Blog Archives for March 2010

But who caused the Big Bang?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
March 31, 2010

The Big Bang can't reveal the hand of God.

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An Evening with S.E. Cupp

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
March 31, 2010

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a discussion with conservative pundit S.E. Cupp.

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Not Enough Marthas

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
March 31, 2010

It is not enough to read, write, philosophize, and talk. Action is needed.

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Is there a universal need for mystery?

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
March 30, 2010

Incoherence of a text does not discourage true believers.

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Valuing Solutions Over Problems, Explanations Over Mysteries

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
March 30, 2010

A brief discussion about the nature of mysteries and the value in finding their solutions

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From Mystery to Mastery

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 29, 2010

An acronym expresses the investigative process.

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Natural Brain vs. Supernatural God

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
March 26, 2010

How could any evidence for God be found inside the brain?

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UN Human Rights Council Passes “Defamation of Religions” Resolution by Slim Margin

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
March 25, 2010

Although the HRC approved a non-binding anti-blasphemy measure, criticism of the "defamation of religions" concept is growing.

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Ann Coulter Gets Exactly What She Wanted in Canada

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
March 25, 2010

Through censorship, bullying & probably threat of violence, Canadians on the left give Coulter exactly what she wanted

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A Response to Criticism of “The Problems With the Atheistic Approach to the World”

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
March 25, 2010

My essay on atheism last week garnered a ton of response. I think readers deserve a reply.

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Putting Love of God above Love of Neighbor

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
March 24, 2010

Many who profess their love of God ignore Matthew 25:31-46 while others live by it.

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University of Toronto Health Fair Brings Everyone but Actual Health Providers

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
March 24, 2010

Quackery abounds.CFI has 2 articles in the National Post on homeopathy&quackery.Now we blog on a university health fair

CFI Urges UN Human Rights Council to Reject “Defamation of Religions” Resolution

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
March 24, 2010

The Human Rights Council is poised to suppress criticism of religion in the name of protecting human rights.

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The Origins of Morality really do Matter

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
March 23, 2010

If there is a replacement for traditional religious morality, we need a correct account of morality's origins.

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Sam Harris is Back, Arguing Science Can Answer Moral Questions

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
March 22, 2010

Sam Harris is back with a new book on how science can and should be an authority on morality.

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Atheism, Humanism and the Neo-Humanist Statement

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
March 22, 2010

Perhaps the Neo-Humanist Statement is a diamond in the rough, but it certainly needs polishing

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Second Inarah Conference in Otzenhausen, Germany, on Early Islamic History and the Koran.

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
March 22, 2010

Exciting research whose implications are enormous.

Ghostly Goodnights

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 22, 2010

Hotel ghosts are easily explained.

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Is Atheism the Party of No?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
March 20, 2010

Problems with the individualistic approach to the world

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The Problems With the Atheistic Approach to the World

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
March 19, 2010

If the typical liberal approach to religion and politics doesn't work, what about the pure atheist response?

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Religious Dogma and the Health Care Debate

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
March 18, 2010

Catholic bishops and their allies may abort health care

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Blog on psychic detectives riles the believers—especially those who don’t read carefully

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
March 17, 2010

A Discovery News blog results in a poster's reply that seems to prove that psychic detectives are real!

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CFI Urges Supreme Court to Deny Religious Student Group’s Right to Violate Non-Discrimination Policy

public domain

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
March 16, 2010

The Supreme Court will soon decide a Christian student group’s right to violate a public university's non-discrimination policy.

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Winnipeg & Federal Government to Fund $5.5 million into Youth for Christ Centre

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
March 15, 2010

Last week the City of Winnipeg (Manitoba) voted to fund in the amount of $2.5 million a Youth for Christ Community Centre. This

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Religious Rights don’t extend to Murder

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
March 15, 2010

Freedom of religious expression stops where the right to life and liberty starts

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CFI-India Representative Arrested for “Hurting the Sentiments of Muslims”

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
March 15, 2010

CFI responds to the arrest of Dr. Innaiah Narisetti and others for "hurting the sentiments of Muslims."

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A Call for Compromise: A Letter to Itawamba County Agricultural High School Leaders

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
March 12, 2010

People can disagree while collectively granting and protecting the rights and equality of those they disagree with.

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Majority Vote vs Church/State Separation

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
March 11, 2010

Can a student-led prayer be said at a graduation ceremony if the majority of the class votes in favor of it?

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That Swedish Cartoon of Mohammed Was Offensive ...

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
March 11, 2010

Islam deserves no protection from sharp criticism, but neither do other religions

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Confusing Serendipity and God

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
March 10, 2010

How do we explain unexplainable good fortune?

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Where can Science and Religion conflict?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
March 09, 2010

The "intelligent" design of religion could help avoid conflict with science

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Why Democratic Discourse?

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
March 09, 2010

There are problems with how most Americans view the relationship between politics, morality, religion, and belief.

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Psychics: Be a Hero, Save Lives, and Earn $2 Million!

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
March 08, 2010

$2 million and hero status awaits any psychics who can solve Toyota's problems

10 Comments

Scientology Defectors Say Church Hides Abuse

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
March 07, 2010

Defectors from the Church of Scientology say they suffered beatings and other abuse.

Nun “Cured” by Pope John Paul II Falls Ill Again

public domain - from Wikipedia Commons

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
March 05, 2010

A nun who claims the late pope cured her of Parkinson's has fallen ill again.

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Challenging Devil’s Hole

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 05, 2010

Writer and wife brave the “curse” of a rugged Niagara Falls.

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Why is there a Universe, and how did it come from Nothing?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
March 05, 2010

Alan Guth and Lawrence Krauss explain the universe's origin from nothing and dispel religious arguments along the way

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No National Day of Prayer? An Impartial Texas School Board? Yes, It Is Possible

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
March 04, 2010

Two recent developments provide some hope to supporters of church-state separation

Our Country’s Future Depends on Educated Citizens

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
March 03, 2010

Suggestions for the Grad Nation campaign.

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Will young adults gravitate more towards Humanism?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
March 02, 2010

Young adults are more pluralistic and secular, a new Pew study finds

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Son of Hamas Leader Spied for Israel.

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
March 02, 2010

Son of Hamas leader who converted to Christianity has an interesting suggestion to solve the conflict.

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Fortean Snow

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 01, 2010

Pink snow appears in Buffalo.

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