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Celebrating Easter … With a Rant Against Easter

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What better way to celebrate easter Sunday than with a rant against Christianity’s most holy weekend, Easter.

Easter is the mythological period during which the star performer for Christians – Jesus – is resurrected after dying on the cross during Roman times.

Unfortunately, the whole thing is a fake.  It’s a cheap knock-off of some really cool ancient festivals, especially those that celebrate the ‘rebirth’ of the planet during the Vernal Equinox.

What’s troubling is that plagiarism is not allowed in our education system but here we have so many Westerners celebrating their triumph over other organized religions and traditions.

I’ve seen many similar rants in the past related to Easter here, here and especially here, so I’m not going to bore you with the details.

What I want to know is that answer to a simple question:  why do Christian holidays become ‘holidays’ (ie. ‘holy days’) for everyone even if the vast majority of us are no longer Christian?

When was the last time we had a public holiday with everything closed for Yom Kippur?  Or Eid? Or the thousands of other significant religious and non-religious events across the globe.

Why isn’t Earth Day a holiday?  Or ‘First day of women voting in Canada’ a holiday?

Because those who structure our system have a bias.

And bias is bad.  Bias is ultimately racist, destructive and combative.

I think we all have to accept that ‘traditions’ are great when celebrated at home with friends and family or within the institutions that created those traditions.  However, the minute these activities become institutionalized and everyone is forced the celebrate these ‘traditions’ regardless of their religion, we marginalize the ideas of so many other people.

If we’re ever going to advance as a society, ‘holidays’ that focus on religion must come to an end.

And not be resurrected.

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Safe Injection Sites: Lots of Possibilities

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What are your thoughts on safe injection sites?

Many cities are about to follow Vancouver’s lead by introducing these sites as options for drug addicts.

Here is my simple thought on safe injection sites:  they’re not worth the effort.

For all you bureaucrats who want to install safe injection sites, I say sure.  Let’s show some support for those who are going through hard times.  They need our help.

Just tell me what suburb you plan to install them in.

Don’t even think for a second that downtown ANYWHERE is OK to the health of any city.  London, for example, is already swamped with folks going to Mission or outreach-type services in the downtown area, flooding the core with junkies and dealers alike.

In fact, you can always spot the dealers and if I were in charge of the police force, here’s what I’d look for:  a 20-something kid riding a BMX or dilapidated bike wearing a hat cocked sideways, carrying a gym bag over his shoulders, smoking a cigarette.

Anyways, they may be harder to spot in a place like Toronto, where kind-hearted bureaucrats are considering at least 3 such sites.

So yeah, let’s look at 3 locations.  Here are MY 3 recommendations for all of the Toronto bureaucrats:

  • Rosedale
  • Forest Hill
  • The Kingsway

Oh yeah … those probably won’t be an option.  But any citizen that owns a house or has to fight against streets littered with needles has to remind those they vote for that safe injection sites are not good social policy.

They’re an admission of failure.

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