Community Events of Interest to Humanists and atheists
March – Guest Lectures on Evolution
Evolutionary biologist Dr. Douglas Futuyma will be visiting and speaking at the University of Winnipeg on March 30th and 31st. Don’t miss this chance to hear him talk about why evolution is the most important theory in biology, and the evolution of insects. Click here for the event poster and details.
For more Community Events, click here. For HAAM events, click the Events tab at the top of the page or see the list in the right sidebar.
Calls to Action
Demand that Canada’s Blasphemy Law be Repealed
The crime of blasphemous libel (Criminal Code Section 296) is still on the books in Canada. It was the subject of a petition in 2016. In the government’s response to that petition, on January 30, 2017, Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould indicated that the blasphemy law would be reviewed along with other outdated laws as part of a broad review of the justice system.
Now that review is underway. Government Bill C-39, an act to repeal provisions and remove passages of the Criminal Code that have been ruled unconstitutional (‘zombie laws’), is currently before the House of Commons. It addresses such varied issues as duelling, abortion, practicing witchcraft, and water-skiing – but nothing about blasphemy. Why not?
The current “zombie law” bill may be the best opportunity to advance secular human rights Canadian secularists are likely to see. Don’t let it pass! Write to your Member of Parliament and demand the repeal of Canada’s blasphemy law.
Click here for a sample letter that you can use if you wish.
Stand Up for Sexual Health and Reproductive Choice Worldwide
HAAM has joined the many Canadian organizations who signed a Joint Statement voicing their opposition to the Global Gag Rule imposed by the Trump administration on NGO’s providing health care overseas. Read that Joint Statement here, and more info here.
Add your own voice of opposition! Please write to your MP. Click here for a template letter.
Charity of the Month
In March we will be supporting the Rainbow Resource Centre.
More information about this charity is available in our monthly newsletter. Donations for the Charity of the Month will be accepted at any of our events. Tax receipts are available for donations over $10. If you would like to donate but cannot attend, you can do so via the ‘Donate’ button on this page. Please specify that the donation is for the Charity of the Month.
To view a list of our past charities, click here.
Recent News and Views
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