Oscar-Winning Film Highlights Acid Attack Domestic Violence

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
February 28, 2012

Though few have heard of it, the important Oscar-winning short subject film Saving Face may be the best film of the year, highlighting horrific abuse of women in Pakistan.

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Where are all the Atheists? The NONES, the NONS, and the SHUNS

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
February 25, 2012

Even the best polls make it difficult to know how many people have left religion behind.

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An Antique “Temperance Drink”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 24, 2012

On February 21, 2012, CFI Libraries intern Christian Exoo (a graduate student in Library Science at the University of Buffalo) gave me the two items pictured here, an antique medicine bottle and accompanying advertising booklet, for my medical quackery collection (part of which may be viewed on www.skeptiseum.com.) Christian discovered the artifacts in the wall of a late-nineteenth-century house in Canton, New York, during a renovation. Both items were new to me, and, additionally, complemented each other with helpful information.

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Women in Secularism—A Conference for Everyone

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
February 24, 2012

CFI’s upcoming conference on Women in Secularism (register here) is most decidedly not a conference targeting an exclusively female audience. Yes, the speakers are all female and yes, the conference is focused on women’s concerns. But the concerns of women are not a concern for women only.

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Victory! Indiana House Kills Creationist Bill

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
February 23, 2012

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma has shelved a Senate-approved bill to allow public schools across the state to teach children the creation stories of various mainstream religions. 

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A Skeptic’s Visit to Macchu Picchu

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
February 22, 2012

A skeptic visits the Peruvian ruins of Macchu Picchu and finds history tainted by pseudoscience.

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Dizzy with Excitement over “Moving Secularism Forward”

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 20, 2012

I just signed on with CFI last week as their new communications guy, so I'm still settling in and getting a sense of what's going on. So you'll have to forgive me if some things that seem like old hat to regular readers of the CFI blogs are shiny, new revelations to me. And I'm not just talking about the fact that CFI headquarters has three little kitchens -- two of which have stoves. That's crazy! Really, what I'm flabbergasted by is the fantastic lineup of speakers at our conference in Orlando, mere days away, starting March 1st. 

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Contraception and Religious Liberty

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
February 20, 2012

As everyone is aware, the Catholic Church and some other religious institutions have argued that the Obama administration’s rule requiring employers to include contraceptive care within the scope of their health insurance plans violates the freedom of conscience of “individuals and organizations.”  This argument distorts the First Amendment guarantees of religious liberty and makes use of a flawed and tendentious interpretation of the concept of conscientious objection.

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“Red Tails” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 17, 2012

This movie about the Tuskegee Airmen—the black American aviators of World War II—has an appropriately Forties feel to it. A mix of dogfights, on-the-ground conflicts (personal, military, and racial), and a love story that ends in tragedy, Red Tails should have been made decades ago.

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Protect Zygotes and Corporations; Piss on Women

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
February 16, 2012

You may have noticed that in the last couple of years, there’s been an effort by some conservatives to extend rights of “personhood” to entities many of us don’t regard as persons, namely corporations and zygotes. Corporations and zygotes are not conceptually related, but, nonetheless, the extension of personhood rights to corporations may pave the way for the extension of personhood rights to zygotes. The latter action would, of course, limit the autonomy and reproductive rights of real persons, namely women.

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