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This website is my personal blog—as opposed to blogs published on the site of Atheist Freethinkers (AFT). Here, most, but not all, of my blog articles are in English, accompanied by a brief summary in French, although some blogs are in French with an English summary and some are available in both languages. Most of my writings here deal with atheism, secularism and related issues, although not exclusively.

Ce site web est consacré à mon blogue personnel — pour le distinguer de blogues publiés sur le site de Libres penseurs athées (LPA). Sur ce site-ci, la plupart des billets de blogue (mais pas tous) sont en anglais, chacun accompagné d’un bref résumé en français. Mais quelques billets sont en français avec un résumé en anglais et certains sont disponibles dans les deux langues. La plupart traitent de l’athéisme, de la laïcité and de sujets connexes, mais parfois je m’aventure au-dehors de ces champs.



Some quotes from these blogs

Quelques citations de ces blogues

“The Islamist veil is a purity symbol, a form of slut-shaming. Wearing it means that other women who do not wear it, especially Muslim women who do not wear it, are impure, i.e. ‘easy.’”
Summary: The Islamist Veil

« s’il existe dans la société québécoise des préjugés ou des comportements blessants à l’égard de certaines minorités religieuses, ce n’est pas le résultat de Loi 21. Au contraire, un des buts de cette Loi est justement d’endiguer de tels comportements ! »
Le juge Yergeau reconnaît que la Loi sur la laïcité ne fomente pas la haine

“Given their lack of any plausible line of reasoning, antisecularists, in their vituperations against Quebec Draft Bill 21, have a strong tendency toward dishonesty, irresponsible speculation and sometimes complete nonsense. Here are a few examples.”
Quebec Bill 21 Causes Earthquakes, Anal Warts and the Collapse of Civilisation

« Lorsque le voile est porté par une enfant, cette ségrégation sociale est beaucoup plus sérieuse, privant la fillette d’une enfance normale en érigeant une barrière entre elle et les autres enfants. »
La CCDP endosse la maltraitance religieuse des fillettes

“Religious symbols are highly partisan and often political in their implications. It is reasonable to put restrictions on their display by public servants, similar to current restrictions on political expression.”
Tobacco, Politics and Religion

« permettre aux médecins et infirmières de porter de tels signes constituerait un accommodement religieux, un privilège accordé aux religions,[…] Ces accommodements religieux constituent forcément des entorses à la neutralité religieuse. »
Plaidoyer pour la laïcité dans les hôpitaux

“Locke is probably the reference for secularism in the English speaking world, but I would call his vision pseudo-secularism because of its assumption that everyone with any concept of ethics, any right to live in society with others, has a religion, and indeed a theistic religion.”
Secularism: Lockean and Republican

« Plusieurs croyants, dans le but d’obtenir un privilège ou un accommodement, veulent nous faire croire que leur pratique religieuse serait une « obligation », c’est-à-dire quelque chose d’inné, d’intime et d’immuable. Mais c’est un leurre, »
The Myth of Religious Obligations

“The arrogance and paternalism of British imperialism have been recycled and repackaged as multiculturalism.”
Hate Quebec, Hate Secularism

« la dénégation du droit d’apostasier est étroitement liée à la mentalité essentialiste qui soutient le multiculturalisme et le mythe de l’obligation religieuse. »
Apostasy is a Human Right

“use of the censorious accusation of ‘Islamophobia’ enables Islamofascism by making it even more difficult to criticize the excesses of political Islam and Islamist theocracies. In particular this harms the people who are already in a difficult position: gays, other sexual minorities, apostates, etc. who are persecuted by Islam.”
Pride & Shame in Toronto & London

« Une récente manifestation à Montréal par des militants soi-disant “anti-racistes” montre encore une fois que les ennemis de la laïcité manquent tristement d’intégrité morale et intellectuelle. »
The Moral and Intellectual Bankruptcy of Antisecularists



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Contents

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2020-05-21 Secularism Betrayed: 2020 Version
2020-05-04 AAI’s John Richards Interviews D.R. about Quebec Bill 21
2020-04-09 Updated: A Reading List on Quebec Bill 21
2020-02-24 Intersectionality: The Death of Feminism and Anti-Racism
2020-01-21 À l’intersection de l’intersectionnalité et de l’islamogauchisme
2020-01-07 5e anniversaire de l’attentat contre Charlie Hebdo
2019-12-29 Please Remove Your MAGA Hat at Work
2019-12-20 Quebec Court of Appeal Ruling, 2019-12-12
2019-12-18 Décision de la Cour d’appel du Québec, 2019-12-12
2019-12-03 Three Examples of Cultural (Mis)Appropriation
2019-11-28 Ontario NDP: Still Crazy After All These Years
2019-11-26 Immigration, the Great Unmentionable
2019-11-25 L’immigration, cette question intouchable
2019-11-18 English Canada Continues its Hysterical Opposition to Quebec Bill 21
2019-10-31 Two Questions About Bill 21
2019-09-20 Sometimes Makeup Is Just Makeup
2019-08-31 There is Nothing Friendly About Hemant Mehta’s Gross Ignorance
2019-08-21 Another Notch Lower for Canada
2019-08-16 This Does NOT Promote Child Health
2019-08-12 Summary: The Islamist Veil
2019-07-21 Le juge Yergeau reconnaît que la Loi sur la laïcité ne fomente pas la haine
2019-07-13 A Reading List on Quebec Bill 21
2019-07-09 Le crucifix enfin retiré !
2019-06-22 Quebec Formally Declares State Secularism
2019-06-17 Le Québec est laïque !
2019-05-21 Quebec Bill 21 Causes Earthquakes, Anal Warts and the Collapse of Civilisation
2019-05-20 Six Pseudo-Arguments of Antisecularists
2019-05-07 CFI Canada Rejects Secularism—Again
…and lends its support to religious fanatics
2019-05-05 For Secularism in Hospitals
2019-05-04 Plaidoyer pour la laïcité dans les hôpitaux
2019-04-27 Children’s Rights Before Teachers’
Opponents of Quebec’s Bill 21 Neglect the Rights of Children
2019-04-22 CHRC Endorses Religious Child Abuse
2019-04-21 La CCDP endosse la maltraitance religieuse des fillettes
2019-04-07 The American Model of “Secularism” is 18th Century Pre-secularism
2018-04-05 The US Constitution is Not Secular
2019-04-17 The CAQ’s Secularism Bill is a Positive Step Forward
2019-04-03 Tobacco, Politics and Religion
2019-03-28 Quebec’s Draft Bill 21 Implements State Secularism
2019-02-12 An Open Letter to the Council of Canadians
2019-02-08 Three Strategies of Islamists
…and their dupes and allies in non-Muslim countries
2019-02-01 Support #NoHijabDay #FreeFromHijab
2019-01-30 Sinéad O’Connor: A Metaphor for the Degeneration of the Left
2019-01-07 Fourth Anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo Massacre
2018-12-29 Open Letter to TheConversation: An Organ of Anti-Quebec Propaganda
2018-12-13 Canada’s Anti-Blasphemy Law Repealed, But M-103 Remains
2018-11-15 My Favourite Graph
2018-10-16 The Dishonesty of the Globe and Mail
2018-10-08 The Moral and Intellectual Bankruptcy of Antisecularists
2018-10-04 The Quebec Election of October 1st 2018: Some Good News & Some Bad
2018-09-22 Ensaf Haidar Challenges Canadian Orthodoxy
2018-09-20 Les extrêmes se touchent : Twitter censure une caricature de Charb
2018-09-11 Quebec-Bashing: Three Recent Examples
2018-09-03 The Greatest of All Vices
2018-08-27 The Identitarian Left
2018-08-10 Banning Face-Coverings is Both Necessary and Beneficial:
A Response to Stephen Evans of the NSS
2018-08-01 In Praise of Cultural Appropriation
2018-06-03 Banning Religious Symbols: When & Where?
2018-05-29 Laïcité, législation et gouvernement au Québec
2018-05-21 Screw the Monarchy! Vivent les patriotes !
2018-05-01 Fairweather Secularists
2018-04-23 David Silverman’s Firebrand Atheism:
We Need It Now More Than Ever
2018-04-15 Status of Women Canada Endorses Political Islam
2018-04-13 Religious Symbols and the Montreal Police
2018-02-21 Notes on the Regressive Left, Part V:
The Vicious Circle of Islamophilia
2017-11-18 Notes on the Regressive Left, Part IV:
A Collection of Important Articles
2017-09-13 Notes on the Regressive Left, Part III:
ANTIFA: Kangaroo Court Implemented by a Street Mob
2017-08-25 Notes on the Regressive Left, Part II:
ANTIFA: Shock Troops of the Regressive “Left”
2017-07-27 Quebec’s Right to Self-Determination
2017-07-20 Pride & Shame in Toronto & London
2017-07-15 Notes sur le racisme, IIe partie
2017-05-24 Notes on Racism, Part I
2017-05-06 Notes on the Regressive Left, Part I
2017-04-28 Notes on the Islamist Veil
2017-04-20 “Islamophobia”: a weapon against reforming Islam
2017-03-12 Rules for a Discussion about Religion
2017-02-21 The Undauntable Fatima!
2017-02-18 Islam and Islamism
2017-02-17 Exploiting Mass Murder for Political Gain
2017-02-15 Charles Taylor est-il compromis avec le Prix Templeton ?
2017-02-05 The Quebec City Attack: Some Context
2017-01-29 Fools Against “Islamophobia”
2017-01-16 More Dubious Words
2017-01-02 Carl Sagan’s Achilles’ Heel
2016-12-01 Anti-Muslim Incidents in the USA
2016-11-06 Multiculturalism, Orientalism and Exoticism
2016-10-10 False Memes from the Burkini Wars
2016-09-20 Challenges for Canadian Secularists
2016-07-23 The Acquired-Innate Spectrum
2016-07-22 Aphorisms about “Islamophobia” and “Racism”
2016-06-23 Of Pigs and Prayer
2016-05-31 The Extended Weinberg Principle
2016-05-11 Dubious Words
2016-05-04 Words to Cultivate
2016-04-07 Apostasy is a Human Right
2016-04-05 Freedom of Religion is Not Fundamental
2016-03-23 Toronto Life Magazine Lionizes Islamist Agent
2016-03-20 The Cult of Impotence
2016-02-06 Hate Quebec, Hate Secularism
2016-01-24 Secularism: Lockean and Republican
2015-10-26 Secularists Have Nothing to Celebrate
2015-10-19 How to Reassure a Concerned Citizenry … and how NOT to
2015-10-16 Trudeau & Mulcair Can Easily Resolve the Niqab Issue
2015-10-12 Thoughts on the Niqab
2015-07-23 Secularism Versus the Multicultis
2015-07-03 The Myth of Religious Obligations
2015-07-01 Secularism Betrayed, Epilogue and Update
2015-06-24 Secularism Betrayed, Part III
2015-06-17 Secularism Betrayed, Part II
2015-06-10 Secularism Betrayed, Part I
2015-06-10 Introduction