Alexander Aan is still in prison

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
August 16, 2012

CFI's petition to the White House on behalf of jailed Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan closed today with 8,000 signatures, well short of the 25,000 necessary to secure an official response from the Obama administration. Yet while we fell short, we are resolved to keep working his case.

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Ron Riles the Rationalists at the Reason Rally

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 16, 2012

Though the Reason Rally has noisily passed into history, we were just able to acquire the footage of our boss Ron Lindsay's address to the crowd, lo those many months ago. 

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The Morning Heresy 8/16/12: iPads vs. Creationism

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 16, 2012

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Yesterday CFI chief Ron Lindsay went on HuffPost Live for a panel discussion on religion in schools, along with Annie Laurie Gaylor, Frank Schaeffer, and Rahiel Tesfamariam. It was remarkably substantive with an informed moderator. Check it out.

Skepchick was running out of actual important people within the movement to do their "Speaking Out Against Hate Directed at Women" series, so they asked me to do one.  

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UFO Buzzes Balloonists!

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 15, 2012

On Sunday, July 29, 2012, three intrepid balloonists went aloft over Genesee Country Village (one of the largest living history museums in the United States) located in Monroe County, New York. I should actually say Intrepid balloonists, because that was the name of the replica Civil War gas balloon the trio were dangling from.

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The Morning Heresy 8/15/12: Overly-Aggressive High-Fives

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 15, 2012

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CFI announced changes to its board of directors, including the addition of Elisabeth Cornwell, head of the US branch of the Dawkins Foundation. 

Michael De Dora, CFI's public policy director, contributes to the Skepchick series on hate directed against women, and aims his message at those who are rolling their eyes as they read this. 

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The Morning Heresy 8/14/12: Underwear and Toast

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 14, 2012

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American Atheists puts out new presidential-election-themed billboards featuring underwear and toast. CFI chief Ron Lindsay takes issue with the message they may be sending, focusing on the religions of the major party presidential candidates.

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Religious Beliefs and Politics

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 13, 2012

One of the explicit goals of CFI is to end the influence that religion has on public policy. Obviously, we are adamantly opposed to any politician who seeks to impose her/his religious views on other Americans. That said, not everyone who is religious is a theocrat, and religious beliefs, by themselves, do not disqualify someone for office. Under our Constitution they cannot.

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The Morning Heresy 8/13/12: Romney Feels Randy

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
August 13, 2012

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Oh, hey guys!

I'm back from my two-week hiatus as we welcomes my new daughter into the world, Phoebe Helen Fidalgo, born July 27. Baby and mommy are doing fantastically, and daddy continues to do battle with the two-year-old boy Toby who, I should say, is really jazzed about his new baby sister (or, as he calls her, "my baby").

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The Morning Heresy 8/10/12: Getting NPawkwaRd with David Barton

by Cody Hashman
August 10, 2012

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Today's morning heretic is Cody Hashman. Your regularly scheduled Morning Heresy with Paul Fidalgo will return on August 13th.

This is important: There is less than one week left to sign the petition the Center for Inquiry submitted to the White House to ask the President and the administration to publicly address the plight of jailed Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan, as well as that of religious dissidents and nonbelievers in Indonesia.  

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Missouri Votes to Reap the Whirlwind

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
August 09, 2012

Missouri voters this week approved a benighted and mischievous “right to pray” amendment to the state’s Constitution. Amendment Two passed by 779,628 votes to 162,404, a thundering 5-to-1 margin!

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