Notre Dame inferno a towering metaphor for modern society

A building like the great cathedral casts us moderns, who think we’re so smart, in a pallid light

Notre Dame inferno a towering metaphor for modern societyFire destroyed much of Notre Dame de Paris on Monday. The loss is impossible to calculate. Whatever rebuilding efforts the French government and the Catholic church mount, the building will never be what it was. It’s almost best that they leave the ruins as they are. But rebuild they must. I visited Notre Dame once.…

Religious freedom benefits everyone

But hard secularism and the marginalization of some Canadians are reducing our deep pluralism and chipping away at our freedoms

Religious freedom benefits everyoneIt’s a safe bet that Asia Bibi – a Christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy charges in Pakistan but still facing mob violence – would say religious freedom makes Canada a better country. Indeed, it’s because Canada enjoys religious freedom that this country may even grant her asylum. Chances are that Muslim Rohingyas fleeing Burma or…

Make room for religious diversity in the workplace

Banning Quebec frontline civil servants from wearing religious symbols would show obstinate and dangerous secularism

Banning Quebec frontline civil servants from wearing religious symbols, as premier-designate François Legault intends to do, would be socially regressive. Imposing this kind of flinty and obstinate secularism squashes the very diversity most politicians claim to value and support. It’s also out of step with the growing awareness among the business community that religious diversity…

Freedom of religion disappearing in Canada

What we have in its place is a gospel of the secular, as interpreted by unelected judges and a feminist prime minister

Freedom of religion disappearing in CanadaFreedom of religion is guaranteed to all Canadians in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter has taken two major blows recently – one from a policy change implemented by the federal government, the second from the Supreme Court of Canada. The first blow came when the government announced that any group wishing to…

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…

Are Canada’s public schools truly for everyone?

The Saskatchewan ruling gives provinces the impetus to explore the alternatives to forcing children into secular public education

Are Canada’s public schools truly for everyone?TORONTO, Ont., May 3, 2017 /Troy Media/ – It's time to go back to the drawing board on public funding for education. In Saskatchewan, a recent ruling by a Court of Queen's Bench justice was meant to end a 12-year legal battle between public and Catholic school administrations. But Premier Brad Wall’s announcement that the province…

Smudging ceremony crosses line into realm of the sacred

When a school begins to talk about cleansing spirits, it's moving away from something that's strictly cultural into the realm of the sacred

Smudging ceremony crosses line into realm of the sacredTRAIL, B.C. Dec. 1, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Imagine if a public school put up a nativity scene to teach students the Christian view of Christmas, and invited a priest to bless the figurines, the school and the school community. Parents would accuse the school of promoting Christian beliefs. They would see the blessing as an…

The best faith-based response to physician-assisted suicide

Canadians need quality, accessible palliative care, not a quick end to life

The best faith-based response to physician-assisted suicide// assisted suicide assisted suicide [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/the-best-faith-based-response-to-physician-assisted-suicide/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/health-suicide/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]assisted suicide[/popup] and [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/palliative-care/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]palliative care[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] TRAIL, B.C. Feb. 3, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Physician-assisted suicide is coming soon to a health-care institution near you, and you won't…

Why Christmas matters in a secular society

Its message of goodwill towards all people is ultimately in the best interest of a multicultural society

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The emerging post-secular society

It's premature to declare the debates led by social conservatives over

The emerging post-secular societyDownload this column on a post-secular society for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use HAMILTON, ON Jul 10, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Current wisdom has it that the age-old debate between order and freedom is essentially resolved. Champions of the former – so-called social conservatives and traditional religious believers – are…