Critical Links 2015/05/15: CFIC’s Updates and News on Science and Secularism
CFI Canada’s mission is to provide education and training to the public in the application of skeptical, secular, rational and humanistic inquiry through conferences, symposia, lectures, published works and the maintenance of a library.
Events, News and Updates
- May 13, 2015: CBC’s The National posted a news segment on the decline of religion in Canada
- May 14, 2015: the CFI Toronto hosted Jarret Ruminski for a talk about Bigfoot and Bigfooters at the CFIC office
- May 14, 2015: the CFI Ottawa participated in rally events in Ottawa to support the human right of bodily autonomy, defending every person’s right to determine what happens to their own body; this is defence of bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom
- May 15, 2015: CFIC added “The R-Word” podcast to our reference page of great blogs and podcasts
- June 10, 2015: CFIC Toronto will host author Jerry Coyne in support of his latest book: Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible
- September 19 & 20: River City Reasonfest in Manitoba
Blasphemy News, Observations in Canada and the World
- Some views and reflections on the blasphemy-murder of Farkhunda in Afghanistan and its implications in Pakistan
- Michael Gerson (US Columnist) advocating respect
CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith-based violence around the world.
- Bangledeshi Blogger, Ananta Bijoy Das was murdered after being denied a visa by Sweden.
The Harms of Superstition
- Murders of people with albinism driven by superstition; elections in Tanzania mean people with albinism are hunted
- Using superstition to help science?
- In Kuala Lumpur an anti-hysteria kit is OK (to help with exorcism) so long as it isn’t superstitious; the gift of irony appears to be free with every purchase
- “Today the very belief and practices that rationalists slam as superstitious and unscientific are revered and pushed towards the wider evil agenda of relgio-politicism.” Read the whole article.
Skeptics and Humanists Aid and Relief Effort (SHARE)
In response to the outpouring of concern expressed by members and volunteers of CFI Canada over the earthquake in Nepal (May 2015), we have launched the Skeptics and Humanists Aid and Relief Effort (SHARE). The SHARE fund was initially developed by CFI (US) as a service for their donors who wished to give to disaster relief in a way that is consistent with their ethics and standards; in Canada, the SHARE model is a service to CFIC members and donors who wish to give to disaster recovery initiatives through secular charities. CFIC will provide a tax receipt to donors and pass 100% of donations to a secular disaster recovery charity partner. Donor names and details will not be shared with other organizations (unless explicitly requested by the donor). Giving to assist during disasters should respect your ethics and reach the vulnerable. We can help.
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