Reading Time: 2 minutes More than a third of Canadians have no religious affiliation, according to new census data released by Statistics Canada, the nation’s statistical agency. The 34.6% of Canadian “Nones” more than doubles the 16.5% who fell into the same category in 2001, revealing a trend that has yet to plateau. The agency says the change cannot […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes Although nonreligion is now an established area of scholarship in North America and Western Europe, most nonreligion research focuses on white atheists. Little is known about non-white people who self-identify as atheists, leaving research in this area glaringly incomplete. To address this issue, I chose to examine the experiences of Indigenous people in Canada. I […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes When American university and college students try to deny “free speech” platforms to arch-conservative opinion leaders they consider dangerous purveyors of bigotry, or just shout them down, right-wing complaints of suppression are swift and virulent. The constant trope is that American higher education institutions are controlled by “woke,” “liberal” academics and students who want to […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes An attempt to get rid of the ritualistic prayer that opens up House of Commons sessions in Canada’s Parliament was voted down yesterday despite strong arguments against the tradition. The history of the House of Commons prayer The 30-second prayer that opens up those sessions has been around since 1877. It was only minimally modified […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes A new poll has some Canadians looking askance at their own constitution. Canada has a long, conflicted relationship between God and country. Like our neighbor to the south, our government is ostensibly secular, our history is rooted in religion, and our people are at the moment rapidly turning away from the church. Recent polling shows […]
Reading Time: 7 minutes I’ll never forget my confusion, as a Canadian in Colombia in 2018, when I first visited Museo Casa de la Memoria. In Medellín’s “memory house”, a video explained that Colombia had more history with peace than any other country. I’d been raised to believe in Canada’s strong commitment to “peace, order, and good government.” Surely […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadian truckers protesting vaccine mandates have paralyzed Ottawa, blocking streets throughout the Canadian capital and setting up tents and other rough shelters. The truckers have also blocked key US border crossings across states such as Michigan and Montana. The truckers share a number of characteristics with right-wing populists in the United States: they are furious […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes Breanna and Peter Phipps are ready to help others leave their religious bubbles.
Reading Time: 6 minutes If this isn’t a cult, then I don’t know what is.
Reading Time: 4 minutes WE’VE seen this story before, all too many times. A mass grave containing the remains of 215 children has been found in Canada at a former residential school set up to assimilate indigenous people. The children were students at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia that closed in 1978. What does that mean, […]