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Weekly Review of Canadian Secularism for June 19

International

Quebec grants Raif Badawi an immigration certificate. Discussed at My Secret Atheist Blog and the Friendly Atheist.

Quebec

A discussion on secularism and religious apparel with respect to the Quebec Liberal’s proposed bill at My Secret Atheist Blog. More discussion over at Ricochet Media.

Ontario

OHIP will not cover unscientific ‘conversion therapy’ that seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. From the Toronto Star. Previously discussed in the National Post.

City Council Prayer

Over at Canadian Atheist, Veronica Abbass responds to an opinion piece about how to run a secular society with the Yes God vs No God divide.

Rational Governance

A secular Canada means government based on reason and evidence. This week the Military’s top official, Chief of Defense Staff Tom Lawson said they are dealing sexual misconduct. However, he parted from proven science to say “it’s because [men are] biologically wired in a certain way and there will be those who believe it is a reasonable thing to press themselves and their desires on others. It’s not the way it should be.”

There is no scientific underpinning to the idea that men are programmed to harass people. We are not proverbial animals driven exclusively by emotion or instinct. The biggest problem is that the military does nothing about the problem.

Two great parodies I’d like to mention: Satirical news site The Beaverton ran with the headline “Report: Canadian General biologically wired to ignore sexual assault.” I also saw a tweet that parodied the idea that women are too emotional to be in the military. It said that if this hardwiring is the case, that men are too emotional or animalistic, perhaps men are not fit for military service.

Federal Election

Over at Canadian Atheist, they are looking for more questions we should be asking federal candidates in our ridings.


An earlier version of this article seemed to imply that humans were not animals, or that humans are not driven by emotion or instinct. It has been reworded to clarify the distinction between scientific animals, of which humans are, and proverbial animals which is most of the rest of the animal kingdom. It also has been clarified that emotions and instincts definitely play a part in our decision making process.

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2 thoughts on “Weekly Review of Canadian Secularism for June 19

  1. “We are not animals driven by emotion or instinct.”

    Actually, the science (not to mention the daily news) proves exactly that.

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    1. Thank you. I have updated the article. I meant, of course, the proverbial animals. Another way of saying it is that unlike most other animals, we are capable of overcoming many of our emotional and instinctual inclinations with effort.

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