The Morning Heresy 7/12/12: You’d Better Manifest Grandma

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 12, 2012

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

What did a twenty-year-old Carl Sagan think were the important books he should digest? Thanks to those papers now kept at the Library of Congress, now we know. (My favorite bit: he scribbles the author of the Bible as "anonymous.") 

CFI chief Ron Lindsay looks to refocus our community's attention on how humanist principles apply to wealth and its influence.

The way I interpret humanism, it has no problem with wealth per se, or with significant disparities in income and wealth. Humanism does commit one to support democracy and equal rights for all, however.

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Humanism and Wealth

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
July 12, 2012

There’s been a lot of talk in the secular blogosphere recently about sex and gender issues. This is an important set of topics, but just for a change of pace, I thought I would bring up another subject that can rev up our engines, namely money.

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CFI Emphasizes Gender Equality at UN Conference

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
July 11, 2012

The Center for Inquiry last week submitted a statement at the United Nations Economic and Social Council 2012 High-Level Segment that emphasized the importance of granting women equal rights to fostering economic and social stability.


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The Morning Heresy 7/11/12: His Name is My Name, Too!

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

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

With what I presume was a straight face, the chief of Indonesia's supreme court tells Angela Merkel that it's totally okay to be an atheist in Indonesia, which I think would be welcome news to Alexander Aan. 

Philip Appelman's piece from Free Inquiry on "God, Darwin and the Meaning of Life" is posted at Bill Moyers' website along with his interview on the program.

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The Morning Heresy 7/10/12: The Skull of a Newborn Pup

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

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Via our public policy guy Michael De Dora, CFI and IHEU deliver a joint statement on freedom of expression to the UN Human Rights Council, emphasizing the crackdown on speech rights in Islamic states.

He's been here a few days now, but yesterday we finally got around to an official welcome to our new development director, he of the unrealistically diverse and intimidating resume, Alan Kinniburgh! Please give him all your money.

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Will ETs Invade During the Olympics?

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
July 09, 2012

The extraterrestrials may have finally done it: zapped Nick Pope’s brain!

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CFI, IHEU Deliver Joint Statement on Freedom of Expression at UN Human Rights Council

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
July 09, 2012

The Center for Inquiry and International Humanist and Ethical Union last week issued a joint statement during the 20th annual session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that addressed the importance of protecting freedom of expression on the Internet.

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The Morning Heresy 7/9/12: Berlin Wall and Kitten Chlamydia

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 09, 2012

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Here's an awesome way to start the week: A British humanist celebrant gives up her kidney for a man she's never met. Her name is Kate Clarkson, and she's my new hero.

“I had been reading about becoming a living donor and I was so moved that day that I decided if I could help, I would. I just thought ‘I’ve got a spare kidney that I don’t even need and people are dying every single day waiting for one.’ So if it was possible, I was going to do it.”

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Godless Particle

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
July 06, 2012

God Particle. Please. If anything, the new (overwhelming) evidence for this particle paints God into a tinier corner than he was already in. It answers one more question about how the universe works that God doesn’t. This evidence allows us to focus more directly on a path to more discovery about the nature of mass, time, and space.

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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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