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.
- Abortion Access Now PEI To Take Provincial Government To Court Over Access; A lobby group is taking the P.E.I. government to court to force the province to provide fully funded and unrestricted access to abortion, arguing that making women travel off the Island to undergo the procedure is discriminatory.
- It’s Time To Excommunicate Public Catholic Schools; It’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.
- Islamic State executes its first female citizen journalist; Ruqia Hassan wrote about life in Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-controlled Raqqa on Facebook
“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.”
- Egypt’s President Turns to Religion to Bolster His Authority; “To avoid evil and please God, a person shall obey the rulers.”
- 1 year after Charlie Hebdo attack, satirists still taking risks news outlets won’t; despite being attacked by terrorists, the Hebdo artists are still criticized for their worldviews more than the terrorists themselves
- 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. January’s book selection: What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses by Daniel Chamovitz
- Feb 14th, Toronto: CFIC T.O. Atheists & Friends Sunday Meetup. CFIC Toronto Atheists & Friends Sunday Meetup is a fun discussion group focusing on a range of topics within the realm of Atheism. They’re open to the public and everyone is welcome to join in!
- Feb 20th, Toronto: CFIC T.O. – Cafe Skeptique at Free Times Cafe. A 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! For the monthly topic please check at: meetup.com
- Feb 29th, Toronto; CFIC T.O. – Science & Philosophy Book Club. Febuary’s book selection: Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel
- 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
CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.
Science, Medicine, and Ethics News
- Scientists bust myth that our bodies have more bacteria than human cells; It’s often said that the bacteria and other microbes in our body outnumber our own cells by about ten to one. That’s a myth that should be forgotten, say researchers in Israel and Canada. The ratio between resident microbes and human cells is more likely to be one-to-one, they calculate.
- Gardasil: More Anti-Vax Nonsense Collapses Under the Gaze of Reality
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.
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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