Blog Archives for November 2009

Supreme Court Denies Cert. in Case Involving Valedictorian’s Religious Graduation Address

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
November 30, 2009

The Supreme Court declined to take a school prayer case involving a high schooler's unexpectedly religious valedictory address.

Ghost Hunters’  Unscientific, Win- Win Approach

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
November 30, 2009

Most amateur ghost hunting groups approach "investigation" so they can't be proved wrong

Creationist Comfort Hits North American Campuses with “Amended” Version of Origin of Species

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
November 24, 2009

Banana Man Ray Comfort Attempts to Hijack 150th Anniversary of Origin Publication; CFI& NCSE hold massive pro-evolution campaign

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Muslim Secularists of Kuwait. Ahmad al-Sarraf

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
November 24, 2009

I present the views of the third of our Kuwaiti secularists.

Pakistan Pushes Irish Blasphemy Law Language at the UN

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
November 23, 2009

Ireland criminalized blasphemy in July. Pakistan is now using Ireland's blasphemy law to push UN member states to do the same.

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Goodness with or without God? Epstein’s surrender plan to religious faith.

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
November 23, 2009

Does the future of humanism rest on a "don't ask, don't tell" policy about faith?

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Health Care and Human Rights

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
November 19, 2009

Fiscal responsibility is one aspect of moral responsibility

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Environmentalism Gets Religious Status Protection in Britain

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
November 17, 2009

How this new ruling shows religious accommodations is a paradigm in need of severe rethinking

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Transhumanism and the New Ethics

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
November 17, 2009

Bioengineering and nanotech will change ethics because it will change what it means to be human.

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Muslim Reformers

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
November 17, 2009

I continue my account of Muslim Reformers with the second of my Secularists from Kuwait.

Flying with ‘Amelia’

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 13, 2009

Earhart biopic steers true course.

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Humanism and Hugs

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
November 12, 2009

Humanism shall not interfere with the free exercise of hugs

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Another Day, Another Dispute Over Religious Symbols

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
November 11, 2009

The "I believe" license plate encounters a judge who believes in the Constitution

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Ahmad al-Baghdadi Part Two. More courageous analysis from Kuwaiti secularist.

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
November 11, 2009

Al-Baghdadi, a Kuwaiti political scientist is forced to seek asylum in the West following criticisms of Islamic countries.

To Atheists in Foxholes

Guest Blog from Norm R. Allen Jr.
November 11, 2009

A Call to Remember Non-Believers on Veterans Day

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Cruising with Paul Kurtz, Laurence Krauss, Pat Schroeder, Ken and Ruth Frazier, and Emily Kingsley

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
November 10, 2009

Anticipating great speakers, socializing, and stimulating conversations on the CFI Cruise.

Canadian Monarchy Debate Rekindled:  Should We Dare to Depose Our Foreign Head of State?

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
November 10, 2009

I ask my secular friends "Should a secularist organization take a formal anti-monarchy position?" and get suprising responses

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We’re gonna party like it’s 2011

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
November 10, 2009

The world didn't end in 2000? No matter. There's still time to party.

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Hollywood Hyperbole: Michael Jackon’s death “brought entire world to stunned halt”

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
November 10, 2009

Jackson's sudden death "brought the entire world to a stunned halt." Seriously?

Vitaly Ginzburg, Russian Nobelist and secular humanist, dies

Out of My Skeptical Mind with D.J. Grothe
November 09, 2009

Vitaly Ginzburg, vocal secular humanist and Nobel Prize winning Russian physicist, died yesterday

Who’s a Jew? In the UK, Judges Decide

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
November 08, 2009

A British Court weighs in on who counts as Jewish.

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The real meaning of the “Good without God” ad campaign

Out of My Skeptical Mind with D.J. Grothe
November 06, 2009

Austin Dacey chimes in about the subway and billboard ads some see as promoting atheism

Petitioners and Privacy

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

There is no need to disclose the names of petitioners to the public

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A Magnificent Victory Monument for a Rational Outlook on Life

Craig Gosling enhanced this picture of Clemens Vonnegut from a very dim photocopy.

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
November 04, 2009

The Athenaeum continues to be an inspiring place for freethought in Indianapolis.

An Interview with the Leader of the Swiss Atheist Bus campaign

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
November 03, 2009

Raw interview with the leader of Freethought Association of Switzerland, one of several for the pilot of Think Again TV

CFI’s Michael De Dora, Jr. appears on GritTV to debate “Religion on the Left”

Out of My Skeptical Mind with D.J. Grothe
November 03, 2009

On GRITtv, De Dora, Jr. and others debate the proper place of religion and spirituality on the Left

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Are There Muslim Reformers?

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
November 03, 2009

Are There any real reformers in the Islamic World? I examine the views of several secularists.

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Science and the “Miraculous Blood”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
November 03, 2009

Thousands kiss "miracle" flask despite swine-flu contagion.

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Court decisions against crucifixes in Italy’s public schools

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
November 03, 2009

Two court decisions have ruled that crucifixes in Italy's public schools violate human rights.

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Fun with the TV Ghost Hunters in St. Louis

Out of My Skeptical Mind with D.J. Grothe
November 02, 2009

A skeptic's review of the fun presentation by TV Ghost Hunters Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson at the University of Missouri

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Rev. Michael Dowd and The New Atheists as God’s Prophets

Out of My Skeptical Mind with D.J. Grothe
November 02, 2009

Rev Michael Dowd, friend of CFI, was recently diagnosed with advanced lymphoma. This is the one message he wants to communicate

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House Democrats’ Health Care Reform Bill Doesn’t Mandate Coverage for Faith Healing

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
November 02, 2009

Thankfully, the House's health care reform bill doesn't mandate coverage for faith healing.

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Should humanists provide the alternative to both atheism and religion?

Out of My Skeptical Mind with D.J. Grothe
November 01, 2009

Austin Dacey has interesting opinions about being good without God and organized humanism

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