The taboo of fiscal secularism

By Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin Former mayor of Gatineau (2013-2021) La Presse, Montreal, February 15, 2024 Radio-Canada’s programme Enquête recently highlighted the fact that while religious organisations are increasingly short of faithful, they are not short of money. The congregations that were the subject of the Enquête report alone have assets worth nearly a billion dollars. The […]

The sex of our angels

From Jean-François Lisée’s blog Published on 06/19/2023     Translated from French by DeepL and verified by Michel Virard        Image distributed to teachers by the CSQ (TN: Centrale des Syndicats du Québec – mostly a teachers and health workers union). Sex education has made a strong comeback in our schools. Well done. But it’s accompanied by the […]

In Defense of Merit in Science

Merit is a central pillar of liberal epistemology, humanism, and democracy.The scientific enterprise, built on merit, has proven effective in generating scientific andtechnological advances, reducing suffering, narrowing social gaps, and improving thequality of life globally.

The fight against Islamophobia is a smoke screen

By Nadia El-Mabrouk* & François Dugué Letter to Le Devoir, March 29, 2023 When the position of Canadian representative against Islamophobia was announced, many of us pointed out the abusive and militant use of this term, which confuses respect for people of Muslim conviction with absolute respect for the precepts of Islam. The latest Angus […]

A plea for respectful robustness

By Jean-François Lisée Le Devoir, January 4th, 2023 I have read many political programmes in my life and helped to write some of them. However, I had never come across a sentence like this: “We agree to disagree: our opponents are not our enemies.“ Nor had I come across any variation of the following statement: […]

Waking from Wokism: Inoculating Ourselves against a Mind Virus

“In the end, there is but one race: the human race. Letus unite rather than divide. Let us build rather than destroy.Let us integrate rather than segregate.” – Robertson and Tasca, Free Inquiry, June/July 2022 The full article can be found here: WokeFreeInquiry.pdf (hawkeyeassociates.ca)

Vaccine and other Mandates – Sam Harris Q&A podcast

I agree with most of Sam’s answer, but while mandates may be unjustified across the board in areas where there is no danger of hospitals being overwhelmed, when that possibility starts to loom, it makes sense to impose appropriate mandates to get the rate of new infections which require hospitalizations down to a manageable level. […]

HIJAB IN SCHOOL

A CASE THAT ILLUSTRATES THE NEED FOR BILL 21 The author addresses Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh By Daniel Baril, President of Mouvement laïque québécois (MLQ) * La Presse+ , December 16th, 2021 The reassignment of a Muslim woman wearing a hijab to non-teaching duties in a Western Quebec school board […]