Blog Archives for December 2009

Great News from Montana Regarding Assisted Dying!

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
December 31, 2009

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that Montana law does not prevent the terminally ill from receiving assistance in dying

A Provocative Critique of Religious Beliefs—from Believers

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
December 31, 2009

Some religious understand the importance -- and legitimacy -- of blasphemy better than some humanists

5 Comments

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Bashes Atheists

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
December 30, 2009

Are atheists the only group he can bash and still get an award from the Anti Defamation League?

15 Comments

Shroud Debunked—Again

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 29, 2009

Real shroud’s weave is unlike that of Turin “shroud.”

9 Comments

Homeland Security All Set to Make Life Even More Miserable for Fliers.

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
December 29, 2009

In the wake of the "jock-strap jihad" , The Transportation Security Administration, takes belated and wrong steps.

1 Comment

Magnetic Therapy for Dogs?!  Only in New York.

photo by Derek Araujo

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
December 28, 2009

What better medical treatment for an adorable puppy than Bach flower therapy?

3 Comments

Why aren’t America’s psychics helping keep us safe?

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
December 28, 2009

Benjamin Radford wonders why America's psychics aren't interested in protecting innocent lives from terrorism.

7 Comments

More Americans leaving Christianity

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
December 27, 2009

Gallup Poll finds that the number of non-Christians keeps growing.

3 Comments

Merry Christmas: Liu Xiaobo Will Be Sentenced Tomorrow

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
December 24, 2009

Liu Xiaobo and the struggle for freedom in China

3 Comments

A Humanist Reflects on the Meaning of the Holiday Season (Published in Globe and Mail Jan 2008)

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
December 22, 2009

Humanists hold an ambivalence regarding this season. Festivities & symbols can be powerful, but shouldn't be exclusive to 1 day

3 Comments

The Long History of Naturalism

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
December 22, 2009

Naturalism has been around as long as most religions still in existence today.

1 Comment

The Bible in English. The cultural need to know it.

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
December 22, 2009

Why we need to know the contents of the Bible.

1 Comment

Should Parents Encourage Children to Believe in Santa Claus?

A picture of Reba's collection of Santas taken by Reba Boyd Wooden.

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
December 21, 2009

Is promoting a belief in Santa Claus harmful, beneficial, or benign?

17 Comments

UN Passes “Defamation of Religions” Resolution

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
December 21, 2009

The UN General Assembly has again passed a "defamation of religions" resolution, but with less support than last year.

Go See ‘The Men Who Stare at Goats’

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 18, 2009

Satire on warfare by New Agers scores a direct hit.

2 Comments

Was Oral Roberts Sincere? Does It Matter?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
December 17, 2009

Not all ignorance is excusable

3 Comments

Federal Appeals Court Reviews Mt. Soledad Cross Case

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
December 17, 2009

A 3-judge panel considered whether the Mt. Soledad cross can remain on public land. How the court will decide is anyone's guess.

1 Comment

To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate

Jeff and Holly's Christmas Tree--photo by Reba Boyd Wooden.

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
December 16, 2009

Should Secular Humanists join in the celebration of Christmas?

6 Comments

Council for Secular Humanism Wins Victory in Case Challenging Faith-Based Prison Programs

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
December 15, 2009

CSH won an important victory in its case challenging the use of tax dollars to provide faith-based programs in Florida prisons.

7 Comments

Antidote to ‘The Fourth Kind’

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 15, 2009

Skepticism wards off extraterrestrials.

1 Comment

President Obama’s Peace Prize and Acceptance Speech.

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
December 15, 2009

Should President Obama have received the Nobel Peace Prize given his meagre achievements so far?

1 Comment

The “Climategate” Conspiracy Theories

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
December 14, 2009

The global conspiracy to cover up the “real” scientific evidence about climate change now includes the Associated Press

3 Comments

To Beanie, Or Not To Beanie?

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
December 14, 2009

As the Chanukah season approaches, I’m reminded of my regular moments of discomfort when any Jewish holiday approaches.

3 Comments

Religious Humanists and Secular Humanists

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
December 14, 2009

No, they are not all the same.

Survey Shows Rise in Paranormal Beliefs, Blending of Christian, New Age, Eastern Religion

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
December 12, 2009

A new poll shows increased belief in the paranormal, as well as a mixing of traditional religion and New Age fantasy.

Skeptics getting skeptical towards Atheism

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
December 11, 2009

When skeptics get skeptical towards atheism, is there a rational way forward?

18 Comments

Today’s Family Values

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
December 09, 2009

The Norman Rockwell family is on its way out being replaced by a new family where diversity is the rule.

A Door Closing ... or Opening?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
December 09, 2009

Comments on D.J. Grothe's departure

4 Comments

Gaytheism!  CFI’s Living Without Religion Group Featured in the Toronto Xtra Newspaper

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
December 08, 2009

Toronto's gay and lesbian newspaper the Xtra interviews social service leader for piece "Gay without god"

2 Comments

African Albinos Murdered for Witchcraft

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
December 08, 2009

“What’s the harm in believing in magic?” How about ten year old albino boy hacked to death for his limbs?

Christian Art and the Infidel.

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
December 08, 2009

I ask the question, "Can secularists truly appreciate religious art? Is their experience of Handel's Messiah different?

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Christian humanism, religious humanism, and secular humanism

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
December 08, 2009

These three kinds of humanism are facing their greatest challenge, and it is not from each other.

10 Comments

Supreme Court to Decide Christian Student Group’s Right to Violate Non-Discrimination Policy

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
December 07, 2009

The Supreme Court today granted cert. in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez.

2 Comments

Religion Gets Good Results

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
December 03, 2009

God is too important for nonbelievers to ignore

8 Comments

Naturopaths in Ontario granted right to prescribe certain drugs

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
December 02, 2009

Naturopaths in Ontario granted right to prescribe certain drugs: New Canadian Skeptic North blog responds

2 Comments

‘2012’: Movie Prompts Predictions

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 02, 2009

Disaster movie’s premise is a disaster.

1 Comment

Shroud of Turin Developments

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
December 01, 2009

Two research endeavors contrast “shroud science” with real science.

4 Comments

Mosques and minarets, churches and steeples

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
December 01, 2009

A shadow of fear has descended across the Continent, but the shadow is not from a minaret.

6 Comments

Jesus’s Face (Or at least one version of it) Appears in Clothing Iron

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
December 01, 2009

A Massachusetts woman, saw an image of Jesus in burn residue on an iron. But was it really Jesus?

2 Comments

Muslim Reformers Part Four

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
December 01, 2009

More examples of courageous intellectuals from the Islamic world analyzing the ills of their societies.

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