After nearly two years of delay, Canada has finally named its ambassador for the Office of Religious Freedom. At a mosque north of Toronto, Prime Minister Stephen Harper named Andrew Bennett to head the office.
The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons. By next spring, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and other non-Christian inmates will be expected to turn to Christian prison chaplains for religious counsel and guidance.
c. 2012 Religion News Service TORONTO (RNS) A Canadian man is suing his local government to stop the recitation of the Lord's Prayer before council meetings, saying the practice causes him "anguish, discrimination, exclusion, rejection and loss of enjoyment of life."
(ENInews)--Capitalizing on the April 15 centenary of the RMS Titanic's sinking are a spate of books, films, educational and TV programs, and commemorative events around the world. Center-stage is the much-hyped 3-D version of James Cameron's 1997 epic movie "Titanic."
c. 2012 Religion News Service
TORONTO (RNS) A new poll shows that more than half of all Canadians distrust
The nationwide survey indicates that as many as 52 percent of Canadians feel
Muslims can be trusted "a little" or "not trusted at all." The poll showed that
48 percent of respondents said Muslims can be trusted "a lot" or "somewhat."
January 24 (ENInews)--In industrialized nations, a birth certificate is taken for granted, even regarded as a bit of tedious bureaucracy. But in the developing world, the existence of such a record can mean the difference between full participation in citizenship, or barely living.
Toronto, December 16 (ENInews)--Christmas can be a lonely time for non-Christians in North America. Jews have Hanukkah -- and traditionally go to Chinese restaurants on Christmas Day. Muslims, well, can always go to the movies.
TORONTO (RNS) Lawmakers in the province of Quebec voted unanimously on
Wednesday (Feb. 9) to ban the kirpan, a Sikh ceremonial dagger, from the
The opposition Parti Quebecois said it was acting to underscore
Quebec's neutrality in dealing with religious groups, while the
governing Liberal Party argued that the ban is needed for security
(RNS) John Dominic Crossan is arguably the world's foremost scholar of
the historical Jesus. Twenty-five years ago, Crossan co-founded the
Jesus Seminar with Robert Funk, a group of mostly liberal scholars who
decide on the historicity of the deeds and sayings of Jesus.
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