Blog Archives for August 2010

“Killer Crocodile!”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 30, 2010

It was the alarm that proved to be a crock.

2 Comments

CFIers Join Leading Secularists in Pondering the Future of Humanism

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
August 30, 2010

Ron Lindsay and I contributed to a collection of essays on humanism featured on the Web site Patheos.

Adult Reasoning About Embryos

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 27, 2010

Religious dogma obstructs research ... again

10 Comments

An Immodest Proposal for Ground Zero

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
August 26, 2010

Our record in the Muslim-Christian feud is clean. We are neither Montague nor Capulet.

4 Comments

Jersey-Devil Expedition

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 26, 2010

Where the devil was the creature?

Are Brains Destined for Religion?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
August 25, 2010

Scientists are so impressed by natural explanations for religion that they make religion sound unavoidable.

6 Comments

On what principles can we oppose the Islamic Center at Ground Zero?

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
August 25, 2010

Is there a legal argument to block the building of the Islamic Center at Ground Zero?

50 Comments

On What Should Politicians Base Their Decisions?

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
August 24, 2010

This question comes up in nearly every political debate, and cuts to the very root of an elected official's responsibilities.

Judge Halts Stem Cell Research Funding

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
August 23, 2010

A federal district judge ruled that all embryonic stem cell research is an illegal violation of the Dickey-Wicker Amendment.

4 Comments

Operation Unity: Opposition Through Action

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

A rally to protest a visit by Sheriff Joe and to celebrate diversity.

The Armageddon Comes to Ottawa

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
August 21, 2010

Exposing the dangerous connection between Canadian Christian nationalists and high-ranking politicians

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Onward Christian Soldiers

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 20, 2010

The military requires spiritual exercises

Tribute to Martin Gardner

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 20, 2010

In honor of the late skeptic

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Is it Possible to Study the ‘Paranormal’?

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
August 18, 2010

A question from the public: How does an investigator study subjects never proven to exist?

4 Comments

When God Calls, Don’t Answer

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
August 18, 2010

Revelation might be tempting, but it is wiser to keep one's sanity.

5 Comments

City Council’s 10 Commandments Proposal Sparks Heated Exchange

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
August 17, 2010

The Marion, IL city council wants to install a Ten Commandments monument in the town square, "in God's will."

Sam Harris to Speak at 3 CFI Branches on U.S. Book Tour

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
August 17, 2010

The author will be promoting his new book, "The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values."

1 Comment

That Mosque

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 16, 2010

The government should keep its distance from this controversy

5 Comments

Anti-semitism on the rise in Europe

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
August 16, 2010

Attacks on Jews have increased in the last ten years leading to emigration of many Jews to Israel and USA

3 Comments

“Dinner for Schmucks” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 13, 2010

Dinner table’s turned on the real schmucks.

2 Comments

Being Moral: A Humanist (and Humean) Perspective

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
August 12, 2010

The responsibility for choosing to act morally ultimately lies with us

5 Comments

CFI Commends House Resolution on Texas Curriculum Revisions

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
August 10, 2010

CFI joined 22 other advocacy groups in thanking Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson's resolution supporting sound education.

1 Comment

Tribute to a True Humanist

Picture taken by Reba Boyd Wooden.

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

Tribute to a True Humanist--Bob Dayle (September 16, 1946-July 26, 2010)

Why Should I be Moral?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
August 10, 2010

Have you had some self-righteous religious believer throw this challenge at you?

25 Comments

Chino Valley High Schools to Teach “Bible as Literature”

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Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
August 10, 2010

Critics say the elective class is an attempt to use public school resources to push religion.

2 Comments

BC’s provincial slogan - “Super, Natural” - should now be changed to to “Superstitious”

True North Strong & Free Thinking with Justin B. Trottier
August 09, 2010

In quick succession British Columbia plays host to pychics and pseudoscientists: Deepak Chopra,Sylvia Browne, James van Praagh

The Movement

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 09, 2010

A discussion is overheard.

Refuting Extremist Ideas: Worth the Time and Energy?

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
August 06, 2010

I have been contemplating my usual reaction to the latest rhetoric from Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin.

4 Comments

With David Copperfield

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
August 06, 2010

A tour through the looking glass.

1 Comment

More “Fan” Mail: How Are We Secular Humanists So Sure We’re Right, Huh?

Guest Blog from Debbie Goddard
August 05, 2010

Hissing like vampires, scurrying like cockroaches: e-mailer pulls no punches when describing us poor, deluded nonbelievers.

24 Comments

More on Perry v. Schwarzenegger

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
August 04, 2010

Today's decision provides a refreshingly frank consideration of the religious motives behind the gay marriage ban.

9 Comments

Perry v. Schwarzenneger

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

A federal district court rules in favor of equal rights for gays and lesbians

1 Comment

New Prayer Study: Need Glasses or Hearing Aid? Ask God!

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
August 04, 2010

A new, badly flawed prayer study suggests that God will heal hearing and vision problems if someone else asks Him to.

2 Comments

Which of the Founders Was a Deist? Who Cares?

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

It's what the Founders did that was important, not what they thought about Jesus

3 Comments

Christopher Hitchens, accidental Atheist

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

The new memoir by Hitchens is hardly about atheism, but instead about its principled foundations.

1 Comment

Louisiana School District Flirts with Creationism

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Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
August 03, 2010

The Livingston Parish School Board is considering whether to teach of creationism in public school science classrooms.

1 Comment

Eastern Decadence? Don’t You Mean Western Decadence?

Dino from the Sands with Ibn Warraq
August 02, 2010

The East is neither morally nor culturally superior to the West.