Why is CFI Challenging the Indiana Statute Which Specifies Who Can Solemnize Marriages?

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
December 05, 2012

Why is CFI challenging the Indiana statute which specifies who can solemnize marriages? The most important reason for bringing this case is that it has wider implications. It, in the big picture, is standing up for equal rights for nonbelievers. It is not just about who can solemnize a marriage.

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Richard Dawkins explains the Irrationality behind Miracles

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
December 05, 2012

An amusing talk by Dawkins that illustrates how seemingly amazing coincidences are just meaningless events.

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69% of Americans Would Hate This Blog

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 05, 2012

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

Ron Lindsay joined a great panel discussion at HuffPost Live on the question of how God can be "perfect" and allow for so much suffering. Definitely check it out

New Gallup uber-survey says 69% of Americans are moderately or very religious, happens to coincide with publication of new book by Gallup's Frank Newport, God is Alive and Well, which seems more than a little hung up on contradicting the New Atheists. David Sessions at Daily Beast says this data means that secularization is being exaggerated.

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In Science, Whose Department is the Ethics Department?: Part 2

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
December 04, 2012

What is the role of ethics in science? Part 2 of 2.

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Don’t Fetch Coffee for the Devil

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 04, 2012

As we told you yesterday, CFI has had its Indiana case, which challenged the religious privilege in the solemnizing of marriages, dismissed. Well, folks noticed.

Indianapolis Star talks to CFI-Indiana's Reba Boyd Wooden about the case. Indiana Lawyer talks to me.

Also, AP and Indiana Public Radio

Reba posted a comment to yesterday's Heresy that I think bears re-airing . . . 

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Three Significant Developments for the Right to Freedom of Expression

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
December 03, 2012

The month of November included three significant and positive developments regarding the right to freedom of expression, which recently has come under such harsh attack that the Center for Inquiry has launched a Campaign for Free Expression


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Flynn December Talks Target the South

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
December 03, 2012

Look out, Dixie, Council for Secular Humanism executive director Tom Flynn (i. e., yours truly) will do a lecture tour across the South just in time for some people's favorite holiday, December 7 - 10. I'll be speaking on church-state separation in Chattanooga and Tuscaloosa, and delivering my barn-burning illustrated talk "The Trouble with Christmas" in Knoxville and Atlanta.

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You Can ‘Opt Out’ of My Covenant

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
December 03, 2012

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

This is why the Heresy is late today. It's bad news: An Indiana court has dismissed CFI's lawsuit challenging its prohibition against the solemnization of marriages by secular celebrants. CFI boss Ron Lindsay:

According to the court, what is a required accommodation for the religious, is just a matter of convenience for the nonreligious. It would be difficult to imagine a clearer way to classify nonbelievers as second-class citizens. . . . A wedding is one of the most important ceremonies in a person’s life, and it is just as meaningful to atheists as it is to theists. It’s disappointing that a 21st-century court refused to recognize this reality.

CFI plans to appeal. Early reaction to the decision from Hemant

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Glassy-eyed Regressive Conservabot Zealot

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 30, 2012

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

Remember all the hubbub about how NASA was about to drop a mystery bombshell about something the Curiosity Mars rover discovered? Not so much. Via Slashgear:

NASA‘s teased data “for the history books” from the Curiosity Mars rover has all been a huge misunderstanding, the space agency now says, with the reference apparently encompassing the mission as a whole – not a specific finding. 

Pat Robertson said this:

I know that people will probably try to lynch me when I say this. . . . You go back in time, you've got radiocarbon dating. You got all these things, and you've got the carcasses of dinosaurs frozen in time out in the Dakotas. They're out there. So, there was a time when these giant reptiles were on the Earth, and it was before the time of the Bible. So, don't try and cover it up and make like everything was 6,000 years. That's not the Bible. 

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Dead Relatives Boost Workplace Productivity

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
November 29, 2012

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

The Netherlands will scrap its blasphemy law. But it's still not okay to diss the queen. Baby steps.

Wendy Kaminer has a thought-provoking piece, sure to rile folks up, on the problem with criminalizing speech and opinions we don't like:

I'm not suggesting that we should resign ourselves to bigotry. I'm arguing that we should tolerate expressions of it.  

Dave Silverman, apparently a fascist, does battle in the War on Christmas with white knight Bill O'Reilly, who says that Christianity is not a religion, which will be news to billions of people. 

 

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