Centre for Inquiry

Centre for Inquiry

September 21, 2009 13:31 ET

Blasphemy Day & Famous Skeptic Michael Shermer to Speak in Toronto Leading Atheist & Skeptic Organization to Host Events for Free Speech, Skepticism

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2009) - Centre for Inquiry, which promotes free and skeptical inquiry, will launch the first annual International Blasphemy Day on September 30, 2009. Then Michael Shermer, Editor of Skeptic Magazine and Director of the Skeptics Society, will speak on "Why People Believe Weird Things" on October 2, 2009.

"Society bends over backward to be accommodating to religious sensibilities but not to other kinds," proclaimed leading atheist Richard Dawkins.

"In light of attempts by the UN Human Rights Council to police for blasphemy under 'defamation of religion,' Canadian Human Rights Commissions hauling before them journalists that speak their mind, student unions banning debates on controversial issues like abortion, and much else, we have established this Campaign," said CFI Canada Executive Director Justin Trottier. September 30th is the anniversary of the publishing of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons.

Moving away from religion but still likely to offend, on Friday, October 2 at 7:00pm, Michael Shermer, author of The Science of Good and Evil and Why Darwin Matters will debunk everything from Near Death Experiences and UFO abduction to creationism and holocaust denial. Dr. Shermer is columnist for Scientific American. The presentation takes place at the MacLeod Auditorium, 1 King's College Circle, University of Toronto.

The Centre for Inquiry is Canada's premiere venue advancing reason, science, secularism and free inquiry, and serving as home for humanists, skeptics and freethinkers. Visit www.cfiontario.org

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