CFI Vancouver (Skeptics & Humanists) Group Message Board › An Urgent Request for Help from the Centre for Inquiry
|A former member||
Greetings Fellow Science & Philosophy Enthusiasts,
Thank you for your participation in the Centre for Inquiry Skeptics and Humanists Meetup Group, hosted by the Centre for Inquiry Vancouver.
The Centre for Inquiry is your voice for science, reason, skepticism, secularism and freedom of inquiry. We rarely ask for financial support, but at this important time, I'd like to strongly encourage you to become a member or donor of the CFI, if you haven't already, to support our programs and growth. You can join and get more information here: www.cficanada.ca/support. We provide charitable receipts for income tax purposes.
Your funds will help us sustain our infrastructure, grow our national presence, and directly support exciting new programs. Last month we announced the follow up to the Atheist Bus Campaign, which was the largest atheist advocacy project in Canadian history. The “Extraordinary Claims campaign” will include ads and programming featuring the slogan “Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence”, followed by 7 Extraordinary Claims, touching on a great variety of our issues: “Allah * Bigfoot * UFOs * Homeopathy * Zeus * Psychics * Christ”.
1. CFI is a leading force for Secularism, Atheism and Skepticism in the Canadian Media, including
- A monthly appearance on the Michael Coren Show, the flagship program on CTS (Christian) TV, arguing for secular values
- A weekly column in the Ottawa Citizen representing secular humanism in debates on religion, ethics and social policy
- Regular appearances on the Rob Breakenridge Show on Calgary Radio
- Biweekly contributions to the National Post's Holy Post blog, upon direct invitation by the editors
- We were contacted by CBC to help assemble the Atheist team for their
IQ game show "Test the Nation" and had a speaking opportunity on the show, aired on primetime TV to over 1 million Canadian viewers
- Interviews throughout the year on CBC, CTV, TVO, Vision and other networks by a variety of spokespeople presenting a skeptical and secular point of view. Here are a few highlights from 2010:
Front Page National Post Story: "God's Place in Charter Challenged"
PostMedia circulates a major story on the Extraordinary Claims Campaign:
Christ meets Big Foot: more irreverent atheist ads to hit Canadian cities
CFI Canada's new Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism publishes editorial on Homeopathy: "A vestige of the 18th century"
2. CFI has a growing network of branches across Canada in key cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal, Saskatoon, and Kelowna, plus over 30 campus freethought groups.
3. CFI is a force for Social & Political Advocacy:
a. We're fighting to change the religion question on future StatsCan surveys, which currently reads "Indicate a specific denomination or religion even if this person is not currently a practising member of that group", thus biasing the results against the real numbers of non-believers in this country
b. We organized the One School System Network which lobbies for an end to government funded religious schooling across Canada
c. We've had press releases picked up on a variety of church-state issues, including God in the National Anthem, religious accommodations and the right to blaspheme
4. CFI is a force for Education on issues like alternative medicine, secular humanism, the paranormal and many others, bringing over 10,000 people to hundreds of events across Canada in 2010
5. Most recently, we announced the release of Think Again! TV, a new YouTube channel bringing you interviews, debates, atheist activism, and investigative journalism from a secular and skeptical perspective!
Now we can ensure our own means of communicating our message to a mass audience.
Watch the Promotional Video and visit the Channel:
We've already uploaded a series of videos, including
1. A retrospective journalistic piece on the Canadian Atheist Bus Campaign, featuring interviews with key leaders
2. Interviews and coverage of the September "One School System Network Rally", the first protest against publicly funded Catholic Schools in Ontario
3. Coverage by the Canadian Secular Alliance of the National Prayer Breakfast in Ottawa from May, including a quick interaction with Stockwell Day! This was the first time an atheist delegation attended this event.
4. A two part interview with CFI's new Calgary Executive Director Nate Phelps, the son of pastor Fred Phelps of the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.
If you feel atheists, skeptics and secularists deserve a voice, please support the Centre for Inquiry by becoming a member today! All funds incoming before the end of January, both memberships and tax-deductible donations, are being matched by a private donor.
Please visit www.cficanada.ca/support.