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January 12, 2016
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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.

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  • It’s Time To Excommunicate Public Catholic SchoolsIt’s time to defund and merge the remaining separate Catholic school systems in Canada because it’s inequitable, discriminatory and, to update our prime minister’s famed catchphrase, because it’s 2016.

“Somehow in three provinces it’s still considered kosher that one religious group gets tax-funded schooling but not Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhist, Hindus, etc. It’s the dictionary definition of privilege.”

“anyone who is convinced that suffering can be good is capable of perpetuating great suffering. Mother Theresa’s missions are a prime example of doing just that. . . .”

While Canadians react with horror when countries use the concept of blasphemy to justify violent implementation of their dogmatic ideologies and to silence criticism and commentary, most Canadians are unaware of Section 296 of Canada’s Criminal Code:

296 (1) Every one who publishes a blasphemous libel is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

“I’m in Raqqa and I received death threats. When Isil arrest me and kill me it’s OK, because (while) they will cut my head I will have dignity, which is better than to live in humiliation.”

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Upcoming Events

  • 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 PubThis group meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Join us for drinks, discussion, and debate about all science and skeptical topics
  • OkanaganSecular 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.

Did you know the best place to find out about CFI Calgary events is on Meetup.com? It’s free to join and you will never miss hearing about a local Calgary event. Join over 1000 Calgarians who use Meetup to hear about, RSVP and comment on our events.

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Faith-Based Violence and Bigotry

CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.

Science, Medicine, and Ethics News

Gardasil finds itself in a weird crossfire; anti-vaxxers (who fall across the entire political spectrum) hate it reflexively, of course, but also those on the far right fight against it as well because it’s connected with women’s sexual health. In both cases, prejudice and anti-science rhetoric are supporting the needless suffering of millions of people, and the deaths of thousands.

Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion

After same-sex marriage became legal in several countries, including the United States, the LDS Church’s top 15 leaders wrestled with what to do, weighed all the ramifications, fasted, prayed, met in the temple and sought God’s guidance on the issue.”The mind of the Lord and the will of the Lord” was revealed, and apparently God doesn’t like gay people.

The Catholic Church has spent millions of dollars providing pensions, housing, and private medical insurance to convicted paedophile priests despite branding them “evil” and having most defrocked. Parishioners have unwittingly been partly funding the assistance through their donations into church collection plates, which they believed went towards the local church or  fundraising for retired priests.Church records show two of the paedophiles, priests Wilfred Baker and David Daniel, received hundreds of thousands of dollars alone in annual pensions and entitlements.  Their victims received one-off payments of $31,000 to $37,000 under the church’s Melbourne Response redress scheme.

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Calendar of upcoming scientific conferences

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CALLING ALL NON-BELIEVERS . . . COME OUT OF THE CLOSET!

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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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Online Tools for Skeptical Fact Checking

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Critical Links is published every Tuesday And Friday

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