Saints and Sexuality

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
April 26, 2014

As the whole world knows by now, former pontiffs John XXIII and John Paul II are about to be officially recognized by the Catholic Church as saints. According to Catholic doctrine this means, among other things, that these persons are worthy of being venerated as models of heroic sanctity. Also, they can intercede for you before God. You know, you can’t just walk into God the Father’s office to ask for something. He’s the chairman of the board! No, you get a saint to slip him a note so you can get a couple of minutes of the boss’s time.

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Mummies’ Secrets

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
April 25, 2014

On April 12, 2014, I visited the Buffalo Museum of Science to view an excellent traveling exhibit, “Mummies of the World.” Mummies are interesting in their own right, of course, but they also provide insights into cultures that imagine mummies’ supernatural potential.

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A Hatful of Galaxies

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 25, 2014

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.   

At Skeptical Inquirer, Thomas R. Casten says both climate realists and climate denialists should take heed of the potential for profit in fighting global warming.

Sarah Posner has a great report on the efforts to jam "religious expression" bills into public schools, essentially inviting church-state separation violations. 

The Clergy Project starts a new blog at Patheos, Rational Doubt. Kimberly Winston reports on the launch.

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Aligning with Forces that Rule the Moon

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 24, 2014

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.   

A 7-minute documentary on Al Qaeda for the National September 11 Memorial Museum is now the center of controversy because some feel that "some of the terminology in it casts aspersions on all Muslims." 

I'll be honest, I don't fully understand this, but it seems like some scientists have found that time goes in the direction it does, and thermodynamics works the way it does, because of quantum entanglement

Soraya Chemaly, who will be speaking at next month's Women in Secularism III conference, highlights some "everyday sexism" examples, and number 1 on her list:

We tolerate the ritualized silencing of women mandated by all major religions, which, with minor exceptions, bar girls and women from authority and mandate that access to the divine is mediated by exclusively male speech.  

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Father John’s Medicine

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
April 23, 2014

Father John’s Medicine is the name of a cough remedy with a long history and accompanying legend.

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Although You May Not Realize It, You Are Self-aware

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 23, 2014

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.   

I did not expect this: NJ's Star Ledger endorses removing "under God" from the Pledge:

The Supreme Court has said it’s unconstitutional for public schools to endorse religious activity in general, but hasn’t ruled specifically on the Pledge of Allegiance. We should turn the clock back 60 years and erase “under God” — a poorly conceived plot to force religious words into schoolchildren’s mouths. 

The U.S. Army approves "humanist" as an official faith category. (But what about the Jedi in this UK prison?)

Folks are really digging the Lauren Becker Earth Day audio essay we put up yesterday. Hemant says it's got "an ending that really made me smile." Make sure you check it out and pass it on.

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Explaining Our Mission - Ron Lindsay on Montana Public Radio

by Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
April 22, 2014

Here in the thick of the secular and skeptic movements, it can be easy to forget that not everyone really knows what it is we're fighting for. Even the politically plugged-in may only have a tangential awareness that there is a vibrant movement of secularists, humanists, atheists, skeptics, and others who are working every day to advance reason, science, and secular values. More importantly, there is often a misunderstanding as to why we do what we do. We're not here just to be gadflies or score technical points on First Amendment squabbles. We want to protect and advance fundamental humanistic values like freedom of expression, the value of critical thinking, and the freedom to be who you are regardless of what someone else's religion says about it.

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It’s a Rock!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 22, 2014

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.   

Our boss Ron Lindsay is in Montana for some reason, and yesterday he appeared on Montana Public Radio to talk about our worldview and the fundamentals of our mission.

He's amazing, he's brilliant, he's hilarious. James Randi is the guest on the latest Point of Inquiry with host Josh Zepps. 

Speaking of POI, in an audio essay from a classic Point of Inquiry, CFI's Lauren Becker gets to the heart of what's important about Earth Day: the humans who live here.

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Have You Been Saved? - Special Earth Day Audio Essay

by Paul Fidalgo, Communications Director
April 22, 2014

Around the time of Earth Day in 2006, Bill Nye was the guest on CFI's flagship podcast Point of Inquiry, at the time hosted by DJ Grothe. Before the interview, the show aired an essay written and read by Lauren Becker (now of course our director of marketing), "Have You Been Saved?" 

As a special treat for Earth Day 2014, we wanted to share it with you. 

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Disney and Google: Enemies of God

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 21, 2014

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.   

Good PR doesn't generate itself (believe me), not even for the Fluffiest of All Popes. Meet Greg Burke, the former Fox News reporter who greases the pontiff's public relations wheel, via Katie Engelhart at Vice. (Hat tip to Catherine Dunphy.)

Apple's PR guy, Phil Schiller, found Nessie! (Nope.)

Josh Zepps interviews James Randi and his documentarians on HuffPost Live, and the folks there invited me to submit a video question for His Amazingness, which results in my cameo at the end.

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