Why atheists can respect the religious
Growing up in Quebec after the Quiet Revolution, it was easy for me to bea militant atheist. Let’s ban all religions and their churches! Now I advocate for Quebec er s—even atheists—to defy the Coalition Ave nir Québec’s proposed ban on certain workers wearing religious symbols.
Why? I learned a missionary, Jeanne Man ce, founded Montreal’ s first hospital, Hôtel-Di eu. I read that militant Catholics helped start the CN TU workers’ union. Muslims welcomed and fed me and their non-Muslim neighbours after their mosque was attacked and their fellow Muslims were murdered. Religious Jews showed me it is a mitzva h (commandment) to support Palestinian human rights inside Israel. Buddhists taught me that when the going gets tough, the tough accept all people.
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El Salvador military death squad zone. Sikhs provide community services to a ll in their neighbourhood. My b lind friend loves spending time with their community on Sunday sat the Presbyterian church.
This atheist believe sin the Bib le’s golden rule: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you .” In Quebec, it translates into “so-so-so-solidarité!” Scott Weinstein, Montreal