Midnight in Paris (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 15, 2011

Ah, midnight in Paris!

Or anytime in Paris if you ask me—a place where I once had a magical time, until the Orient Express whisked me away, like a magic carpet, to Istanbul.

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School voucher bills swamp statehouses, face legal challenges

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
August 15, 2011

Statehouses across the U.S. this year have considered more bills than ever before to fund school voucher programs, though legal challenges await.

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Fright Night: The Vampire Genre That Won’t Die

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
August 13, 2011

A remake of the cult classic vampire film Fright Night comes to theaters. 

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Is It Permissible To Question A Candidate About Her Religious Beliefs?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 12, 2011

Some have criticized the reporter who asked Michele Bachmann during the GOP debate last night whether she would be “submissive” to her husband were she elected president. I think this criticism is unfounded. Given Bachmann’s own statements, this was a legitimate question.

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An Atheist in Church

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
August 10, 2011

When I got a call from a woman named Lindsey inviting me to appear at the Moment Church during their Sunday evening service, some warning bells went off in my head. She sounded like a nice enough person, but why would they want me, a career atheist, to even be at their church, much less have a voice there?

This ain’t no UU Church, by the way. Moment’s  “what we believe” statement of faith on their website represents what I would call pretty hardcore Christianity – God is the ubiquitous, all-knowing creator of the universe; the bible is inerrant; you get to heaven through Jesus; marriage is between one man and one woman. You get the picture.

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Debating Imam prayers in public schools with Sun TV Ezra Levant, plus IVF debate on AM640 Radio

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
August 10, 2011

Yesterday afternoon I joined Raheel Raza, Muslim Canadian journalist, author, public speaker, media consultant, anti-racism activist, and interfaith coordinator, on Sun TV News’ The Source with Ezra Levant. Levant is a polarizing figure you either love or hate. He’s well known for his book Shakedown, which documents the censorship crusade of many Human Rights Commissions in Canada.  But that wasn’t the theme of our conversation.

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Problems with the Problem of Evil: Natural Evils

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
August 09, 2011

Christians have many ways to deal with that "problem of evil." Blaming natural evils on Adam and Eve's "Fall" is convenient, but ultimately unable to solve the problem of evil.

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In defense of belief

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
August 08, 2011

Many people in the so-called freethought movement strongly dislike the word "belief." I think this is mistaken. Here is why.

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Women in Secularism

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 04, 2011

Are men over-represented at humanist, atheist, and skeptic conferences and in the leadership of humanist, atheist, and skeptic organizations? Does the work of female writers and scholars tend to be overlooked? Does our movement need to become more diverse? Should we give careful consideration to the relationship between feminism and secularism?

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CFI Applauds UN Body’s Strong Support for Freedom of Belief and Expression – But Remains Cautious

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
August 02, 2011

In a move welcomed by the Center for Inquiry, the UN Human Rights Committee has strongly condemned blasphemy laws and other restrictions on freedom of belief and expression as inconsistent with existing international law.

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