Blur Some of the Battle Lines

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 03, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

I was very proud to work under the skeptical-yet-welcoming glow of the Big Blue Meatball of CFI yesterday, as we and our allies held protests in cities around the world to raise awareness of, and demand action in response to, the persecution of atheist bloggers and other dissidents in Bangladesh. Things didn't turn out as we had hoped a couple of weeks ago, as a tragic building collapse in Bangladesh killed hundreds, and as a result, some groups went ahead with protests on the country's day of mourning, and others, including ours, postponed. So things were more thinly spread, but as a result, we got days and days of secular activists talking, tweeting, posting, and demonstrating against crackdowns on free expression. So while things did get a little confusing, and a little jumbled, what we did still mattered, and continues to matter. Thank you, sincerely, to everyone who made an effort.

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If I Worked That Mysteriously, I’d Get Fired

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 02, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

It's the National Day of Reason, and today, secularists and our allies around the globe will tell Bangladesh and the world that the persecution of atheists and dissenters will not be tolerated, with protests planned in DC, Ottawa, Calgary, Toronto, Dhaka, and London. At Friendly AtheistI make the case for taking this seriously, and forcing the world to care about this by the sheer strength of our message. If you're taking part or helping to promote the cause, tweet using the hashtag #DefendDissent. 

We have a guest post at the CFI blog from freethought activist Dr. Avijit Roy of Bangladesh, who documents and opines on the swirl of activity and danger around this issue.  

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No Flag Large Enough to Cover the Shame - Guest Post from Dr. Avijit Roy

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
May 01, 2013

On May 2, CFI and other organizations will take part in protests around the world against the persecution of atheist bloggers and other dissidents in Bangladesh.  

Dr. Avijit Roy is a Bangladeshi writer perhaps best known for founding Mukto-Mona.com, a website for freethinkers of Bengali and South Asian descent. Over the past several weeks he has been an extremely important contact for the Center for Inquiry, providing us with critical updates regarding the situation in Bangladesh, and connecting us with people in Bangladesh who are in need of assistance. The following is a guest post from Dr. Roy, originally posted at his blog.

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“Girl Rising”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 01, 2013

Shown on a limited basis for a short time in select theaters, Girl Rising should attract humanists for its focus on the world’s need for girls to be educated. As the documentary’s narrator says, “Girls are simply one more thing the world has thrown away.”

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No Black Friday Sales for You!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 01, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Tomorrow, for real this time, CFI and other allies around the world will protest for free expression in Bangladesh. Here are the details, and don't forget when tweeting from or about protest events to include the hashtag #DefendDissent. 

Big news! CFI announces its super-mega-ultra conference, combining the powers of humanism and skepticism into one! It's the CFI Summit, October 24-27 in Tacoma. Early information is here

A bill in Michigan would exempt medical professionals from having to perform any function that conflicted with "moral" religious beliefs. CFI's Office of Public Policy wants Michiganders to tell their state senators to shut that whole thing down

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Theology Just Won’t Understand Human Morality

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
April 30, 2013

Frustrated theologians just can't see how humanity can be moral all on its own.

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DNA and the Falsification of Beliefs

by Lauren Becker
April 30, 2013

April is an important month to commemorate DNA discoveries and announcements, especially in the context of many widely-held religious beliefs.

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I Don’t Want it to Be a Joke

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 30, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

As we get set to join allies in worldwide protests against Bangladesh's persecution of atheists and dissidents on May 2 (Thursday), Islamists threaten their own demonstration demanding death for blasphemy three days later. 

August usually sucks as a month, generally, let's admit it. Luckily, you've got us. If you're a grownup, you wanna head to the Skeptic's Toolbox (Aug 8-11) in Eugene, OR. If you're a kid, you're gonna wanna get your gear and head to Camp Inquiry (Aug 4-10) in Holland, NY. And as a side note, we're trying to get Karen Strachan of Camp Inquiry to start blogging here at the CFI site, so stay tuned. 

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It’s a Vexing Time

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 29, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

CFI boss Ron Lindsay was the guest on Jamila Bey's Sex, Politics, and Religion radio show to talk about the free speech crisis in Bangladesh. Our protests on this issue are scheduled to take place this Thursday!

Christian Post has its own reporting on the groups' different choices to protest last week or postpone to this week in the wake of the building collapse. 

Missouri public radio reports on the protests that were held at Missouri University. 

CFI-Portland will host friend-of-the-blog Peter Boghossian on May 12

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Find Mystery Where None Exists

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
April 26, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

As I talked about in the last Heresy, yesterday some groups went ahead with their protest plans, despite the national day of mourning in Bangladesh for the victims of the building collpase outside Dhaka. CFI, CFI-Canada, the British Humanist Association, and the protestors in Dhaka itself are postponing until May 2. Kimberly Winston reports on the situation, quoting me and Dave Silverman on our respective groups' decisions.   

The Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy launches a petition asking Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and White House faith-based initiatives director Melissa Rogers to meet with humanists and nonbelievers to discuss our inclusion (and exclusion) in community memorial and healing events.

Appeal for the publishers of "blasphemous" cartoons jailed in Tunisia is "mysteriously withdrawn."

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