Egyptian man arrested for alleged blasphemy

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
August 22, 2011

A 23-year-old Egyptian man has been arrested by Cairo police for allegedly "insulting Islam" in postings on his Facebook wall. 

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Celebrating Science

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
August 18, 2011

Religion's accusation that science strips humanity of all significance couldn't be further from the truth. 

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Boiron, Please Sue Us

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 17, 2011

As you know, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) have publicly rebuked Wal-Mart for marketing homeopathic junk, in particular a product called Oscillococcinum, a purported remedy for flu. We are now inviting the product’s manufacturer, Boiron, to sue us. Here’s why.

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Science Is Self-Correcting ... Sort Of

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 16, 2011

One of the claimed advantages of scientific inquiry as a mode of acquiring knowledge is that it is a self-correcting enterprise.  For example, if someone claims to have discovered a process for cold fusion, that incorrect claim can be shown to be false or unwarranted by further research and scientific testing.  This rosy picture of the scientific enterprise suggests that scientific errors will be recognized and corrected, with false claims falling by the wayside during science’s inexorable march forward. 

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Midnight in Paris (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 15, 2011

Ah, midnight in Paris!

Or anytime in Paris if you ask me—a place where I once had a magical time, until the Orient Express whisked me away, like a magic carpet, to Istanbul.

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School voucher bills swamp statehouses, face legal challenges

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
August 15, 2011

Statehouses across the U.S. this year have considered more bills than ever before to fund school voucher programs, though legal challenges await.

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Fright Night: The Vampire Genre That Won’t Die

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
August 13, 2011

A remake of the cult classic vampire film Fright Night comes to theaters. 

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Is It Permissible To Question A Candidate About Her Religious Beliefs?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 12, 2011

Some have criticized the reporter who asked Michele Bachmann during the GOP debate last night whether she would be “submissive” to her husband were she elected president. I think this criticism is unfounded. Given Bachmann’s own statements, this was a legitimate question.

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An Atheist in Church

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
August 10, 2011

When I got a call from a woman named Lindsey inviting me to appear at the Moment Church during their Sunday evening service, some warning bells went off in my head. She sounded like a nice enough person, but why would they want me, a career atheist, to even be at their church, much less have a voice there?

This ain’t no UU Church, by the way. Moment’s  “what we believe” statement of faith on their website represents what I would call pretty hardcore Christianity – God is the ubiquitous, all-knowing creator of the universe; the bible is inerrant; you get to heaven through Jesus; marriage is between one man and one woman. You get the picture.

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Debating Imam prayers in public schools with Sun TV Ezra Levant, plus IVF debate on AM640 Radio

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
August 10, 2011

Yesterday afternoon I joined Raheel Raza, Muslim Canadian journalist, author, public speaker, media consultant, anti-racism activist, and interfaith coordinator, on Sun TV News’ The Source with Ezra Levant. Levant is a polarizing figure you either love or hate. He’s well known for his book Shakedown, which documents the censorship crusade of many Human Rights Commissions in Canada.  But that wasn’t the theme of our conversation.

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