Public Figures Who Lie About Sports Achievements

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
September 13, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan recently lied about running a marathon in under 3 hours, but he's not the first to exaggerate sports achievements.

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The Morning Heresy 9/13/12: More Pills Than There are Atoms in the Universe

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 13, 2012

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Things remain ugly amid the violence, protests, confusion, and absurd statements surrounding the events in Egypt, Libya, and now Yemen (oh, and Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia).

Foreign Policy has the background on the infamous tweet that made everyone think (including me) that the US government was beginning its response to the attacks with a condemnation of free speech. (It wasn't - the tweet from the US embassy in Egypt was written before the attacks and was meant as a diplomatic "cool your jets" message of sensitivity.) 

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The Morning Heresy 9/12/12: Violence over Blasphemy in Egypt and Libya

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 12, 2012

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Our big story is the country's big story: Anger in Egypt over an American-made film by an Israeli-American real estate developer that purportedly "insults" Islam and the prophet Muhammed has erupted into violence and protests at the US Embassy in Egypt. This violence then spread to the US mission in Libya, where the ambassador there, J. Christopher Stevens, and three of his staffers were killed. This is the first death of a US envoy abroad in more than 20 years.

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Divisiveness Within the Secular Movement

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 12, 2012

Greta Christina and PZ Myers have recently suggested that is it not necessarily a bad thing to be divisive.  True, it is not necessarily a bad thing.  It depends on what one is separating oneself from. 

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The Morning Heresy 9/11/12: Typically Ridiculous

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 11, 2012

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CFI's Debbie Goddard tells a heartfelt personal story to illustrate the need to take part in the Light the Night effort to fight cancer. 

At CSI, LaRae Meadows scores an interview with SETI founder Frank Drake, of the alien-life-predicting "Drake Equation" fame. 

Michael Nugent reports that Alexander Aan's prison sentence has been upheld despite appeals. 

Crommunist on the Atheism+ fracas, so well put in this small sentence fragment:

The fallout has been typically ridiculous. 

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The Morning Heresy 9/10/12: An Indistinct Heat Signature

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 10, 2012

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With Pat Robertson on hand, Mitt Romney falsely implies that President Obama wants to take the word "God" out of the Pledge and off the currency. If only! 

Hemant has a good post on where atheists ought to concentrate their electoral efforts

Sarah Posner highlights CFI boss Ron Lindsay's take on the religious kerfuffles of the party conventions.

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Trump Card

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 09, 2012


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Religious Liberty - A Reality Check

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
September 09, 2012

Let's recall what "religious liberty" really means, before it is too late.

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The Morning Heresy 9/7/12: Couldn’t Happen to a Lovelier Bunch

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
September 07, 2012

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Rimsha Masih is granted bail

Council on Foreign Relations blog looks at Pakistan's blasphemy laws, hopes the Rimsha case may spur change.

The Economist is aghast.

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Bearing the Burden: On Being Chosen to Suffer

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
September 06, 2012

Many people, from those taking care of disabled children to those dealing with traumatic events, believe that they have been specially chosen to bear that burden. Is this healthy or harmful?

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