Your Power to Sway

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 23, 2012

Our resident policy honcho Michael De Dora was caught on camera by Christopher Brown, host of the Meet The Skeptics podcast, at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (to which several of our outreach do-gooders have decamped), and he gave a quick interview about what the heck CFI's Office of Public Policy is all about.

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Home Town Destroyed

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
April 23, 2012

I'm overdue to write this. On March 2, 2012, occurred the worst thing ever to happen to me: My hometown of West Liberty, in eastern Kentucky's Appalachian foothills, was largely destroyed by a tornado. If I feel so devastated while not even living there, how much worse must it be for those who lost their very homes and livelihood.

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The Morning Heresy 4/23/12: Legion of Doom

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 23, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

On Mondays, there's always a lot of material to catch up on from over the weekend here at the Heresy. It becomes hard to organize it all so that it's not too overwhelming, but all the bases get covered. Bear with me, though. One theme that's emerged with a vengeance over the past few weeks is the rise of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as this kind of society of supervillains, like the Legion of Doom or something. Every day I'm posting at least one new link about how they're doing something so jaw-droppingly regressive or inflammatory that it defies basic notions of propriety and, well, modernity itself. So this week I'll see about grouping their stories into one sub-heading to keep it all a little more organized. Onward!

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The Morning Heresy 4/20/12: Lunatic, Heal Thyself

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

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Winning the war of attrition: Not only are one in four millennials "unaffiliated" with any religion, but more than half of those were once affiliated when they were younger

Reuters: Kuwaiti imprisoned for tweeting about Muhammad attacked by fellow inmate 

Romney to deliver the commencement address to Jerry Falwell's Liberty University

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The Morning Heresy 4/19/12: Condescendingly Stupid

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 19, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

So, the Women in Secularism conference got a lot more attention in the past 24 hours. Since my little rant from yesterday's Heresy...

Ophelia Benson called it "cogent" (why thank you), and then faced more trouble at the RDF site 

PZ stepped in, calling the attacks against the conference "condescendingly stupid," "embarrassingly idiotic," and "macho assholes." 

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The Morning Heresy 4/18/12: Jumping About Like Mountain Goats

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 18, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

CFI's John Shook on the struggle with labels and "the whole belief thing" for atheists, humanists, etc., etc. 

Relatedly, Leah Libresco explains her frustration with the humanist label 

Ophelia Benson calls out an "anonymous bully" on the RDF boards dissing the Women in Secularism conference

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I’m So Over God—but I’m No Atheist!

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
April 17, 2012

Atheism is just an optional state of mind - or is it?

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The Morning Heresy 4/17/12: Don’t Bait the Secularists

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 17, 2012

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

We at CFI are getting on board with the Unite Women campaign:

"CFI and United Women stand together in their commitment to a world where every person is granted fundamental rights and freedoms: freedom of conscience, freedom from the dictates of someone else’s religion, and the freedom to care for our own bodies and our own lives as we see fit." 

CFI's own Dren Asselmeier gives some background and context 

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A Skeptical Look at ‘Balance’

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
April 16, 2012

The idea of "balance" is very popular in both society in general and especially with New Age and alternative medicine crowds. While it offers a superficially appealing way to view the world, it is actually often incorrect, misleading, and potentially unscientific. 

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The Morning Heresy 4/16/12: Ale Mary

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

Your daily digest of relevant news and links from Paul Fidalgo

Ron Lindsay on Chris Mooney's The Republican Brain

[It's] an important book. It advances a thesis that, if true, has significant implications for psychology, politics, and public policy. The book marshals a wide array of research in support of its thesis, and this research is accurately and perceptively summarized. However, I don’t believe there is sufficient evidence to support the book’s central claims. 

The National Day of Reason approaches! CFI has resources for folks who want to celebrate the day. Our friends in San Francisco have a chance to ask Mayor Edward Lee to proclaim a city-wide Day of Reason: see the petition here!  

 

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