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Atheist Bus Ads - Religion in the Public Square

Atheists have launched an advertising campaign that is inviting discussion of religion in the public square! That’s really good news, says Don Hutchinson, legal counsel for The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC).

The bus ads that read, “There’s probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy your life,” are certainly inviting discussion. They’ve been a hot topic since the announcement that they will appear on Toronto buses as early as mid-February. Opinion on the ads is divided in Canada’s Christian community.

The United Church of Canada, for instance, is welcoming this “discussion” with ads of their own. They see the ads as an opportunity to attract queries and engage people in conversation on their website. Whereas some Christians say the ads should not be allowed, Dr. Margaret Somerville disagrees with this perspective. Within our society, she says, we can get our shared values – religious and secular – across more powerfully if we hear all voices.

Discussion lately has also focussed on the economy and on the federal budget. “This budget provides only a short-term solution for a long-term problem, leaving the fundamental questions facing Canada's economy unanswered,” says Ray Pennings of Cardus (formerly the Work Research Foundation). Cardus is offering a Federal Budget Analysis.

Concerning the economy, Stuart Laidlaw writes for the Toronto Star that “a coalition of Canadian churches and religious groups is warning that economic stimulus without attention to ‘moral values’ is doomed to failure.” The groups say, “Now is the time to change our course, dramatically.”

So, “Let change begin,” declares 100 Huntley Street’s Norm MacLaren. He points out change is difficult for most people since it’s usually accompanied by pain. But there’s one change that would be painless, and we believe, welcomed by most Canadians: a dramatic change in weather.

We’ve had enough of January. “Sometimes I just can’t face this month,” says columnist Lynda MacGibbon. “Bears and other hibernating creatures know how to handle January. They sleep through her tantrums.” We resonate with her sentiment: “Good riddance to January and pass the chocolate!

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Daina Doucet, Online Editor





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