L. Frank Baum, Freethought Firebrand?

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
May 16, 2012

Tomorrow (May 17) is the 112th anniversary of the publication of that subversive freethought children's book, THE WIZARD OF OZ. You didn't know it was a freethought book? Have I got a tale for you ...

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The Morning Heresy 5/16/12: Tugging on My Kuiper Belt

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

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Urgent new action alert: The House version of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act strips away crucial protections based on sexual orientation, religion, and nationality. We need you to take action right now to oppose this version of the bill, and to tell the House to take up the Senate version, which CFI supported

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The Morning Heresy 5/15/12: They Can’t Burn Our Internet

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 15, 2012

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Everyone at CFI is feeling like a proud parent today, because our plucky podcast is getting some well-overdue accolades from the mainstream press. Hyperactive news website Business Insider named our own Point of Inquiry one of the 10 best podcasts, grouping it with such shows as Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! and Anderson Cooper 360. We are beaming! Our sincere congratulations to hosts Chris Mooney and Indre Viskontas, and producer Adam Isaak! (And yeah, we'll be making more noise about this, because that's what proud parents do.)

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Is The ‘Real-Life Barbie’ a Media Myth?

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
May 14, 2012

News organizations around the world claimed that a young Russian model has achieved her desire to look like a Barbie doll, sparking discussion and outrage about the media's influence on women. But is it true? 

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The Morning Heresy 5/14/12: Share the Meat

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 14, 2012

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CFI's suit to allow secular celebrants to solemnize marriages in Indiana is sparking more attention.

Indy Star columnist Erika Smith looks at the state of marriage equality in Indiana, and says:

What Obama said was inspiring and what the Center for Inquiry is doing is amazing.

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The Morning Heresy 5/11/12: Bottomless Chum Bucket

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 11, 2012

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CFI-Indiana director Reba Boyd Wooden and member John Kiel do a great job being interviewed on WSBT television on CFI's efforts to end religious privilege in solemnizing marriages in Indiana. Reba says, "We shouldn't be forced to portray ourselves as religious. We should be able to [solemnize marriages] under a secular certification."

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Secular Campus Group’s Office Vandalized; Group Responds

by Debbie Goddard
May 10, 2012

This morning the Titans for Reason, the secular pro-science student group at California State University – Fullerton, found their on-campus office space vandalized, apparently by a religious individual or group.

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Obama and Marriage Equality: The Inspirational, the Cynical, and the Practical

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 10, 2012

I am of three minds on Obama's endorsement of gay marriage yesterday. (I have a very big head, and can easily accomodate all three minds within my spacious skull.) I am equal parts inspired, cynical, and pragmatic. Allow me to parse it out.

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What We’ve Gained—and What We’ve Lost

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
May 10, 2012

If anyone didn't already know that the legalization of same-sex marriage is inevitable, President Obama's dramatic announcement that he supports it should settle the matter. That makes this a good time to appreciate what those of us who favor the expansion of rights as a general principle have gained -- and what we've lost.

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The Morning Heresy 5/10/12: Cortical Gyrification

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 10, 2012

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While millions celebrated yesterday what was a huge move forward, symbolically at least, for LGBT marriage equality, CFI championed marriage equality of another kind in Indiana.

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