths about the secular, and promote positive change for how secular persons are viewed and treated in society.

Openly Secular also has a message for those who are reluctant to be openly secular:

It can be hard to be open about your secular identity, and it’s okay not to be if you’re in a position where being open would be detrimental to your well being. However, there is no better way to combat the stigma of being secular than by being open about it. . . .  By pledging to Tell One Person, you can help make the world more accepting for those who may not be able to be openly secular right now.

If you can, please tell one person that you are Openly Secular. If you are an atheist or secular, but you feel you can’t be open about your identity, then tell one person or many that you support secularists.

Could I please have some chemicals in my food?

I recently bought a bag of cat litter, and noticed that it was labelled “chemical-free”. So I guess it’s really made of magic fairy granules? (I would have said “magic fairy dust”, but it was labelled “dust-free” also.) Then there was the time I ran across some “chemical-free” sunscreen – … Continue reading

“Two Niqabs”

This editorial cartoon by Tim Dolighan was featured in the “Comment” section of the Peterborough Examiner (print edition) on Thursday, March 19, 2015: What do you think: is the niqab a symbol of oppression or a symbol of freedom?

McGill University Supports Secular Values and Nixes Request for Separate Gym Hours

You may be aware that recently Soumia Allalou, a 23-year-old McGill University Law student, approached her student union concerning the university’s gym. Ms. Allalou was shocked to learn that there were no plans to institute women only hours at the gym and wanted this to change. According to the CBC, … Continue reading

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