Chris Burke is currently studying Environment and Business at the University of Waterloo. He’s an active member of the Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers of Waterloo student group. In his spare time he enjoys reading and playing music.
Canada and science have had a rocky relationship over the past few years. This relationship reached a point of turmoil when scientists gathered on Parliament Hill to “mourn the death of evidence”.
There are number of reasons people refuse to take action on climate change. It isn't happening; it would damage the economy; it is happening but humans aren't the cause so there's nothing we can do about it; Country X isn't doing anything about it so why should we?—these are some of the common excuses given for inaction. Now we can another one to this list: Belief in the end times.
The National Day of Reason, which took place on May 2nd (yesterday), offers a chance to reflect on secularism. Admittedly, this day doesn't have the same impact up here in America's hat (also known as
Mooseland Canada). Tensions between those who want a more secular society and those who want a society based on religious law aren't as strong in Canada as compared to the U.S.
The image below came across my Facebook newsfeed this morning.
In the wake of Topless Jihad Day, organized by the group known as Femen, Muslim women have come out in protest of the event, declaring Femen to be “white colonial feminists”. What is the reason for this? Why has Femen been received negatively by Muslim women—the very group Femen is supposedly trying to help?