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.
- Niqab ban at citizenship ceremonies unlawful; Appeals Court rules so woman has chance to take oath and vote on Oct. 19
- Memorial University prof refuses to wear device for hearing disabled student, cites religious reasons
“When she said she would not wear the FM system, it was effectively saying to me that ‘I will not teach you’ — because I need that FM system in order to hear the instructor.”
- Transgender students have ‘mental disorder,’ Edmonton Catholic school trustee says; Trustee opposes policy that would allow transgender girl to use female washroom
“I see that as a mental disorder, my faith sees it as a mental disorder”
- 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
- Oct.9th, 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. –
- Oct. 12th, 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.
- September 20, 7:00 pm; CFI Calgary Pastafarian Fall Equinox Bash, at The Dog and Duck Pub, 5340 2nd St SW, Calgary, Alberta
This is CFI Calgary’s 3rd Bi-Annual Pastafarian Equinox Bash! The Flying Spaghetti Monster first crawled into this universe on the Fall Equinox. Come celebrate this momentous event at The Dog and Duck Pub with The Dean Morrison Band, a full Pasta Dinner, door prizes, draws and much more.
- October 4, 7:00 PM, Ottawa; James Street Pub, 390 Bank St. (corner Bank and James)
Maverick and secular humanist Logospilgrim, author of There’s a Hula Girl on my Dashboard: How I Left Faith Behind and Embraced Life, discusses the process that freed her from religious subordination and enabled her to acknowledge her own strength, celebrate her genderqueerness, and reclaim her human dignity.
- 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
- Sabah opposition member jailed 16 months for insulting Islam on Facebook; Politician David Orok was sentenced to 16 months’ jail for sedition over a Facebook post last year that was deemed as against Islam.
- How It Feels To Be An Atheist In A Highly Religious Society
“I fear for my life as an activist against Islamism, and they have already declared me as an enemy of Islam. But I can easily tell everybody that I am a campaigner against the Islamists in Bangladesh, I can not express my agnosticism that easily in public. This is the fear we face in Bangladesh – not only the fear for our lives, but also the fear of social and political death.”
CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.
Science, Medicine, and Ethics News
- Homeopathy ‘Unsupported, Ineffective, Dangerous’: CFI Testimony to FDA; the full text of invited testimony by the Center for Inquiry at the April 20, 2015, hearing of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on “Homeopathic Product Regulation: Evaluating the FDA’s Regulatory Framework After a Quarter-Century.”
- NASA confirms there’s a global subsurface ocean on Enceladus; NASA has just confirmed a more recent theory about the icy moon of Saturn: it has a subsurface ocean that spans the entire globe
Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion
“I prayed and asked God to show me what I should do, and the way I should go about it. What would God do? Did God go around doing this? He would show me this saggy pant—it’s one of the things He did not do. It is not in His orders to do that to gain eternal life.”
“If your whole life has been a certain thing and then all of a sudden it comes to light that it’s not so good, you put your head in the sand or you get out of it”
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