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January 15, 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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“Because this dark side, this kind of thing, never [wins]. Maybe they do atrocities, maybe they will kill us. But they won’t be winning in the long run. So we’ll have to keep on doing what we do—keep informing people about science, about reason, about humanism.”

  • Slain Pakistani Christian’s brother campaigns against blasphemy lawPaul Bhatti, a Roman Catholic, worked as a surgeon in his home country of Pakistan and in Europe, while his brother, Shahbaz, went into politics and became Pakistan’s only Christian Cabinet member as the country’s first minister of minority affairs. Then, on March 2, 2011, Shahbaz was cut down in a hail of bullets in an attack by a militant group that called him “a blasphemer.”
  • Saudi Arabia Sentenced This Poet To Death For Abandoning Islam; In addition the death sentence for apostasy, Ashraf Fayadh was convicted of violating the Anti-Cyber Crime Law by taking and storing pictures of women.

The first court to hear his case sentenced him to four years in prison and 800 lashes. An appeals court passed the case down to a lower court, which convicted him again and upped the punishment to a death sentence. According to Reuters, Fayadh was convicted “based on evidence from a prosecution witness who claimed to have heard him cursing God, Islam’s Prophet Mohammad and Saudi Arabia.

“Unfortunately, these so-called academics claim that the state is carrying out a massacre. Hey, you so-called intellectuals: You are dark people. You are not intellectuals.”

 Social media is no doubt a powerful force when it comes to the sharing of information and ideas. The problem is that not every article shared on Facebook or Twitter is true. Misinformation, conspiracy theories and rumours abound on the Internet, helping to propagate and support sentiments such as climate doubt and other forms of environmental and scientific skepticism.

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Faith-Based Violence and Bigotry

  • Suicide Attack on Pakistan Polio Vaccination Center Kills 15A suicide attack on a polio vaccination center in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday killed 15 people, mainly policemen gathered to escort health workers. It was the latest attack on the vaccination campaign and health workers have been repeatedly targeted in recent years by Islamic militants.

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

Science, Medicine, and Ethics News

“I really want people to know that pregnancy vaccination means we now have the power to minimise – if not completely stop – deaths from whooping cough”

‘There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.’

Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion

 

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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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