Global TV Taping tonight: CFI: Is religion bad for the environment?

[Please note:  this message is from the Centre for Inquiry, which is a separate organization, and not part of HAT.  However, a HAT Steering Committee member has asked us to inform our members of this event in case you are interested in attending, and presenting a Humanist view in the audience]
GLOBAL TV EVENT:  IS RELIGION BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?This monday, September 24, we ask: 'IS RELIGION BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?' Bestselling author Andrew Nikiforuk has made a strong case that many religious people in Canada have little regard for the planet. U of Toronto's star anthropologist Stephen Scharper, author of 'Religion and Ecology' weighs in along with the Centre for Inquiry's Justin Trottier.

Join the studio audience this monday night to add your voice. Filmed at CBC Broadcast Centre in downtown Toronto and air on Global TV. Check-in at 5:30 PM, taping at 6.
Get your tickets now:
Context with Lorna Dueck investigates where current affairs and spirituality converge.
1. Is religion to blame (at least in part) for the environmental crisis? (see for example Dr. Lynn White's thesis in "The Historical Roots of the Ecological Crisis"
2. How has Christianity been complicit in environmental degradation instead of an antidote to it? Why is this so?
3.  New broad-ranging religious activism across religious lines in the name of "creation care" suggests that religion and science may not be as incompatible as is often assumed.  Are we blaming the (religious) messenger when the message may be more nuanced than often assumed?
4. Has religion on balance been more of a curse than a blessing to the planet?
5. What is the humanist/skeptic's positive case for a green ethic?

JAMES “The Amazing” RANDI Talk and Reception | CFI event Sept 27

JAMES “The Amazing” RANDI Talk and Reception | Centre for Inquiry
(Posted by request from CFI)

James Randi has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but today he is best known as the world's most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims.

Randi has pursued "psychic" spoonbenders, exposed the dirty tricks of faith healers, investigated homeopathic water "with a memory", and generally been a thorn in the sides of those who try to pull the wool over public's eyes in the name of the supernatural. He is the author of numerous books, including The Truth About Uri Geller, The Faith Healers, Flim Flam!, and An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural. His lectures ( and television appearances (Johnny Carson, Penn and Teller's Bullshit) have delighted and vexed audiences around the world.

Hear "The Amazing One" talk on his unique perspective on science, magic, and how even the smartest among us can easily be fooled, and support CFI Canada. An open reception (refreshments provided) will follow in the foyer area directly adjacent to the Courtyard Hall, where the talk is held.
Tuesday, September 27th 2011 at 7:00 pm, Courtyard Marriott
Tickets are only available through online purchase HERE.
Tickets WILL NOT be sold at the door. $25 General Public (+ticketing fee) $20 CFI Canada Members (+ticketing fee)

Alert to HAT members: HAT library moving out of CFI on Berkeley

CFI is moving from it's bigger space on St George to a small unit at 2 College. The move is soon, in October. As CFI no longer have space to store their books, our HAT library of 550 books, or our piano, we must find a location for the books and piano quickly. We have a list of the books, some of which are Humanist titles, but many are (by now) outdated science and history textbooks and other items which are no longer of commercial or academic interest. We have contacted the Toronto Public Library and the University of Toronto Library, but have not received any interest. The Steering Committee therefore asks: . 1) If anyone can donate a large dry, accessible space to house 550 books, please let our library, Maria Kochan, know immediately. 2) If you donated a book to the HAT library, and wish to retrieve it, you may do so by contacting Maria Kochan, the librarian, before Oct 1, at: Kochan, Maria - 3) If you would like to arrange to look at the books, and either buy one at a low fee or discuss an arrangement, please contact Maria before Oct 1. 4) After Oct 1, we will (probably) add our books to the CFI sale, and receive a portion of the proceeds. Maria has contacted several schools to ask if anyone can use the piano (apartment size), which needs extensive repair and work. We have not yet heard positively from anyone, but may still do so. If you can move/house/fix the piano, please let Maria know. Thank-you! HAT steering committee.

GTA Event: CFI hosts Nate Phelps, June 18

Nate Phelps, estranged son of “God Hates Fags” Pastor Fred  Phelps, to Speak in Toronto. The event will take place at the University of Toronto Macleod Auditorium on Friday, June 18th at 7:30 pm.

The newly turned atheist and estranged son of "God Hates Fags" pastor Fred Phelps will speak about his experiences growing up in the Westboro Baptist church, the  most controversial family in the US. The Centre for Inquiry Canada (CFI) will host the event as Nate denounces the violent and discriminatory rhetoric of his family.

Nate will outline his family's anti-gay campaign and share his experiences growing up with the indoctrination and violence of his father. He will recount the journey since he left home at 18, from fundamentalism to mainstream Christianity to finally letting go of any notion of God.

This is an official Pride Toronto Affiliated Event.

Event: CFI October Conference: TAREK FATAH



Full details and registration: Conference webpage

Tarek Fatah is a secular Muslim Canadian political activist, writer and TV host. He is the author of Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State which suggests that the idea of an Islamic state is merely a mirage that Muslims have been made to chase for over a millennium. The book was short listed for the prestigious Donner Book Prize. Tarek Fatah has joined CFRB 1010 as a co-host of the radio station's 3PM daily show. Fatah is the founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress.

Fatah's advocacy for a separation of religion and state, opposition to Sharia law, and advocacy for a liberal, progressive form of Islam have been met with considerable criticism from various Canadian Muslim groups. The Muslim Canadian Congress has been a longtime supporter and ally of the Centre for Inquiry.