Canada and irreligion

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The Canadian national anthem, which is the song Oh, Canada, declares, "God keep our land glorious and free!"

Atheists, agnostics and various other non-Christians have been unable to change the lyrics to the Canadian national anthem.[1]

In 2014, the Vancouver Sun, citing the scholarship of Eric Kaufmann and other data, declared in article entitled Think religion is in decline? Look at who is 'going forth and multiplying':

What about Canada?

The most recent figures available confirm Kaufmann’s thesis. Muslim women in Canada have the highest birthrate — at 2.4 babies per woman, followed by Hindus (2 babies per woman), Sikhs (1.9), Jews (1.8), various Protestants (1.6) and Catholics (1.6). Non-religious Canadian women have only 1.4 babies per woman.

Kaufmann has also discovered that children of immigrants do not easily walk away from the family religion — not like many of the offspring of parents born in the West.

Children of immigrants often engage in “cultural defence,” says sociologists. They tend to stay with their parents’ traditional, ethno-religious customs to affirm their identities. When secularism does gain newcomers, Kaufmann says, they come mainly from the offspring of domestic-born moderate or liberal religious parents. “The middle ground,” as Kaufmann puts it, “is being hollowed out.” There is a “higher cost” for members of conservative religions to reject their parents’ faith, he says. “To leave a conservative religion is a big, big step. You’re leaving more behind.” With such lines of reasoning, Kaufmann makes a case that is worth taking seriously regarding who shall inherit the Earth.[2]

Canadian atheist activist Pat O'Brien on the difficulty of atheist fundraising

See also: Atheist fundraising vs. religious fundraising and Atheism and charity

The Canadian atheist activist Pat O'Brien is a Canadian atheist, an activist, and ex-president of Humanist Canada and British Columbia Humanist Association (Secular humanism is a form of atheism).

O'Brien said about the willingness atheists/humanists to support national and provincial atheist organizations: "The biggest problem is fundraising. It is difficult to get Humanists to part with their money."[3]

Canadians and Americans distrust atheists as much as rapists

See also: Distrust of atheists and Atheism and rape and Atheism and social outcasts

Studies and web traffic data appear to indicate that women in the Western World tend to be more religious than men.[4] See: Atheism and women

On December 10, 2011, USA Today reported in a story entitled Study: Atheists distrusted as much as rapists:

The study, conducted among 350 Americans adults and 420 Canadian college students, asked participants to decide if a fictional driver damaged a parked car and left the scene, then found a wallet and took the money, was the driver more likely to be a teacher, an atheist teacher, or a rapist teacher?

The participants, who were from religious and nonreligious backgrounds, most often chose the atheist teacher.

The study is part of an attempt to understand what needs religion fulfills in people. Among the conclusions is a sense of trust in others.

"People find atheists very suspect," Shariff said. "They don't fear God so we should distrust them; they do not have the same moral obligations of others. This is a common refrain against atheists. People fear them as a group."[5]

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  1. Changing O Canada: Is God next? by Terry Milewski, CBC Canada
  2. Think religion is in decline? Look at who is 'going forth and multiplying', Vancouver Sun
  3. Interview – ​Pat O’Brien on Humanism in Canada and British Columbia by Scott Jacobsen, Conatus News, 2016
  4. Multiple references:
  5. Study: Atheists distrusted as much as rapists