Multiculturalism

11 Feb 2011 Multiculturalism ‘clearly’ a failure: Sarkozy

Agence France-Presse · Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Thursday that multiculturalism had failed, joining a growing number of world leaders or former leaders who have condemned it. “My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure,” he said in a television interview when asked about the policy which advocates that host societies welcome and foster distinct cultural and religious immigrant groups.  “Of course we must all respect differences, but we do not want ...

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28 Jan 2011 For Muslims, growing numbers, and growing fears

Globe & Mail, Jan 27, 2010: The Muslim population of Canada will nearly triple over the next 20 years, according to a new study of global demographic trends focusing on the faith. The number of Canadians who identify themselves as Muslim will reach 2.7 million by 2030, up from approximately 940,000 today, and will make up 6.6 per cent of the total population. Keep reading...

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22 Dec 2010 Politicians and “Merry Christmas” – A Muslim Speaks

By Brian Lilley - Sun Media - OTTAWA -- Knowing what to say when it comes to religious greetings can be a political minefield, but two observers who are also in religious minorities say politicians should be straightforward. "They should wish everybody a religious greeting," said Tarek Fatah, an active Liberal and Muslim in Toronto. "I don't think there is controversy in wishing anyone Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah," said Joseph Ben-Ami, a Jew who has previously worked with the Conservative Party. Keep...

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20 Dec 2010 Quebec bans religious teaching in public daycares

CBC.ca, Dec 17, 2010: The Quebec government is banning religious teaching at all of its publicly funded daycares, prohibiting everything from group prayers to craft projects involving religious symbols.Family Minister Yolande James released a new guide Friday to religion in subsidized daycares that comes into effect next June. As part of the new policy, daycares will not be allowed to teach prayers or any religious doctrine. Daycares that continue to do so will face sanctions including loss of their government subsidies. "We clearly say that our...

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09 Sep 2010 (Updated) Responses to Harper: “My God is a Tolerant God”

ARPA Note: Readers comments are included below. Add your thoughts by emailing [email protected] Let us know if you want them to be made public with your name or anonymously. Globe & Mail, Sept 8 2010: Prime Minister Stephen Harper has used his Christian faith to “unequivocally condemn” a Florida church that plans to burn 200 copies of the Muslim holy book. “I don't speak very often about my own religion, but let me be very clear: My God and my Christ is a tolerant God, and that's what we want to see in this world,” he said. Read more
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08 Sep 2010 Unlikely Partners: Chinese Province Teaches Focus on the Family’s Abstinence Curriculum

Citizenlink: Despite the nation’s atheism and suspicious nature, China’s Yunnan education ministry has embraced Focus on the Family’s abstinence and marriage education materials, to help manage the country’s shifting sexual mores and skyrocketing divorce rate. Nevertheless, “safe sex” advocates, including the U.S. State Department, the United Nations and liberal sex groups are pouring millions into China to implement “safe-sex” programs and media messaging to sway teens away from the abstinence courses. Read more here ...

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02 Sep 2010 Is Ottawa Beginning to Address the Multitude of Problems on Reserves?

Globe & Mail, Sept 1, 2010: Ottawa has quietly ordered a study of Canada’s most economically successful first nations, raising the prospect of a new approach to developing businesses on reserves while sparking fear among some native leaders that their rights to land and resources are at risk. A small but growing number of success stories are spreading across Canada as native communities break out from historic poverty thanks to millions in earnings as landlords of on-reserve condos, hotels, industrial parks and high-end golf resorts. Keep reading...

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03 Aug 2010 NYC mosque project clears hurdle

CBC.ca, August 3, 2010: Efforts to build a mosque two blocks from the site of the 9/11 attacks in lower Manhattan got a big boost Tuesday when a city agency cleared the way for the construction of a controversial Muslim cultural centre. New York's City Landmarks Commission announced it would not give an old building on the site landmark status to protect it from demolition. That allows the building to be torn down to make way for a 13-storey Islamic centre that has sparked heated opposition from critics who say...

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22 Jun 2010 Judge: Quebec Gvmt ‘Totalitarian’ in Imposing Relativism Course

By Patrick B. Craine MONTREAL, Quebec, June 21, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Quebec Ministry of Education’s decision to impose their course in moral and religious relativism on Montreal’s Loyola High School assumed “a totalitarian character essentially equivalent to Galileo's being ordered by the Inquisition to deny the Copernican universe," said the Quebec Superior Court in a strongly-worded ruling released Friday.
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14 Jun 2010 Video: Canadian Aboriginals Offer Forgiveness to Canada and PM Harper

OTTAWA, June 10 /CNW/ - Thousands of Aboriginal individuals are assembling in Ottawa to release this weekend the forgiveness that Prime Minister Stephen Harper requested in 2008. The Prime Minister concluded his apology for Indian Residential Schools by requesting "the forgiveness of the aboriginal peoples of this country for failing them so profoundly." "At that moment" says Chief Kenny Blacksmith, "the onus was placed on our people as individuals to respond. The only way to come into our full healing as the First Peoples of Canada is to forgive. Forgiveness...

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