A Brief Comment on the Wyndgate Matter

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

As most of you are aware, CFI-Michigan, one of our branches, contracted with a club in suburban Detroit—The Wyndgate—to hold an event at which Richard Dawkins had graciously agreed to speak. (In fact, the event takes place this evening.) However, once the club owner became aware that Professor Dawkins is an atheist, the club cancelled the event, refusing to honor its contract.

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Theatrically Yours:  “The Ghost of Fort Niagara”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
October 11, 2011

"The Ghost of Fort Niagara" is an engaging little musical by the multitalented Neal Radice, founder and director of Buffalo's Alleyway Theatre, as well as author, composer, lyricist, and set and lighting designer—just to mention his personas that are directly involved in this Alleyway production!

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Robert Bellah on Religion and Secularism

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
October 11, 2011

Robert Bellah discusses the origins of religion and ways of understanding the religious-secular conflict today.

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The ethics of drone warfare

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
October 07, 2011

Is there, or should there be, an ethical distinction between launching missiles from half a world away and sending fighter jets to carry out such an attack?

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The Journal of Folklore Research Reviews ‘Tracking the Chupacabra’

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
October 06, 2011

The Journal of Folklore Research, a peer-reviewed publication of the Folklore Institute at Indiana University, reviewed my recent book Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore. 

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No Justice Scalia

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
October 05, 2011

A death-row inmate is denied an appeal because his attorneys had switched law firms. A letter the court sent to the inmate's lawyers' old firm is returned, and the deadline to file an appeal expires before they can respond.

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What is Secularism? Secularism is for everyone.

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
October 04, 2011

A handy guide to why we fight for secularism, for all the people.

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Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 30, 2011

Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day! There are thousands of ways to commemorate this day—almost as many as there are prophets who have claimed the title of messenger from the gods.

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End the Silence: Join Us at the Reason Rally

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
September 29, 2011

The Reason Rally will take place on March 24, 2012 on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Here are some reasons you should join me and the thousands of other atheists, agnostics, and humanists who will be there.

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Irish “Spontaneous Human Combustion”? Blarney!

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
September 27, 2011

In a classic instance of faulty logic—what is known as "an argument from ignorance"—an Irish coroner has proclaimed "spontaneous combustion" as the cause of death of a 76-year-old man, Michael Faherty, whose body was found extremely burned at his home in Ballybane, Galway. Although his remains were found lying "with his head closest to an open fireplace," fire officers nevertheless concluded that that blaze was not involved! They did not explain how they had ruled out the obvious source of the ignition (BBC News Online, September 23, 2011).

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