The recent elections in Quebec (7th April 2014) represent a serious disappointment for supporters of secularism. [...] Nevertheless, analysis of the election results as well as the latest polls show that the PQ’s defeat cannot be explained by a rejection of the Charter [...]
During a recent trip to Europe, I had the pleasure of meeting four members of Koalicja Ateistyczna or Atheist Coalition, a sister organization of ours on Polish soil, located in Warsaw. I was introduced to Marek Łukaszewicz, president of KA, Darek Kedziora, vice-president, Nina Sankari, vice-president and Krzysztof Mlynarczyk.
At first sight, to be anti-religious seems to mean excluding and repressing anything that involves religion or those who believe in or practice a religion. In fact this is not the case because for one thing the word means a personal stance, an inner awareness, a worldview with respect to religious phenomena. It results from a thorough analysis of the history of ideas and concepts linking humanity and nature.
[...] The agnostic individual is probably either a theist who wishes to disassociate himself or herself from churches and religious institutions and yet remains a believer; or he or she is a closeted atheist, one who lacks the will to assume his or her atheism. This form of agnosticism is intellectual prevarication. Indeed, we must recognize that there really is no choice to be made. Atheism is a scientific certainty. Not an absolute certainty such as only religions have the pretension to put forward. Rather, atheism is a certainty beyond all reasonable doubt. [...]
A crucial battle will soon be engaged before the Supreme Court of Canada and your support is essential. Next October, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the appeal of the MLQ whose goal is that the secular nature of public institutions be respected by prohibiting the reciting of prayers at municipal council meetings.