New Jersey UFO Case Likely a Copycat Hoax

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
January 07, 2009

A set of mysterious lights seen recently over New Jersey bears a striking resemblance to the 2008 Phoenix Lights UFO Hoax

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Do You Think Humanists Have a Sense of Humor? Prove It.

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
January 05, 2009

CFI President and CEO Ronald A. Lindsay offers some light bulb jokes -- and challenges other humanists to do better.

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Humanism and the Faith that Unites

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
January 02, 2009

Can humanism promote an active faith in ethical ideals, without falling into the religious divide of dogmatic faith?

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Should Nonbelievers Challenge Inaugural Oath and Invocation?

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
December 31, 2008

Should atheists and nonbelievers sue to prevent the inaugural benediction and the use of the words "so help me God" when Barack Obama takes the oath of office on January 20th?    According to Michael Newdow’s website , more than two-dozen individuals and organizations – including …

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Skeptic Benjamin Radford’s Psychic Predictions for 2008

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
December 30, 2008

In December 2007, Skeptical Inquirer managing editor Ben Radford made 22 predictions for 2008...

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Exorcism: The Devil’s in the Details

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 30, 2008

A new television series,   The Real Exorcist , has debuted on the Sci-Fi Channel, whose executives and producers continue to promote pseudoscience and worse. The show features fundamentalist minister Bob Larson,   whose Web site pleads for help in fighting demonic evil with “prayer …

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NM Senator’s Miracle Cure Merely Mistake, Misdiagnosis

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
December 29, 2008

Recently I came across a front-page headline in my local newspaper, about a state senator here in New Mexico whose brain disease may have been cured by God through the power of prayer. "Brain Disease Either Gone or Stalled," was the front page article’s subhead.

I wrote a …

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Lourdes Medical Bureau Rebels

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 25, 2008

The international medical bureau at Lourdes, the Catholic healing shrine, will no longer designate cases "miraculous."

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Science, Reason, and the Obama Administration

by Kendrick Frazier
December 24, 2008

Kendrick Frazier's Commentary to appear in the March/April 2009 Skeptical Inquirer

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Who Are Our Bedfellows?

by Tom W. Flynn
December 24, 2008

You can get a pretty good pie fight going even among secular humanists by comparing attitudes on the holidays. Me, I've been Yule-free for 24 years now, and I've been emphatic in praising initiatives to tone down holiday symbolism in public places as America grows more diverse. I was the one you heard cheering when all the holiday finery was briefly removed from Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport two years ago. And I've been raising the same cheers for UNC-Chapel Hill, where the main libraries opted not to display their Christmas trees in deference to the campus's growing non-Christian population. I'm all for this sort of reform, and I hope (and expect) to see lots more in future years. I recognize that's a controversial position among humanists, quite a few of whom view stuff like this as political correctness run amok. "Why waste effort being concerned with non-Christians taking offense at Christmas?" they say. "The holiday's so secular it hardly even serves as an emblem of Christianity anymore."

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