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March 8th/2016

March 8, 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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Catholics who consider undergoing doctor-assisted suicide must realize the act is a “morally great evil” and could mean they will be denied last rites, says a leading Canadian bishop. The Church might also refuse to conduct a funeral when families strongly support and champion their loved one’s assisted-death decision, said Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa

A diluted industrial bleach mixture — touted by an online church as a miracle cure for everything from cancer to HIV/AIDS and autism — is being promoted and sold in Canada, despite Health Canada warnings it is unsafe for human consumption

Islam could be dropped as Bangladesh’s official religion following a number of attacks in the country against people of other faiths. Christians, Hindus and Muslim minority Shiites have recently faced attacks that are believed to have been carried out by Islamic extremists.

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Upcoming Events

  • March 10, Toronto: CFIC T.O.- Countering Pseudoscience DiscussionOn the Second Thursday of Every Month at 7:00pm this group will discuss topical pseudoscience in the community and ways to counter it!
  • 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
  • March 24, Toronto: CFI Toronto: CounterapologeticsThe Counterapologetics group will discuss options for future meetings….also get ready for Aron Ra April 7th 
  • April 3rd, Toronto: CFIC T.O. Atheists & Friends Sunday MeetupCFIC 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!
  • 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 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

A Russian man has allegedly been booked for posting a message online in which he denies the existence of God. Viktor Krasnov from Stavropol was arrested under Russia’s anti-blasphemy law which came into effect after punk-rock group Pussy Riot’s performance at a Moscow cathedral in 2013 during which they stoked a controversy by calling on the Virgin Mary to “drive (Vladimir) Putin away”.

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

Science, Medicine, and Ethics News

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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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

Critical Links is published every Tuesday And Friday

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