Yes! Yes! Ye- Oh, Damn: The 10% Fail

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
February 06, 2017

I often encounter blogs and articles that I fully agree with--up until the writer stumbles, making a mistake that I can't in good conscience implicitly endorse. 

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Atheism and Muslim Countries: A Conversation with the Moroccan Atheist Kacem El Ghazzali

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
February 06, 2017

An English translation of Stefano Bigliardi's interview of Kacem El Ghazzali for the Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics in Italy. 

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2,999 Gods

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 06, 2017

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

I was away for a long weekend, and for about four days I didn't look at social media. You wanna talk about a detox? A cleansing? Holy crap, folks. I can't recommend this highly enough. My only regret is that now that I have to bang out the Heresy, making up for the lost days, I have to dive back into the swamp. The impact of the splash will sting, and the filth in the murky water will make me sick. But I do it for you.

Michael De Dora summarizes a busy January for our advocacy efforts. 

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‘Ingersoll Done in Soprano’

Access Points with Timothy Binga
February 03, 2017

While cataloging, an interesting find: a signed work by Helen H. Gardener

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How False Reports Target Muslims and Minorities

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Benjamin Radford
February 02, 2017

Skeptics and skeptical researchers routinely encounter and investigate a wide variety false reports. When false reports concern "unexplained" topics the result is usually just wasted time. However when false reports involve real-world crimes they often implicate minorities and can result in miscarriages of justice. 

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“Hidden Figures”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 01, 2017

Hidden Figures is an important, must-see movie. It tells the inspiring story of three African-American women who rise above the sexism and racism of the 1950s and 1960s to work as “human computers” at NASA, helping to launch Americans into space.

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The Winepress of God’s Wrath

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
February 01, 2017

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

Trump nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. He seems like a very nice man who also seems to have a lot of bad ideas about religion and government and a philosophy in line with Scalia. So we're not feeling good about him (no surprise there). In our statement, we say:

We have grave doubts that Judge Gorsuch is someone who will weigh his duty to the Constitution over ideological loyalty to an administration that has already proven its hostility to secular government and tolerance of dissent. ... Judge Gorsuch’s prior rulings, along with his expressed philosophy, indicate a dangerous antipathy towards the protections of the First Amendment for nonreligious Americans and those of minority religious faiths.

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Cartoon: Immigrant/Refugee Ban

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 31, 2017

Artwork by Joe Nickell.

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Trump’s Muslim Ban and His Battle to Undermine the Judiciary

by Nicholas Little
January 31, 2017

Just as Sean Spicer, Trump’s Press Secretary, and others have sought to delegitimize the Fourth Estate, and paint the press as the enemy, so the current deliberate battle with the courts is seeking to undermine public support for the judicial branch.

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Bathing in Our Byproducts

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
January 31, 2017

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

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates defies Trump and refuses to defend the Muslim ban. So Trump fired her, accusing her of "betrayal." Her replacement will defend it.

Trump also fired the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Daniel Ragsdale. 

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