Why religion shouldn’t be part of public education

In the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, there’s is currently a debate about sexual education in schools and about whether religion should or shouldn’t be part of public education.

Religious individuals, parents and priests sit on boards of parents of many public schools. Their goal is to spread their Catholic beliefs, including opposition to abortion, homosexuality and women’s equality.

Armed with their respective beliefs, all major religions seek to control the sexuality of their faithful. Catholic fundamentalists are now trying to control what some children will learn in Quebec and Ontario and we can’t let them win this one. We need to stand up and clearly say that in this country religion shouldn’t be part of public education.

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As far as I’m concerned, there is only one acceptable answer: no child or teenager will be denied sex education because of the religion of her or his parents, no matter which one.

Religion does not belong in schools. Even less in terms of sex education. Since the cancellation of sex education classes in the 2000s, kids have turned to porn to get the information they seek. Unfortunately, porn is violent and degrading for women. It teaches twisted ideas about sexuality to children and teenagers. It’s a disaster. We are ruining our children by keeping in the dark.

One of the problem with most religion is that it is a boy’s club. As long as women are excluded from the priesthood, Catholic dogmas will remain what they are: misogynistic and homophobic.

Considering that pedophile priests continue to rage around the world. The Church’s credibility with respect to human sexuality and equal rights is non existent.

Toxic masculinity is dangerous

Challenging the narrative of toxic masculinity is not about emasculating men, it’s about eradicating the negative aspects of masculinity that harm both women and men. I think most of us can agree that toxic masculinity is dangerous.

There are a huge number of pressures that come with being a man. Societal expectations and projections and self-judgments and rusted on belief systems, each of which can make it hard to seek support or treatment for mental health problems.

Fear of rejection - TopicsWithPassion.blogThe raise of the extreme right wings is a complete train wreck from beginning to end. It’s given a voice to toxicity.

An example of toxic masculinity is Louis C.K. Mocking people for their difference is not funny, just mean. No, the world hasn’t lost their sense of humour. They simply want to laugh without putting other people down. It’s that simple.

Toxic men have killed women they met on dating applications. They have killed women they have randomly met on the street. They have killed women they live with. Dating application isn’t the problem. Walking outdoors alone isn’t the problem. Falling in and out of love isn’t the problem. Toxic masculinity that says men have a right to anger, violence and ownership over women is the issue.

Toxic masculinity doesn’t hurt only women. Men cry and break down. Men suffer with eating disorders. Men suffer from anxiety and depression. We need to encourage men to speak out. They should suffer in silence.

Want toxic masculinity to end? Call out your friends and family, your colleagues and your fellow men when they act in a way that contributes to sexist ideology, whether that’s just through the telling of basic jokes or the actual abuse of women.

Are we punishing people for being poor?

The way our federal and provincial justice system is faulty. We are imprisoning people for unpaid fines, which is incredibly unfair as most of the time these are people who can’t make the payment. In other words, we are punishing people for being poor.

The policy has also meant the disproportionate imprisonment of Aboriginal people since many living in native reservations live under the line of poverty.

If you think this isn’t an important issue because it will never happen to you or anyone you know, think again. No one is safe from poverty and once you are, it’s very difficult to dig your way out.

This is so messed up. The justice system needs to be revised to make sure that we are not unnecessarily punishing people for being poor. This is shameful truth about our justice system.

Why do people fear equality?

There has been progress, but much remains to be done and many challenges to overcome for a gender-equal world. One of these challenges is understanding why people fear equality.

This is a question I often asked myself. It’s such a foreign concept in my head that anyone would fear or be against equality.

People who have been exposed as misogynists and abusers have recast themselves as victims. They see any damage to their reputations or livelihoods has an excessive price to pay for their transgressions. For some reason they fear that equality will damage their reputation and/or livelihoods. Probably because they enjoy the luxury of acting like they are superior.

We can’t let their whining influence us. They may see it as a personal attack, but their carelessness over others cannot be acceptable.

These individual complain that they have passed their entire lives saying and doing whatever they want whenever they want to, but now have to think before acting. They try to get people to pity them for having to think about others. That’s call basic respect. It’s one of the first things I taught my kids when they were little. Seriously, my kids knows better than these grown adults.

Instead of showing expressions of remorse for their wrongdoing, they lash out in anger. They see it as a personal attack instead of an opportunity to learn from one’s mistake and grow as human beings.

What does equality mean?

  1. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.;
  2. Employees has the right to be treated fairly in workplaces free from discrimination;
  3. Everyone has the right to be paid fairly in workplaces free from discrimination;
  4. No person has advantage over another;

What is Political Correctness?

Political correctness is simply good manners and being considerate of others. Yes, it has simple as that.

Can you be politically correct and have a sense of humour?

Of course, you can. I am a fan of wicked wit and expertly executed sarcasm is one of my favourite things in the world. Jokes aren’t always appropriate. There are things more important than a perfect punchline. Like friendship. Trust. Kindness. Think before you make the joke. Is it worth it?

The ones who usually complain about political correctness are the ones who will react the loudest if someone disrespects them. The irony baffles me.

“I was reading a book which included the phrase “in these days of political correctness…” talking about no longer making jokes that denigrated people for their culture or for the colour of their ski.

And I thought, “that’s not actually anything to do with political correctness. That’s just treating people with respect.

I started imagining a world in which we replaced the phrase “politically correct” wherever we could with “treating other people with respect” and it made me smile.

You should try it. It’s peculiarly enlightening.

I know what you’re thinking now. You’re thinking “Oh my god, that’s treating other people with respect gone mad!” – Neil Gaiman

The common denominator

The common denominators in most cases of hate crimes, public shows of racism, violence against women and different sexual orientations, shared by all of these brats is that they are white, male and believe they are entitled to things they are not entitled to.

This is what happens when society keeps making excuses for white men who have limitless structural power. We need to stop excusing the actions of entitled white men and stop blaming the victims for what happened to them.

Judges who let criminals go with barely a slap on the hand need to lose their job.

Religion doesn’t help either, the bible is full of racism, sexism and classicism and it is a tome of bigotry. How could anyone could be surprised that it encourages bad behaviour? It’s been doing so all over the world for centuries.

We need to stand up and say clearly that there is no defence for this kind of behaviour.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is an international memorial day held on 27 January. The goal is to commemorate the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. The fact that that many of our youth don’t even know this because it isn’t properly taught in schools is pretty sad.

For today’s observance, my wish is…

My wish is that people around the world would take time to remember everything that the Holocaust has to teach us. It’s therefore important to understand and reflect upon the evil that was done and the depths to which humanity can sink. It’s also that there was also compassion, bravery, and goodness that emerges even in the darkest of times.

The words that you use matter.

Words of hate and discrimination have consequences. We can see these consequences in the terror murder of Muslims, women, minorities and Jews. The problem is, that many of the people speaking these words of hate are happy with these consequences. Others speak them out of habit or to simply agree with someone without realizing that they are feeding violence.

Somehow, we need to turn it into consequences the promulgators are not happy with. We all need to stand together to stop these people spreading hate. We need to say that there is a limit to free speech. You can’t hide behind it to encourage hate and violence.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21st marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Please don’t forget to care about race on the 364 days that aren’t Martin Luther King Jr. day.

A lot of things were legal before people took a stand and refused to accept status quo, let’s stand firmly on the right side of history this time. That’s why Martin Luther King Jr. is such an inspiration to all and to this day.

Aquarius are humanitarians

Aquarius individuals (January 20 – February 18) have a strong desire for humanitarian causes with a deep sense of purpose and vision. The water bearer’s greatest wish is to improve the world. They can quickly get frustrated with those who do not see the world as ideally as they do.

“Only love can truly save the world. So I stay, I fight, and I give, for the world I know can be.” – Diana Prince, Wonder Woman

Aquarius women are strong-willed towards their mission of helping others. They seeks to accomplish their philanthropic goal no matter what. Their high ideals are admirable.

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

In this new year, I will strive to be a voice of integrity and passion. To speak up on the growing environmental, class, racism, sexism and all discrimination. Together we can make the world a better place. I’m looking forward to continuing the journey with all of you.

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