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.
- Calgary parents prayed for two hours before calling 911 after they found son not breathing, murder trial hears; After returning from church to find their son not breathing, the parents of Calgary teenager Alexandru Radita prayed for two hours before calling emergency services, court heard Wednesday.
- Pride flag raised on Hill; The rainbow-coloured pride flag flew above Parliament Hill for the first time Wednesday to celebrate the start of Pride Month. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the flag at a small celebration attended by MPs from all federal parties and dozens of others
- Four killed in riots in Niger over alleged blasphemy; At least four people were killed in central Nigeria in two days of violence over an alleged blasphemy by a Christian trader against Prophet Mohammed
- Ex-Miss Turkey gets suspended sentence for insulting Erdogan; Since becoming president in 2014, Erdogan has filed close to 2,000 defamation cases
- Dozens in Russia imprisoned for social media likes, reposts
At least 54 people were sent to prison for hate speech last year, most of them for sharing and posting things online, which is almost five times as many as five years ago, according to the Moscow-based Sova group, which studies human rights, nationalism and xenophobia in Russia. The overall number of convictions for hate speech in Russia increased to 233 last year from 92 in 2010.
- Thousands of atheists gathering in DC for Reason Rally; Bill Nye, Lewis Black and members of the Wu-Tang Clan will be part of a high-profile lineup preaching to a mass of atheists Saturday at the Reason Rally at this city’s Lincoln Memorial.
2016 Ancestor’s Trail Hike – scheduled for Sunday June 26th, 2016 – along the Culham Trail starting at Erindale Park at 8:00 a.m. or join us along the trail at rendezvous times posted in Route Overview
Every Saturday, the Humanist Association of Toronto (HAT) meets to discuss a topic decided upon the previous week. These are topics of Humanist interest, from a Humanist perspective. Meet our diverse group, trade perspectives in a free and open forum and learn from others as they learn from you! Feel free to join the discussion late and come to lunch if that suits your availability better Time slot: 11 am – 1 pm every Saturday Address: 519 Church St. Community Center
- June 5th, 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!
- June18th, 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
- June27th, Toronto: Science and Philosophy Book Club. This months selection; Split-Second Persuasion:The Ancient Art and New Science of Changing… K. Dutton
- 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
- Pakistan: Woman who rejected marriage offer burnt to death; A Pakistani woman who was set on fire for refusing a marriage proposal has died of her injuries.
- BBC religion chief says it is wrong to suggest Isis has nothing to do with Islam
“I hear so many people say Isis has nothing to do with Islam — of course it has. They are not preaching Judaism. It might be wrong but what they are saying is an ideology based on some form of Islamic doctrine. They [Islamic State] are Muslims. That is a fact and we have to get our head around some very uncomfortable things.That is where the difficulty comes in for many journalists, because the vast majority of Muslims won’t agree with them.”
- Obama writes to slain LGBT editor’s family; US President Barack Obama has written to the family of slain LGBT magazine editor Xulhaz Mannan and extended his condolences
CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.
Science, Medicine, and Ethics News
- Renewable energy surges to record levels around the world; New solar, wind and hydropower sources were added in 2015 at the fastest rate the world has yet seen, investments in renewables during the year were more than double the amount spent on new coal and gas-fired power plants
- Bumblebees’ Little Hairs Can Sense Flowers’ Electric Fields; Flowers generate weak electric fields, and a new study shows that bumblebees can actually sense those electric fields using the tiny hairs on their fuzzy little bodies.
Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion
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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