The Trouble with Islam? Or the Trouble with Muslims?

Sheema Khan had an interesting article in the Globe today, on the need for Islam to reform to reflect the 21st century in light of the recent incident in Sudan where a young pregnant woman, Meriam Yahya Ibrahim,  was sentenced to death for the crime of apostasy, allegedly for abandoning her Islamic faith to become a Christian.  Ms. Ibrahim has since been released, no doubt due to the massive international backlash her sentence triggered. In her piece, Ms. Khan tries to make the case that sentencing Mr. Ibrahim to death for apostacy is not in accordance with “true” Islam, and only by returning to the true roots of Islam can Muslims advance into the 21st century.    In doing so, however, she (unintentionally, no doubt) makes a damning critique both of modern Islam and modern Muslims. Continue reading “The Trouble with Islam? Or the Trouble with Muslims?”

Law Society of Upper Canada Sticks it to Christians… and the Law

I guess being the Law Society of Upper Canada (the “LSUC“) means you aren’t compelled to comply with silly little rules… like the law.  How else can one explain the appalling decision of the LSUC to refuse to accredit the proposed new law school at Trinity Western University (“TWU“)?

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It’s Groundhog Day in Quebec

Remember that movie “Groundhog Day“? An arrogant weatherman, played by Bill Murray finds himself living through groundhog day over and over, until he finally mends his ways?  I kind of feel like that with Quebec.

About this time last year, I had a post about the Party Québécois’ (the “PQ“) proposal to prohibit Quebec civil servants from displaying religious symbols at work, well, other than crucifixes (see Secularism – Iran Style).  Well, here we are, a year later, and guess what, we have a post about a new PQ proposal to ban all religious headwear and dress by public sector workers in Quebec (which, given that Quebec’s public sectors is massively bloated is half the work force).  Sigh. Continue reading “It’s Groundhog Day in Quebec”

Why do self-described “human rights” activists act like assholes?

First, we had the story of Faith McGregor, the woman who insists on compelling a barber to cut her hair, in violation of his (seemingly) sincere religious beliefs.  Then, we had the story of Arun Smith, the “7th year human rights student” (and, already, my nominee for ass clown of the year for 2013) who “promotes” human rights by violently suppressing the speech of others.  Now, we have Ashu Solo, a self-described atheist, who has filed a human rights complaint against the city of Saskatoon, because a city counsellor said grace before a volunteer appreciation banquet.  If the name sounds familiar, he had previously filed a complaint seeking to bar Saskatoon from running “Merry Christmas” signs on its buses.   Continue reading “Why do self-described “human rights” activists act like assholes?”

The Republicans Need The “Rubio Rules”

In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Marco Rubio was asked how old he thought the Earth was.  His answer is an object lesson in how not to answer stupid questions. 

I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.

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Classic Bob – In this Battle Over a Niqab, I don’t know who to cheer for!

In light of the fiasco that is the Parti Quebecois‘ proposal  to turn Quebec into arguably the least tolerant jurisdiction in North America to impose controversial restrictions on language and religious displays, I thought this older piece might be appropriate.  It arose from this story about a Muslim woman who was told to remove her Niqab if she wanted to attend a French language/civics class, because, among other things, the teacher couldn’t see her lips to ensure she was learning French properly.  In response, she filed a human rights complaint with the Quebec human rights tribunal. Enjoy!

I’m never sure who to cheer for in these cases.

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World’s Crappiest Countries – Pakistan Edition

Part of me wants to feel bad for picking on Pakistan.  It is, after all, one of the world’s crappiest countries.  It probably doesn’t need to be reminded of that fact.  But then I read this story and, yeah, it needs to be reminded of the fact.

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Secularism – Iran Style

I was reading Chris Selley’s piece about the gong show that is the Quebec election, and how Quebec somehow manages to maintain policies, attitudes and opinions that anywhere else in Canada (and the rest of the civilized world) would be beyond the pale of polite society.  But the Party Quebecois’ (the “PQ”) latest proposal takes the cake.

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