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Two Catholic bishops who led a small Pennsylvania diocese helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by more than 50 priests and other religious leaders over a 40-year period, according to a grand jury report that portrays the church as holding such sway over law enforcement that it helped select a police chief.
“Between ‘Spotlight’ and this report, this is the best chance we’ve had in a long time. There is some momentum for statute reform which has been pending for 10 years. There is an active and insistent movement blocked by the Catholic Church.”
- Ontario to create clinic to help people with EDS, other rare diseases; Ontario will set up a new clinic to help diagnose and treat people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or EDS, and it could expand to help patients with other rare diseases, Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced Monday
- Toronto researcher to receive ‘Nobel of neuroscience’ prize; A Toronto-based researcher is among three scientists receiving the world’s most valuable prize for brain research in recognition of their work on the mechanisms of memory.
- No Alberta doctor available for woman granted right to die
“Clearly she’s somebody who is suffering and it’s a terrible shame that we in Alberta have increased that suffering by not being able to help her here”
- The treatment of atheists in Russia suggests that Pussy Riot might have a point; The relationship between Church and State in Russia is close, too close, and this is bad for both Church and State and ordinary citizens.
- Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Shared Values?
Saudi Arabia’s standing as a valued ally of the United States and the United Kingdom seems indefensible. When the Saudi king paid a state visit to Britain in 2007, Queen Elizabeth II gave a welcoming speech at the state banquet in which she said, “We have shared values that stem from two great religious traditions based on Abrahamic faiths.” Shared values—like what, for instance? Treating women like prisoners? Stoning women to death for nonmarital sex? Sentencing liberals to a thousand lashes? I say shared values are exactly what we don’t have, and I think we should stop pretending that we do.
- March 6th, 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!
- March 19th, 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
- CFI Ottawa Living without Religion; This support group meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month, 12:30 pm, at the Fox and Feather Pub
- CFI Ottawa UnSermon; Sunday 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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Science, Medicine, and Ethics News
Brandi Chastain, whose iconic celebration at the 1999 Women’s World Cup became a lasting symbol of power and success in women’s sports, announced Thursday morning that she has decided to donate her brain after death to the Concussion Legacy Foundation to be studied by the renowned Boston University CTE program.
Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion
- Mysterious chimpanzee behaviour could be ‘sacred rituals’ and show that chimps believe in god; New footage shows chimpanzees engaging in bizarre behaviour — which might be a form of sacred ritual that could show the beginnings of a kind of religious belief.
- New Zealand gets first ‘Pastafarian’ pastor; Noodle-worshipping locals can now be legally married by the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
- Gang burns seven people to death over witchcraft claims in Malawi; A gang reportedly burned seven men to death for allegedly possessing human bones intended for use in witchcraft. The incensed mob in the Nsanje district of Malawi are said to have attacked the suspects then set them on fire using petrol.
- Russian Faces Up to Year in Prison for Denying Existence of God; A Russian faces up to a year in prison for saying “there is no God” during an argument on social media
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.
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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