The Surfing Madonna

When I picked up a copy of The Coast News and read the front page article about a mosaic of a Madonna I couldn’t help being amazed how religious representations are consistently being recycled in contemporary art form. The article relates the story of a mural that had to be removed from its original place […]

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On Faith and Believing

My father passed away on the 21st of September 2012. Soon after his death I found out that he had confessed to a mutual friend that I did not believe “je ne croyais pas”. This came as a surprise to me, especially since my father taught me to have a critical mind and to question […]

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The Net; then and now

It’s been almost 25 years since I began surfing the Net. At the time it was an exiting experience. Cyberspace was full of enthusiasts. The more involved activists were called net evangelists. Back then I surfed using my bulky Zenith laptop and a modem. It was not a plug and play environment like today. The […]

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FOBLO; Fear of being left out

Facebook and Google know that we value conformity more than our privacy Laurie Penny, NewStateman.com “Cypherpunks is a book about four brave, smart, innovative men, one of whom is wanted for questioning on rape allegations, sitting in a room telling each other how brave and smart they are and expecting everyone else to agree with […]

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In Memoriam

On September 21st 2012 my father passed away. He was 87. He was my hero, my friend, my mentor, my sponsor and my adversary. I will miss him. On September 28th a mass was celebrated at the Madonna della Difesa church in Montreal. I said a few words in his memory in French. The English […]

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Six Reasons We Can’t Change The Future Without Progressive Religion

By Sara Robinson, AlterNet One of the great historical strengths of the progressive movement has been its resolute commitment to the separation of church and state. As progressives, we don’t want our government influenced by anybody’s religious laws. Instead of superstition and mob id, we prefer to have real science, based in real data and […]

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Heroine With a Thousand Faces:

The Rise of the Female Savior By Lynn Parramore, AlterNet.org Hard times were made for heroes. In the face of oppression, it’s natural to want a savior – an intermediary to carry our hopes and dreams of overturning The System. From the wreckage of the Great Depression, a slew of caped crusaders rose, like Superman, […]

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Online addiction

Facebook rehab: Obsessive use of the internet is changing the way people communicate and interact – even the way our brains function. by Renee Lewis, Aljazeera.com Almost a year ago in Korea, an infant starved to death while her parents obsessively played an online game in which they cared for a virtual baby instead of […]

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Tablet computers: The second coming

Another example of what Jacques Ellul describes as “proliferating sacred”: Religious objects of worship never die but metamorphose into other forms of ultimate devotion. In the article the Economist describes people’s adulation to Apple computers as “quasi-religious”. The term was originally coined by Paul Tillich, meaning a genuine similarity to religion –i.e. grasped by ultimate […]

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