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Bibles in schools - last commented 05 May 2012 09:31 PM

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corax niveus's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by corax niveus

Thanks to all who took the time to email this school board. I received a womderful email from them stating how they appreciated hearing from us all.

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Sat, 05 May 2012 21:31:42 UTC | #939982

Go to: Alberta: where the word "evolution" and the name "Darwin" does not appear in a "science" textbook

corax niveus's Avatar Jump to comment 15 by corax niveus

Wow, don't know what school that is but we lived in AB 16 years, had 4 kids in schools there and never saw that as an issue in the Catholic schools they were in. Darwin and evolution was taught, there were no issues with that and all religions and the lack of them was discussed. My children were taught Catholicism and taught to ask questions and encouraged to think and make up their own minds. Now of course the school system was very confident the children would remain sold on the Catholic thing but at least my children were free to think and question freely.

Sorry but I can't relate to the AB you described. As for drinking bars, they likely closed a bit early on Sunday's but the bible thumping your describe sounds way more like Saskatchewan to me. :)

As it was mentioned, with The Royal Tyrell Museum in southern AB, I found AB very open to science, especially with oil industry throughout AB and on campuses of University of AB and U of Calgary. I gotta stick up for AB on this one.

Sat, 29 Oct 2011 00:49:20 UTC | #885132

Go to: High School Atheists Courageously Battle for Their Rights... With Awesome Organization Behind Them

corax niveus's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by corax niveus

I went to a Catholic all boys HS in Canada and in religion classes I remember having very open discussions about the validity of religions including our own....with teachers, priests and brothers. They entertained our questions and provided all the answers, of course and of course their point of view never wavered.

They never let this become a big deal from what I remember, they never seemed threatened by our questions. Mind you we were just kds and we still followed school rules, attended masses, had prayers in class. I never felt like I had to hide or shut up. I even remember a student saying he thought all religion was total bullshit and he got slapped for saying 'bullshit'. They were not afraid of corporal punishment in those days. We were not allowed to disrupt other classes or assemblies regardless of the reasons so the rule wasn't just for 'us' if you will.

They always told us that if we had so many questions and issues with our faith to take it up with our parents and here at school to just buck up and go to class. And of course there was always an 'I will pray for you' or we were told to pray on the matter and ask for guidance and forgiveness. I never felt I'd done anything wrong, still don't.

I never did discuss it with my parents but I actually felt quite at ease doing so at school with our teachers. Must be why I always felt like it was ok for me to question all matters religious. BTW this was 1976 to 1980.

We were too silly back then to think of it but we should have done like the SSA. Great work kids, keep it up.

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 01:26:28 UTC | #604598

Go to: Prayers on a Plane

corax niveus's Avatar Jump to comment 14 by corax niveus

They are lucky some armed air marshall didn't pop them. As a professional aviator I believe the crew and the airline acted properly with this intrusion. Definitely these folks should have either waited or at the very least asked for and have a quiet corner or row set aside for them. In future though I believe this type of 'ceremony' should not be allowed any more than various other types of open displays of whatever.

Just think of travelling on a plane with a sports team returning triumphant from some games. Or a bunch of drunken bastards getting carried away. Those are always asked to tone it down. In the end for the safety, sanity and well being of all concerned these types of 'gatherings' should not be allowed.

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 20:48:20 UTC | #604094

Go to: How oppressed do you feel as an atheist?

corax niveus's Avatar Jump to comment 15 by corax niveus

I've just begun to openly speak out but I must admit that I have never seen an overall repression of naturalistic or atheist viewpoints in Canada. Certainly from what I've seen Canadians tend to speak quite openly and freely of their views.

I do travel to the U.S.A. for my job and there I feel like I'm walking on eggshells because the majority of the folks I usually come across are very very Christian and quite open and vocal about it. I refrain from engaging them because I'm there for my job and it is neither the time or place but it really makes me fell uncomfortable.

The best thing I have done is to become active in forums such as this as I now feel I can always discuss, comment or confide without reproach.

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 02:22:12 UTC | #603840

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