Some Lessons from the LGBT Movement

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
March 28, 2013

The battle for same-sex marriage isn’t over, but the outcome is no longer in doubt.

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UPDATED: Another Easter for the Turin “Shroud”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 28, 2013

Claims that new tests show the “shroud” of Turin is not medieval after all, but dates from the first century, have been published in the media by Italian researchers. As is typical of a religious rather than scientific agenda, their news was shrewdly released just in time for Easter. That alone casts doubt on the claims, but there is more.

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Pastors of the Dead in Comfortable Chairs

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 28, 2013

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Yesterday, I called CFI-Indiana's chief Reba Boyd Wooden a "media darling" for appearing so frequently on local news and whatnot. And let me tell you, I am thrilled whenever that happens because she does such a great job representing CFI and what we stand for. Well, I have to assume that the press in Indiana agreed with me, because she was unavoidable on Indiana media yesterday. The state is on the cusp of passing an extremely restrictive and punitive anti-abortion bill, and Reba went to the statehouse to offer testimony in opposition, which was covered by Fox 59WISH-TV 8, and The Statehouse File

Right wing pundit Erick Erickson says, I presume with a straight face, that marriage equality and religious freedom are "incompatible." CFI's Michael De Dora blows that idea apart.

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Marriage equality and religious freedom are compatible

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
March 27, 2013

A brief response to Erick Erickson, who claims that marriage equality is incompatible with religious freedom. 

 

 

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Boy Sherlock

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 27, 2013

Already a detective at eight, when I was about ten years old (about 1954), I became Sherlock Holmes.

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The Cruel and the Ridiculous

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
March 27, 2013

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

The Nine heard arguments about gay marriage and California's Prop 8 yesterday, which weirdly included some speculation as to the fertility of the late senator Strom Thurmond.  

Crowds, protesters, and activists swarmed the capital, and CFI was there, too. CFI policy analyst Ed Beck got into a back and forth with a minister, and was photographed by the Washington Post, with Michael De Dora behind him. ("My face is melting," Ed told me.) Also, Business Insider featured a tweet from Michael on the most notable signage at the rally. His is the second one down.

CFI-Indiana's Reba Boyd Wooden (a media darling, let's be honest) appears on the Indianapolis ABC affiliate's news coverage of the case, and she guesses that the Roberts Court may not want to be remembered as being "on the wrong side of history."

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Some Witches Use Their Power in a Positive Way

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

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

Happy Let's-Argue-About-Gay-Marriage-At-The-Supreme-Court Day! Yesterday, CFI sent out a message telling folks about our efforts to support marriage equality in this week's cases involving Prop 8 and DOMA, along with allies like the American Humanist Association.

Our own Michael De Dora trumpets the defeat of voucher amendments to the Senate's budget last week. 

CFI-Indiana's Reba Boyd Wooden posts her acclaimed testimony against vouchers to the state legislature. 

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Opposing School Vouchers in Indiana

Picture by Susan Lantzer.

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
March 25, 2013

On Tuesday, March 19, members of CFI-Indiana joined Indiana Coalition for Public Education and other organizations for a rally against school vouchers at the Indiana State House.  The following day, I sat through nearly 4 hours of testimony supporting the bill to expand the already problematic voucher program in Indiana before the opposition got its turn to testify.  Each speaker (from both sides) was only allowed 5 minutes to state his/her case.  When I got my turn, I first felt the need to correct a person who had missused a word earlier making his statement the opposite of what he meant and then got to give less than half of my prepared speech.  However, my former student on the Senate Education committee was a model student and took my printed speech, left the room, copied and stapled copies for each member of the committee, and passed them out.  Here is my prepared speech: (I borrowed extensively from CFI's position paper on school vouchers. )  

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The Secular Agenda

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
March 25, 2013

Today’s great debates over religious liberty and secular government.

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Senate Rejects School Voucher Amendment

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
March 25, 2013

In gearing up for a final vote on the 2014 Budget Resolution, U.S. Senate this past weekend conducted a 13-hour voting session -- commonly referred to as "vote-a-rama" -- during which it rejected a school voucher amendment. 

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