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July 22nd/2016

July 22, 2016


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.

-A new Human Rights Watch report on the guardian system in Saudi Arabia shows how women are forced to live by the will of a male relative or husband, tracked and confined from birth until death. There were reports of women denied everything from the right to drive to permission to have a Caesarean section during a difficult labour.

“My son is my guardian, believe it or not, and this is really humiliating… My own son, the one I delivered, the one I raised, he is my guardian.”

‘Honor Killings’ Are A Global Problem — And Often Invisible. Honor killings happen when family members murder a daughter, sister, mother or wife because they believe she has brought shame to the family. The reasons range from refusing an arranged marriage to owning a cellphone or even being a victim of rape.

-All religions in Russia are now banned from discussing their faith outside of churches and other designated places under new anti-terror laws.

-Israeli marriage law makes it a two-year prison offence for any Jew marrying outside of the rabbinical authorities in that country, it has emerged after a failed attempt to overturn the rabbinate’s authority in the Israeli parliament.

Persistent heat on land and in the sea this June shattered records, yet again. June 2016 was 1.62 degrees F above the 20th century average, breaking last year’s record for the warmest June on record by 0.04 degrees F, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. NOAA’s global temperature records dates back 137 years to 1880.

Are churches key to solving social problems? Fewer Americans now think so. Americans appear to be growing more skeptical of how much of a difference churches and other houses of worship make in tackling social concerns.

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