Oct 212012

I grew up in rural Alberta. The sort of community where my mom once had to sit me down and explain that Catholics were real Christians, and that my friends and their parents were mistaken. But, I haven’t been to church since my early teens.

So visiting Southminster-Steinhauer United Church with four other atheists last Sunday was a bit of a shock to the system. When we arrived, Rev. Charles Bidwell sat down with us to answer questions we had about the church and what to expect. The shock started when he mentioned (within hearing distance of other church members) that he considers himself an atheist Christian. And then went on to explain that within the church, Jesus is considered someone who had some useful things to say, and wasn’t related to God (if there is a god) in any way. I expected that it would be one thing to have that conversation in limited company, but that the gathering (service) and the congregants in general would be more traditionally Christian.

They weren’t. Continue reading »

Apr 152012

“It’s a charter situation and the charter says the provinces cannot opt out in the case of basic freedoms,” Trudeau said. “I believe my fundamental freedoms are being violated.”

That’s right, Re. J.J. Trudeau believes that her fundamental freedoms are being violated because the Chief Electoral Officer has ruled that “titles” includes “Reverend”.

the Alberta Election Act specifically states in section 83.3(d) that “no titles, degrees, prefixes or suffixes may be included with a name.”

That seems pretty unambiguous to me, but the privilege that religions think they deserve apparently extends to election ballots.
For Trudeau’s and others’ responses to our candidate questions, take a look at the 2012 Voter’s Guide.