Stripping religion from the public square in the name of diversity

Canada's universities once proudly proclaimed links to faith. But their mottos and intentions have been dangerously watered down

Stripping religion from the public square in the name of diversityWhen I was a younger man, back when Lester Pearson was prime minister and Pluto was still a planet, I attended the University of Saskatchewan. It had a very simple coat of arms: three wheat sheaves and an open book whose pages displayed the motto “Deo et Patriae” – “For God and Country.” Years later,…

Why would we concern ourselves with a mix of sex, law and religion?

The Supreme Court's TWU decision shows once again that when it comes to Canadian courts, sexual rights trump religious ones

Why would we concern ourselves with a mix of sex, law and religion?Two thousand years ago, two small religious groups fought against the prevailing sexual morality of the Roman Empire. Unlike their neighbours, who were permitted to abuse their wives, have sex with their slaves, keep concubines, patronize brothels, attend orgies and leave their unwanted babies out in the open to die, Jews and Christians behaved differently.…

Denying TWU’s law school an affront to democracy

The Supreme Court decision reeks of judicial activism and defies liberty and freedom

Denying TWU’s law school an affront to democracyThe Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 7-2 against Trinity Western University’s proposed new law school. The majority opinion believed it was “proportionate and reasonable” for TWU to limit religious rights and values, so that potential LGBT students could have open access to study law on the campus. With all due respect to the highest…

Religious communities remain an integral part of a healthy society

If we’re not careful, we may recognize too late how critical they are in dealing with the ever-shifting social stresses of modern life

Religious communities remain an integral part of a healthy societyIf any one religious congregation disappeared from your city, would your community and city be better or worse off? There are Canadians who think it would be better if they did disappear, like old relics that have become burdensome, even embarrassing. The think-tank Cardus published the results of research that examined the question through The…

How to bring peace to Palestine

If we want peace and a better future for Palestinians, we must hold Palestinian officials accountable for their anti-peace actions

How to bring peace to PalestineThe Canadian government is sending $25 million of taxpayers’ money to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is uniquely dedicated to supporting Palestine refugees. But does Canada’s financial aid advance the cause of peace or impede it? Some observers say that UNRWA actively supports Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood movement dedicated to the destruction…

It’s the religious who tend most to favour diversity

Non-believers overwhelmingly believe every religious community in Canada, especially Muslims and evangelical Christians, hurt the country

It’s the religious who tend most to favour diversityThroughout autumn, the soup of our multicultural society has almost boiled over with questions about secularism and religion – of what is and isn’t allowed in contemporary public and common Canadian life. Efforts to relegate religious expression and thought to the margins have been ramped up. Those efforts, however, are out of step with broader…

Why Payette was right – and dead wrong

At the core of both science and religion is the human desire to understand that which eludes us, and to make sense of life

Why Payette was right – and dead wrongCanadian Gov. Gen. Julie Payette recently pitted science and religion against each other when she implied that science is rational and religion irrational. While many share this view, I find it narrow and simplistic. Both science and religion shed meaning on human experience, and both play a role in shaping the world. Both are tools…

The age of civility has entered a dangerous time

If you believe our hard-won social norms are worth keeping, you must become truly active to stop this cancer before it metastasizes

The age of civility has entered a dangerous timeCanadians are front-row spectators to the swelling social chaos in the United States, so close that we can feel the heat, sweat and blood. So close, in fact, that we need to worry about collateral damage. Just as the reckless language chosen by that country’s elected leader is – through accident or design – giving…

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 intoleranceBy Brian Giesbrecht Senior Fellow Frontier Centre for Public Policy Recent 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…

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…