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Jan 29th/2016

January 29, 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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“If you are reading this piece in the hopes of discovering an apology and/or a retraction, you might as well stop reading right now. That’s simply not going to happen.”

“I was encouraged to see the new government’s humanistic perspective of concern for all peoples of the world, as evidenced by the  renaming of the “Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development” to “Global Affairs Canada”.  I’m also hopeful that CFIC will continue to be regarded as a voice for the non-religious, and will be able to raise awareness and increase understanding to promote the fundamental human right of secularism – that there should be neither special accommodations nor special sanctions applied to any persons, writings, or actions for purely religious reasons.” -Seanna Watson, CFIC’s Education Chair

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Upcoming Events

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Faith-Based Violence and Bigotry

The writer was found guilty of insulting Islam in a 2014 Facebook post in which she labelled the Islamic ritual of slaughtering sheep and distributing their meat as charity for the poor during the Islamic feast of Eid al-Adha as a “massacre.”

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

Science, Medicine, and Ethics News

  • More Trouble for AntioxidantsAntioxidants are now an iconic example of premature hype making its way into marketing and the public consciousness long before the science is adequately understood. There are multiple lessons to be learned in this story, and a new study just emphasizes those lessons further.
  • Bed bugs develop resistance to widely used insecticidesA new study indicates that bed bugs in the US have developed resistance to neonicotinoids, the most widely used insecticide in the world.

Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion

Iran’s culture ministry has decided to censor the use of the word “wine” and the names of “foreign animals” and dignitaries from any books published in the Islamic Republic. The new rules are designed to protect Iranians from what the regime calls a “cultural onslaught” by the West.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has abolished a 50-year old official rule which gives religion classes a privileged status at primary level, paving the way for a potential reduction in time spent on faith formation. At present, 30 minutes of each primary school day is allocated to religious education – twice the amount of time devoted to subjects such as science or physical education.

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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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Do whatever it takes to avoid fooling yourself into thinking something is true that is not, or that something is not true that is.- Neil deGrasse Tyson

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