September 29/2015 Critical Links
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.
On October 19, 2015, vote
- As a Muslim, I Think Canada Should Ban the Niqab and Burka in Public; in the 25 years I have called Canada home, I have seen a steady rise of Muslim women being strangled in the pernicious black tent that is passed off to naïve and guilt-ridden white, mainstream Canadians as an essential Islamic practice.
- Mother of Trans Child Bullied By Catholic School Board Speaks Out: “I Will Fight To Move Mountains For That Kid”
There needs to be a province-wide policy that states that a transgender individual can use the washroom, can go on the sports team, can go in the locker room [that matches their gender identity]. There is no permission. It’s stated. And it needs to be province-wide. There’s 68 boards in this province; are you going to go through every board one by one? And what happens if it takes a child committing suicide when it could have been prevented?
‘We welcome the news that Warwick Students’ Union has reversed its decision to ban Maryam Namazie from speaking. Free speech on campus is vital, as universities have a strong tradition of dialogue and debate, where ideas can be challenged and new paradigms forged. Incitement to violence should not be permitted, but as a matter of fact Maryam is known for speaking out against the prejudices of others and so it is right she has been permitted to speak at Warwick.’
- Compelled to add their voice to the chorus of voices protesting Prime Minister Harper’s Conservative government, Blue Rodeo has written the modern day protest song “Stealin’ All My Dreams”.
“Blue Rodeo does not always speak with one voice. However we feel collectively that the current administration in Canada has taken us down the wrong path. We do not seem to be the compassionate and environmentally conscious nation we once were. As respectful as we are of the variety of opinions held by our audience, we felt it was time to speak up and add our voice to the conversation.”
Isis Threaten Sylvania is a series of seven satirical light box tableaux featuring the children’s toys Sylvanian Families. It was removed from the Passion for Freedomexhibition at the Mall galleries after police raised concerns about the “potentially inflammatory content” of the work, informing the organisers that, if they went ahead with their plans to display it, they would have to pay £36,000 for security for the six-day show.
- 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.
- Oct 17th, 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
- October 23, 2015 7:30 pm; Richard Carrier, visits Toronto and will speak on a topic related to his books Sense & Goodness Without God and On The Historicity of Jesus. This event will take place at OISE’s Auditorium. Get your tickets now at our CFIC Events Page.
- 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.
- Monday, October 12, 2015,, Counter-Apologetics Meeting, Pub Italia in Ottawa October’s meeting topic is “Free Will.”
- 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.
- 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.
Let us know if you have an activity you’d like to share!
Faith-Based Violence and Bigotry
- Atheistophobia: It’s time to talk about the most persecuted minority in the world; While apologists create mendacious claims of the “New Atheist” threat that is persecuting Muslims – very little attention is given to how atheists have been a persecuted minority for centuries
- The ex-Muslim Britons who are persecuted for being atheists; An investigation for the BBC has found evidence of young people suffering threats, intimidation, being ostracised by their communities and, in some cases, encountering serious physical abuse when they told their families they were no longer Muslims.
- In 18 Nations, Women Cannot Get a Job Without Their Husband’s Permission; About 90% of the economies surveyed have at least one law that is discriminatory against women, according to the report. Most of them have to do with women’s roles in the workforce.
- Meet three people targeted for being ‘atheists’, and a Muslim leader condemning their beliefs; There’s been a series of violent murders of Bangladeshi internet bloggers, accused of being atheists by Islamist groups – with four killed so far this year.
CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.
Science, Medicine, and Ethics News
“Today’s announcement is one of the reason’s why it’s even more imperative that we send astrobiologists and planetary scientists to Mars to explore the question of is there current life on Mars”
- Superfood Silliness; Some foods have more of certain nutrients than others, but the idea of “superfoods” is just silly. No food is a perfect source of all nutrients.
- The Dark Side of Empathy; How caring for one person can foster baseless aggression towards another.
Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion
“After carefully reading your letter I must deny your request in the removal of our Nations motto from our patrol units, and ask that you and the Freedom From Religion Foundation go fly a kite.”
- Jedi not religious enough for a tax break in New Zealand, says Department of Internal Affairs; The Jedi church website states that the basic religious tenets are a belief in the force, which binds the universe together, and doing what was “innately” good.
From Apostle to Apostate: The Story of the Clergy Project
Catherine Dunphy, one of the founding members of The Clergy Project, visited the Toronto branch of CFI Canada to talk about The Clergy Project and her book,From Apostle to Apostate.
Our World The Bangladesh Blogger Murders BBC Documentary 2015
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