Northern Freethinkers


Northern Freethinkers

Official Northern Freethinkers podcast group.

Location: Canada
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Latest Activity: Apr 15, 2013

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Comment by Patricia on September 14, 2012 at 7:42pm

Will do Godless, thanks!

Comment by Godless Poutine on September 14, 2012 at 5:53pm

Check out the interview of Rene on Freethought Radio (30 mins in).

Comment by Patricia on September 14, 2012 at 5:20pm

Science vs. Religion Photo: Jupiterimages / Getty Rene and Anna Chouinard, a humanist couple in Grimsby, Ontario, want to distribute an book on atheism among students in Niagara -- just like the Bible is already being distributed. The District School Board of Niagara has refused, but the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has agreed to hear their case. Rene and Anna Chouinard have three children who attend school in Niagara and they've already been fighting for two years to have the books Just Pretend: A Free Thought Book for Children or Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheistdistributed among students in the fifth grade. The School Board has been rejecting the books on the grounds that they contain "inappropriate" material. In principle, that can be a reasonable objection, but it has to be viewed in the larger context of years of distributing Bibles. What in those books is more "inappropriate" than the sex and violence in the Bible? "This is a solid decision by the tribunal that is good for society," Rene said after being granted a hearing. "We would like to see religion completely removed from the classroom." ... "If they allow Gideon Bibles in the schools, then why can't other groups distribute their material as well," he said on Tuesday. "This is not fair for people who may believe in other religions." ... "This case involves important issues of (Human Rights) Code interpretation, and could have consequences for school boards, students and parents across Ontario," the tribunal said in its decision. Source: CNews I think that this will come out as an obvious case of discrimination against non-Christians. There's nothing in the books that the Chouinards want to distribute which comes anywhere close to the sex and violence in the Bible. There's no way that any school board would be able to defend this sort of policy with these books. So it will be interesting to watch what happens and see when, exactly, the school board lawyers recognize that they don't have a case based on these arguments and start shifting gears so they can argue something else entirely.

Comment by Rachel on February 12, 2011 at 9:20am
Hey! I think I have you on my you have a podcast?
Comment by Patricia on April 18, 2010 at 9:21pm
This is great!!!!
Comment by Kevin Saldanha on April 6, 2010 at 6:59pm
My group, Humanist Canada on Atheist Nexus has been approved.

I have posted a short discussion article from Progressive Humanism (with a link at the bottom) to stimulate some discussion on the attitudes towards Humanism vs. Atheism.

Please join the group and consider joining our Facebook Group at!/group.php?gid=3916780925&ref=ts

Comment by Ced on July 21, 2009 at 2:39pm
Dillahunty ROCKS!!! Jeff Dee is great to!
Comment by D Kerr on July 20, 2009 at 4:31pm
Please feel free to "friend" me on Facebook, and check out posts from all my religious nutty friends. My name is Doug Kerr, Regina, SK network.
Comment by D Kerr on July 20, 2009 at 4:27pm
Thanks for the invite, its nice to see that there are rational people in Canada.I live in a quite conservative and religious part of Saskatchewan, and it drives me nuts.I have a couple podcast recommendations for those who listen, and those who haven't heard of. The Atheist Experience Podcast and Non-Prophets radio podcast.They are both produced by the Atheist Community of Austin, and are both very good. They are hosted by Matt Dillihunty, a very intelligent, rational , and entertaining person.Take care everyone!
Comment by Ced on July 20, 2009 at 12:40pm
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