Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner April 24, 2019
Of those who declare a religion in Canada, 38% are Roman Catholic, 28% Protestant, 4% Islam and 1% Judaism. JASON BAIN/EXAMINER
When I was in teachers' college, we trainees were warned by several professors not to discuss sex, politics or religion in class.
Bad advice, which I never followed. My chosen age-cohort, teenagers, needed and wanted open-ended, honest, and well-informed discussion on these topics as they moved through life facing a lot of complex challenges.
That bad advice led me to a lifelong interest in the place and force of the religions in our culture. For good and for ill. Yet the enduring power of the religions, their potential "renewable moral energy" is not usually recognized or commented on. Polite society rules out conversation about religious values and convictions for fear of offending.
Newspapers, which used to have well-educated religious reporters covering that beat, have no more. I was shocked when, last November, the Parliament of the World's Religions, bringing together 200 religions and 8,000 people in Toronto, got hardly a mention in mainstream media. Continue Reading >Here<
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