- U of A committee recommends change to convocation ceremony – Edmonton
- God keeps spot in U of A grad address – Edmonton
- God may get smaller role in U of A ceremony – National
- God may get smaller role in U of A ceremony – Saskatoon
- God may get smaller role in U of A ceremony – Regina
- University may have found a divine solution – Edmonton
- Atheist students want God out of speech – International
- Atheist students want God out of speech – Internet
- Atheist students want God out of speech – International/Internet?
- The Getaway – Campus, joke issue of the Gateway, we have inspired satirical numerous articles
- Atheist Students Want God Out Of Speech – Internet
- University may have found a divine solution – Lloydminster
- Proposed change would keep God in university’s convocation address – Waterloo
- God good bet to remain in University of Alberta convocations – St. Catherine’s
- Group loses bid to oust God from convocation – Sault St. Marie, ON
Want something that doesn’t really need funding in the USA?
The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives eats a whopping $2 billion for prostylization of the disadvantaged.
It’s not on the order of the $1 trillion dollar deficit he’s faced with, but every little bit counts.
Actually, my serious hope is that research, education, and health care don’t feel any pressure in the USA (except perhaps the school voucher scam). It’s not easy to inherit the worst economic situation the US has seen in decades, but hopefully the right action is taken.
So this letter came out in the Journal on Saturday, but I still feel the need to address it as it mirrors some of the the responses I’ve gotten.
Any old God will do in ‘tolerant’ society
As I watched the ceremonies for Remembrance Day I was suddenly struck by the closing statement of the main speech from the podium. “Please pray this to the God of your understanding and according to your belief system.”
Atheists shouldn’t be celebrating Christmas they tell me.
Well guess what, neither should Christians.
Remember those Ten Commandments that so proclaim the fundamental basis of Christian morality? Well numbers one and/or two (depending how you count them) are pretty specific about no idols. Hell, the whole story about the Golden Cow sums up the Old Testament God’s feelings on other idols.
So in modern incarnations of Christmas, where celebrators are pseudo-worshipping Santa Claus, the Grinch, Rudolph, Mary, a tree, or even Wal-Mart, perhaps the Christians telling me not to have a Christmas vacation ought to reexamine their own belief systems.
But further than that, what parts of Christmas are even Christian?
Continue reading War on Christmas
There’s still letters and media hits for the secular convocation issue. But today I wanted to highlight one letter that appeared on the Edmonton Journal’s Online Extras (since the Journal apparently wants to bury the issue).
This letter comes from the Provost himself, Dr. Carl Amrhein:
Continue reading A letter you likely missed today…
On Friday, two letters (old fashioned snail-mail) arrived for me and the Universit of Alberta Atheists and Agnostics on campus. One ended up successfully in Student Groups Services, the other made it to ECERF somehow and was luckily retrieved for me before the mail staff there could return to sender.
I haven’t drafted responses for them yet, but will do so soon. Regardless, for your reading pleasure, I am transcribing the letters here (I’m going to remove their names, since although they disagree with me, they are polite and tactful, so I respect that).
Continue reading ‘Fan’ mail
I’ve had a few requests to post my GFC Executive Committee speech from the Oct. 27 meeting, so here it is (included is the addendum I submitted to Garry Bodnar after the meeting).
Continue reading My secular convocation speech
First, you can continue to follow any new media hits on my main listing.
Today’s General Faculties Council Executive Committee meeting was encouraging for those of us awaiting an inclusive and secular convocation.
The committee was unanimous in favour of changing the wording of the current charge to something that maintained the idea that degrees should be used to some greater good while recognizing the current charge is “exclusive” and “out dated.”
Their move was to create a subcommittee which is tasked with drafting one or more new charges, gathering opinions on those charges from the University community, and then reporting back the the Executive Committee on Monday, December 1 (likely also at 2:00 PM in a public meeting in University Hall).
GFC Exec will likely then debate the suggestions and pass them to main GFC for January with the suggestion of adopting an alternate wording.
Continue reading Slow and steady progress