CFI Calgary Supports Gay Rights at the 2014 Calgary Pride Parade

CFI Canada has been a long-time supporter of LGBT rights, and participates in Pride Parades across the nation. This is CFI Calgary’s fifth year marching in the Calgary Pride Parade. We march because we believe that Gay Rights are Human Rights and we proudly support this cause. Suppressing a group’s rights based on Faith Based Bigotry is something that we will always stand together with others to oppose.

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CFI Calgary’s Parade Banner

What is the Centre For Inquiry – Calgary?

CFI Calgary started in 2007 and is a vibrant and growing community of Skeptics, Freethinkers, Atheists, Agnostics and Humanists. We interact with around 800 members who follow our Facebook Page and/or Facebook Group. Another 700 members are part of the “CFI Calgary Atheists & Secular Humanists” group on Meetup.com. We also partner with, and support campus groups such as The University of Calgary Freethinkers and the Mount Royal University Humanists club.  (more…)

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CFI Calgary Statement Re: Calgary Doctor Refuses to Prescribe Birth Control

Medicine and Health is one of three broad areas of education and activism that Centre for Inquiry Calgary focuses on. The issue regarding Dr. Chantal Barry of Westglen Medical Centre, and her refusal to prescribe contraceptives based on religious beliefs is of great concern to us and Calgarians. Public polls on this issue through the Calgary Herald, Global News Calgary, and CTV Calgary all show a resounding negative public reaction against this Doctor’s actions.

At Centre for Inquiry Calgary, we strongly disapprove when medical treatment is influenced by personal beliefs, whether they are cultural, religious, moral, bigoted, or racist. All Albertans have the right to receive equal and appropriate care from all Physicians. Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and freedoms, a person cannot be discriminated against based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

A Physician who refuses medical treatment based on a personal or religious belief is using that as an excuse to force their beliefs onto others and to discriminate. Specifically, when a Physician refuses to prescribe contraceptives because of religious beliefs, they are discriminating against that person, because they have differing religious beliefs.

Under the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta’s policy on Moral or Religious Beliefs Affecting Medical Care, doctors can refuse to provide medical services, but must ensure the patient is offered timely access to those services from another practitioner. In the case of Dr. Chantal Barry of Westglen Medical Centre, timely access is not given. If a Physician refuses to give medical treatment to a patient, we feel that “timely access” should mean “seamless access”.

When Dr. Barry is working alone at the clinic, there is no seamless access for the patients that she has denied medical services to. At a minimum, Dr. Barry should not be permitted to be the sole Doctor on duty at a medical practice to ensure that patients can receive all the necessary medical care entitled to all Canadians.


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CFI Billboard Campaign Reaches Calgary

CFI Calgary was proud to put up their first Billboard on January 31. 2014. The Media Coverage was mostly positive and the Billboard has been responsible for general CFI Calgary awareness and in the recruitment of new members.

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Gay Rights

Some exciting news on the fight for equal marriage rights for everyone…

U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (which wasn’t) and supported the striking down, by a lower court, of California’s Proposition 8. (Read more)

In the U.K. the Church of England still doesn’t like gay marriage, and plans to continue teaching that, but at least recognizes that bullying homosexuals is wrong. How they plan to continue teaching children that homosexuality is “wrong” and “immoral” and, at the same time, discourage bullying is unclear… (Read more)

Of course not everyone espouses such liberal sentiments. Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona (!!!) believes that the government should use the death penalty on murderers, rapists, and homosexuals… He also assures us that he’s a “real” man and not one of those effeminate men who let their wives boss them around (because god forbid married couples make decisions jointly)… (Read more)