About this web site:
The group that compiles and maintains this web site is located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. However much of the site's content -- perhaps most -- relates to developments in the United States, where most of our visitors live.
We are located in the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. The term "Haudenosaunee" refers to the Iroquois Confederacy comprising of the: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora Nations.
Unlike almost all other religious web sites, we don't promote the beliefs and practices of a single denomination, faith group, or sect within a single religion.
Instead we try to explain the beliefs, practices, and history of a wide range of faith groups. We promote religious tolerance, freedom, understanding, coexistence, respect and cooperation. We also promote equal rights and treatment of persons of all genders, gender identificatons, sexual orientations, races and nationalities.
Other web sites that discuss religious information generally include only news that has developed in the immediate past -- perhaps during the previous day. This web site often tells complete stories from beginning to end, sometimes covering a few weeks or even years. An example was the story of the 50 murders at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand during 2019-MAR. We covered developments over 17 month's time in five articles. Another was the 2019-APR fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. We consolidated information from over a dozen news articles published over a many months into two articles about the tragedy.
According to "The Book Of Odds," the chance that a web site will contain pornography is 1 in 8.3. If you are looking for porn here, you will be disappointed. We only have words and the occasional non-pornographic image.
See the list of topics on the right side of this page titled: "ABOUT THIS SITE" for an index of main topics discussed in this web site.
See our list of Recent new/updated essays for articles added in the last few months.
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All medical, legal, and other information on this web site is for educational purposes only. For specific information including advice, diagnoses, options, and treatment, see your physician, lawyer or other professional.
Visitors come to this web site from all over the world. So, we had to select a uniform style for dates. We chose a Year-Month-Day sequence, like 2020-AUG-27, which is clear and unambiguous. If we had used a convention like 04-11-20 then some visitors would read this as April 11, 2020 and others would decode it as NOV-04, 2020.
To designate years, rather than use the AD/BC convention which is Christian in origin, we use the newer universal designations:
- CE is equivalent to AD and refers to the "Common Era:" dates that run from 1, when the Jewish prophet, Jesus, was about five years of age, to today and beyond.
- BCE is equivalent to BC. It refers to dates "Before the Common Era." that run before 1 CE.
A sampling of recent new/updated reports:
This should give you an idea of the range of topics that we cover.
Ozone depletion & the CFC ban
Baker Won't Make Wedding Cake; case before Supreme Court
About transgender military service members
Gay marriage legalized in both Austria and Australia.
Controversy about the use of gender-neutral, personal pronouns
- Former Chief Justice Moore
of Alabama runs for the Senate, and loses
Essays donated by contributing editor, Susan Humphreys:
- Religion the United Kingdom (UK): Banning Franklin Graham from the UK
- Two examples of the Golden Rule trumping a religious tradition
Gay marriage in Australia: Part 33: 2017-DEC: The first "intent to marry" forms issued. The first same-sex marriage
An essay donated by: Gabriel Gherasim: "The Final Solution, or Am I worth living?"
2017-DEC: U.S. Supreme Court & the 9th Circuit Court rule on Trump's travel ban
Life events shared by Yeshua (Jesus) and the "Mythic Hero Archetype"
"The Christmas Wars / Christmas Dilemma. Part 3"
Gay marriages in Bermuda Part 1 Part 2: Legalized during 2017; may shortly be canceled.
Imbolc, a Wiccan and Neopagan seasonal day of celebration a.k.a. Groundhog Day, Snowdrop Festival, etc.
- Christian Humanism: a liberal faith within Christianity.
Assessing the will of God through prayer; is it reliable?
The Presbyterian Church (USA) redefines marriage and gives their clergy the choice of solemnizing the marriages of same-sex couples.
Climate Change 2017-OCT to 2018-FEB
Deism, God, the Big Bang, Matter, & Motion, an essay discussing Deist beliefs and the existence of God, contributed by Contributing Editor Susan Humphreys
Updating the New Testament, an essay donated by Alton C. Thompson about the Golden Rule.
Beliefs about God, by Stephen Hawking, an Atheist who died during the morning of 2018-MAR-14
School Shootings, mostly in North America: 2010 until now. Changes after shooting in Parkland, FL
Beliefs about God, by Stephen Hawking, an Atheist
Proposal to Create a Life Enhancement Group (LEG), an article donated by Alton C. Thompson
An Extensive Study of the "Pillars of Practice" in Islam, an essay donated by Professor Hafiz Ikram Ullah
Mississippi creates law to ban abortions after 15 weeks
New Years resolutions, donated by Contributing Editor Susan Humphreys
"People are Naturally Good, But ...:" an essay donated by Alton C. Thompson about selfish and cooperative behavior.
School Shootings, in North America During 2018-MAR/APR.
Student walkouts. Public reactions.
- About the biblical story of Sodom & Gomorrah: Introduction
This is in response to a new European Union data protection law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which became effective on 2018-MAY-25.
Visitors come to to this web site from around the world:
Most visitors come from the U.S. Many others come from Canada, Central America, Europe, India, etc.
We have never been able to figure out
who the various isolated folks are, who are floating in the southern Pacific Ocean, Indian ocean, near Madagascar, etc.
The entire site is copyrighted © 1995 to 2020 by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. All rights reserved.
Our U.S. postal address is: OCRT, PO Box 128, Watertown, NY, 13601, USA. Unfortunately, the U.S. - Canadian border -- the longest undefended border in the world -- is now closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since our office is in Canada, we are no longer able to travel to our U.S. post office box. The US Postal Service has closed the PO Box. Anything that you send there will not be answered. However, the Post Office is saving all incoming material for a time when the border is once more open.
We recommend that people use our Canadian postal address:
OCRT, PO Box 22035, RPO Cataraqui, Kingston ON, Canada K7M 8S5. Alternately, please email us at: [email protected]
Our specific office location is kept confidential because of the hate email and death threats that we receive.
For copyright purposes, this website is registered in Canada as "Religious Tolerance: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance."
Copyright © 1995 to 2020 by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Author: B.A. Robinson
Latest update: 2020-OCT-12, Thanksgiving in Canada