CFI On Campus Updates

by Dren Asselmeier
February 16, 2012

Dren Asselmeier gives updates on CFI On Campus affiliates.

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Church|State Separation Advocates Gather at Indiana Statehouse

Photo by Stephen McCloud

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
February 16, 2012

On Saturday, February 11, the first Indiana Civic Day sponsored by Center for Inquiry -Indiana and the Indiana Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State was held at the Indiana State House in Indianapolis. Over 100 people came together to hear Ron Lindsay, CEO of Center for Inquiry and Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State along with speakers from local organizations detail the problems and advocate for activism to maintain this separation.

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CFI Issues Statement on New HHS Regulation

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
February 14, 2012

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is urging the Obama Administration not to retreat any further on the new HHS regulation, and expressing its concern about the Catholic lobby's influence on public policy. 

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Religion and Xenophobia

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
February 12, 2012

It's not the fault of atheists. Religious people are more distrusting of anyone too different.

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The Skepcook: Reviewing “Herbal Recipes”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 10, 2012

As an herb gardener (see that persona on my website, www.joenickell.com), or at least as my wife Diana's understudy, I appreciate the satisfaction of growing, harvesting, and processing herbs—dried sage and oregano, for savory cooking; fresh basil, to snip onto sliced tomatoes (accompanying scrambled eggs for breakfast); and spearmint, for my Kentucky mint juleps! We also cultivate rosemary, chives, parsley, thyme, and more.

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A Clarion Call—and a Bombshell?—on Obama and Church-State?

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
February 09, 2012

A February 9th essay on Salon.com by ACLU Legislative Counsel Dena Sher casts down the gauntlet, presenting the case for Barack Obama positioning himself as a more secular president, perhaps picking up support from mainstream believers uncomfortable with religious-right posturing. Take, for example, those tens of millions of U. S. Catholics who, unlike their 271 bishops, apparently think contraception is just fine. Ms. Sher also included what may be a bombshell.

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Mohammed Was Not a Divinely Inspired Prophet and There Is No Allah

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
February 09, 2012

I know for many who read this blog, this assertion is hardly startling, but it is blasphemous, at least from an Islamic perspective. In fact, it’s probably the simplest, most direct blasphemous utterance one can make regarding Islam since it denies the central tenet of that faith. I thought today would be an especially appropriate day to make this assertion in light of the troubles encountered by the journalist Hamza Kashgari in Saudi Arabia.

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Indiana House Might Not Consider Creationist Bill

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
February 08, 2012

Lawmakers in the Indiana House of Representatives are signaling that they will not take up the creationist bill (SB 89) that passed the state Senate.

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This Week’s Good News

by Dren Asselmeier
February 08, 2012

Dren Asselmeier reviews the drama between Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, as well as the recent ruling on Proposition 8.

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Obama, the Prayer Breakfast, and Plato

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
February 06, 2012

Not much has been said in the atheist blogosphere about President Obama’s appearance and remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 2. Probably a couple of reasons for this. The appearance in itself is not really news. Sadly, this is just what our presidents, Democrat or Republican, do. Also, I sense that not a few atheists think Obama should be cut some slack on church-state issues—both because he’s better than any alternative (can you imagine President Gingrich?) and because some suspect that on ceremonial occasions such as the National Prayer Breakfast, he’s just going through the motions. However, having reviewed his remarks, I think they merit some comment.

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