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Critical Links 2015/06/19 CFIC News and Updates

June 19, 2015

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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

  • June 22: CFIC finalizing details of a talk with Tony Ortega (author of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely) on Scientology!
  • Get a CFIC Ballcap!  We have a limited quantity of ballcaps for sale.  With summer vacations coming up, they make a terrific way to keep the sun off and include a bit of skepticism in your travels! For more details email:  torontoteam@cficanada.ca

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  • June 25: Okanagan Branch Hosts Ask An Atheist (panel discussion)
  • July 20: Okanagan Branch Hosts How Does the Creative Process Work? (talk)
  • August 2-4: CFI Canada has begun plans to greet colleagues from CFI China!

Friends and Members in the Community

CFIC has some of the most interesting and active, creative and engaged people in the community!  Here are some of the activities of our friends and members.

  • A long-time friend of CFI Canada, Chris DiCarlo participated in The Zoomer’s (with Conrad Black) discussion regarding the decline of Christianity – airing begin June 15th at 9:00pm (also available on their website).
  • June 4-20: Longtime CFIC member Jeffrey Rosenthal (author of Struck By Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities) will be performing in the entertaining farc “The Mumberley Inheritance” at the Scarborough Village Theatre.   Tickets are $20 ($17 students/seniors): http://theatrescarborough.com/GUILD_Mumberly.html
  • September 19 & 20: River City Reasonfest in Manitoba
  • October 17-18: Society of Edmonton Atheists is hosting  a secular conference
  • November 25-27: Canadian Science Policy Centre Conference

Let us know if you have an activity you’d like to share!

Blasphemy News, Observations in Canada and the World

Faith-Based Violence and Bigotry

CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.

  • Canada’s Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development has issued a press release regarding the situation of religious minorities in Bangladesh.  CFI Canada has begun discussions with a variety of organizations and individuals concerned with events in Bangladesh.  If you are interested to participate in CFI Canada’s response to Bangladesh, please contact Eric Adriaans at: ned@centreforinquiry.ca
  • Jimmy Wales, The Founder of Wikipedia says “Raif Badawi is my hero.”  Raif was awarded the Medal of Honor Strasbourg Award by the Mayor of Strasbourg. Ensaf Haidar has informed CFI Canada that this is the tenth award for Raif Badawi.

It is not fair to blame violence on all religion, but it is not true that all religion is blameless. Centuries of evidence reveal violent patterns we should study rather than deny.

Guy Rodgers, St-Bruno-de-Montarville

Science and Ethics News

Major announcements of advances in science should be greeted with skepticism and verification.  Following are several recent science announcements which reached our attention.  Are they Extraordinary Claims with Extraordinary Evidence?

  • According to the Ottawa Citizen, A Parliamentary Subcommittee is warning of cellphone and WiFi dangers, claiming mixed scientific evidence.
  • Evidence Fro Democracy has launched www.sciencepledge.ca
  • A story from Australia regarding vaccination against Whooping Caugh……”Whooping cough shouldn’t be here and more information needs to be passed on and adults need to be told about booster immunisation, I’ve got four kids and I never knew about it”

The Harms of Superstition  

  • Are black dogs the last to be adopted at animal shelters?
  • A story regarding witchdoctors abduction and killing of children for body parts

Skeptics and Humanists Aid and Relief Effort (SHARE)share_logo_big

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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