• Links of Interest

Gary Bauslaugh ( VSHA member)

Gary Bauslaugh’s book, Voices of Humanism, delves into the IHEU principles in a very creative way and it needs to be made known right up front with all of the details listed on its own website.

International Humanist and Ethical Union – IHEU

IHEU is the global representative body of the humanist movement, uniting a diversity of non-religious organisations and individuals.

5 Major Campaigns

  • Freedom of Thought, Conscience, Religion or Belief
  • Abolition of blasphemy and apostasy laws
  • Against persecution based on religion or belief
  • Recognition and respect for human rights
  • For a humanist approach to social issues

Representation on international bodies

Lobbying for Humanist values at the UN Human Rights Council

UN appoints new Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief 2016-07-04

UN passes historic resolution calling for Independent Expert on LGBTI rights 2016-07-01 UN must “recognize the pernicious nature and illegal status of blasphemy laws” says IHEU 2016-06-29

Other Endeavors

Condemns persecution of Rohingyas in Myanmar 2016-07-04

Produced the “Freedom Of Thought Report” 2015 Find out which countries are safe for atheists to travel to – free to download.

The IHEU web site also has a news service for Humanist world issues and events.

British Columbia Humanist Association – BCHA

List of possible Humanist Actions

Upcoming Vancouver events calendar

Standing up for LGBTQ rights in BC schools

Latest news items

Advocate for removal of Section 296 from CCoC and Section 319-3b from CCoC (blasphemy law)Sign Petition HERE.

Center For Inquiry -CFI

Based in Amherst, New York CFI has 16 State branches in the USA, and 20 International Branches.

CFI Canada / CFI Vancouver

Ongoing campaigns:

Consumer education and advocacy

*Including Questionable Health Services: Dangerous Dilutions Project (e.g., homeopathy)

*Questionable Health Education: Pseudoscience in Health Services Education (“holistic nutrition” etc.)

*Questionable Health Products and Devices: Regulation of Medical Devices in Canada, *Questionable Health-Risk Claims: Pseudo-science Scare Tactics (e.g., Cell Phone and Wifi Radiation)

The right to physician-assisted death

Lobbying against blasphemy law

International human rights

Secular Connexion Séculière – SCS

Advocate for an O Canada for everyone

Advocate for removal of Section 296 from CCoC and Section 319-3b from CCoC (blasphemy law). Sign on here.

Submission to Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Dying

Hosting a weekly Humanist radio show broadcast on CKMS Waterloo Community Radio at 100.3 fm and streaming live on soundfm.ca on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET.

 

Foundation Beyond Belief -FBB

Mission: to unite the humanist community in volunteer and charitable efforts, and to advocate for compassionate action throughout the world.

Humanist Service Corps: The Humanist Service Corps (HSC) is an international volunteering program guided by the principles of secular humanism. Its mission is to support and strengthen local, well-established nonprofits by working with them on poverty alleviation, healthcare access, women’s empowerment, education, environmental sustainability and human rights projects.

Humanist Disaster Recovery Drive to raise funds for the recovery effort after the flooding in Louisiana

Links to development projects world-wide.

American Humanist Association – AHA

Supports local US Chapters

Launched the Black Humanist Alliance, an adjunct organization that will promote racial justice also relaunching its women’s rights adjunct, the Feminist Humanist Alliance, and its LGBTQ adjunct, the LGBTQ Humanist Alliance 

Other local groups:

Comox Valley Humanists – Comox and Campbell River (no website) Email: cvhumanists@shaw.ca

The Vancouver Island Atheists (Facebook)

Related links:

  • Skeptic – similar to CFI and publishes “Skeptic” magazine
  • EvolveFish – Humanist/Atheist paraphernalia – buttons, t-shirts, etc.

Other Humanism related information:

http://www.thinkingabouthumanism.org/humanism/humanism-beliefs-and-values/