Dizzy with Excitement over “Moving Secularism Forward”

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 20, 2012

I just signed on with CFI last week as their new communications guy, so I'm still settling in and getting a sense of what's going on. So you'll have to forgive me if some things that seem like old hat to regular readers of the CFI blogs are shiny, new revelations to me. And I'm not just talking about the fact that CFI headquarters has three little kitchens -- two of which have stoves. That's crazy! Really, what I'm flabbergasted by is the fantastic lineup of speakers at our conference in Orlando, mere days away, starting March 1st. 

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Contraception and Religious Liberty

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
February 20, 2012

As everyone is aware, the Catholic Church and some other religious institutions have argued that the Obama administration’s rule requiring employers to include contraceptive care within the scope of their health insurance plans violates the freedom of conscience of “individuals and organizations.”  This argument distorts the First Amendment guarantees of religious liberty and makes use of a flawed and tendentious interpretation of the concept of conscientious objection.

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“Red Tails” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 17, 2012

This movie about the Tuskegee Airmen—the black American aviators of World War II—has an appropriately Forties feel to it. A mix of dogfights, on-the-ground conflicts (personal, military, and racial), and a love story that ends in tragedy, Red Tails should have been made decades ago.

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Protect Zygotes and Corporations; Piss on Women

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
February 16, 2012

You may have noticed that in the last couple of years, there’s been an effort by some conservatives to extend rights of “personhood” to entities many of us don’t regard as persons, namely corporations and zygotes. Corporations and zygotes are not conceptually related, but, nonetheless, the extension of personhood rights to corporations may pave the way for the extension of personhood rights to zygotes. The latter action would, of course, limit the autonomy and reproductive rights of real persons, namely women.

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CFI On Campus Updates

by Dren Asselmeier
February 16, 2012

Dren Asselmeier gives updates on CFI On Campus affiliates.

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Church|State Separation Advocates Gather at Indiana Statehouse

Photo by Stephen McCloud

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
February 16, 2012

On Saturday, February 11, the first Indiana Civic Day sponsored by Center for Inquiry -Indiana and the Indiana Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State was held at the Indiana State House in Indianapolis. Over 100 people came together to hear Ron Lindsay, CEO of Center for Inquiry and Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State along with speakers from local organizations detail the problems and advocate for activism to maintain this separation.

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CFI Issues Statement on New HHS Regulation

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
February 14, 2012

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is urging the Obama Administration not to retreat any further on the new HHS regulation, and expressing its concern about the Catholic lobby's influence on public policy. 

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Religion and Xenophobia

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
February 12, 2012

It's not the fault of atheists. Religious people are more distrusting of anyone too different.

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The Skepcook: Reviewing “Herbal Recipes”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 10, 2012

As an herb gardener (see that persona on my website, www.joenickell.com), or at least as my wife Diana's understudy, I appreciate the satisfaction of growing, harvesting, and processing herbs—dried sage and oregano, for savory cooking; fresh basil, to snip onto sliced tomatoes (accompanying scrambled eggs for breakfast); and spearmint, for my Kentucky mint juleps! We also cultivate rosemary, chives, parsley, thyme, and more.

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A Clarion Call—and a Bombshell?—on Obama and Church-State?

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
February 09, 2012

A February 9th essay on Salon.com by ACLU Legislative Counsel Dena Sher casts down the gauntlet, presenting the case for Barack Obama positioning himself as a more secular president, perhaps picking up support from mainstream believers uncomfortable with religious-right posturing. Take, for example, those tens of millions of U. S. Catholics who, unlike their 271 bishops, apparently think contraception is just fine. Ms. Sher also included what may be a bombshell.

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