Church and state
Canadian flags fly in front of the Notre-Dame Cathedral basilica in Ottawa. (Photo credit: Shutterstock)

Many Canadians would say their country is secular. But Leslie Rosenblood, a member of the board of the Centre for Inquiry Canada, says it isn’t secular enough.

“We call ourselves a secular nation. And we are, compared to many countries,” he said. “Progress has been made, but there is still more to do.”

The centre, founded in 2007, is dedicated to promoting critical thinking, science and evidence-based decision-making to guide public policy. The organization, which counts just 326 paid members, has launched a national effort to make Canada an even more secular nation.

One area the centre would like to change is removing the advancement of religion as a charitable purpose, alongside the advancement of education, relief of poverty and other community benefits.

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John Longhurst is a freelance religion reporter and columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press. He has been involved in journalism and communications for over 40 years, including as president of Canadian Church...