Not the Overwhelming Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Phenomenon That You Thought it Was

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 24, 2013

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Kimberly Winston gets some atheists' reactions to the pope's suddenly not condemning we godless to the fires of Hell. 

However! A Vatican spokesman puts the whole "infallible pope" thing into question by saying, no, atheists are going to Hell

(But you know what the Church is okay with for real? Eating alligators.) 

Now you can help out Rebecca Vitsmun by buying up "Actually I'm an atheist" t-shirts.

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Statement Re My May 18 Blog Post

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 23, 2013

The decision to issue the following statement is my own decision, and is not the result of any instruction or pressure, direct or indirect, from anyone, including, but not limited to, members of the CFI board of directors.

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Portlandian Bodily Fluids

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 23, 2013

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Horror in London, as a man identified as a soldier is hacked to death by what seem to be Islamist militants, who film the attack in broad daylight. 

In a tweet, Reza Aslan seems to know what happens next:

Alright Muslims. You know the drill. Some Muslim somewhere did something crazy. Get out there and start apologizing for it.

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Love Labyrinths

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
May 22, 2013

A friend of mine is getting married next weekend and she wants to have the ceremony in a labyrinth. She asked me to write a short piece about a love labyrinth...

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Francis and the Accidental Exorcism

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 22, 2013

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The anti-blasphemy machine rolls on: Turkish writer Sevan Nişanyan is sentenced to 58 weeks in prison for “insulting the religious beliefs held by a section of the society.” 

GOP Lt. Governor nominee E.W. Jackson of Virginia (Democrats are a "coalition of the godless") says that anyone who criticizes his hard-right positions "is attacking every church-going person, every family that’s living a traditional family life, everybody who believes that we all deserve the right to live." Chaser: 

I would just say people should not paint me as one-dimensional.

You're making that hard, dude. 

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“Renoir”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 21, 2013

[Pierre] Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) was, with Claude Monet and other French painters in the 1860s, a founder of Impressionism, a movement allied with artistic Naturalism. Its adherents sought to paint real life directly from nature—among their goals being to capture light’s changing effects. Why do we care? Because appreciation of art is part of what makes us truly human. As philosopher Paul Kurtz stated, speaking of secular humanist values, “We are engaged by the arts no less than the sciences.”

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The Wise Old Goat in a Flock of Sheep

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 21, 2013

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Obviously, most Americans' hearts and minds are concentrated on the victims of the tornadoes in Oklahoma and across the Midwest. We'll have a formal statement soon, and in the mean time please consider donating to help those affected.

Wowie-wow-wow-WOW. The already-loathsome Daily Caller outdoes itself by harrassing and insulting one of our own. Read about the saga of SCA's Lauren Anderson Youngblood and the "Dick pic" email from Christopher Bedford. You rock on, Lauren. <communications directors' secret high-five-handshake>

Ryan Koronowski dismantles the gee-that's-really-wrong WaPo op-ed on climate change by House science chair Lamar Smith.  

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If You Threw Yourself in Front of a Train

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 20, 2013

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The conference was great. It had a high bar to meet with last year's huge success, but it was easily cleared. Talk to talk, panel to panel, and the amazing freaking voice of Shelley Segal, it was a real and substantive pleasure to be at Women in Secularism 2. 

We, of course, had our controversies. CFI chief Ron Lindsay has posted the prepared text of his opening remarks that caused an enormous amount of debate and very strong feelings, reactions to which can be found all about the interwebs. 

I know, many, many folks are itching for video of the conference talks. While you wait for us to crank up the movie machine, sate your desire with videos from last year's conference

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Watson’s World and Two Models of Communication

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 18, 2013

Rebecca Watson inhabits an alternate universe.  At least that is the most charitable explanation I can provide for her recent smear.  Watson has posted comments on my opening talk at Women in Secularism 2.  It may be the most intellectually dishonest piece of writing since the last communique issued by North Korea. 

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A Few Examples of “Shut Up and Listen”

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 18, 2013

So I gave a talk yesterday afternoon in which I emphasized how horrible it was that women had been suppressed for thousands of years, and, on many matters, had been instructed to remain silent.  As I stated at the end of my talk, this enforced silence robbed women of their humanity, and I indicated that CFI was committed to working toward a society in which the autonomy of women would be respected and, among other things, they would be free to express themselves however they wanted. 

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