The emerging post-secular society

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

The emerging post-secular societyCurrent 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 said to be in retreat, even facing outright defeat. There is certainly no question religion has gone from a private good to a public bad. Thirty…

Compromise not creed is the way to solve public prayer debate

Both sides in the Saguenay, QC dispute more intent on proclaiming a creed than reaching a workable solution

Compromise not creed is the way to solve public prayer debateIt’s time to make compromises when it comes to freedom of conscience and religion, as a nine-year legal battle over a prayer in Saguenay, Que., demonstrates. Briefly, Jean Tremblay, the Catholic mayor of Saguenay, and his council began their meetings with the traditional Catholic sign of the cross, followed by a prayer. This made Alain…

Supreme Court strikes balance between religious and non-religious beliefs

The State cannot privilege either religious or non-religious beliefs to the detriment of the other

Supreme Court strikes balance between religious and non-religious beliefsBefore the Supreme Court’s recent Saguenay decision becomes shorthand for assaults on religious freedom in Canada, the point needs making that it is a thoughtful, fair-minded, and overall welcome ruling. As with any judgment that must walk the fraught line between faith and politics, there are some findings that should properly raise warning flags. But,…

The specter of secular stagnation

But our preoccupation with secular stagnation may be overly pessimistic

The specter of secular stagnationThe chronic low growth and slow recoveries of world economies since 2009 has re-ignited speculation that we are in the midst of a period of exceptionally low economic growth or what has been termed ‘secular stagnation,’ particularly in Europe and America where average annual growth rates in real GDP have been on the decline since…