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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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    2020-12-16 Passive Proselytism
    2020-12-11 Le prosélytisme passif
    2020-09-18 Les « Woke » ne sont pas de gauche
    2020-08-16 The “Woke” are Not the Political Left, Part II
    2020-08-14 The “Woke” are Not the Political Left, Part I
    2020-08-10 Lettre aux médias pour dénoncer le Conseil québécois LGBT
    2020-07-21 Racialism versus Secularism
    2020-07-01 L’ineptie d’Émile Bilodeau
    2020-06-09 Le Conseil québécois LGBT refuse mon adhésion
    2020-05-28 How the Woke Broke Secularism
    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
    2019-04-05 The US Constitution is Not Secular
    2019-04-03 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