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.
Atheist Church? West West Hill is now planning to launch a community in the centre of the city, something in which many have expressed interest.
- Tories’ last-ditch effort to stop Liberals from shuttering Harper-era Office of Religious Freedoms fails; The office had been set up by the previous Conservative government in 2013, given its own ambassador and $5 million in funding to promote religious freedoms around the world.
- New genetically engineered potato approved for Canada; The potatoes are engineered to reduce bruising and black spots and to stop them from browning.
- Possible Zika virus case in Saskatchewan may have been sexually transmitted; Saskatchewan may have Canada’s first case of the Zika virus transmitted sexually.
- Islamic State claims killing of Christian in Bangladesh as ‘lesson to others’ Islamic State claimed responsibility for stabbing a Christian to death in Bangladesh as a “lesson to others”, an online group that monitors extremist activity said, the latest killing declared by the militant group in the Muslim-majority nation.
- “There are two places for an atheist in sharia communities: the closet or the grave” Leo Igwe, a prominent Nigerian humanist, discusses witch-hunting, Boko Haram, and the danger of being openly atheist in his home country.
More than 57,000 people in Indonesia with mental health conditions have been chained and locked up in overcrowded rooms or filthy sheds at least once in their lives. About 18,000 are still believed to be shackled, despite a 1977 government ban on pasung, as the practice is called. Access to support and mental health care is desperately needed. Yet with only 48 mental hospitals for the country’s 17,000 islands, families continue to either admit relatives with psychosocial disabilities without their consent to institutions where they are subjected to a wide range of abuses or to chain or lock them up at home.
- April 3rd, 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!
- April 16th, 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
- April 25th, Toronto: CFIC T.O. – Science & Philosophy Book Club. Hosted by CFI Canada member Christine Gagnon, the goal is to provide a friendly, free-thinking environment in which to discuss books that inspire rewarding conversation on subjects related to science and philosophy. This month’s selection: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
- 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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Faith-Based Violence and Bigotry
- Rapid radicalisation: the case of Numan Haider shocks family and experts alike; An apparently happy teenager from a moderate Muslim family turned into a radical prepared to kill and die for Isis within months. His grieving family and counter-terrorism officers are asking the same question: how did this happen?
CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.
Science, Medicine, and Ethics News
- North Carolina passes bill blocking LGBT protections; North Carolina on Wednesday passed a sweeping law overturning gay and transgender protections at the local level and requiring students to use restrooms that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates.
- Fish Walks, Climbs Waterfalls Like a Salamander; A species of cavefish in Thailand has been documented walking and climbing waterfalls in a manner similar to four-footed creatures such as salamanders, in a find researchers call “huge” in evolutionary terms.
Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion
- Pastor ‘didn’t see any harm’ in spanking to rid woman of depression, court hears; A pastor accused of sexually assaulting women in his congregation said he “didn’t see any harm” in spanking one of them in an attempt to rid her of depression, a court has heard.
- Are women generally more religious than men? Does it matter? Lots of charts and graphs!
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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