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Thursday, October 29 @ 7:30pm Wanda Morris Speaker Event CFIC Office, 55 Eglinton Ave E, Suite 307
Wanda is the CEO of Dying With Dignity Canada and she will explain to our CFIC community why those in the Atheist/secular/humanist movement should be particularly concerned about right-to-die issues.
It will include the facts on physician assisted dying as a safe, compassionate choice, the historic Supreme Court ruling in Carter v. Canada, and the Voice Your Choice Campaign which gives the tools you need to speak out for lasting change.
Let’s stand with the 84 per cent of Canadians who support compassion and choice at end of life.
One of the most important results of Monday’s historic election is its affirmation that most Canadians reject the divisive xenophobia that has become a winning strategy for many European politicians. Refugees, niqabs and what it means to be a Canadian citizen dominated the second half of the campaign, and the Conservatives’ rhetoric on such issues initially seemed to work in their favour. But the vote results proved them wrong.
After learning about her child’s gender, her mother decided that the best plan would be to have a meeting with school officials and religious leaders in regards to her daughter’s transition. It was the start of what would become an extremely long process all centered on the location of where her daughter would pee.
Religion is still firmly entrenched in the country’s education system, with nine out of 10 schools run by the Catholic church (another 6% are managed by other denominations and religions). All are required to follow a standard curriculum with 30 minutes a day ringfenced for religious instruction. Schools are permitted to set admissions criteria, which usually place local Catholic children at the top and unbaptised children at the bottom, with as many as half a dozen categories in between.
- Militant Islamism and Vaccine Skepticism; Islamist opposition to vaccination programs is often attributed to the belief that vaccines are a Western conspiracy to harm Muslims, and that the vaccines sterilize children, are infected with HIV, or contain pork.
- A pair of devout Jehovah’s Witnesses have been ordered by a B.C. provincial court judge not to talk about religion in front of their four-year-old granddaughter. The couple lost their bid for unsupervised access to the girl because they insisted on taking her to worship at their faith’s Kingdom Hall despite the repeated objections of the child’s mother.
- 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 26th, 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 “Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible” by Jerry Coyne
- October 29 @ 7:30pm, Toronto. Wanda Morris Speaker Event, CFIC Office, 55 Eglinton Ave E, Suite 307; Wanda is the CEO of Dying With Dignity Canada and she will explain to our CFIC community why those in the Atheist/secular/humanist movement should be particularly concerned about this issue.
- Nov. 9th, 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.
- Nov.13th, 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. –
- Nov 21th, 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
- 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.
- November 23, Halifax, Carl Sagan Day Dinner, 5pm, Darrell’s Restaurant
- November 25-27: Canadian Science Policy Centre Conference
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Faith-Based Violence and Bigotry
- UN experts call for the release of a Qatari poet serving a 15-year jail sentence for writing and reciting a poem; United Nations human rights experts have urged the Government of Qatar to release Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami, who is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for writing and reciting a poem at his home
CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.
Science, Medicine, and Ethics News
She suffered more than she had to because she wasn’t being cared for by a real doctor with years of medical school and experience. She was thrashing around in desperation, clinging to any shred of hope, and in the process found plenty of people and products to give her false hope for the right price. The cruel, convincing promise of a cure is such an easy sell to someone terrified of dying.
The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) safeguards the right of “freedom of thought, conscience and religion”. But we don’t hear about freedom of thought or freedom of conscience as often as we hear about religious freedom. Strange, since freedom of thought is in fact the progenitor of human liberties including freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
Wishful Thinking and Superstition
- Papua New Guinea students share video appearing to show women tortured for ‘witchcraft’; A shocking video has emerged which purports to show the torture of four women suspected of witchcraft in a Papau New Guinea village.
- The Dutch branch of the Church of Scientology has lost its tax status as “public welfare institution”, and the tax benefits that go along with it, in a ruling made by the court in The Hague on Wednesday. The court decided that the sales of the Church’s expensive courses and therapy sessions are clearly aimed at making a profit, and thus it does not belong on the tax authorities’ charity list.
1. Knocking on wood
2. Wishing on a star
3. Breaking a mirror
4. Four-leaf clover
5. Bad news comes in threes
6. Don’t open an umbrella inside
7. Lucky penny
8. Beginner’s luck
9. Saying “bless you” when someone sneezes
10. Wishing on a wishbone
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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