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

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

As insidious as many folks find a confluence of numbers within a date, I think folks will feel much better about 12/12/12 knowing that it's National Sound Check Day ("one-two, one-two, one-two"). Could also be National 2/4 Time Signature Day. Anyway, CNN rounds up some of the superstitions surrounding today's date.

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What Does Humanism Stand On?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
December 11, 2012

If humanism is more than a lifestyle choice or a subjective preference, where could it base its principles?

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Death for Free Speech is a Deal Breaker

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

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

Former Nebraska senator Bob Kerrey, in an op-ed by Frank Bruni at NYT, declares himself an agnostic. Says Kerrey, “If you talk openly about your doubts,” he said, “you can get in trouble.”

Writes Bruni on the problem of religious entanglement in politics:

God’s initial absence from the Democratic Party platform last summer stirred more outrage among Americans than the slaughter in Syria will ever provoke. 

Wait. 31% identify as "nonreligious"? What?? 

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New Report Details Global Restrictions on Freedom of Belief and Expression

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
December 10, 2012

In recognition of Human Rights Day, the International Humanist and Ethical Union has released a report -- produced in collaboration with the Center for Inquiry, American Humanist Association, Secular Coalition for America, and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason -- that details laws around the world which restrict the rights to freedom of belief and expression, and instances of nonreligious persons facing discrimination and persecution.

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A Fetish, an Amulet, a Pack of Tarot Cards

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

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

A major new report has been released by the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and made with the help of us at CFI, on instances of atheist/nonreligious discrimination and persecution around the world. Coverage from Reuters. Billy Hallowell at The Blaze is even moved to write:

Considering [IHEU's] scope — to advance the cause of non-belief — there is clearly a bias in the preparation and publication of the report. However, many  of the findings are compelling.

Hemant's reaction: "Read it and weep."

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‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not’s’  Macabre Mistake

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
December 08, 2012

A 'Ripley's Believe It or Not' factoid read, "You are more likely to die on your birthday then any other day of the year." Well, yes and no.

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He Currently Follows Only Himself

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

 

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

The LDS church decides to sort-of embrace LGBT folks, conceding that, while sinful to act upon, homosexuality is not a choice. 

CFI's Michael De Dora is a guest on Jamila Bey's radio program discussing the new laws surrounding "gay conversion therapy." 

Michael also touts a meeting that took place in October, the first time secular groups got a private meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Oh yeah, we were there. 

Susan Jacoby gives longform props to Robert Ingersoll in a really great piece for American Scholar

 

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Secularists Break New Ground at United Nations

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
December 06, 2012

In late October, a delegation representing the secular advocacy groups International Humanist and Ethical Union and Center for Inquiry had a first-of-its-kind meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief on discrimination against freethinkers around the world.  

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Celebrating Milbourne Christopher

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 06, 2012

My good friend William V. Rauscher—magician, Episcopal priest, psychical researcher, and author—has produced yet another excellent book—a long-overdue tribute to American magician Milbourne Christopher. I especially welcome it, because Christopher was one of the greatest influences on my early career as a magician turned paranormal investigator.

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Weather Elements are Controlled Maybe by Different Things

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 06, 2012

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

And lo, the CFI board of directors did in this blessed time elect Edward Tabash to be its chairman, and yea, it was then joined by new board member Judith Walker, and there was much rejoicing and feasting.

Reba Boyd Wooden, chief of CFI-Indiana, talks about the motives behind our lawsuit for equality in solemnizing marriages:

True, atheists/Secular Humanists, etc. generally see less need for ritual than religious people. However, we feel that we should be able to offer it to those who do. 

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