- Created on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 06:05
- Published on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 06:05
- Written by John Draper
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In April 2011, Stephen Harper announced that Canada would set up an Office of Religious Freedom. Today, he introduced the man appointed to head up that office: Andrew Bennett, currently Dean at the Christian Augustine College. Although he is a Catholic, Bennett said that even those who choose not to have a faith would be protected. How a bureaucrat in Canada can protect an atheist in Somalia or Iran was not explained but at least he's saying the right things. When the idea was announced, there were two main concerns:
- That it was a cynical ploy to win votes from Muslims - this was not contradicted by the fact that Harper chose a mosque to make the announcement.
- That it would be biased to favour Christians. Although the announcement in the mosque was meant to counter that accusation, the appointment of a strong Catholic currently employed at a Christian institution does not alleviate that fear.
- Created on Monday, 18 February 2013 07:00
- Published on Monday, 18 February 2013 07:00
- Written by William Hopper
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If you don't like history, and you think the history of religions is even more boring, you should read the Heathen's Guide to World religions by William Hopper. One of his gems is his account of the Mormons - he once told me he worries about what the Muslims will do to him for what he says - he's lucky that Mormons are fairly peaceful! This is an excerpt that he's published on his site.
Joseph Smith II was born in Vermont in 1805. Until he was fifteen, he was basically a nobody like the rest of us. Then things got a little weird.
It seems that while wandering around the backwoods of Vermont, young Joseph came across two “personages whose brightness and glory defy all description.” In a rare twist in this kind of tale, it wasn’t JC and it wasn’t angels. It was Mormoni and his father, Mormon. Don’t worry if you never heard of them from the Bible. They aren’t in it. These two are an entirely new addition to the tale.Write comment (0 Comments)
- Created on Saturday, 16 February 2013 06:25
- Published on Saturday, 16 February 2013 06:25
- Written by John Draper
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Why do Churches want to have their own schools and Universities? The obvious answer is that they want to protect their children from losing their faith. But why is there a danger of losing your faith at a secular school? Some answers are obvious and others not so much. If teachers teach that all religions are much the same, that any of them can get you "saved", then the kids might start to look around. A school or University run by a single religion would avoid that risk. But the biggest risk is that secular schools might teach you to think for yourself - about anything and everything. Then faith is likely to give way to reason and the indoctrination up to that point could be destroyed.Write comment (0 Comments)