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.
Saturday, November 28 @ 7:30pm
In male-dominated cultures, like Saudi Arabia, women and girls are treated like property, forced into marriage and suffer female genital mutilation. Honor Diaries is the first film to break the silence on honor violence against women and girls.
AND!…we are privileged to have one of the cast members, Raheel Raza, in attendance to introduce the film and to answer questions after the screening.
- Amnesty International has issued an open letter to Justin Trudeau with twelve recommended steps to restore Canada’s human rights record; “An opportunity for stronger action and renewed leadership to protect human rights at home and abroad”
- The Price of Modesty, article by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Rokhshana was 19-years-old when a gang of men in Afghanistan stoned her to death this week. The men who stoned her were enforcing Islamic law, otherwise known as Sharia. According to the governor of the province, Ghor, she lived in a Taliban-controlled village. Rokhshana was forced to marry someone she did not want and she fled with another man, hence the accusations of adultery that led to her sentencing and brutal execution.
- Montreal woman pleads for help after extremists attack husband in Bangladesh; The Centre for Inquiry (CFI) Canada is leading calls for the newly elected Trudeau government to intervene in the case.
“CFI Canada is making an appeal to the Canadian government, and certainly Justin Trudeau, to ask for some compassionate support for someone who would have likely been coming to Canada if they hadn’t been attacked by terrorists before getting a chance to do that,” said Executive Director Eric Adriaans.
- Canada creates science-minister post; New prime minister Justin Trudeau gives research a higher profile.
Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, took office on 4 November — and as one of his first acts, created the post of Minister of Science. Kirsty Duncan, a medical geographer at the University of Toronto in Canada, will be the first to hold the job. Duncan, who contributed to the 2001 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has also written a book about her expedition to Norway to determine the cause of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic.
- Half of the New Canadian Cabinet Members Chose to Skip “So Help Me God” in Their Oaths of Office; Individuals had the choice of affirming their oaths, which allowed them to replace the word “swear” with the word “declare” and to omit the expression “So help me God.”
- Canada Is the Freest Country in the World; Canada is the real “Land of the Free,” according to a London-based think tank.
The group’s annual prosperity index, which ranks the prosperity of 142 countries, has ranked Canada the best country in the world for “personal freedom.” According to the study, Canada is the most tolerant of people from other countries, with 92 percent of Canadians thinking the country is a good place for immigrants. In addition, about 94 percent of Canadians believe that they have the freedom to choose the course of their own lives, the study says.
- 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
- Nov 23rd, Toronto: Meet other local people who suffer from alcoholism and other addiction problems (ex: gambling, drug addiction, etc). Gather for support, companionship, and advice at the CFIC T.O. SOS Secular Organizations for Sobriety meeting
- Nov 30th, 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; “This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession” by Daniel J. Levitin
- British Columbia, November 13 @ 12:00pm; Dr. Lance Dodes, author of The Heart of Addiction, Breaking Addiction and Truth: Debunking the Bad Science behind 12-step programs and he rehab industry will be speaking to CFIC members and guests…..click here for the event announcement page.
- 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
- Dec 1st, CFI Calgary Skeptics in The Pub: This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Join us for drinks, discussion, and debate about all science and skeptical topics
Let us know if you have an activity you’d like to share!
Faith-Based Violence and Bigotry
- State must offer better protection to writers, publishers and others threatened by extremists in Bangladesh; UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today strongly condemned the continuing violent attacks against bloggers and publishers in Bangladesh, and called on the Government to take urgent, concerted measures to ensure the protection of all those who are being threatened by extremists operating in the country.
“At least five Bangladeshi writers and publishers as well as two foreigners have been violently murdered this year in Bangladesh and many more attacked and threatened, apparently by groups that believe they have the right to impose their views on others through wanton violence,” the High Commissioner said. “There is an urgent need for a concerted response to prevent more killings by promptly bringing the perpetrators to justice, and by taking effective measures to protect writers, publishers and any other people in Bangladesh who are being threatened with violence. The State must not allow extremist groups to take matters into their own hands.”
CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.
Science, Medicine, and Ethics News
Overall, our findings cast light on the cultural input of religion on prosocial behavior and contradict the common-sense and popular assumption that children from religious households are more altruistic and kind toward others. More generally, they call into question whether religion is vital for moral development, supporting the idea that the secularization of moral discourse will not reduce human kindness—in fact, it will do just the opposite
- Male/female brain differences? Big data says not so much; A research study at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science has debunked the widely-held belief that the hippocampus, a crucial part of the brain that consolidates new memories and helps connect emotions to the senses, is larger in females than in males.
“I knew there were lots of individuals who felt strongly about nuclear power. So it wasn’t a surprise that there were those who didn’t accept what the scientific research was showing,” he said. “But I have to admit the hatred and the threats I received, that was somewhat of a surprise.”
Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion
- Beginning next year, Boy Scouts will tell about their ‘duty to God’ at each rank; The requirement is complete once the Scout has told how he has done his duty to God. With young Scouts, this could be a very brief statement. As Scouts get older and their beliefs mature, this “telling” will evolve.
- Costs of sex abuse crisis to US church underestimated; Between 1950 and August of this year, the U.S. Catholic church has paid out $3,994,797,060.10
- Leah Remini on Her Break With the Church of Scientology: ‘I Wanted to Be The One to Say It’; The former “King of Queens” star, who publicly severed ties with the Church in 2013, is the most high-profile celebrity to leave Scientology and go public with her criticisms. She spoke with “20/20” about her new memoir, “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology,” and why she is no longer a member of the Church she served for 30 years.
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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