Last week the Supreme Court of Canada came down with a seminal decision on the separation of church and state in this country. While these two magisteria are not explicitly kept apart, the SCC ruled that there is a modern expectation that religion has no place in politics. In this episode we explore the history of the case before the court, the decision made and reaction across Canada.
Later in this installment, there’s more fallout from the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by Indiana’s governor Mike Pence. Memories Pizza, the business so proud of its bigotry closes (http://www NULL.ifyouonlynews NULL.com/lgbtq/memories-indianas-now-infamous-anti-gay-pizza-place-forced-to-close-in-under-one-day/) soon after because of threats made to the establishment. But, don’t worry! A Go Fund Me fundraiser has a reward for Memories Pizza’s courageous stand to the tune of about $850,000 (http://www NULL.newnownext NULL.com/sorry-cancer-patients-and-boston-marathon-victims-indianas-memories-pizza-raised-more-than-you-on-gofundme/04/2015/). Remember, it’s not discrimination. It’s religious freedom! The Great State of Georgia may be next in line to enact a bill similar to Indiana’s and you don’t have to go very far to find those already salivating at the prospect of their exercising of “religious freedom” becoming legalized as one CNN reporter finds out (http://wjcl NULL.com/2015/04/02/why-one-georgia-florist-wont-serve-gay-couples/). How far can this ‘religious freedom’ thing go? Well, a lesbian couple finds out after a pediatrician refuses to treat their infant child over religious objections (http://www NULL.msn NULL.com/en-us/news/us/pediatrician-refuses-to-treat-gay-couples-newborn-child/vi-AAar0Qm). And lest you think that this can only happen in the United States, a group of Christian physicians (http://www NULL.thestar NULL.com/life/health_wellness/2015/03/24/christian-doctors-group-says-new-college-policy-infringes-on-freedom-of-conscience NULL.html) has taken the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to court to protect their religious privilege of moralizing to their patients, thereby placing their own interests above those of their patients. On April 1, of all days, the College of Homeopathic Medicine came into existence in Ontario (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/radio/the180/new-taxes-special-laws-for-cyclists-and-should-homeopathy-be-regulated-1 NULL.3017050/will-a-college-of-homeopaths-make-homeopathy-more-credible-1 NULL.3017844). No, that is sadly not an April Fool’s joke. But not everyone who knows homeopathy is bunk agrees that this is necessarily a bad idea. An Ottawa mother of seven has ‘defected’ from the anti-vaccine movement (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/ottawa/tara-hills-ottawa-mom-changes-anti-vaccination-stand-but-7-kids-still-get-sick-1 NULL.3025592) after her youngest of 10 months contracts whooping cough, and California considers Senate Bill 277 (http://www NULL.nbcsandiego NULL.com/news/local/Local-Anti-Vaccine-Protesters-Rally-Against-Bill-299147881 NULL.html), which would require all children attending a public school to be vaccinated unless there is an underlying medical condition precluding immunization. And finally, Cardinal Raymond Burke (http://www NULL.huffingtonpost NULL.com/2015/03/27/cardinal-raymond-burke-gay-remarried-murderers_n_6957456 NULL.html), the same cardinal that intimated that the priestly pedophilia scandal was caused by homosexuality, says that gays and remarried Catholics are just sinful as murderers in a piece I like to call “Stupid things Catholic priests say”. But first, Saudi Arabia expresses its dismay (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/montreal/saudi-arabia-to-quebec-stay-out-of-raif-badawi-case-1 NULL.3017014) at Quebec’s denouncement of its torture of Raif Badawi for exercising his human right to free speech.
In this episode: CNN airs a documentary about us atheists (http://edition NULL.cnn NULL.com/videos/tv/2015/03/17/exp-cnn-creative-marketing-atheists-inside-the-world-of-non-believers NULL.cnn), and for once we aren’t represented as the evil monsters we really are; convicted fraudster and professional narcissist Conrad Black (http://news NULL.nationalpost NULL.com/full-comment/conrad-black-the-shabby-shallow-world-of-the-militant-atheist) and Phil Robertson (http://www NULL.huffingtonpost NULL.ca/2015/03/24/phil-robertson-duck-dynasty-hate-speech_n_6934164 NULL.html) think so! Angus Reid (http://angusreid NULL.org/faith-in-canada/) has released the results of an interesting poll looking at the demographics of belief in Canada; Indiana Governor Mike Pence signs a law (http://www NULL.cnn NULL.com/2015/03/25/politics/mike-pence-religious-freedom-bill-gay-rights/index NULL.html?ts_pid=2) which with its broad wording could lead to discrimination in that state. Did I say could? George Takei and others say “would”; and finally, an unnamed priest says a woman raped and murdered would still be alive (http://www NULL.msn NULL.com/en-ca/news/other/priest-in-australia-says-murdered-woman-would-still-be-alive-if-she-had-been-more-faith-filled/ar-AAaaJpA) if she had stayed at home and been more “faith filled”.