Here’s your Canadian Atheist Weekly Update for 22-Oct-2016 to 28-Oct-2016.
The story leading up to Mouvement laïque québécois v Saguenay (City) spans almost 10 years, but it had a rather peculiar arc. After winning victories in Québec’s Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Tribunal, everything suddenly went sideways when the case reached Québec’s Court of Appeal. What went wrong, and … Continue reading
Before discussing the technicalities of Mouvement laïque québécois v Saguenay (City), I think it is important to know where it came from. Understanding its genesis will not only help frame the discussion of the judgment and its implications, it’s an interesting story in its own right about a fellow unbeliever … Continue reading
Full disclosure: As David Rand says, I am David’s “friend and colleague” and a member of Atheist Freethinkers. However, if I thought David’s points about the way Canadian Atheist and the rest of Canada (ROC) criticizes Quebec and Quebec secularism were unfair, I would not hesitate to say so. In … Continue reading
Update September 8 @6:05 PM EDT Sean McGuire, who thinks “Quebec’s Proposed Anti-Hate Speech Bill Is Cause For Concern” has posted on the bill again. This time to announce, “Richard Dawkins Weighs In Against Quebec ‘Anti-Hate’ Bill-59” In a tweet, Dawkins says, Quebec Blasphemy Law. As ignominious as “useful idiots” … Continue reading
On June 10th, the Quebec government tabled Bill 62: “An Act to foster adherence to state religious neutrality and, in particular, to provide a framework for religious accommodation requests in certain bodies” (commonly called the neutrality bill) and Bill 59: “An Act to enact the Act to prevent and combat hate … Continue reading