Four to Watch (Nickell-odeon Mini-Reviews)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 31, 2012

To catch up on our movie watching, my wife Diana dared us to go on a movie marathon. So (after a morning trip to a psychic fair) we embarked on a whirlwind tour, getting home just before the witching hour. With her handling logistics (directions, times, and eating on the run) and me driving the getaway car, we crisscrossed town and watched four new feature films. All were in the good-to-excellent range, and I recommend them to fellow skeptics and humanists. (As I say, a humanist is an atheist with a heart.) Here are capsule reviews (presented in ascending order of excellence).

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How Unnatural Is Religion?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
January 27, 2012

For a belief system about the unnatural, religion is trying to keep it pretty natural.

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When Lawmakers Don’t Listen to Reason

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Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
January 27, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 was a very frustrating day. Beginning at 8:30 am and again at 1:30 pm, I sat in on Indiana Senate committee hearings. Among the bills being discussed were SB 72 in the Health and Provider Services Committee and SB 89 in the Education and Career Development Committee.

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Indiana Senate Panel Approves Creationist Bill Despite Center for Inquiry’s Letter, Testimony

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
January 26, 2012

Despite CFI's best efforts, an Indiana Senate panel has approved a bill that would allow school boards to “require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation.”

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Indiana Senate Hates Science, Loves Jesus

by Dren Asselmeier
January 26, 2012

Anti-evolution/pro-creationism bills are popping up in 2012. 

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The Mayan Calendar, 2012, and Doomsday: A Primer

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
January 25, 2012

It's no secret that the ancient Mayans (as opposed to the modern ones, some of whom work in offices and use cell phones) had a famous calendar that "runs out" in December of this year. Just what that means--if anything--is the question. Does it hold any particular significance for Doomday, the Apocalpyse, or Armageddon? Here's a (very) short primer on the Mayan calendar.

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Poland fines pop music star for blasphemy

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
January 23, 2012

Poland has fined Doda for stating in an interview that the Bible is full of "unbelievable tales" that are hard to accept because "it's hard to believe in something written down by someone drunk on wine and smoking some kind of herbs."

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Bozo School of Politics

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 20, 2012

Newt, Mitt, and Rick

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Center for Inquiry Urges Indiana Senators to Drop Creationist Bill

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
January 19, 2012

CFI has written to the ten members of the Indiana State Senate Committee on Education and Career Development urging them to withdraw or oppose a bill that would allow school boards and other authorized educational administrators "require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science, within the school corporation."

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WWJD?

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 18, 2012

Among evangelicals it is common to ask, in a situation, What Would Jesus Do? (sometimes shortened to WWJD?). However, evangelicals being a politically conservative lot, it is well to ask, just how much in agreement would Jesus be, regarding their stance on some of today's controversial issues? In other words, we know they are right (even far right), but are they right with Jesus? Here are some answers.

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