The country is reeling from the news out of Quebec City, where yesterday a man opened fire in a mosque, killing six people and leaving others in critical condition.
As Humanists and secularists, we must categorically condemn this attack on people practising their religion in peace.
This attack comes at a time of increasing tension south of the border, where President Trump has signed an executive order that's widely viewed as a Muslim ban, but our own country is hardly free from anti-Muslim prejudice.
A lot is still unknown about this attacker or his motivations but we do know that this mosque has been repeatedly targeted by anti-Muslim vandals. A number of Canadian politicians have spoken about vague "Canadian values" tests and hate crimes against Muslim Canadians have been on the rise.
Now more than ever the world needs an impassioned defence of compassion, human rights and secularism. The world needs Humanism.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 06:30 PM
- Nanaimo Atheist coffee house at Country Grocer Cafe, Nanaimo
Sunday, February 05, 2017 at 10:00 AM
- Sunday Meeting: Patti Bacchus - Public education at Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 at 07:00 PM
- Book Club - The Value of Nothing by Raj Patel at Goldis' Home, Vancouver
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM
- Sunday Meeting: Elisabeth Ormandy - Animals in Science Policy Institute at Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver
Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM
- Sunday Meeting - David Silverman, President of American Atheists at Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver