Lessons From The Central Park Five: The Tragedy of False Accusations

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
January 02, 2014

In the newest installment of my occasional series Skeptical Cinema, I examine the recent documentary about false accusations and a miscarriage of justice in an infamous Central Park assault.

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The Parents Are Becoming Very Upset

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 02, 2014

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

Welcome to yet another jaunt around the Sun, folks.

The New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert looks at the life and work of Georges Cuvier, who pioneered the study of species extinction, though rejected early concepts of evolution. It's for subscribers only, but my wife read it in print, which apparently is notextinct. 

Benjamin Bratton at The Guardian worries over TED talks becoming “middlebrow megachurch infotainment.” 

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Martin Gardner Papers

Access Points with Timothy Binga
December 31, 2013

Here at the Center for Inquiry Libraries, we are lucky enough to own some very interesting materials from famous skeptics, scientists, and scholars. One of the most important collections relating to both skepticism and the history of the skeptical movement are the papers of Martin Gardner.

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Widespread Ignorance Bordering on Idiocy

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 31, 2013

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

What better way to close out the year than with a huge blow to the head that is Pew's data showing that fully one-third of Americans don't accept evolution, and that a majority of Republicans (you know, the party that controls the House and the Supreme Court) reject it. And, just to make sure you understand that "unaffiliated" or "nones" does not equal "atheist," 20% of the unaffiliated reject evolution as well.

Human Rights Without Frontiers publishes a comprehensive report on the imprisonment of religion dissenters around the world. I focus on the blasphemy charges and persecuted nonbelievers, and Brian Pellot notes the horrible irony of the offenders sitting on the UN Human Rights Council. 

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“Mandela”—A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 30, 2013

The death of one of the great people of the twentieth century, South Africa’s Nelson Mandela (1918–2013), had mixed consequences to the movie based on his life: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

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The Difference between Religious and Secular Humanism in Its Essence

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
December 30, 2013

In a Guardian blog, New Humanist commentator Suzanne Moore has -- if inadvertently -- defined the key difference between religious humanists and secular humanists in a very few words.

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A World Swarming with Evil Forces

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

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

The UN human rights office condemns Uganda's anti-gay legislation, and urges its president not to sign it into law. 

Jennifer Michael Hecht and Ron Reagan went on Hardball to talk about atheism as a supposed "poison pill" in politics.  

Tim Farley rounds up the skeptic luminaries we lost in 2013

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By the Light of the Fluorescent Pig

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

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

On his day off no less, CFI chief Ron Lindsay considers whether Catholic judges ought to recuse themselves from contraceptive mandate cases:

If simply filling out a form objecting to contraception makes one an accomplice to evil, what about rendering a judicial decision upholding the contraceptive mandate? This would appear to be a much more affirmative and consequential act than the completion of a form. But if that is the case, how can a judge who is a good Catholic by Church standards possibly render a decision upholding the mandate?

Have you heard this crazy story from Oklahoma about the church volunteers who got all weird about a woman's baby, insisting they take hold of the kid when they came for a toy drive, and then atheists totally saved their Christmas??? It's crazy. 

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Should Catholic Judges Recuse Themselves from the Contraceptive Mandate Cases?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
December 26, 2013

I believe Catholics can be good citizens. I also think Catholic judges and justices can fulfill their obligation to respect and enforce the Constitution and laws of the United States. However, I’m not sure the Catholic Church considers a judge’s oath of office to take precedence over the judge’s obligation to avoid being complicit in evil. This is troubling—because the Church has a very broad understanding of what it means to be complicit in evil.

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The God of Being Gay, Abortion, Computers, Pornography, and Animals

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

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

Raif Badawi, a liberal Saudi blogger, faces new apostasy charges, which could end in a death sentence. Badawi's is one of the cases being tracked by our Campaign for Free Expression. At Friendly AtheistI despair:

Cases like this need more international attention, and those who position themselves as “allies” of Saudi Arabia, such as the United States, need to discover their consciences. How can the civilized world refer to itself as such when an ally practices such barbarism, it looks the other way? 

The ever-fluffy Pope Francis includes atheists in a call for "homemade peace" on Christmas Day, saying, off-script no less:

I invite even non-believers to desire peace. (Join us) with your desire, a desire that widens the heart. Let us all unite, either with prayer or with desire, but everyone, for peace.

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