July 18, 2016 Newsletter

I think there's a fair amount of evidence which says that such things as prayer would be helpful to people. -Darryl Plecas, MLA

When I presented to the BC Legislature's Health Committee last week, I didn't expect to get into an argument over whether there's any scientific evidence for the legitimacy of intercessory prayers.

Yet after discussing the limitations of spirituality-based treatment programs for many atheists, Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas began arguing that prayer can help "people with all kinds of disorders."

You can read more coverage of the exchange on the Friendly Atheist blog or read the transcript of my presentation.

The entire event was quite an insight into the continued strength of religion in BC politics.


Vancouver Pride Parade & Dyke March

Join us on Sunday, July 31 as we once again march in the annual Vancouver Pride Parade in support and solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

This year, in addition to our ever-growing marching contingent, we'll have a table at the Pride Festival on Sunset Beach.

You can RSVP and find full staging details on our websiteFacebook or Meetup. There will also be some Humanists marching in the Dyke March on Saturday, July 30.

New on our website


• BCHA asks Health Committee to end religious coercion in addictions recovery


• Pat O'Brien and Jonathan Chan - Meeting of the Minds

Upcoming Events

Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 12:30 PM
Sunday, August 07, 2016 at 10:00 AM

See all upcoming events.

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