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.
–German schools have been warned against alienating young Muslim students by ordering them to remove headscarves and veils after a series of high-profile controversies. An 18-year-old student was forbidden from wearing the niqab – a full-face veil that leaves only the eyes uncovered – earlier this week after a school said it hindered her educational development.
–French police make woman remove clothing on Nice beach following burkini ban. Authorities in 15 towns have banned burkinis, citing public concern following recent terrorist attacks in the country. UPDATE: France’s burkini ban overturned by highest court, Mayors overstepped their powers by telling women what to wear on beaches, ruling finds
–Justin Trudeau rules out burkini ban in Canada; Canadian PM defends individual freedoms and says Canadians value ‘acceptance, openness, friendship, understanding’
–The Canadian Mounties will let Muslim women on the famed national police force wear hijabs as part of their uniform. The move to allow the garment, which covers a woman’s head and neck, was aimed at recruiting more female Muslims to the Mounties.
-As Islamic State militants lose more ground in Iraq and in Syria, the terrorist organization appears to be resorting to desperate measures. Unfortunately central to these tactics are children.
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
- Sept 4th, 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!
- Sept 17th, 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
- Sept 26th, Toronto: Science and Philosophy Book Club. This months selection; Finding Zero: A Mathematician’s Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers by Amir D. Aczel
- 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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Nobody joins a cult. You join a self-help group, a religious movement, a political organization. They change so gradually, by the time you realize you’re entrapped – and almost everybody does – you can’t figure a safe way back out.
– Deborah Layton, survivor of Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple cult
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.
I cannot stress often enough that what science is all about is not proving things to be true but proving them to be false- Lawrence M. Krauss
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