Congratulations to Phyllis Webster for her interest and for arousing our awareness of the The Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda, towards which, as Alan says, VSHA has made donations.Yes, Phyllis deserves our thanks and should be credited with her effective support of that humanist school, but that credit is to her and her alone, not to VSHA.
We are not alone among Canadian Humanist groups that seek their salvation in a foreign country or in a political cause of some kind. Perhaps it is easier to avoid the opposition we arouse in those too close to us. Christianity, not Muslim nor Sikh dominate our landscape and here is where we live. True, some of our religious leaders have said some hurtful things about we humanists.
Tough, but we are Canadian Humanists, this is our turf and this is the country we need to lead into a secular, critical-thinking life style.
And for the record we are not there yet.
An example: we often point out how badly our women are treated but the topic slowly fades into the background like white noise. Few people really even mention the cause of this attitude towards women and mos important, why it keeps regurgitating itself.
Or do we quietly accept, as Margaret Wente once suggested in her Globe article, that when you look at how women are treated elsewhere, Canadian women should not complain too much?
Fact remains that because of religious attitudes drilled into man young man, lots of our women fall in love with a guy who will later keep her cringing in the kitchen, nervously awaiting the next blow.
How many? Check with the Women’s Transition Houses–they have no trouble getting enough customers all across the country . As soon as they find homes for battered women, more housewives are waiting at the door for protection.
Now women’s groups fight to get laws that would help protect them but where are we ? What are we doing to eradicate this perverse attitude? Is this not where humanism enters the fray? We know where this attitude towards women comes from and while I take considerable pleasure in commending those humanist groups who have successfully stopped the spread of these books to schools, it seems to me we should have, by now discredited this book of misogyny to an extent that would render it impotent– more work needs to be done here and those who support such books need to be exposed and openly challenged.
And note that “god” is still in our constitution
Laurie, Fern both existing members of VSHA, Blessing and a few once encouraged Robinson to present a petition to remove the name god from our constitution. The petition failed and you should read the editorials in our local papers, most bristling in outrage that anyone would even dare to suggest such a thing .
Now of course, since Dawkins brought atheism out into the sunlight it will probably be much easier to get this done. But we have yet to get it done, like the blasphemy law–which hopefully will soon be a thing of the past– it could block progressive legislation and makes it little easier for someone to avoid punishment for a hate crime against a non theist. We need to get it out of there. This is Canada and it is our Canada .
And in my opinion we Canadian Humanists, despite the flak our Christian spokesmen may toss at us, need to focus on selling the humanist lifestyle. We want, we need, to have a seat at the table, so that the media, the advertisers and the politicians listen to our opinions too
We are not there yet and we won’t get there by sitting on the fence.
But it still needs to be done. Let Muslims, Israelis, Sikhs work their own problems out. We have a need, a responsibility, to all those who suffer under the sharp tongue of religious driven dogma, to be sitting at that table defending their rights
> The Bible rules America. God help their women.