Help stop the flogging of Raif Badawi


photo: Diane Bruce

Across from the Saudi Embassy

Join CFI Ottawa with Amnesty International and other human rights groups to protest the flogging of Raif Badawi.

When: 4:00pm every Thursday (until Raif is released)
Where: Across the street from the Saudi Embassy, 201 Sussex Dr

Last week’s flogging was again cancelled.  No reason has been given.  The weekly protests at the Saudi Embassy will continue until Badawi is released.

19 Feb free raif protest

If you can’t join us please sign the petition spr.ly/6012x3oj and invite others!

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Bill Nye the Science Guy vs Ken Ham the Young Earth Creationist

About 17 people in Ottawa got together for a group viewing of the Nye vs Ham debate. We ate bowtie pasta, pea soup with ham, black hole black bean dip, and we had a drinking game (using keywords like “kinds”, “creation”, “were you there”, mentions of numbers of years, etc).

Ham talked about how Christianity was crumbling because of people questioning the literal truths proclaimed in genesis. Nye talked about the scientific approach to knowledge used by people in “the outside world”. That one phrase encapsulates the brilliance of Nye`s approach. Someone like Dawkins would probably have used the phrase “the real world”, which both creationists and fence-sitters would have found insulting and demeaning. Nye’s term was rather more neutral (and also fed into the belief of many Christians that they are set apart as the people of God).

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Free speech – good for 9/11 Truthers, but not atheists?

Ottawa buses are now carrying an ad produced by Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Some people find it offensive, as they consider attaching ridiculous conspiracy theories to a terrible tragedy to be dishonoring of the dead. As a result, there are calls for a review of OC Transpo’s advertising policy. However, others are defending the ad on free-speech grounds:

Councillor Rainer Bloess…said he doesn’t subscribe to the “Re-think” group’s message but said he also thinks freedom of speech should be protected, within limits. “I do believe there’s nothing wrong with provoking a little thought in our residents,” said Bloess.

Hmmm. Four years ago, Councillor Bloess was among those voting against allowing the “There’s Probably No God” ads to run on Ottawa busses (Minutes here, search down for “MOTION NO. 62/10″).

Perhaps we should congratulate Bloess on his new-found wisdom.

(author: Steve Watson)