Last year our organization wrote to then Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd to protest the decision to proclaim Protect Human Life Week. We have reiterated our opposition to this decision to again proclaim this Week in a joint letter to Mayor Walter Gray, commissioned by the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada. The BC Humanist Association continues to see this proclamation as an affront to women’s legal rights and the separation of church and state.Read more
A couple weeks ago I wrote that “Humanism makes belief in God irrelevant.” I ended that essay stating,
So while being a humanist doesn’t really mean you need to be an atheist, it doesn’t leave much room for any god worth believing in.
Since writing that piece, I’ve done quite a bit of thinking about this topic and have realized that I was mistaken. This thinking has been motivated by two sources.Read more
I was at Skeptics in the Pub at the Billy Bishop and was asked a question that took me off guard for a second.
After more thought, I finally have my answer.
The question was posed by someone I later learned was a Christian who was checking out the skeptics group. He asked me, “do you have to be an atheist to be a humanist?”Read more
Good news yesterday for those who support the right of Canadians to die with dignity.
The BC Court of Appeal has upheld the right of Gloria Taylor to have doctors hasten her death.
In my view of humanism, compassion and a desire to minimize harm serve as human moral foundations.
It is for this reason, I consider Gloria Taylor and the BC Civil Liberties Association’s victory in the BC Supreme Court to be a profoundly good thing. The ruling strikes down a ban on doctor-assisted dying.Read more