Blog Archives for April 2010

Rescuing Oiled Wildlife: Expensive and Ineffective

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

The desire to clean oiled wildlife is admirable and noble, but the most obvious solution is not always the best one.

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Supreme Court Embraces Congressional Scheme to Maintain Cross Inside Federal Park

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Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
April 29, 2010

A 5-4 conservative majority blessed a legislative scheme to maintain an eight-foot Christian cross in a federal park.

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Council for Secular Humanism Celebrates Another Court Victory in Florida

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
April 29, 2010

The Florida Supreme Court could hear the Council's case challenging government funding of sectarian social service providers.

Bultmann’s Job

The Bible Geek with Robert M. Price
April 29, 2010

The Book of Job has always disturbed me. The thought of God being taunted into proving anything to Satan seems ridiculous to...

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Simon Singh, Chriopractics, Libel Reform and the Canadian Situation

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
April 28, 2010

CFI releases a response regarding Simon Singh's fight for libel reform in the UK and the situation in Canada

If Humanists overlook Evil, do they commit a Secular Sin?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
April 27, 2010

Humanists wonder if their worldview can have any role for "sin" or "evil"

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Physicist Stephen Hawking Warns of Hostile Space Invaders

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Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
April 26, 2010

Stephen Hawking says that humans should avoid, rather than seek extraterrestrial intelligence.

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Tribute to CICAP

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
April 26, 2010

New book by Italian investigators is tops.

Iran and the Bomb. Does it matter if Iran eventually acquires a nuclear bomb?

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
April 23, 2010

Will Iran acquire a nuclear bomb despite the proposed sanctions by Obama? And does it matter if they do acquire it?

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CFI’s Matthew LaClair, Creationist Don McLeroy to Square Off on Radio Show

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
April 23, 2010

LaClair, president of CFI On Campus, will host McLeroy, creationist leader of the conservative faction of the Texas Board of Ed.

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Humanism and Atheism

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

Secular humanism: if it's not broken, don't fix it

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Homeopathy: Watering Down Mental Health Issues

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
April 22, 2010

Skeptics hijack Homeopathy Awareness Month to promote awareness of the pseudoscientific nonsense behind this 18th cent practice

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British Government Study Finds Homeopathy Worthless

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
April 22, 2010

A recent UK committee investigating homeopathy provides yet another nail in the coffin for this pseudoscience

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Holocaust Denial and Free Speech

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
April 21, 2010

Should governments punish Holocaust denial?

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Funerals

Photo by Virginia Boyd of Palo Alto, CA

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
April 21, 2010

Funerals provide closure, relief from stress, and a chance to share family memories and pride.

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Elisha and the Bears

The Bible Geek with Robert M. Price
April 20, 2010

Welcome to a new feature: The Bible Geek! Some of you may be familiar with my podcast with the same title. In it I seek to...

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Secularity and Secularism explained

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

A handy guide to varieties of the secular

Yeti? Not Yet!

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
April 20, 2010

Chinese “Yeti” is probably a mangy critter.

Supreme Court Splits in Argument over Religious Group’s Violation of Non-Discrimination Policy

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Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
April 19, 2010

The Court is split on whether a religious student group has a right to public funds while excluding gays, non-Christians

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What is Islamophobia?

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
April 17, 2010

Am I guilty of Islamophobia?

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Federal Court Rules National Day of Prayer Unconstitutional

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Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
April 15, 2010

US District Judge Judge Barbara B. Crabb ruled that the "National Day of Prayer" violates the Establishment Clause.

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Stop “Psychic” Sylvia Browne

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

Saskatoon Freethinkers protest recent appearance by fraud and charlatan who uses emotional vulnerability to con the innocent

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CFI: Home to Both Atheist Fundamentalists and Religion-Loving Wankers?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
April 14, 2010

Comments on a PZ Myers blog post

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Biology textbooks should stay out of Religion

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
April 14, 2010

It is inappropriate for a biology text to directly address a damaging social trend that is hurting the teaching of science

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Dawkins, Hitchens Call for Arrest and Trial of Pope Benedict

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Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
April 13, 2010

Lawyers for Dawkins and Hitchens are exploring the possibility of prosecuting the Pope for crimes against humanity.

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Sometimes The Market Works

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
April 13, 2010

A pharmacy should not be a pulpit

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The Naturalistic Approach to Morality

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
April 13, 2010

Naturalism can explain how people acquire and change moralities

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Christian Science Maneuvering

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
April 12, 2010

Christian Scientists seek accommodation with science.

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Should Biology Textbooks Include “Biblical Myth” Language?

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
April 12, 2010

A Tennessee father is fighting to ban a textbook that refers to the Biblical creation story as a "myth." Does he have a point?

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Thank You Justice Stevens

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
April 09, 2010

A great jurist and defender of church-state separation retires

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How Global Warming Creates Monsters

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

Benjamin Radford reveals an interesting link between Bigfoot and global warming. From his upcoming book on the chupacabra.

World Homeopathy Awareness Week 2010: A Celebration with No Substance

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
April 06, 2010

CFI Canada's new Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism Sends Out Media Release

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The Fraud of Turin

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
April 06, 2010

The Shroud of Turin is still a medieval fake.

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Reflections in a Brooklyn Graveyard.

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
April 06, 2010

Do Humanists prefer cremation to burial?

There is Objective Morality in Nature

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
April 06, 2010

Naturalism can accomodate objective morality, if you know where to look for it.

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Abortion: A Question of Women’s Rights, Morality—or Both?

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
April 05, 2010

Too often liberals defend abortion as a women's right without first making the moral and legal case for the procedure.

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Vatican Compares Criticism of Church’s Handling of Child Rape to Persecution of Jews

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
April 02, 2010

In Good Friday remarks, a senior priest compared the uproar over sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church to anti-Semitism.

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Atheist Money Is Terrifying

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
April 01, 2010

We have made some progress, but we still have a long way to go

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