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On Site Articles
Comment by Mike O'Brien, SHIC Vice President (April 19, 2007) See the comment here.
You may recall that last year the President of our group was vilified in the Calgary Herald for having had the gall to suggest that taxpayers should not be paying for a religious display in the City Hall Atrium. When asked if the practice would continue this year the office of the mayor sent a letter which may be light-hearted and humourous -- or disrespectful. What do you think? See the letter here. Let your alderman or newspaper editor know how you feel about this.
Robert G. Ingersoll's famous vow.
The Creed of Henry Louis Mencken (1880 - 1956).
A collection of quotes acquired by Eric.
A report of the "Does God Exist?" debate at Missoula, Montana
Our first official article: the Declaration of Humanist Principles.
Desktop wallpaper. Designed for a 800x600 windows desktop... enjoy!
Dr. Roger Gibbins' address to SHIC on November 11 2003.
Speaking of letters to the editor... The final rumblings of the nativity fiasco were felt in the FFwd in January. Eric finally managed to get a word in edgewise. Read about it here.
Okay everyone! It is finally complete! Both Pat and Eric went to James Randi's Amazing Meeting 2. Here is their long awaited report on the event: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and the wrap up. I hope you all enjoy it.
Eric takes a trip to the fringes of science itself.
Straight from Activism 101, Glenn Hardie talks about how to write letters to the editor.
If you missed Ellen Johnson on Larry King Live's "What Happens After We Die?", here's the transcript.
A review of Buckman's "Can We Be Good Without God? Behaviour, Belonging and the Need to Believe."
Publically funded school refuses entrance to children of atheists or humanists
Activists make plan during Easter convention
Secular rites of passage
The Manitoban asks: Are you a Humanist?
James Randi shares his views on religion
Do the social pressures which influence people to say 'Happy Holidays' instead of 'Merry Xmas' constitute discrimination?
Well-known Canadian Secular Humanist Dr. Henry Morgentaler honoured with his own TV Special which aired Jan. 5/05.
Atheist murdered for his disbelief
A free downloadable book by fellow humanist Francis Hardy called "The Aggressor's Way"
Presenting a deity for all atheists: The Invisible Pink Unicorn! Blessed Be Her Holy Hooves
American Atheists form GAMPAC
Anger over teaching atheism to children
Eddie Tabash on theist bashing
[Satire] Atheists pack theatre to see ... guess who!
[Not Satire] Read more about "Him" here or here.
What A Friend We Have...
From the Walrus himself, "IMAGINE"
By William F. Denton, "The Freeman's Resolution"
One atheist's perspective on abortion.
UK among most secular nations.
A plea for an atheist homeland.
For the curious... presenting "Kissing Hank's A**".
Larry Jones, founder and president of the Institute for Humanist Studies, named Humanist of the Year.
A review of "His Dark Materials", a trilogy by Philip Pullman.
We've recently made contact with a pair of freethinking atheists from Calgary. They both have personal sites dealing with the topic of religion. (Note: Not for the faint of heart!) Here's Steve's site. This is Larry's site. By the way, Eric first met Larry at the Amazing Meeting II. In addition to being of Promethean bent, he is also an accomplished magician.
Given the recent media events regarding our group, here's an article likely close to all our hearts... Freedom from religion
Article by the 'Godless Geeks' of Silicon Valley entitled "Why Atheism?".
The Unitarian Jihad! Get your Jihad name here
Witch denied right to open government meeting with prayer
Pope John Paul II: Actor Extraordinaire
Did the Pope really end communism?
Will god lead us to oil?
Unitarians fall out with Boy Scouts
Tough questions for Christians
Religious pressures close IMAX movie
The Italians are not amused by blasphemous advertising
Biblical death sentence overturned
Australia under pressure to rescind religious hate laws
Northern Cheyenne level suit alleging exploitation against church
Religious militants in Britain
Jesus: sober unamusing saviour or funny guy
Ten Commandments? Okay, but which ones?
Intelligent Design: Creationism redesigned?
Anglican Church faces schism over homosexual policy
Christians block donations to cancer charity
Dr. Younus Shaikh, formerly on death row in Pakistan under the charge of blasphemy writes about Islam and women.
Is the Christian religion merely a copycat of other religions? Try shopping for a personal saviour at Betty Bowers' site
Religion: For Dummies! An interview with Richard Dawkins
13 year old girl faces the death penalty for giving birth to "unholy child"
Who wrote the Bible? by The Straight Dope
A very disappointing case of religious intolerance
Nominate your favourite deity in "The Great God Contest".
Well, I'd be remiss if I didn't post at least one article on Mel Gibson's latest exercise in self importance. "Who Really Killed Jesus?" by Tim Callahan.
Physicist Puts the Odds of God at 2-to-1!
Mark Morford asks, "Is Your Religion Unsanitary?".
A well researched article by Margaret Knight entitled "Christianity - The Debit Account".
From the fine folks at Religious Tolerance it's "Christian Reconstructionism, Dominion Theology, and Theonomy".
Beware the rise of the righteous army.
Worship your God, by all means, but we don't all need to
A book review of Alan Wolfe's "The Transformation of American Religion: How We Actually Live Our Faith". It's by Amy Sullivan and is titled "Revival of the Fittest".
Euthanasia/Dying with Dignity
Living wills in Canada
California opens the door to physician assisted suicide
The myth of dying
Religious Tolerance presents: Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide
Oregon's physician assisted suicide reports
The fight for the right
Senate committee's final report on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
Separation of Church and State
A Presbyterian pastor praises the separation
Catholic ban on royal marriages under attack
Religion creeps into Britain's elections
Air Force Academy attempts to deal with religious discrimination
What exactly is the separation of church and state?
U.S. Lawsuit over teaching 'Intelligent Design' theory in Science classes
Stockwell Day continues to mix his religion with our country's politics
U.S. church/state separation in danger
55% of Nova Scotia voters decide to impose their beliefs on the other 45%
A history of clashes between church and state in Canada
Separation of church and state defined
An overview of church/state separation in Canada
New prayer policy for Fruit Heights
The Village Voice speaks on the separation of church and state.
Skeptics, Forteans and their relation to science
One of the last interviews with a Flat-Earther
Shroud of Turin thoroughly debunked
A little Skeptical Inquirer April Fool!
How to spot quacks
City tries to deal with a curse
B.C. psychic help Nelson police find hiker's body. Perhaps the police should consider hiring this psychic full time to find dope fields too.
Calgary's Tavian Barnes strikes a blow for skepticism
Proof that being a skeptic and an authority still has it's limits
Psychic 'misled actress to hopeless cancer death'.
Francis Wheen's recent book, "How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions", has a series of excerpts in The Guardian:
The bunkum stops here
Francis Wheen's top 10 modern delusions
An excellent list of logical fallacies with explanations and examples.
Nazis, the Holocaust and the Vatican bank
Bill C-25, Whistleblowing, and you
All about landmines
The G-8 explained
The Gujarat 'eliminated' Muslims
BC court orders blood transfusion for 14 year old Jehovah's Witness
Ban the 'precautionary principle'
Spys dead wrong
My sense of irony is in overload over banning the abortions of gay children
Can we hope for respect internationally by standing up to the States?
Ernst Zundel bound for Germany
Is our country going to hell?
U.S. government must prove that Guantanamo prisoners are not P.O.W.'s
Garry Trudeau has obviously been collaborating with James Randi. Would you like $10,000?
A tongue in cheek look at the relationship between Saddam Hussein and the U.S.A.
Are the Americans beginning to question political ethics? Bush's Desolate Imperium
Blogging for peace. Check out some blogs by Salam Pax.
For those of you who love kickin' it old school with that gangsta rappin' physicist MC Hawking, you're going love this! The Hawkman has released "A Brief History of Rhyme", MC Hawking's greatests hits. View the promo trailer here. Be sure to click on "WATCH THIS MOVIE!". Word! Also check out the Hawkman's newest music vid: "What we need more of is Science". Remember to click on "WATCH THIS MOVIE!".
Universal Deja Vu: Is the Universe cyclical?
Global warming hits the Antarctic
What questions could a Bio-Einstein answer? Part 1 and Part 2
3 reasons for humans in space
The top 10 inventions of life
The World Multiconference on Systematics, Cybernetics and Informatics gets pranked with nonsense
What is the Scientific Method?
13 ways to confound a scientist
SEX! It's the worth the hassle
Intelligent design does not belong in schools
T. Rex tissue discovered
Canada to promote stem cell research
Do religion and science overlap
Oldest upright ancestor's fossils discovered
NASA finds strong evidence for life on Mars
Sea levels could rise 23 feet over the next century due to the Arctic melt
Human belief, global warming and denial
The Synchrotron opens in Saskatoon
I know it sounds very "New Age", but here is an actual scientific study into Global Consciousness
Ann Druyan Talks About Science, Religion, Wonder, Awe . . . and Carl Sagan.
Catholic Churches Say Condoms Don't Stop AIDS
Hate crime defined
How to start a Non-profit
101 tools for tolerance
10 ways to fight hate
From Protest.net, it's the Activist's Handbook
Tools for activists by the Saskatchewan Eco-Network
The Humanists of Florida on "Raising Awareness"
The fine art of complaining
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