How the notion of the atheist Muslim can derail intolerance

Author Ali A. Rizvi is dedicated to bringing about an Islamic enlightenment. We must listen if we want to deal with the very real menace of radical Islam

How the notion of the atheist Muslim can derail intoleranceRecent criticism of Parliament’s decision to condemn “Islamophobia” has generated many responses. Some argued that criticizing the intolerance within Islam is anti-Muslim bigotry. Some said that criticizing a person’s religion is wrong. Hot off the press comes an important book, written by a Muslim, explaining why defending radical Islam is wrong. The book, The Atheist…

How school systems respond to the pressure to be inclusive

Fundamental to human rights in Canada is access to a public education system that offers choice and quality to the taxpayers who pay for it

How school systems respond to the pressure to be inclusiveChoice and opportunity should be fundamental to public education, but sometimes the argument gets muddied by peculiar personal perspectives. We’ve seen an unprecedented movement in Canadian publicly-supported schools to accommodate the needs and rights of minority groups such as LGBTQ, with the introduction of gender-neutral bathrooms and curriculum updates. Social justice issues have taken up…

Treating everyone the same is bad for learning

The solution is not to opt for the lowest common denominator but instead to expand the levels of genuine school choice for students and parents

Treating everyone the same is bad for learningThe best teachers, the best schools, and the best education systems have caught on to something that parents already know: treating everyone the same works against growth and development. A small grassroots coalition called One Public Education Now (OPEN) is calling for the elimination of the separate Catholic school system in Ontario, claiming that doing…

When in Rome … the value of gestures of respect

Not only does following St. Ambrose's advice eliminate cause for offence, it opens eyes to the diversity of belief and practice that informs the lives of others

When in Rome … the value of gestures of respectWhen in Rome, do as the Romans do. St. Ambrose, who was bishop of Milan in 387 AD, gets credit for the saying. He was responding to a question from St. Augustine. Augustine’s mother Monica, who had travelled from Rome, noticed that Christians in Milan didn’t fast on Saturday, as was the custom in Rome. She…

Could the popularity of halal food help curtail Islamophobia?

The increased popularity of halal foods could help to offset the mounting cases of hatred towards Islam

Could the popularity of halal food help curtail Islamophobia?How do we reconcile the growing popularity of halal foods in North America with the increasing number of attacks on mosques and the dreadful shootings in Quebec City? In the United States alone, more than 120 mosques have been attacked in the last two years. Regrettably, we're seeing the same pattern in Canada. But as…

The fine line between liberalism and intolerance

The Law Society of British Columbia crossed the line in its opposition to Trinity Western University's request to establish a faith-based law school

The fine line between liberalism and intoleranceSometimes a well-intentioned defense of one group’s rights becomes an expression of intolerance towards another group. Such is the case with the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) and Trinity Western University. TWU is a privately-funded, evangelical Christian university seeking to establish a faith-based law school. TWU has faced an uphill battle since it first…

Nice attack symptomatic of an evolving Islamic State

With the tide turning against it on the battlefield, ISIS is returning to a campaign of indiscriminate urban violence

Nice attack symptomatic of an evolving Islamic StateFor the first time since the Islamic State (ISIS) announced its worldwide caliphate on June 30, 2014, it appears that the tide is finally starting to turn against it. Already, however, there are growing signs of how the Islamic State will adapt should it lose control of all, or a significant portion, of its core…

Punishing someone for who they are perverse

Religion implicated in homophobia that led to the killings in Orlando

Punishing someone for who they are perverseSexuality is not a matter of choice. One's sexual orientation is decided by nature. Punishing someone for something they have no control over is perverse. So why do so many hold homophobic views, and why do some, like the Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, act on those views? In my opinion, religion is heavily implicated…

It’s time for all-out war on Islamic terrorism

All western democracies need to come to the realization that this evil presence must be removed from the face of the Earth

If the worst mass shooting in U.S. history isn’t the wake-up call that western democracies need to bring down radical Islamic terrorism once and for all, I don’t know what is. Sunday’s terrible attack at an Orlando, Fla.-based gay night club, Pulse, left 49 people dead and another 53 people injured. What was their supposed crime?…

Silent Night for Christians facing genocide

Christians experience religious persecution more than any other faith group on a global scale and in absolute numbers

Silent Night for Christians facing genocideThere was good news and bad news around an open letter released in Ottawa recently. The bad news was the letter concerned the persecution of about 230 million Christians worldwide faced with “daily threats of murder, beating, imprisonment, and torture.” An estimated 400 million more Christians face appalling discrimination in housing and jobs. The good…