The Morning Heresy 3/21/12

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 21, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo 

I lend a quote to a WaPo/RNS piece on the rally, which prominently features SSA's (and Rally press wrangler) Jesse Galef 

Fred Edwords in WaPo: More atheists are "coming out," in part, because we seem more interesting.  

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The Morning Heresy 3/20/12

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

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo 

(Explanation of what this series is about here.)

USA Today has a big, mostly-positive piece on Reason Rally (by Cathy Lynn Grossman, not exactly a fan of the movement, as evidenced here, comparing American Humanist Association to Westboro Baptist Church in 2010)

PZ is still not happy, but McCreight wants him to suck it up 

Dave Silverman at WaPo on why we need the Rally to begin with 

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Limbaugh Caught at For-Pay Sex Talk!

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 19, 2012

Rush Limbaugh often refers to feminists as "feminazis," but he simply appears to be projecting his own misogynist tendencies. Now Limbaugh is caught in another contradiction—and in an exposé of his sexual proclivities.

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The Morning Heresy 3/19/12

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 19, 2012

Welcome to a new feature of CFI's Free Thinking blog, "The Morning Heresy." There's so much going on in the news, both above and below the radar, that relates to the mission of CFI and its affiliate groups, so the management here decided it would be a good idea to get a kind of daily roundup of relevant items in order to keep everyone in the loop. Then it occurred to us, hey, this could be valuable to everyone in the secularist and skeptic movements...

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Is there Nothing Wrong with Being Religious?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
March 17, 2012

Every time an atheist praises religious things, an angel gets his wings.

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Shouldn’t Arizona Scrutinize How Men Are Using Viagra?

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

In the controversy over contraceptive coverage for women in health care plans, things get crazier by the minute. Arizona is considering legislation that would permit religious employers to require women who want reimbursement for the cost of contraception to submit a claim, supported by evidence, that the pills are not being used for contraception, but to treat some other medical issue. Incredible, right?

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Being Clear About Our Objectives

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
March 14, 2012

Moving Secularism Forward, the joint conference of CFI and the Council for Secular Humanism, took place in Orlando a little over a week ago. The presentations at the conferences have generated a fair amount of commentary (for examples, see here and here). This is a good thing. One of the purposes of our conferences is to get people to think, to debate, and, in some cases, to look at issues from a different perspective.

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CFI, IHEU Issue Statement on Religious Tolerance at UN Human Rights Council

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
March 14, 2012

The Center for Inquiry and International Humanist and Ethical Union issue a joint statement at the UN Human Rights Council urging Islamic states to protect basic human rights at home if they are truly concerned about religious tolerance.

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Lady Sword Swallower

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 12, 2012

On February 25, 2012, more than twenty of the world's dwindling number of sword swallowers "dropped swords" at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditoriums worldwide to celebrate the Sixth Annual World Sword Swallower's Day. My wife Diana and I were at the Niagara Falls, Ontario, Ripley's with Vanessa, Canada's celebrated female sword swallower, to watch her have a snack of cold steel.

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Rita Swan and Protecting Children from Religious Exemptions

by Dren Asselmeier
March 09, 2012

Last weekend, I had a chance to hear about the advocacy work of Dr. Rita Swan. She gave a talk at the Moving Secularism Forward Conference, and I want to share what I learned because protecting children is a concern we should all have as secular humanists, and as decent human beings.

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