Archive for June, 2012

CFI Saskatoon: July Film Screening Meet up

Posted in Atheist, Event, Media, Saskatoon on June 30, 2012 by saskskeptic
The next CFI Saskatoon meetup is:
Sunday, July 15, 2012
11:30 AM
Venice House
906 Central Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2G8

For July’s regular Meet up, we are going to relax a bit and screen a film.  We have a bit of a choice between the following films, so take the poll associated with this Meet up and state your preference.

Faith School Menace? The number of faith schools in Britain is rising. Around 7,000 publicly-funded schools – one in three – now has a religious affiliation. As the coalition government paves the way for more faith-based education by promoting ‘free schools’, the renowned atheist and evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins says enough is enough.

For the Bible Tells Me So is a 2007 American documentary film directed by Daniel G. Karslake about homosexuality and its perceived conflict with religion, as well as various interpretations of what the Bible says about same-sex sexuality.

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Calgary Catholic School Board Continues to Block HPV Vacinations

Posted in news, science on June 27, 2012 by saskskeptic

The National Post is reporting that the Calgary Catholic School Board continues to refuse to allow on school HPV vaccinations.  The school board’s ongoing justification for the ban is  the Bishop’s belief that the vaccination may lead to premarital sex.  This is for a vaccine given to girls in grades 5 to 9.  They present no evidence that their assertion is true while the vaccine is known to be highly effective at preventing the viral infection that leads to cervical cancer.  This is a totally irresponsible position and is at odds with the vast majority of other Catholic school boards.

The net result is that Calgary Catholic Schools have a 18.9% vaccination rate while Edmonton’s is nearly 70%.

Read the National Post article: Calgary bishop’s HPV vaccine ban putting thousands of girls at risk: MDs

Skeptics In The Pub

Posted in Event, Saskatoon, science on June 27, 2012 by saskskeptic

The next Skeptics in the pub is:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
7:30 PM
Joey’s Only Seafood
2100 8th Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7H 0V4
Agenda

How not to get women into science?  Recent EU video and comments from Skepchick.

http://skepchick.org/2012/06/why-pinkifying-science-does-more-harm-than-good/

Creationism in Korea.  Here is the article from Nature.

http://www.nature.com/news/south-korea-surrenders-to-creationist-demands-1.10773

There is a recent US story as well about Creationist textbooks using the lock ness monster as an example of why evolution is a myth.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/education/how-american-fundamentalist-schools-are-using-nessie-to-disprove-evolution.17918511

Posted in Event, Saskatoon on June 3, 2012 by saskskeptic

The next Café Apostate is:

Sunday, June 3, 2012
6:00 PM
Mackenzie Cole coffeehouse
815A Gray Ave
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2J4
his month we are continuing our discussion of the book 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God by Guy Harrison. The 50 reasons are listed online here, and for June’s Meetup we will discuss reasons 21-25:
21. I don’t lose anything by believ…
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