Take a Trip on the Freethought Trail

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
September 13, 2011

A Council for Secular Humanism project highlights the rich radical-reform history of the region surrounding the Ingersoll Birthplace Museum.

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Varieties of Domesticated Religions and Smart Secular Strategies

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
September 12, 2011

Is there any such thing as “The Secular Strategy”? It’s doubtful that there’s one single tactic for advancing secularism, considering the realities of today’s religious pluralism.

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The Ultimate Faith-based Initiative, Ten Years On

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
September 09, 2011

Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Rivers of ink, actual and virtual, have already been spilled about it. But I'd like to add one perspective that, on my view, has not been represented nearly enough.

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“Contagion” Film Review—Now With 20% More Anti-Vaxx Conspiracy!

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
September 08, 2011

The new thriller Contagion has an ensemble cast, including Jude Law as a conspiracy theorist anti-vaccination blogger. 

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Outlaw-Imposture Syndrome

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 07, 2011

The targets of impostors are not only the noted but the notorious also. Numerous persons have claimed that they were an erstwhile presumed-dead outlaw, like Jesse James or—the latest target—Butch Cassidy. So similar are the features of such cases that they define what I now call the Outlaw-Imposture Syndrome.

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Religious Arrogance and the 9/11 Cross

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 07, 2011

The planned placement of a cross-shaped piece of metal (hereinafter “the cross”) in the museum portion of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum has gained quite a bit of attention lately, including legal attention in the form of a lawsuit brought by our friends at American Atheists. Some of the attention has been generated by vigorous disagreement among nonbelievers about whether placement of the cross in the museum would be an Establishment Clause violation and should be opposed. The answers are “probably not, not with this Supreme Court” and “yes.”

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Only Domesticated Religion Can Work With Democracy

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
September 05, 2011

Religion in the wild is poisonous to democracy. Domesticated varieties claim they invented democracy. Only naturalism can really make democracy work.

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Time for Action: the FDA and Homeopathic Drugs

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 30, 2011

The website of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the division of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) responsible for evaluating the efficacy of drugs, proudly proclaims that it “promotes and protects the health of Americans by assuring that all prescription and over-the-counter drugs are safe and effective.” (bolding in original) Sadly, this is not a true statement. The FDA allows homeopathic drugs to be marketed without requiring the manufacturers to establish that their drugs are effective for their intended use. This free pass to homeopathic junk needs to stop, and that is why CFI and CSI have filed a formal petition asking the FDA to hold homeopathic over-the-counter drugs to the same standards as conventional (i.e., real) medicine.

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JREF $1 Million Challenge Delights and Amuses Psychic Carla Baron

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
August 29, 2011

Carla Baron, who claims to have psychic powers, is not interested in getting James Randi's $1 million prize for proving her abilities, but she does find it "endlessly amusing."

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God, No! It’s Penn Jillette’s New Book!

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
August 26, 2011

God, yes! This is the kind of storytelling that atheists have been waiting for.

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