Inquisitive Minds Podcast Critical Thinking on History, Religion, Politics and Culture

This week on the Inquisitive Minds Podcast, we examine the problems with hasty conclusions and imprecise definitions. As news came of the identity of the suspect responsible for the bomb threat at Concordia University on March 1, 2017, people realized that a lesson against hasty conclusions and analysis needed to be learned. This unfortunate episode and others like it comes at a time when many feel a growing atmosphere of discrimination against Muslims and other religious groups. This has forced some Canadian parliamentarians to propose a motion against Islamophobia and systemic racism. In this episode, we discuss how this motion uncovered the uncomfortable reality that Canadians and Quebecers are quite divided over the issue of anti-Muslim sentiment and what some see as the threat of the Islamization of Canada.

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This week we continue our discussion about the advent of Donald Trump as president of the U.S. We will once again focus on the content of Trump's inaugural speech and say a few words about the culture of "alternate facts" that has permeated the politics of this new White House administration.

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This week we discuss the advent of Donald Trump as president of the United States of America. Many were surprised and shocked to hear that he had won the election and still really wonder why people voted for him. In this episode, we will try to understand the implications of this election for the American people and the rest of the world. We will end with a few remarks concerning the religious content of the inauguration and Trump's speech.

 

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On this week's episode of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast, we discuss the recent Canadian Supreme Court decision which ruled against opening city council meetings with a prayer. In this particular case, the ruling was brought against the wishes of the mayor of the city of Saguenay, in the province of Quebec. Does such a decision go against the freedom of conscience and religion? What role should religion, and more specifically prayer, play in the political realm? Does Canada truly uphold the principles of secularism? What are the differences between Quebec and the rest of Canada when it comes to secularism and the place of religion in the public sphere?

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