Campaign for Freedom of Expression
September 16, 2008
Free Inquiry is under attack in Canada. Our Human Rights Commissions have insulted their name by interrogating magazines like Maclean's and the Western Standard for publishing hurtful words and pictures, on the pretext that there exists a human right to not be offended. Taxpayer funded Catholic school boards ban or threaten to ban books written by atheists, like The Golden Compass. University student unions across Canada deny or delay ratification to clubs they do not like, like atheist or anti-abortion groups.
On September 19, CFI Canada will inaugurate the 'Campaign for Free Expression', an ongoing series of events, activities and political initiatives in support of freedom of inquiry, thought and expression. The first event will be Banned Book Day, celebrating and commemorating those books which have been challenged or banned in society.
The event will feature children's literature professor Deidre Baker and CFI Executive Director Justin Trottier who fought to keep The Golden Compass in schools despite its anti-christian themes, and Canadian Research Chair in Performance and Culture Chris Innes, followed by a reception, round table discussion on censorship, and readings and displays of banned publications.
The Campaign for Freedom of Expression continues in mid October with a Town Hall on Freedom of Speech at York University, site of one of the anti-abortion club bans, and special presentation by the world's most famous atheist and science blogger, PZ Myers, on Oct 31, 2008.
For more information on the event and to arrange an interview with speakers or organizers, contact Katie Kish at (647) 267-5780.
Banned Book Day will take place at the Centre for Inquiry-Ontario headquarters at 216 Beverley St, just south of College St at St. George from 6 to 8 pm.For more information contact
Centre for Inquiry-Ontario