Justin Trottier of Centre for Inquiry Canada will be in Saskatoon for the weekend. We will hold a public event (lecture) on Friday night and then Justin will address our members on Sunday, November 7. This is our regular meetup time and place, but it is an additional meetup to our schedule. Two weeks later, we will have our regularly scheduled meetup, which will be a General Meeting.
This event will give our members a chance to find out what’s involved in becoming a CFI Community Group and to ask Justin about any concerns or curiosities we may have related to CFI and community status. We will also learn more about what is happening with freethought in Canada and future plans.
Additional information will be provided prior to this event.
Donations to the Centre for Inquiry are appreciated and we encourage everyone to become a Friend of the Centre (or renew your previous membership). Charitable donations can be made directly to the Centre for Inquiry to receive a tax receipt. Please make a note that your donation should be directed to the costs of Justin’s trip to Sasaktoon.
Justin Trottier is the Executive Director of the Centre for Inquiry Canada, host of Think Again TV! as well as a contributor to the National Post and the Michael Coren Show on CTS TV. As an outspoken advocate of freedom of expression and inquiry, science education, church-state separation, and equality rights for non-believers, he’s appeared on TVO, CBC, CTV, Global, CityTV, OMNI and the Space Channel, among other networks. He was the chief spokesperson for the Canadian Atheist Bus Campaign.
Saskatoon Freethinkers members can RSVP for this event on our Meetup site or on our Facebook page.
Announcing a new Meetup for Saskatoon Freethinkers!
What: “Deliver us from Evil” documentary
When: Sunday, October 17, 2010 11:30 AM
Where: Venice House, 906 Central Avenue , Saskatoon, SK S7N 2G8, 306-373-6666
“Deliver us from Evil“, a documentary everyone should see. This idea was posted by Claude some time ago. For our next regular meetup, we will watch the film and Claude will lead the discussion.
Director Amy Berg helms this shocking documentary , which looks at the activities of a priest named Oliver O’Grady. Identified by the Catholic church as a pedophile, they allowed him to continue to work and molest children throughout the 1970s. Berg draws on interview footage of O’Grady and his victims to tell the unsettling tale.
Deliver Us From Evil is a superb documentary and a searing look at an institution protecting its leaders at the expense of its followers. A profoundly disturbing chronicle of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, the film builds a clear-eyed case against pedophile priest Oliver O’Grady, and the Catholic bureaucracy that protected him. The recollections of O’Grady’s victims are nothing short of shocking and heartbreaking.
RSVP to this Meetup:
July 18th, 11:30AM to 2:30 PM
906 Central Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2G8
For July, we will have an informal type of Meetup. This will allow people to socialize more in a casual atmosphere.
We’ll suggest a few questions (e.g. What is a freethinker?) and just let people discuss those or other ideas in small groups. We’ll check in at the end to see how members like this format and what interesting things everyone discussed.
Visit our Facebook page or the Meetup site to RSVP!
Sunday, June 20, 2010 11:30 AM
906 Central Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2G8
When atheists talk about what they believe (instead of what they don’t believe), they frequently mention “Secular Humanism”. Secular humanism most closely parallels religion, in being a worldview that makes factual and value claims about the world.
So, what does being a secular humanist commit one to?
- What values and beliefs are distinctive of secular humanism? What justifies these values?
- How does secular humanism differ from a religion?
- Should politics be exclusively secular or is it unfair to exclude religion?
There are many other issues and questions that could be explored. For this Meetup, we would like to use the Open Space discussion technology to facilitate a broad discussion of some of these ideas.
HUMANISM AND ITS ASPIRATIONS
The Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement of Principles
There are two CBC Ideas programs on secularism that may still be available on-line — here’s the links (should open up a download dialogue):
Talking Philosophy: Secularism
Talking Philosophy: Secularism- Part Two
Learn more here:
Date / Time: Sunday May 16th, 11:30 AM
Location: Venice House
Address: 906 Central Avenue, Saskatoon SK
It is no surprise to an atheist, or even some believers of religious doctrine that the texts on which religions base their authority are full of contradictions and confusing accounts that may lead even the most avid reader astray.
What may be even more difficult to reconcile for those same readers is the claim that these texts, fraught with inconsistency and hypocrisy, are divinely inspired – yet many maintain this view. For the Bible and the Qur’an, even the simplest introduction to these two holy books suggests that the sources of these discrepancies are the result of human error in the translation, compilation, publishing and politics that contributed to the creation of these books.
We will briefly discuss how these two books were assembled (or claimed to be assembled) and learn one simple method to argue the inconsistencies of religious texts. To whet your appetite, have a look at this website that describes some of the internal differences between the four major gospels of the Bible on the topic of Jesus’ resurrection.
Also, just for fun, have a look at one believer’s opposition to editorial decisions made by the creators of the New King James Bible.
Note: This meetup will be led by Jonathan Sherman