The Morning Heresy 7/6/12: Aan the Verge

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 06, 2012

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Today is the big protest in New York City on behalf of Alexander Aan. We have no idea how many folks are showing up, but if you're in the NYC metro area, take your lunch break and show the world that atheism, and freedom of belief generally, should never be a crime. Help me do my job, and tell your local news outlet to cover it. Follow the action on Twitter under the hashtag #FreeAan.

To get a quick catch-up on what it's all about, the latest video edition of Point of Inquiry features a discussion between Chris Mooney and Michael De Dora about Aan's case.

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Announcing WiS2, and a Few Words about WiS1

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 05, 2012

By now it’s clear, I’d say, that the Women in Secularism conference put on by CFI this past May was a milestone event in the secular movement’s history, as it raised consciousness for all in attendance -- men and women -- about all manner of issues affecting women both in and outside the secular and skeptic communities. 

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The Morning Heresy 7/5/12: Supreme Court Upholds Higgs Boson!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 05, 2012

Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities 

Now we've got you, Higgs!

The Washington Post has the clearest explanation I've seen of what it all means.

Lawrence Krauss in Slate gives a helpful metaphor...

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The Morning Heresy 7/3/12: Recognize the Concept of a Cat

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 03, 2012

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Don't forget, folks. The NYC protest of the imprisonment of Indonesian atheist Alexander Aan is happening this Friday. Here's our press release (picked up by RDF), and here's the Facebook event page so you can coordinate. 

So that not-funny guy who somehow gets a lot of work in Hollywood, Rob Schneider, thinks big government is using Nuremberg-like principles to give your kids autism through vaccines. Hey, I know why he's really afraid of vaccines: Because he is, himself, a virus. And what do viruses spend their time doing? Makin' copieeeeees! 

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The Morning Heresy 7/2/12: For Great Justice

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 02, 2012

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CFI intern Stef McGraw has a great piece lending some perspective to our America-centric movement.

Michael De Dora at our Office of Public Policy laments the probable funding of a DC voucher program, but promises that CFI will "remain vigilant" in this ongoing struggle. 

At Friendly AtheistI look askance at Rod Dreher as he exemplifies the wrong way to think about creationism in schools.

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Seth MacFarland’s “Ted”: Rude Living Teddy Bear Takes Boston by Storm

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
June 29, 2012

Seth MacFarland's new film is crass cross between "Greg the Bunny" and "Family Guy." 

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“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 29, 2012

Is nothing sacred? Ask that of the novelist (Seth Grahame-Smith) and the subsequent moviemakers behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. How else does one explain their cra$$ exploitation of the sixteenth president, who was martyred for emancipating the slaves and saving the Union at the cost of a bloody war? Bloody? Humor here, with fake blood by the barrelful. Ha, ha!

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CFI’s New Policy on Hostile Conduct/Harassment at Conferences

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
June 29, 2012

Warning: the reaction of some of you to this post may be “tl;dr.” Fine, I’ve already posted some abbreviated comments on CFI’s new policy and you can limit yourself to reading those comments if you want. Others, however, may be interested in a longer discussion.

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CFI’s New Policy on Hostile Conduct/Harassment at Conferences (Abridged Post)

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
June 29, 2012

CFI has issued a new policy on hostile conduct/harassment at its conferences. This post will provide an abridged explanation of why CFI issued this policy. A second post will provide a longer explanation and discuss how the policy will be administered.

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D.C. Voucher Program Appears Funded Despite Widespread Opposition, Serious Flaws

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
June 28, 2012

CFI has been working the past couple weeks with the National Coalition for Public Education to urge members of Congress to reject any funding for a controversial voucher program that funnels taxpayer dollars to private and religious schools in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, it seems our our concerns have gone ignored, and the program will receive new funding. 

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