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.
- Relatives of drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi land in Canada to start new life; Relatives of a Syrian boy whose lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach, sparking worldwide concern for the refugee crisis, have landed in Canada.
When government officials include religion in their policy and public actions, it is inevitable that individuals and groups will be excluded. This is a violation of a fundamental concept of human rights – the protection of minorities from the tyranny of the majority. Speaking out for secular government, or a close analysis of political statements which violate secular human rights principles, do not indicate a Grinch-like rejection of Christmas and joyful sentiments. Canadians should be proud to observe our freedoms for diverse people to celebrate their perspectives. But we should not celebrate political statements and processes which drive to cultural domination of minority groups by a majority. Government officials should be expected to speak based on evidence and fact – not mythology. Critical thinkers should continue to closely examine the policy decisions of political leaders
- This chart shows something actually great that happened in 2015; The number of people living in extreme poverty has decreased so rapidly that it’s been cut in half just since 1990
- 2015: The Best Year in History for the Average Human Being; Violence dominated the headlines this year. But by many measures, humanity is in better shape than it’s ever been.
- Jan.8th, 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.
- Jan 11th, 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.
- Jan 16th, Toronto: 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
- Jan 25th, Toronto, CFIC T.O. – Science & Philosophy Book Club. THIS MONTH’S BOOK SELECTION: What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses by Daniel Chamovitz
- CFI Ottawa UnSermon; Saturday afternoons (12:30 pm), meet and share your ideas with Atheists, Freethinkers, and Humanists from the Ottawa area.
- 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
- 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.
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Faith-Based Violence and Bigotry
- Flawed Justice After a Mob Killed an Afghan Woman; Farkhunda Malikzada, a 27-year-old Muslim woman falsely accused of burning a Quran, was killed by a mob in central Kabul as hundreds watched and filmed.
- School of jihad: RT talks to journalist who visited ISIS child camp in Afghanistan; Islamic State is teaching boys as young as three jihadist ideology, the handling of fire arms, beheading techniques and how to be suicide bomber
CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.
Science, Medicine, and Ethics News
- Gene Editing Tool Hailed As A Breakthrough, And It Really Is One; Simply put, CRISPR-Cas9 allows scientists to make specific changes to specific genes in living cells.
- The most ridiculous health claims of 2015; Gwyneth Paltrow, Dr Oz, Donald Trump, vaccines, autism, steamed vaginas, bacon, and the Food Babe
Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion
- Schools must teach that Britain is ‘mainly Christian’ and need not cover atheism; A High Court finding to include atheism will have ‘no impact’, said government
Schools do not have to teach non-religious world views and should let students know Britain is “in the main Christian”, the Government has said.
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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