About

Who Are We?

The purpose of the Centre for Inquiry Saskatoon (also known as the Saskatoon Freethinkers) is to support its members and the local community through social activity, educational outreach, activism and collaboration to promote and defend secularism, science, reason, and free inquiry. The members of CFI Saskatoon are atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, freethinkers, skeptics, Brights, and other heathens. You can learn about our upcoming activities right here, on the Meetup site or on our Facebook group. You can also contact us directly by email at saskatchewan@cficanada.ca.

University of Saskatchewan Campus Group

We are starting a new campus group this fall called the University of Saskatchewan Freethought Alliance. Any students who are interested in joining the group can contact the organizer at usask.freethought@gmail.com or on Facebook.

Saskatoon Secular Family Network

A group for anyone who’s interested in raising up freethinking kids or inoculating families against religious indoctrination. Parents, someday-soon parents, family members, or anyone else interested in the topic is welcome to join. You can join through our Meetup site, our Facebook page, or email us at sksecular.parenting@gmail.com.

Café Apostate

Are you a recovering religionist? A former fundie? Or just someone who grew up deeply involved in the faith, and now has gone all heretic? If so, then you should come out and join us for coffee and religiously-based rants at Café Apostate. It’s a low-key way to interact with other freethinkers who have “left the flock,” and share stories and maybe even brainstorm some strategies of how to deal with religious friends and family members who don’t understand your godlessness. Join our Facebook group or email us at cafeapostate@gmail.com.

Events

The Saskatoon Freethinkers hold a number of public events throughout the year. Feel free to come out and make yourself known!

Public Awareness

The Saskatoon Freethinkers launched an atheist ad campaign in Saskatoon in the fall of 2009.  We are a local community group interested in promoting awareness of non-religious alternatives to the major religions.

If you would like to donate to the Saskatoon Freethinkers advertising campaign or any other activities, you can donate via CFI Canada or mail us a cheque made out to “Centre for Inquiry Saskatchewan”.  Please indicate how you would like your funds directed e.g. advertising, public events, general.

If you would like to donate to the Saskatoon Freethinkers bus campaign you also mail funds to:

Saskatoon Freethinkers

Box 31043 RPO Broadway & Taylor

Saskatoon, SK, S7H 5S8

Saskatoon Skeptics

We have a sister group called the Saskatoon Skeptics, lead by Dale Boan. Their goals are similar to the Saskatoon Freethinkers, but focus more on the purely skeptical perspective of news and discussion topics. Their blog can be found at http://saskskeptics.com/.

Learn More

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The Saskatoon Freethinkers launched an atheist ad campaign in Saskatoon in the fall of 2009.  We are a local community group interested in promoting awareness of non-religious alternatives to the major religions.

If you would like to donate to the Saskatoon Freethinkers advertising campaign or any other activities, you can donate via PayPal or mail us a cheque made out to “Saskatoon Freethinkers”.  Please indicate how you would like your funds directed e.g. advertising, public events, general.

37 Responses to “About”

  1. William S January 16, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    United Athiest Alliance or Allied Athiest Alliance or United Athiest League

    Your Logic is all wrong! Why use tables? We have perfectly good tummies to smash our clams on!

  2. Tim January 16, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    Nice to see the BUS signs

  3. Tim Wall January 19, 2010 at 7:15 am #

    Wonderful design. Inspired from above? lol Well I suppose, yes… the human brain.

    President
    Humanist Society of Southern Manitoba

  4. Dougie January 25, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    I am willing to bet these so called ‘free thinkers’ know very little about morphic fields, harmonic resonance theory, and the wonders and magic of psychedelics, such as Ayahuasca, Psilocybin, Salvia Divinorum and even Marijuana.
    I’d be interested in finding out more from these ‘free thinkers’ so I’ll be at the next event.

    • koinosuke March 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

      You’re bringing marijuana to the next meetup?

  5. Hal E. Lou March 3, 2010 at 3:11 am #

    Wow, if there is a Jesus (and I believe there is) you folks are in biiiig trouble 😉

    • Allen April 16, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

      If there is a jesus? or was a jesus? either way i think its “his” morals according to his book that a lot of us object to.

  6. atlantis April 3, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    you all must be feeling pretty smug, calling yourselves free thinkers just because you don’t believe in a higher power. i also struggle to believe in a god, but i don’t believe that one is more of a “free thinker” when they choose not to do so – a free thinker is one that is open to any possibility. how can you call yourselves free thinkers when you’ve closed your minds off from something whose existence can’t be disproven (or proven)? embrace the mystery.

  7. Chuck April 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    There will be scoffers in the last days. It’s prophetic. It’s my hope that you will take a look around you at the skies, trees and animals and so on and realize that all these things including human beings did not evolve. They were intelligently created by God. No big bang theory or evolution can prove otherwise. A big bang would only create disorder. If evolution were true, why then do monkeys still have their tails? Open your eyes and don’t be swayed by “Free Thinkers”.

    • koinosuke April 7, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

      If life was intelligently created why do I have a non-functioning tooth? Tallying up the imperfections of nature, I looked at the trees and animals and realized that all these things including human beings did evolve.

      • jody friesen April 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

        Look at what man is doing to our planet, and you want to use nature’s imperfections as proof that life was not intelligently created? Sounds weak!

    • Davey April 8, 2010 at 12:08 am #

      I am soooooooo tired of the same old “look at the rocks and trees” argument. It’s always put forward by people who are ignorant of geology, biology and pretty much everything else. And why wouldn’t they actually learn some of these things? Because…..wait for it….IT WOULD SHAKE THEIR FAITH!!!!!! Maybe us Atheists would like a little peace and quiet on our own boards without any fundamentalist moron trolls posting crap about prophets and creationism

      • jody friesen April 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

        On the contrary, it would strengthen their faith. If evolutionists would learn about geology, biology, etc. they would soon realize it takes a lot more faith to believe in evolution. Evolution is the exact opposite of freethinking as it starts with the assumption that there is no God.

      • Jerry April 11, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

        Hi jody,
        I’m pretty sure scientists, who have collected such a vast body of empirical evidence that remains despite numerous tests over decades of challenges, are not asking anybody to put any undying or dogmatic trust into the validity of their work. Rather, any scientist who provides greater insight into the truth of our natural world via the falsifying (empirically) of the theory of evolution would be highly celebrated and most likely awarded the Nobel Prize.

        You said, “Evolution is the exact opposite of freethinking as it starts with the assumption that there is no God.”

        Theories don’t make assumptions, people (you and I included) do. Scientists study the material world. Whether they personally assume there is a God or not, it wouldn’t add any empirical information to their field of study.

      • Chuck April 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

        First of all, I think everyone has a right to their opinion without being referred to as fundamentalist moron trolls. Second of all, the only reason I could imagine atheists wanting peace and quiet is because they don’t want to hear that they are wrong.

      • jody friesen April 13, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

        You are correct that people make assumptions. What I should have said is that evolutionists make the assumption, not about whether or not there is a God, but that no supernatural influence was involved in creation. On another point there have been and continue to be many scientists providing insight into the truth of our world,(although saying our natural world is also an assumption) but there work is rarely published and often rejected, not on the basis of empirical science, but because of the ramifications of accepting the idea that there could be a God. In my opinion there is no empirical evidence that evolution occurred. If there was a “vast body of empirical evidence” in support of evolution it would no longer be a theory. The evidence in support of evolution is not empirical as it has not been observed, and cannot be repeated.

      • Jerry April 14, 2010 at 8:07 am #

        Jody, you said, “..evolutionists make the assumption, not about whether or not there is a God, but that no supernatural influence was involved in creation.” Practically speaking, how would a scientist look for ‘supernatural influence’ when we can’t even fathom what exactly is ‘supernatural’? Is there any description of the ‘supernatural’ (metaphorical or literal) that doesn’t end up describing something material?

        You also said, “On another point there have been and continue to be many scientists providing insight into the truth of our world,(although saying our natural world is also an assumption) but there work is rarely published and often rejected, not on the basis of empirical science, but because of the ramifications of accepting the idea that there could be a God.” I need you to show me exactly where this is the case so I can properly respond.

        And lastly, you said, “In my opinion there is no empirical evidence that evolution occurred. If there was a “vast body of empirical evidence” in support of evolution it would no longer be a theory. The evidence in support of evolution is not empirical as it has not been observed, and cannot be repeated.” I used the term ‘theory’ in the same way that scientists use the word theory. Scientists consider gravity to also be a ‘theory’.

      • jody friesen April 14, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

        You are right. We cannot fathom the supernatural, so we look for a scientific explanation for our existence. But this does not mean that God does not exist. It only means if God exists he is more intelligent than we are. Ruling something out because we cannot understand it is not scientific either.

        Granted, specific examples are difficult to point out, but mainstream science gives very little reference to the many examples that do not fit with their theories.

        The results of gravity can be observed and repeated. I admit I am probably not as educated as you, and I thought that gravity was a law.

      • Jerry April 15, 2010 at 7:30 am #

        1. I’m pretty sure no one is saying the existence of a greater being is impossible. The curious thing is, if a greater being exists, and it prefers to relate with other living beings, why haven’t we been given clear indications that this being does in fact exist? Why hasn’t this being satisfied everyone’s doubts about it’s existence?

        Some say a greater being has communicated with them. If this is true, why can’t everyone go where it is necessary to go and observe this greater being? If someone reported that they’ve found the first of an incredibly unique species, anyone across the globe could go and observe it for themselves (as long as they have the financial means). But this is not the case with the reported greater being.

        As children, many of us loved playing “Hide and Seek”. And we knew who we were seeking. But we are not clear on who or what exactly we are to look for based on people’s reports of their greater being encounters. People have given contradictory reports about who this being is. Are they mistaken about their greater being encounters? Or is there more than one?

        So, do greater beings expect us to seek them out without first having any evidence of their existence? And if so, what a strange way of wanting to relate with us, don’t you think? Why would greater beings that prefer to relate with other living beings do that?

        2. Jody, could you tell me exactly what these “many examples” are that you’ve mentioned above?

        3. Semantics can be a pain in the ass sometimes. An important thing to remember about science is that it is tentative. From my understanding, the “law” of gravity was never meant to be left unchallenged, just like the “fact” of evolution was also never meant to be left unchallenged. As much as they are used as foundations to provide insight into other areas of study, from my recollection they are still called “theories”. However, they are notoriously known for being reliable.

    • Jerry April 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    • koinosuke April 11, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

      Hi Jody
      Most theists will not like you comparing their god to man. Imperfections in nature are explained by evolution not intelligent design. In fact the destruction wrought by humans is a completely different process then that of evolution or the creation of life by supernatural being. Your argument is one big non-sequitur and I’m not sure what your point was.

      • jody friesen April 13, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

        My point was simply that your non-functioning tooth and any other imperfection in nature could be due to “the destruction wrought by humans”. It is not evidence of evolution.

  8. Amanda April 8, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    No words can describe how happy I am that a group like this finally exists and is gaining popularity. It’s nice to know there are like-minded people in Saskatoon.

  9. haltnuts April 11, 2010 at 1:13 am #

    Horus the sun god, was worshipped in the 200 years before Jesus alledgedly walked the earth. Coincedentally Horus was also born from a virgin mother and rose from the grave just like Jesus. There is a small group of people that manufactured religion to divide us all and it is obviously working. Please go to googlevideo.com & watch Zeitgeist. That should answer the rest of your questions. Have a good one everybody.

  10. Beumont_suite April 11, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    Zeitgeist should be shown in every elementary school in the free world. Only then might we stand a chance of freeing the children who, right now, are being enslaved by the indoctrination of various religions. In fact, let’s get the parents down as well, so they might witness the curtain of deceipt that has been pulled over their eyes as well.

  11. Chuck April 12, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    In reply to the video posted featuring Richard Dawkins, why do people continually want to prove that humans stemmed from chimps. I don’t know what Richard’s cousins look like but mine don’t resemble anything like chimps. LOL! Why can’t people just come to the realization that we as humans were intelligently created. While there are similarities between chimps and humans, do you really want to put yourself in the same category as a chimp? If so, i’ll throw you a banana.

    • Jerry April 12, 2010 at 11:41 am #

      Hi Chuck,

      Science is about wanting the truth, even if we don’t like (or have yet to appreciate) the truth we find.

      You said, “Why can’t people just come to the realization that we as humans were intelligently created” A non-believer could just as easily ask, “Why can’t people just come to the realization that we as humans were NOT intelligently created?” Neither of these questions are very helpful. Questions that are helpful to me are — ‘By what methods do people arrive at their so-called “realizations”?’ and ‘Which of the various methods used can we deem to be the most reliable?’

      Chuck, here’s a little quote for you by a well recognized christian novelist: “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” – Flannery O’Connor

      • jody friesen April 13, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

        I have to say I appreciate what you are saying. Although we likely sit on opposite sides of the fence everything you said in this comment I agree with 100%. I just wish more people could be as open-minded.

    • Koinosuke April 12, 2010 at 9:54 pm #

      Chimps live in Africa and bananas are from Asia. I don’t think your knowledge of biology is up to snuff. The truth is the truth it does not matter what you want. All life is related pick any animal you want they are your distant cousin.

      • Chuck April 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

        I don’t profess to be a biologist. I was trying to make a point. You say that chimps live in Africa but how do you know that they did not evolve from Asia?

      • Justin Seitz April 16, 2010 at 8:31 am #

        Chuck,

        If you don’t profess to be a biologist then how can you make a claim that refutes that very science, without first having been an expert in it? Dawkin’s cousins may not (or maybe they do, I have never met them) resemble chimps, but then again, 2 of my 4 children don’t resemble me, and I still respect what Darwin has to say.

  12. Beumont_suite April 13, 2010 at 12:26 am #

    Every organism on this planet is related in some small way. Some are related in larger ways. A vast majority of the world’s population can’t deal with that fact. Hence it’s easier to invent an alternate “truth” by way of intelligent design.

    To quote Carl Sagan: “Evolution is a fact, not a theory.” To quote Carl again: “The Cosmos is all there is, ever was, and ever will be.”

  13. jody friesen April 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm #

    Here is a quote from C.S Lewis for anyone interested. “If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If so, then all our thought processes are mere accidents– the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for the materialists’ and astronomers’ as well as for anyone else’s. But if their thoughts — i.e., of Materialism and Astronomy — are merely accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true? I see no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give a correct account of all other accidents.

    • Jerry April 15, 2010 at 6:16 am #

      Our accidents are not always without learning. Our minds have evolved so much so that we can not only reason things through based on what we’ve learned in the past, but we can also create fictional scenarios to test and play with ideas.

      And when we bring our minds together, we can challenge each other to reason out a coherent view of our reality. Through rigorous exploration, observation, study, and research, our species has discovered fascinating insights about our environment, our world. So, we have reason to celebrate our accomplishments, and yet, we are only partially satisfied. Because we will always be looking to improve the quality and quantity of our insight.

      Therefore, when we find or accidentally stumble upon more reliable methods to attain the truth of what is, we will use them.

  14. Shea August 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    I’m very happy to have discovered this group! I only wish it were more clear how to become a member.

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