Blog Archives for June 2010

Could an Atheist convert to Christianity?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
June 30, 2010

Christians plead for conversions from atheists. But do Christians really think such conversions are possible?

6 Comments

Ghost Photo on Front Page of New York Times

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
June 28, 2010

A New York Times front-page photograph seems to reveal a mysterious ghostly image.

3 Comments

John Edward: Psychic Medium—or Small?

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 28, 2010

Infamous “psychic medium” talks and talks and talks to the unresponsive dead.

4 Comments

Supreme Court Rules Christian Group Can’t Demand Funding while Violating Non-Discrimination Policies

public domain - from Wikipedia Commons

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
June 28, 2010

The Supreme Court ruled that religious student orgs that violate non-discrimination policies cannot demand public funding.

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CFI Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Question Kagan on Religious Liberty

Public domain

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
June 25, 2010

CFI urged the Committee to determine Kagan's views on taxpayer funding of religious orgs, exemptions from civil rights laws.

2 Comments

Religion Creep

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
June 24, 2010

Let's subcontract everything to the churches

1 Comment

When I Became a Zombie

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 23, 2010

One of 325 zombies — as real as any.

3 Comments

CFI’s Skeptics Get Naturopaths to Disown Homeopathy, Reiki & Energy Therapy on TV

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
June 23, 2010

Skeptics Behzad Elahi and Michael Kruse of CFI Canada's Skepticism Committee on the Michael Coren TV Show on Alt Med

Message to Congress: Stop Wasting Taxpayer Dollars on Junk Medical Research

public domain

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
June 23, 2010

The US government could save $240 million - and improve biomedical research - by eliminating funding for alt med research.

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Secularism and Humanist Morality

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
June 21, 2010

If secular humanism has answers about morality, the precise aim must first be clear.

What Is the Purpose of Morality?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
June 19, 2010

A consideration of what we should be trying to achieve through our moral norms

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Appeals to Common Practice Don’t Make Science and Religion Compatible

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
June 17, 2010

By Alan Leshner's logic, drinking and driving are also compatible.

16 Comments

“Superbill”: An Arresting Tale

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 16, 2010

Counterfeits helped prompt new money design.

1 Comment

More Science and Reason Needed in the African American Community

Freethought from the Heartland with Reba Boyd Wooden
June 16, 2010

African American radio station and newspaper filled with religious false promises.

6 Comments

Live Blogging of Closing Arguments in CA Same Sex Marriage Case - Wed., June 16

Taken from CFI brochure

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
June 15, 2010

Interested CFI supporters may follow closing arguments via live blogging; video cameras have been barred from the courtroom.

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Religion creates Blasphemy, not Atheism

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

Atheism wastes everyone's time by worrying over how much blasphemy to commit.

12 Comments

Sen. Tom Harkin on Filibuster Reform

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
June 15, 2010

On July 14, I had the profound pleasure of attending a talk by the Democratic Senator from Iowa.

1 Comment

CFI Chairman Richard Schroeder Delivers an Important Message to CFI Supporters.

Guest Blog from Nathan Bupp
June 14, 2010

CFI Chairman addresses concerns regarding Paul Kurtz while highlighting the vital contribution CFI continues to make.

11 Comments

Psychic Carla Baron Called Out on Claim of Solving Natalee Holloway Case

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
June 14, 2010

Famous psychic Carla Baron says she solved the Holloway case; that's news to the police, FBI, and Holloway's parents.

6 Comments

Reza Aslan’s Confusing Comments on Religion and Belief

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
June 09, 2010

Aslan charges religion is more about identity than belief. But belief determines identity.

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Is Atheism as impotent as Stephen Prothero thinks?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
June 08, 2010

Atheism deserves some credit for reducing religious divisions.

14 Comments

CFI Publishes Position Paper Criticizing Government Funding of Acupuncture

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
June 08, 2010

CFI argues that government funding of discredited acupuncture therapy lowers standards of care and degrades respect for science.

“Gay Exorcisms”: Free Exercise of Religion, or Child Abuse?

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
June 08, 2010

Some Pentacostal and Evangelical churches "exorcise demons" that "cause" homosexuality. Many who undergo exorcisms are minors.

1 Comment

Poem from “The Rock”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 07, 2010

Poem from “The Rock” -- A tale of no ghosts and a famous escape.

A Question of Identity

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
June 06, 2010

The Difference Between an Ancient Nation and One Created Sixty Three Years Ago

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Canadian University Faith Centre Recongizes Atheists, Promotes Doubt

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

U of Toronto MultiFaith Centre Pamphlet encourages dialogue with atheists and warns against aggressive religious recruiting

1 Comment

Wishful Thinking Will Not Grant Good Health.

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
June 05, 2010

Deepak Chopra event postponed in Toronto, while CFI Vancouver stages protest at his west coast talk

2 Comments

An Atheist’s Guide to What You Need to Know about Theology

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
June 04, 2010

Theologians hate being ignored. Since their own flocks haven't a clue what they are talking about, they pester atheists.

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Should We Shield the Religious from Offensive Forms of Expression?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
June 03, 2010

Any claim about reality is fair game for examination and criticism

12 Comments

Remembering Martin Gardner

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
June 02, 2010

Remembering the father of modern skepticism.

1 Comment

What Martin Gardner Taught Me

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
June 02, 2010

Martin Gardner, one of the all-time great skeptics, taught me how skeptics can help the public with real-world problems.

What is Secularism? by Robert Green Ingersoll

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
June 01, 2010

Robert Green Ingersoll was one of America's greatest freethinkers.

Pakistan: On the edge of collapse

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
June 01, 2010

Pakistan's political and religious problems are compounded by economic woes.

2 Comments