‘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

 

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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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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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