Egyptian man arrested for alleged blasphemy

August 22, 2011

A 23-year-old Egyptian man has been arrested by Cairo police for allegedly "insulting Islam" in postings on his Facebook wall. 

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School voucher bills swamp statehouses, face legal challenges

August 15, 2011

Statehouses across the U.S. this year have considered more bills than ever before to fund school voucher programs, though legal challenges await.

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In defense of belief

August 08, 2011

Many people in the so-called freethought movement strongly dislike the word "belief." I think this is mistaken. Here is why.

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CFI Applauds UN Body’s Strong Support for Freedom of Belief and Expression – But Remains Cautious

August 02, 2011

In a move welcomed by the Center for Inquiry, the UN Human Rights Committee has strongly condemned blasphemy laws and other restrictions on freedom of belief and expression as inconsistent with existing international law.

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A win for evolution in Texas

July 25, 2011

The Texas Board of Education has unanimously approved scientifically accurate high school biology textbook supplements from established mainstream publishers, and rejected creationist-backed supplements.

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Thirty percent of Americans are Biblical literalists

July 23, 2011

The number of Americans who believe the Bible is the literal word of God has declined eight points since 1977.

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Record attacks on women’s reproductive rights

July 20, 2011

In the first half of 2011, states enacted a record number of laws restricting women's access to reproductive health care, according to a new report.

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Against religious freedom: a debate

July 08, 2011

Austin Dacey and Colin Koproske argue over religious freedom with William Galston in the latest issue of Dissent Magazine.

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Prominent climate skeptic funded by oil, coal companies

June 30, 2011

One of the most prominent scientists to reject the scientific community's consensus on climate change has admitted to being paid more than $1 million over the past decade by U.S. oil and coal companies.

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Ohio House approves ban on abortions after heartbeat

June 29, 2011

The Ohio House of Representatives has voted to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which is usually around 6 or 7 weeks. The legislation does not include exceptions for rape, incest, or the mother's health. 

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