The Atheist Muslim: with Ali A. Rizvi and Faisal Al Mutar

“On Islam, Trump, and the growing explosion of non-belief in Muslim societies”.

Sunday, March 5, 7 PM
Bloor/Gladstone branch of the Toronto Public Library
1101 Bloor Street West (one block east of Dufferin).

COST:
CFI members:
$10 in advance, $15 at the door

Non-members:
$15 in advance, $20 at the door

Books purchased in advance: $25 for members, $30 for non-members

Books can be purchased at the event for $35

Ali Rizvi will autograph all copies of The Atheist Muslim.

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE:

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The Atheist Muslim Evite

Update on Parliamentary Petition e-382 calling for the elimnation of Canada’s anti-blasphemy law

On January 30, 2017 the federal government tabled a response to an electronic Parliamentary petition (E-382) calling for the repeal of Canada’s blasphemous libel law (Criminal Code Section 296).

Despite the generally accepted view that Canada’s blasphemy law is an outdated and dead law that would never be successful if used today, this is still an historic situation. The federal government has reviewed archaic legislation and repealed obsolete law before, but this is the first time that the blasphemy law has been clearly identified for attention (that we are aware of).

The government’s response to e-382 may be found on the Parliament of Canada website and states:

The government is committed to maintaining a fair, relevant, and accessible justice system for all Canadians.
In her mandate letter, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada has been asked to conduct a broad review of our criminal justice system. The Minister’s overarching goal is to ensure our legislation meets the highest standards of equity, fairness, and respect for the rule of law as well as the Constitution of Canada.
The crime of blasphemous libel, although included in the original Criminal Code of 1892, has not been the subject of a reported legal case since 1935. In 1979, a charge of blasphemous libel was laid in Ontario in a case involving the showing of Monty Python’s Life of Brian, but the charge was stayed.
Blasphemous libel, along with numerous other provisions of the Criminal Code, are presently under review by the Minister and her officials. The Minister looks forward to addressing these provisions in the course of her mandate.

This is an encouraging situation.  Canadian secular humanists, and indeed any Canadian concerned to reduce faith-based tension and victimization in Canada and around the world must encourage our Parliamentarians to finally repeal this bill.  Whether the repeal is part of an omnibus bill or a dedicated legislative action – the blasphemy law must go!

Blasphemy laws are an attempt to protect faith-based concepts and ideas from criticism.  But this approach underlies much of the tension, victimization and violence throughout the world.  When rational discussion of ideas is considered a criminal act, the results often include alienation, isolation, frustration and a desire to strike back.

We must also remember that Canada’s position on human rights issues around the world is greatly respected.  When Canada opposes blasphemy laws here in Canada and around the world, an important message of inclusion, stability and good governance is sent.
It seems that the Canadian government, on this issue, is open to taking steps to advance an open Canadian society.  CFIC members are encouraged to educate their local Members of Parliament about the importance of this step. Consider using the CFIC website for further information regarding this bad law. Simply type “blasphemy, Canada” into your search engine!
 
Did You Know?
CFIC began our strategies to oppose Canada’s blasphemous libel law in 2014!  Change – even on an issue as self-evident as opposition to blasphemy laws is a long term commitment.  Please support CFIC with a donation today.  We are Canada’s leading secular humanist organization.

 

Canadian Women’s March

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai

Canadian women (and allies) have come together in a grassroots effort to support initiatives happening on January 21, 2017 for human rights.

As a secular humanist organization, CFI Canada stands up to defend the rights of women, LGBT persons, people of minority faiths and people of no faith.

  • When religion is imposed on women’s bodies, we fight back.
  • When religion is used as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT
    persons, we fight back.
  • When absence of religion or religious differences are used to justify restricting human rights, we fight back.

A Canadian Delegation will be participating in the Women’s March on Washington, DC.
CFIC branches are participating in some of the local marches are also happening across Canada:

Edmonton, AB
Calgary, AB
Halifax, NS
Kamloops
Kelowna, BC
Lethbridge, AB
Montreal, QC
Nanaimo, BC
Ottawa, ON(CFI Ottawa)
St. Catharine’s, ON
St. Johns
Toronto, ON
Vancouver, BC
Victoria
Winnipeg

 

A conversation, a challenge, a risk.

“Should women abandon religion?” Four female panelists face-off in a wild, whip-smart public debate about religion and misogyny. With opinions flying from a progressive Muslim lawyer, an Orthodox Jewish spiritual leader, an excommunicated nun and a lesbian atheist pundit, Unholy delivers a hilarious, no-holds-barred look at contemporary women in organized religion.

Gretta Vosper writes:

Join me at Unholy on Friday, February 2nd. I’ll be up on stage, not in the gripping conversation that is the responsibility of four awesome actors, but the one that will take place afterward, the one that will point to where we can go from here, as women, as citizens, as people who are tired of stories that tell us we aren’t good enough.

$20 rush tickets are available Tuesday-Thursday

$15 PWYC tickets are available for Sunday matinees.

www.nightwoodtheatre.net

 

 

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Ottawa Secular Events

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CFI Ottawa is doing two secular events this solstice season run by active CFI team members.

We have a secular brunch planned for Dec 24, the result of CFI Ottawa’s very successful Living Without Religion project. It was observed by LWR participants that many members had been shunned by their family for being non-religious or they had no family at all in Canada. We have organized this event to help make an otherwise lonely holiday season happier and although this effort comes out of LWR, all are welcome. (but please RSVP on Meetup so we can make sure we have enough space at the restaurant.)

Acknowledging that even secular people can be busy at this time of year, we have another winter get together: a potluck on Dec 30 held at a CFI member’s home. Drop in for as long as you want, to re connect with old friends, or meet new ones. (RSVP Here)

Everyone is welcome to attend either or both of these events.