Blog Archives for May 2013

Nothing Short of an Ice Age Can Stop It

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 31, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Somehow, Americans United got Jane Lynch and Jordan Peele to sing and pelvic-thrust at each other in the name of secularism. I think the rest of us can all go home now. 

Kyle Hill returns with his "Reductio ad Absurdum" column to explore how the world would work if homeopathy were not complete nonsense:

When homeopathy works, when a pool could “know” precisely who peed in it, current technology like memory-foam has nothing on memory-water. 

Infomercial King Kevin Trudeau Recycles ‘The Secret’

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
May 30, 2013

Kevin Trudeau, convicted felon and infomercial king, has made millions claiming to reveal important medical and dietary information kept secret by a conspiracy between the medical establishment and big drug companies. His most recent venture rips off the New Age best-seller The Secret.

Instagramming Atoms

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 30, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Kimberly Winston reports on the legacy of (and the efforts to resurrect the legacy of) Robert Ingersoll, with commentary from our own Tom Flynn and friend-of-the-blog Jamila Bey. Says Winston:

Ingersoll had the intellect of the late atheist Christopher Hitchens and the crowd appeal of Daily Show host Jon Stewart — or their 19th-century embodiments. 

The more you know (cue streaming sparkly star graphic): The Economist reminds us what the heck the difference is between Sunni and Shia Muslims, because, you know, it's important...

Hulk Transubstantiate!!!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 29, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

In the Wall Street JournalAyaan Hirsi Ali demands a hard look at the connection between violence done in the name of Islam and moderates' defenses of "real Islam":

The question requiring an answer at this moment in history is clear: Which group of leaders really speaks for Islam? The officially approved spokesmen for the "Muslim community"? Or the manic street preachers of political Islam, who indoctrinate, encourage and train the killers—and then bless their bloodshed? . . . It is time [moderate leaders] came up with more credible talking points. Their communities have a serious problem. 

The LA Times wants religious freedom to be a factor in the U.S.'s international relations...

The Pope’s Non-Exorcism

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 28, 2013

An exaggerated claim that transformed a simple prayer by the new pope into an “exorcism” has sparked controversy—provoking denials from the Vatican and a retraction from at least one church media outlet.

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Rats on Mars

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 28, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

CFI chief Ron Lindsay and Hemant Mehta do a HuffPost Live panel on the (non)utility of prayer for folks in desperate need. (Hemant adds, "Go, Ron Lindsay, for remaining calm the whole time while I was about ready to flip over my laptop.")

Meanwhile, Oklahoma Muslims mobilize to help their tornado-stricken neighbors. 

According to this map, chances are if you're a human and an atheist, you probably live in China. Maybe Japan or France. 

The Point of Inquiry Weekly Wrap-up: Katha Pollitt

Guest Blog from Point of Inquiry
May 27, 2013

A look back at last week's Point of Inquiry episode with guest Katha Pollitt.

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Does the Internet Generation Have Its Own Priorities?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
May 25, 2013

If you're wondering what the Millennials could bring to any social movement, look at what they typically value.

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Not the Overwhelming Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Phenomenon That You Thought it Was

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 24, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Kimberly Winston gets some atheists' reactions to the pope's suddenly not condemning we godless to the fires of Hell. 

However! A Vatican spokesman puts the whole "infallible pope" thing into question by saying, no, atheists are going to Hell

(But you know what the Church is okay with for real? Eating alligators.) 

Now you can help out Rebecca Vitsmun by buying up "Actually I'm an atheist" t-shirts.

Statement Re My May 18 Blog Post

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 23, 2013

The decision to issue the following statement is my own decision, and is not the result of any instruction or pressure, direct or indirect, from anyone, including, but not limited to, members of the CFI board of directors.

Portlandian Bodily Fluids

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 23, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Horror in London, as a man identified as a soldier is hacked to death by what seem to be Islamist militants, who film the attack in broad daylight. 

In a tweet, Reza Aslan seems to know what happens next:

Alright Muslims. You know the drill. Some Muslim somewhere did something crazy. Get out there and start apologizing for it.

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Love Labyrinths

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
May 22, 2013

A friend of mine is getting married next weekend and she wants to have the ceremony in a labyrinth. She asked me to write a short piece about a love labyrinth...

Francis and the Accidental Exorcism

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 22, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

The anti-blasphemy machine rolls on: Turkish writer Sevan Nişanyan is sentenced to 58 weeks in prison for “insulting the religious beliefs held by a section of the society.” 

GOP Lt. Governor nominee E.W. Jackson of Virginia (Democrats are a "coalition of the godless") says that anyone who criticizes his hard-right positions "is attacking every church-going person, every family that’s living a traditional family life, everybody who believes that we all deserve the right to live." Chaser: 

I would just say people should not paint me as one-dimensional.

You're making that hard, dude. 

“Renoir”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 21, 2013

[Pierre] Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) was, with Claude Monet and other French painters in the 1860s, a founder of Impressionism, a movement allied with artistic Naturalism. Its adherents sought to paint real life directly from nature—among their goals being to capture light’s changing effects. Why do we care? Because appreciation of art is part of what makes us truly human. As philosopher Paul Kurtz stated, speaking of secular humanist values, “We are engaged by the arts no less than the sciences.”

The Wise Old Goat in a Flock of Sheep

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 21, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Obviously, most Americans' hearts and minds are concentrated on the victims of the tornadoes in Oklahoma and across the Midwest. We'll have a formal statement soon, and in the mean time please consider donating to help those affected.

Wowie-wow-wow-WOW. The already-loathsome Daily Caller outdoes itself by harrassing and insulting one of our own. Read about the saga of SCA's Lauren Anderson Youngblood and the "Dick pic" email from Christopher Bedford. You rock on, Lauren. <communications directors' secret high-five-handshake>

Ryan Koronowski dismantles the gee-that's-really-wrong WaPo op-ed on climate change by House science chair Lamar Smith.  

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If You Threw Yourself in Front of a Train

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 20, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

The conference was great. It had a high bar to meet with last year's huge success, but it was easily cleared. Talk to talk, panel to panel, and the amazing freaking voice of Shelley Segal, it was a real and substantive pleasure to be at Women in Secularism 2. 

We, of course, had our controversies. CFI chief Ron Lindsay has posted the prepared text of his opening remarks that caused an enormous amount of debate and very strong feelings, reactions to which can be found all about the interwebs. 

I know, many, many folks are itching for video of the conference talks. While you wait for us to crank up the movie machine, sate your desire with videos from last year's conference

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Watson’s World and Two Models of Communication

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 18, 2013

Rebecca Watson inhabits an alternate universe.  At least that is the most charitable explanation I can provide for her recent smear.  Watson has posted comments on my opening talk at Women in Secularism 2.  It may be the most intellectually dishonest piece of writing since the last communique issued by North Korea. 

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A Few Examples of “Shut Up and Listen”

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 18, 2013

So I gave a talk yesterday afternoon in which I emphasized how horrible it was that women had been suppressed for thousands of years, and, on many matters, had been instructed to remain silent.  As I stated at the end of my talk, this enforced silence robbed women of their humanity, and I indicated that CFI was committed to working toward a society in which the autonomy of women would be respected and, among other things, they would be free to express themselves however they wanted. 

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My Talk at WIS2

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 17, 2013

There has been some discussion, including many tweets, about my talk today at Women in Secularism 2. I think some of the comments have been highly misleading. One of the principal points of my talk was the critical importance of advocacy for women's rights, and how this advocacy was integral to CFI's mission. This is something I emphasized at the beginning and end of my talk. You wouldn't realize this from some of the comments. Anyway, here is the text of my talk (note the video recording may differ slighly, as I did not read it word-for-word; also grammar and punctuation probably are amiss in places, as it was intended for my eyes only).

 

 

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“42”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 17, 2013

My first understanding of the moral imperative of racial integration probably came from my father. He had been a talented baseball pitcher in college (with, I’m told, an impressive all arms-and-legs delivery and a tremendous “slider” ball). I think some part of him always regretted giving up that tentative career for a sensible job and the role of family man, and he often talked baseball. I listened especially well during the fifties and sixties when that conversation turned to civil rights, and he would tell of having played against, and even at times bunked with, what were then known as “Negro” baseball players. That he considered them unquestionably equals no doubt helped spark my own involvement in the civil rights movement (especially during 1964–68).

Laugh or Cry? I Can’t Decide

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 17, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Women in Secularism 2 kicks off today! To judge by the tweets of attendees, there is an enthusiasm for this conference that I've not seen for an event at least since the Reason Rally. And not for nothin', but the WiFi in the hotel lobby is great, and the hotel Starbucks employees are really nice, so things are already looking up. For live updates, images, and bad jokes, watch the Twitter hashtag #wiscfi (knowing that it will also have its share of detractors in the stream) and the official CFI Twitter account @center4inquiry...which is me!

Matthew Brown at Deseret News (who does a lot of great church-state coverage) looks at the "softening" of the White House faith-based initiative, as emphasis moves from money to the sharing of information and being generally helpful.

Lawrence Krauss joined CFI's Office of Public Policy in sending a letter to Rep. Lamar Smith, chair of the House Science Committee, asking him to scrap his ill-advised proposal to hamper NSF funding:

These requirements represent a serious misunderstanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and discovery and, if approved, would not facilitate, but instead obstruct productive scientific research. 

The Point of Inquiry Weekly Wrap-up: Michael Levi

Guest Blog from Point of Inquiry
May 17, 2013

This week's episode on Point Of Inquiry with energy expert (and moderate) Michael Levi.

$100 Trillion Per Light-Second

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 16, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Must-read: Ken Chitwood at the Houston Chronicle reports on the state of women's equality in the skepto-atheosphere, providing background for the Women in Secularism conference (starting tomorrow!), and talking to CFI's Melody Hensley. 

(Speaking of the conference, yes, there will still be a Morning Heresy tomorrow, hopefully going up around its usual time.) 

Amanda Marcotte, one of the WiS speakers, relates a heartening geek culture anecdote to the situation within skepto-atheism.

Two-thirds of Canadians are Christian in some way, but that about a quarter are "nones." 

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Paul Fidalgo is Endorsed by Optimus Prime

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 15, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Persecuted Bangladeshi atheist bloggers Subrata Adhikari Shuvo and Russel Parvez are released on bail.

From our Office of Public Policy, we're on board with 70 other groups pushing to keep abortion restrictions out of the congressional appropriations process.

A lot of Point of Inquiry action. . . 

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Comprehensive Broomstick Reform

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 14, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Minnesota will soon be the 12th state to allow gay marriage. 

CSICOP.org starts a new column by Kyle Hill on what the real-world implications would be if some paranormal claims were true. To kick off: Magnet people -- how do they work? 

Guys! It's cool. The Catholic League says there is no sex abuse crisis. Whew! 

The Point of Inquiry Weekly Wrap-up: Jared Diamond

Guest Blog from Point of Inquiry
May 14, 2013

Introducing the first installment of the Point of Inquiry Weekly Wrap-up! A look back at the best moments of our flagship podcast's latest episode. On last week's very special Point of Inquiry, co-hosts Chris Mooney and Indre Viskontas teamed up to interview Pulitzer prize-winning author and UCLA professor of geography Jared Diamond. 

Bigfoot Legend, Bob Gimlin

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 13, 2013

When I attended Bigfoot School April 27 at Chautauqua Lake, New York, among the six signing my diploma was a man named Bob Gimlin, an 82-year-old horse trainer from Yakima Valley, Washington.

Too Many Popes!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 13, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Apparently, some plants are communicating with each other. Call Peter Singer! (Or, as Ron Lindsay said in response on Twitter, "Clearly the only morally acceptable stance is to limit oneself to drinking Ensure.")

Too many saints! Pope Francis dubs literally hundreds of new saints from the "Martyrs of Otranto" - Italian Catholics beheaded in 1480 for refusing to convert to Islam.  

Ack! No wait! Too many popes! Francis, Ratzinger, and Egypt's Coptic Pope were all in the Vatican at once!

Last Friday, Ben Radford dished on the disaster that is fake-psychic Sylvia Browne on CKNW's Simi Sara Show (scroll to the bottom for the "Hour 2" section) and KIRO's Seattle's Morning News (I can't find a link, but trust me, I heard it, he was on).

Catholic-Atheist Dialogue—or Just a Soft Sell?

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
May 11, 2013

I read The Morning Heresy. If I didn’t do that and watch the Colbert Report, I would never find out what’s happening.  So the other day, an item caught my eye: Leah Libresco announcing a new forum for Catholic-atheist dialogue

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Disavow the Holy Spirit, Get 10% Off

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 10, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

There's lots more reaction coming in regarding fake-psychic Sylvia Browne and her super-wrongness about Amanda Berry being, you know, not dead.

Joe Nickell, outraged over Browne's fake predictions, notes that it's not the first time she's been wrong in almost the exact same way. 

At Discovery News, Ben Radford looks at how psychics "play the odds" and are given enormous latitude . . .

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On mission drift, and the gap between theory and practice

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
May 09, 2013

Some thoughts on Greta Christina's recent blog post discussing the issue of whether it would be "mission drift" for atheist and skeptic organizations to engage in social justice activism.


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Another Sylvia Browne Failure

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 09, 2013

I cannot get over the horrific revelations in Cleveland where, for a decade, three girls—now young women—were held as sex slaves by a vicious sociopath. As I reflected on the case, however, I said to my wife Diana that once again “psychics” had failed to locate missing persons. Wouldn’t three victims in a single location have provided increased stimulus for the mystics’ touted powers?

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My Prediction of the Cleveland Abduction Situation, and the Tragic Failure of Psychics

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
May 09, 2013

In 2009 I predicted the recent Cleveland abduction situation, or one very much like it. 

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Skepticism and Religion

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
May 09, 2013

So the Skeptic "movement" really can't comment on what religion is all about, it seems. 

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The Tidy-Up God

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 09, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Well here's a thing. Jessica Ahlquist just won herself a First Amendment Award. Oh, let me clarify: She's won the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award.

You can't make this stuff up: Three folks found guilty of breaking into a National Security Complex, including an 83-year-old nun:

The trio spent about two hours inside the Oak Ridge facility in July, cutting through fences to reach a facility known as the “Fort Knox of uranium.” Once there, they painted slogans, chipped off a part of a wall with hammers and splattered human blood on the exterior.

Bigfoot School

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 08, 2013

Life is continuing education, and in that spirit I keep seeking new experiences, tutelage, and personas. I achieved all of these on Saturday, April 27, 2013, by becoming a Bigfoot School Graduate and receiving my handsome Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot School Diploma—signed by several of the field’s luminaries. It now has an honored place next to my Ph.D. diploma and various forensics certificates.

The Most Dangerous of All Possible Delusions

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 08, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Stop whatever you're doing. Like, don't even read the Heresy right now. Because Point of Inquiry has a special video edition this week with both hosts (swoon!) and! And! Guest Jared Diamond (double-swoon!), author of books like Guns, Germs, and Steel and The World Until Yesterday. Go now! Click! Watch!

Oh, Sylvia Browne. Being a fake psychic is not paying off like it used to. After determining with her magical mind powers that kidnap victim Amanda Berry was dead, Browne isn't talking to anyone about how her super-magic-brain could have been so entirely, ridiculously, and thankfully wrong.

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Does Spiraling Sex Abuse Mean Gender Integration in the Military Has Failed?

Advocatus Diaboli with Tom Flynn
May 08, 2013

Usually when I blog here, I argue for something with great confidence and bluster. This time I'm just posing a question -- an uncomfortable question, but one that I'm amazed no one else seems to be asking. There's a vast sex abuse crisis in the U. S. military, with incident rates skyrocketing year to year. Might this mean that America's great experiment in creating a gender-neutral military has failed?

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Skeptical Commentary Following Tragedy: Exploitation or Education?

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
May 08, 2013

Recent tragedies such as the Boston marathon bombing and the horrific case of three women rescued in Cleveland brought skeptical commentary highlighting the failure of psychics. However some people feel that skeptics should not comment on such events because it smacks of exploitation.

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Mostly False

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 07, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Whoa! Eugenie Scott is stepping down as head of NCSE! Oh no! 

Here's an interview I did with Scott before last year's CSICon. She was awfully nice.

PZ Myers declares his disaffiliation from the skeptic movement (so he is now only an atheist, and not what I call a "skepto-atheist"). Massimo Pigliucci will not miss him, but sees trouble within the movement:

I think the primary problem with the skeptic movement — of which I am and remain a proud member — is that too many people, both among the “leaders” and the rank-and-file, seem to be in it for the sheer pleasure of calling others out as idiots. 

The Joy of Sects

Hollywood Reality Check with Jim Underdown
May 06, 2013

Specifically – obviously – women (who are over ½ the U.S. population) have been getting screwed by religion since well before whatever fiction writer dreamt up the story of The Fall in Genesis. (There, Eve is forever blamed for original sin because she... what now? Ate from the Tree of Knowledge? Oh, please. If God were just, he would have given her a medal instead of kicking her out of the Garden.)

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Announcing Our New Intern: Ed Cara

Guest Blog from Point of Inquiry
May 06, 2013

You may have noticed an increase in our online output lately and that's mostly due to our awesome new intern, Ed Cara. Among other things, Ed is managing our social media presence. He's a welcome addition to the Point of Inquiry team and is at the very least going to explain to us how to Instagram our Vines, or whatever.

I Just Squirm Untelegenically

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 06, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Washington Examiner interviews CFI chief Ron Lindsay on his beliefs regarding religious freedom:

On the one hand it's clear from our constitution the founders wanted the government to stay outside of church internal affairs. We don't want the government deciding who should be a bishop, don't want the government deciding religious dogma, etc. I definitely agree with that position...

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“Junkyard Ghost”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 03, 2013

As mentioned in a recent blog, I assisted with, and appeared on, an episode of MSNBC’s Caught on Camera, “Mysteries and Monsters” (April 21, 2013). It consisted of six videos or films of allegedly paranormal events, the probable solution to one of which I now treat at greater length.

Blur Some of the Battle Lines

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 03, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

I was very proud to work under the skeptical-yet-welcoming glow of the Big Blue Meatball of CFI yesterday, as we and our allies held protests in cities around the world to raise awareness of, and demand action in response to, the persecution of atheist bloggers and other dissidents in Bangladesh. Things didn't turn out as we had hoped a couple of weeks ago, as a tragic building collapse in Bangladesh killed hundreds, and as a result, some groups went ahead with protests on the country's day of mourning, and others, including ours, postponed. So things were more thinly spread, but as a result, we got days and days of secular activists talking, tweeting, posting, and demonstrating against crackdowns on free expression. So while things did get a little confusing, and a little jumbled, what we did still mattered, and continues to matter. Thank you, sincerely, to everyone who made an effort.

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If I Worked That Mysteriously, I’d Get Fired

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 02, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

It's the National Day of Reason, and today, secularists and our allies around the globe will tell Bangladesh and the world that the persecution of atheists and dissenters will not be tolerated, with protests planned in DC, Ottawa, Calgary, Toronto, Dhaka, and London. At Friendly AtheistI make the case for taking this seriously, and forcing the world to care about this by the sheer strength of our message. If you're taking part or helping to promote the cause, tweet using the hashtag #DefendDissent. 

We have a guest post at the CFI blog from freethought activist Dr. Avijit Roy of Bangladesh, who documents and opines on the swirl of activity and danger around this issue.  

No Flag Large Enough to Cover the Shame - Guest Post from Dr. Avijit Roy

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
May 01, 2013

On May 2, CFI and other organizations will take part in protests around the world against the persecution of atheist bloggers and other dissidents in Bangladesh.  

Dr. Avijit Roy is a Bangladeshi writer perhaps best known for founding Mukto-Mona.com, a website for freethinkers of Bengali and South Asian descent. Over the past several weeks he has been an extremely important contact for the Center for Inquiry, providing us with critical updates regarding the situation in Bangladesh, and connecting us with people in Bangladesh who are in need of assistance. The following is a guest post from Dr. Roy, originally posted at his blog.

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“Girl Rising”: A Nickell-odeon Review

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
May 01, 2013

Shown on a limited basis for a short time in select theaters, Girl Rising should attract humanists for its focus on the world’s need for girls to be educated. As the documentary’s narrator says, “Girls are simply one more thing the world has thrown away.”

No Black Friday Sales for You!

The Morning Heresy with Paul the Morning Heretic
May 01, 2013

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  

Tomorrow, for real this time, CFI and other allies around the world will protest for free expression in Bangladesh. Here are the details, and don't forget when tweeting from or about protest events to include the hashtag #DefendDissent. 

Big news! CFI announces its super-mega-ultra conference, combining the powers of humanism and skepticism into one! It's the CFI Summit, October 24-27 in Tacoma. Early information is here

A bill in Michigan would exempt medical professionals from having to perform any function that conflicted with "moral" religious beliefs. CFI's Office of Public Policy wants Michiganders to tell their state senators to shut that whole thing down

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