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.
CFI Canada happily welcomes Catherine Dunphy to our National Office (55 Eglinton Ave E, Suite 307) on Wednesday, September 16th at 7:30pm to read from her book From Apostle to Apostate: The Story of the Clergy Project. It was published by New Atheist publishers, Pitchstone Publishing, in July of this year.
Copies of the book will be on offer and Ms. Dunphy will do a signing. If you’d like to reserve a copy, please go to CFIC Events Page and select a member/non-member option to pay ($15 CFIC members/$20 non-members). For admission, it is:
– FREE for CFI Canada members (present your membership card at the door)
– $5.00 for non-members (get a ticket at CFIC Events Page or at the door)
- US hostage Kayla Mueller ‘killed by IS’, say ex-slaves; The American hostage Kayla Mueller was murdered by so-called Islamic State after being raped repeatedly by its leader.
- Sex-ed protest leaves Toronto school nearly half-empty; Nearly 700 students from Thorncliffe Park Public School did not come to class Tuesday
- FREE INQUIRY Defends Free Expression; Publishes “Draw Muhammad” Cartoon in Special Blasphemy Issue
As atheist bloggers are being murdered with impunity by Islamists in Bangladesh, and nine years after the eruption of violence over “blasphemous” drawings of the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish paper, Free Inquiry — the first national U.S. publication to reproduce the “Danish cartoons” — presents a provocative special issue on blasphemy and the global efforts to suppress dissent and criticism of religion.
- Controversial self-help guru tries for comeback after prison; James Arthur Ray is on the lecture circuit again having spent two years in prison after being found guilty in the 2009 deaths of three people during his Arizona sweat lodge ceremony.
We owe it to ourselves and to our children not to give a free pass to governments—totalitarian, theocratic, or democratic—that endorse, encourage, enforce, or otherwise legitimize the suppression of open questioning in order to protect ideas that are considered “sacred.” Five hundred years of science have liberated humanity from the shackles of enforced ignorance. We should celebrate this openly and enthusiastically, regardless of whom it may offend.
- Sep. 16, Toronto,7:30pm – Catherine Dunphy; CFI Canada happily welcomes Catherine Dunphy to our National Office (55 Eglinton Ave E, Suite 307) to read from her book From Apostle to Apostate: The Story of the Clergy Project.
- Sept 11th, Toronto: (second Friday of each month), CFIC T.O. : Board Games Night! Join us for an evening of relaxing and thinking fun as we mostly play classic and strategy board games, and partake in trivia. Sometimes even charades, jai alai, Octopush – whatever strikes our fancy. Feel free to bring your own games to share. You could even just come and hang out on the comfy-chairs with like-minded folks for a little more conversation and a little less action. –
- Sept 14th, Toronto: Every second Monday, CFIC T.O. – Living Without Religion– The group discusses past and present religious issues and looks at a positive life free of guilt, fear and shame. While the group is still dedicated to dealing with problems and issues revolving around religion, it is also a place for those interested in exploring larger issues in a non-judgmental welcoming atmosphere.
- Sept 19th, Toronto: (Every third Saturday of the month) Come one, come all to CFI Ontario’s Cafe Skeptique, a fun and fascinating discussion group that focuses on a range of topics within the realm of skepticism such as pseudo-science, alternative medicine, conspiracy theories, etc. It’s open to the public and everyone is welcome to join in! See you all at Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. just west of Spadina Ave
- Sept 28th, Toronto: Every last Monday of the month, everyone is welcome to attend the Science & Philosophy Book Club, where we provide a friendly, free-thinking environment to discuss books that inspire rewarding conversation on subjects related to science and philosophy. This month we discuss “Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story” by Jim Holt
- Okanagan – Secular Social. Now every second and fourth Monday of the month! Come to the pub and hang out with other skeptics and freethinkers. Mission Tap House and Grill, 3110 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna. If you don’t recognize anyone, look for the table with the CFI sign.
- 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
Karla’s Atheist Breast Cancer Support Facebook group is now available. It’s private so you have to ask to join. Say you are an atheist with breast cancer and Karla will approve your request.
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Faith-Based Violence and Bigotry
Despite all of the hate mail he has received, the business owner said already sold out of hats and bumper stickers and he’s having more shipped in by the end of the week. He said there’s a possibility he will sell shirts as well
- Female cartoonist could have 12 year prison term extended for shaking her lawyer’s hand; An Iranian artist currently serving more than 12 years in prison for criticising the government now faces further charges of “indecency” for allegedly shaking her male lawyer’s hand.
CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.
Science, Medicine, and Ethics News
- Scientists have discovered a new species of human ancestor deep in a South African cave, adding a baffling new branch to the family tree; A trove of bones hidden deep within a South African cave represents a new species of human ancestor. )Also, see 7 key questions about our newly discovered human ancestor, answered)
- The remains of a major new prehistoric stone monument have been discovered less than 3 kilometres from Stonehenge. Using cutting edge, multi-sensor technologies the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project has revealed evidence for a large stone monument hidden beneath the bank of the later Durrington Walls ‘super-henge’.
- Mayor de Blasio Is Set to Ease Rules on Circumcision Ritual
The city is seeking to waive a rule that requires parents to sign a consent form before the ritual, which involves the circumciser using his mouth to suck blood away from the incision on a boy’s penis. The ritual is common among some branches of Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Judaism.
Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion
- Cape Flats school calls in exorcists; Prince George Primary’s principal says they decided to call in spiritual help after children “placed spells” on teachers. Priests say in recent weeks they have seen an increasing need to perform exorcisms on the Cape Flats.
- Group petitions for satanic statue at Capitol; The Arkansas Legislature passed a law earlier this year to place a privately funded Ten Commandments statue on Capitol grounds. In response, “The Satanic Temple” has requested to place a Baphomet statue alongside the Ten Commandments.
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