Faith Groups Must Respect Human Rights - yes or no

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Faith Groups Must Respect Human Rights - yes or no

Postby goldfish pond » Feb 2nd, 2018, 9:27 pm

I am posting the below letter as a member of the KASHA board:
Kelowna Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists (KASHA) applauds the recent efforts of the federal government to restrict funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program to those groups who agree to respect human rights, including reproductive and LGBTQ rights.

Freedom of religion and belief are fundamental freedoms in Canada that KASHA fully supports, but that support does not include approval of taxpayer funding for organizations whose core mandate and practices fail to respect human rights.

This is not merely an esoteric debate about the balancing of conflicting rights. Intolerant attitudes towards marginalized groups have real world consequences. For example, according to Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, 33% of LGB youth have attempted suicide in comparison to 7% of youth in general. A program that does not recognize and respect the rights of LGBTQ youth, as some religious organizations are claiming they cannot do, would only exacerbate this serious problem.

KASHA has no desire to restrict the many valuable services provided by faith organizations. However, faith organizations — like other organizations — must respect human rights legislation if they are to receive taxpayer support. Some religious leaders are claiming that they cannot attest to being able to run their programs while respecting the rights of others. In which case, they should not receive government funding.

Insisting that taxpayer funds not be used to undermine the rights of fellow citizens should not be a controversial position. Canadians would rightly be outraged at the government funding a secular organization running a student jobs program that undermines respect for Canadian law. Why should we treat faith organizations any differently?

Nina George, Darrel Lewis, Daniel Mallett, Ellen Nilson, David Robinson, Zena Ryder

Kelowna Atheists, Humanists, and Skeptics Association Board

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Re: Faith Groups Must Respect Human Rights - yes or no

Postby youjustcomplain » Feb 5th, 2018, 8:40 am

I had no idea KASHA was a thing. Wonderful.

I'd take this over to the issue on MAID where patients in religious hospitals are not allowed to use MAID even though the physicians are in support of it.

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Re: Faith Groups Must Respect Human Rights - yes or no

Postby goldfish pond » Feb 5th, 2018, 9:56 am

There are definitely lots of topics to address.
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Re: Faith Groups Must Respect Human Rights - yes or no

Postby Glacier » Feb 5th, 2018, 2:44 pm

What if you're an atheist organization that doesn't want to wade into the abortion debate or is pro-life, and thus don't want to click the box? Should you be defunded because you're just doing charity work, and you don't want to get political?

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Re: Faith Groups Must Respect Human Rights - yes or no

Postby goldfish pond » Feb 5th, 2018, 6:40 pm

The federal government is not asking anyone to wade into the abortion topic. If the core activities of an organization is to disrespect human rights then it shouldn't get government funding.
Anyone can believe whatever they want on their own dime.

Promoting human rights is not controversial.

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Re: Faith Groups Must Respect Human Rights - yes or no

Postby Omnitheo » Feb 22nd, 2018, 7:11 am

goldfish pond wrote:There are definitely lots of topics to address.
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I noticed you have an event at Tonic’s on Monday.

Keep in mind that Monday at tonics is their trivia night, which starts around 7.
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