Letter: Religious rights shouldn’t override women’s rights

RE: March for Life is about preserving humanity, June 28-July 26 The nonsensical notion that life begins at conception is a religious conceit. If your faith is such that you believe that a child exists from the moment of conception then it’s your right to make your own decisions about your health and physical autonomy based on that. But, as with so many things that are part of personal faith, when people seek to impose those beliefs on others, it ceases to become a matter of faith and then becomes an issue of systemic and cultural oppression. The freedom of religion identified in the Fundamental Freedoms section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies to protect the freedom […]

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Letter: Head coverings have a place in high fashion

Being a non-believer, I tend to tread lightly when discussing religious garments, in worries of offending anyone due to my lack of knowledge on the topic. However, it saddens me that nowadays, wearing garments and clothing that clearly identify one’s religion attracts a disproportionate backlash. Out of the variety of religious garments that adorn the bodies of men and women, hijabs, burkas, and abayas often seem to be of most controversy. This type of apparel is usually not what comes to mind when western high fashion is of interest, despite their popularity. Western designers who create the most luxurious and elegant collections should cater to those from opposite ends of the world. Not only would this diversify the fashion industry, […]

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Letter: Palestine mural defacement was motivated by hate

Carleton takes pride in the multiculturalism within its student body. However, acts like the defacement of the Palestine mural in the tunnels reveal the intolerance underlying our campus community and greater society. Many of us dream of a harmonious society where we accept one another and our differences. While there’s no doubt we have made progress, there is still work to be done. We don’t all need to share the same political and religious views, but our differences should be respected. Defacing a mural that symbolizes home and identity for many students on campus is disheartening and creates an unsafe environment. Associating the Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine in Jerusalem, with ISIS is racist and Islamophobic. To see […]

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Letter: Terrorism isn’t religious

It is often said that moments of crisis bring out the best or worst in people. It’s also said that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. In a society like ours that’s overrun with fear of terrorism, remaining silent amidst ignorance and hate is equally detrimental to terrorism itself. We must not let bigotry scream louder than rational discussion. Terrorism’s purpose is to make people afraid. It aims to challenge and destroy societal norms that have been created and continue to evolve in the communities we live in. Terrorists aim to achieve this by dismantling communities on a domestic or international scale. The effects of a terrorist attack do not stop […]

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Letter: Paganism is misunderstood

Here in Canada, there is an openness and tolerance of most religions and spiritualities. Despite many regions still rampant with cultural and institutional bigotry against one or more types of people, the world as a whole has grown kinder and more welcoming. In a society that has been established predominantly on the values of Abrahamic religions however, there are still many who fear and disdain those who call themselves a Pagan, Wiccan, or witch. Practicing Wiccans, Pagans, and witches are no longer persecuted due to prejudiced legal systems and are even protected and recognized as legitimate by law in most provinces. While the religion is legally recognized, it is often not recognized practically. I have seen my fair share of […]

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