No Place For Religion When Providing Government Services

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis has had more than her fifteen minutes of fame lately. The elected official admits she has no desire to be in the eye of a media storm, but has in fact brought this upon herself. Here in Quebec a former government attempted to pass into law a series of secularismContinue reading “No Place For Religion When Providing Government Services”

Operation Prism: The state has no place in the chat rooms of the nation

With the recent palaver over Operation Prism in the United States, the leaking of secret information by Edward Snowden and subsequent media frenzy, I couldn’t help but think of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. In 1969 he mentioned that the citizens have a right to privacy and was referring to sexual orientation whenContinue reading “Operation Prism: The state has no place in the chat rooms of the nation”

Weekly Writing Challenge: The role of government in society, Canadian and American, from an armchair sociologist

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: The State of the State gives me the opportunity to write about something that has long interested me: the different attitudes toward government held by Americans and Canadians. Canada is often referred to as socialist by US commentators but that is a relative opinion. When compared to the US, Canada mayContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: The role of government in society, Canadian and American, from an armchair sociologist”

Topless Vatican protest; security keeps abreast of the situation

Vatican security guards had their hands full … literally, when four women representing a group called FEMEN (before clicking please “bare” in mind this group’s modus opernadi is to expose their breasts) removed their tops in St. Peter’s Square as the Pope was addressing the crowd. They were protesting  the Vatican’s position on homosexuality by displaying “In GayContinue reading “Topless Vatican protest; security keeps abreast of the situation”

Washingtonians wise to legalize gay marriage and marijuana at the same time

With the approval of Referendum 74, Washington State voters agreed to legalize same-sex marriage in their state. Other states have legalized these unions before and many have opened the proverbial can of worms as the votes are never unanimous and those voting against same-sex marriage continue to protest and, in some cases, obstruct the marriages. In some casesContinue reading “Washingtonians wise to legalize gay marriage and marijuana at the same time”