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Atheists Remain a Small Minority

The top story this week concerns Bill C-22. The Bill, designed to raise the age of sexual consent from 14 to 16, has died as a result of prorogation of Parliament. It was passed in the House of Commons, but sits unpassed in the Senate. There is still a chance to influence its reinstatement, says Douglas Cryer, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada's director of public policy. To see what you can do, read his weblog, Will the Prorogation of Parliament Hurt Canadian Children?

Another current issue is the Tory plan to provide public funding to faith-based schools. The question arises, what changes might this plan effect in these schools, especially with respect to the curriculum? It is seen by some as the first step to forcing all private schools to absorb Ontario government's full secular curriculum.

Discussions concerning the Canadian and US border crossings have also been in the news. At a recent Quebec summit Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President George W. Bush discussed plans for keeping the border open during future emergencies such as arose with 9/11. Journalist Rory Leishman proposes a unique solution. If France and Germany do not require border controls, why should Canada and the U.S., he asks.

Also this week, interesting news from sociologist Reginald Bibby. Research shows that atheists remain a small minority in Canada because most Canadians believe in God, identify with Christianity, and attend services. And what do the unchurched think of church? Talk show host Drew Marshall figured there was only one way to find out. He offered to pay two "outsiders" to attend church and interviewed them about their church experience.

Some additional articles you may not want to miss. Margaret Gibb's, "What Not to Wear" is an encouragement to women who are heavily pressured into fashion consciousness. And, if you're in the Toronto area, you may want to check out Heaven's Rehearsal on Saturday evening at the Air Canada Centre. Reynold and Kathy Mainse of 100 Huntley Street say they're hosting this gathering of "every tribe, nation and people" to prepare for Christ's second coming.

Please enjoy these selections, as well as additional ones below.

Daina Doucet
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