The Morning Heresy 7/18/12: The Promise of Doughnuts

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 18, 2012

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Yesterday we began our drive to gather electronic sigantures for an online petition to the White House on behalf of Alexander Aan. It's off to a strong start as we near 1400 signatures, but we badly need folks to do more than sign, and actively share the petition and encourage folks to do the same. We have to build momentum.

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The Morning Heresy 7/17/12: Gesundheit!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 17, 2012

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This is important: Today the Center for Inquiry submitted a petition 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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The Morning Heresy 7/16/12: Funny Things about Socrates

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

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The exciting news over the weekend for us was that Alexander Aan, persecuted and jailed for his atheism in Indonesia, has written a letter to his supporters from prison, thanking them for their efforts and reasserting his commitment to "humanity and science." Atheist Ireland's Michael Nugent was first with the news. 

CFI's Michael De Dora has two posts on this development: The first catches us up with the story so far and posts the letter in full. The second gives a comprehensive list of things that you can do right now to lend Alexander a hand (like write back to him!). 

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Five ways you can help Alexander Aan

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
July 14, 2012

Five ways you can help Alexander Aan, the Indonesian man recently sentenced to two years and six months in prison for allegedly "disseminating information aimed at inciting religious hatred or hostility." 

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Alexander Aan writes letter from Indonesian prison

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
July 14, 2012

Alexander Aan, the Indonesian civil servant sentenced to two years and six months in jail for "disseminating information aimed at inciting religious hatred and animosity," has reportedly penned a letter from his prison cell.

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Charitable Giving to Religion Declines in 2011

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
July 13, 2012

After years of growth in the number of Americans who don’t attend church or don’t declare a religion, it had to happen. U. S. giving to churches and religious organizations actually declined in 2011. What’s more, it has declined in three of the last four years.

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The Morning Heresy 7/13/12: A Lot of Them are Goth and Hot

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

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Happy Friday the Thirteenth! Look out for ladders and mirrors and cats and...oh, never mind. 

The heated debate in the atheo-skeptosphere on harassment at events hits the mainstream: Kimberly Winston of RNS chronicles the fracas (here in WaPo), and talks to CFI chief Ron Lindsay and several others within the movement.

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The Morning Heresy 7/12/12: You’d Better Manifest Grandma

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 12, 2012

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What did a twenty-year-old Carl Sagan think were the important books he should digest? Thanks to those papers now kept at the Library of Congress, now we know. (My favorite bit: he scribbles the author of the Bible as "anonymous.") 

CFI chief Ron Lindsay looks to refocus our community's attention on how humanist principles apply to wealth and its influence.

The way I interpret humanism, it has no problem with wealth per se, or with significant disparities in income and wealth. Humanism does commit one to support democracy and equal rights for all, however.

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Humanism and Wealth

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
July 12, 2012

There’s been a lot of talk in the secular blogosphere recently about sex and gender issues. This is an important set of topics, but just for a change of pace, I thought I would bring up another subject that can rev up our engines, namely money.

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CFI Emphasizes Gender Equality at UN Conference

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
July 11, 2012

The Center for Inquiry last week submitted a statement at the United Nations Economic and Social Council 2012 High-Level Segment that emphasized the importance of granting women equal rights to fostering economic and social stability.


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