I Fear Not Existing

September 02, 2015

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I was away yesterday, spending a museum day with my boy who's about to start kindergarten. Unreal. 

On Monday, we announced something inspiring, as well as a little worrying: There is now a CFI branch in Pakistan. A lot of you have already let us know how brave you think these folks pf CFI-Pakistan are, and we agree, and also how worried you are about their safety. We are too. As Hemant says, "In a country where Veena Malik and Asia Bibi have received severe punishments for not showing enough deference to Islam, any opponents of Muslim thought must tread lightly."

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It’s a Scam, Sir

August 31, 2015

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Oliver Sacks has died, at age 82. He knew, and we knew, it was coming, but it's a punch in the gut nonetheless. And boy does he leave a lot for people to chew over for the next few centuries. Check him out on our podcast Point of Inquiry from 2012, interviewed by Indre Viskontas, or read the transcript at Skeptical Inquirer

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Rome is Built Over It

August 28, 2015

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I'm at the Religion Newswriters Association Conference as I type, meeting and catching up with a lot of genuinely cool and smart people. I'm going to try and get the Heresy done today in rapid fashion, so let's see what happens.

I've got two statements from the UN human rights folks: One on how the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief will be visiting Bangladesh next week, which is a big deal, given the horrors being visited upon secularists there. The other is a condemnation of Sudan for the public lashing of a woman the government considered indecently dressed.

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Adorable Jingoism

August 26, 2015

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Quick housekeeping note: I'm traveling to the Religion Newswriters Association conference tomorrow, so no time to do the Heresy. I intend to pick it back up Friday, but that's a little up in the air. 

95 years ago today, women finally got the freaking right to vote in the U.S. Can you believe it's not even been 100 years yet? That there are people alive now who were born before we let half the population vote? Amazing.

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One Hundred Trillion Blessings

August 25, 2015

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Yesterday we announced the winners of the No God But Funny contest, where folks were asked to come up with lovable atheist sitcom characters in the form of a pilot script and/or webisode. They're great! The best script was forThank God I'm an Atheist, and the best webisode is this charming, fully-produced piece, Earth Angel. (Hemant wants more Earth Angel episodes so he can binge-watch.) Congrats to all!   

You're gonna like this, heathens. Point of Inquiry this week has Eugenie Scott, chatting with Lindsay Beyerstein about things like alien-human hybrids, yetis, the interesting genetalia of particular insects, and how biological anthropologists define "race." It's a good one!

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That is Some Unstable Derp

August 24, 2015

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I know you've already seen Friday's edition of Cause & Effect, so you're aaallll caught up on the previous fortnight's news. 

CFI isn't the only organization who thinks the FDA should crack down on homeopathySo does the FTC! In its press statement about its comments the Federal Trade Commission says:

The comment states that given the FTC’s long-standing advertising substantiation policy that health claims must be substantiated by such evidence the FDA’s current regulatory framework may harm consumers and confuse advertisers. The comment discusses the mistaken belief by some advertisers that homeopathic products that are in compliance with the FDA policy guide do not have to comply with FTC advertising substantiation requirements.

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Definitely Not a Pterosaur

August 21, 2015

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In our seemingly endless struggle to get the FDA to give a darn about the flimflam that is homeopathy, CFI filed comments with the FDA urging them to put homeopathic products through the same ringer that they put real drugs through, and failing that, at least have them labeled as being unevaluated and unproven. 

Sarah Posner, reporting on the coalition of 130 groups (including CFI, y'all!) calling on the Obama administration to fix a 2007 legal memo on faith-based contractors, looks at the potential conflict brewing...

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I’m Gonna Have to Scare the Pope

August 20, 2015

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The Patheos blog network hosts a Public Square discussion on humanism, and features a piece by our boss Ron Lindsay, looking at the rise of "nones" as not an atheistic phenomenon, but a boon for inquiry:

[These surveys] indicate Americans are increasingly rejecting religious dogma, and with it the notion that there is a particular, rigid creed they need to abide by. 

It's just so perfect. I mean, come on, it's just...I don't know. Of course this happened: Josh Duggar -- Christian fundamentalist, religious right hero and confessed child molester -- was a paid subscriber to Ashley Madison, the cheat-on-your-spouse online service...twice over! Of course he was! Of course he was.

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If You Want to Feel Bad For the Rest of the Day

August 19, 2015

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Bloggers at Mukto-Mona, the Bangladeshi site of people like Avijit Roy and Asif Mohiuddin, demand that their government take the threat to their lives and the threat to free expression far more seriously:

If, instead of uncovering the true nature of these heinous attacks on secular, humanist atheists, instead of taking steps to tackle this, the government of Bangladesh wants to resolve the issue by laying blame on the victims, by threatening the victims with imprisonment, then Mukto-Mona would like to remind them that while today we are the ones under attack, and you are blaming us, the time will come when the fundamentalists will have done away with us and will come after you. 

Our own Michael De Dora is a signatory to the big joint open letter to the government of Bangladesh to protest the "institutional attack" on the country's secularists. 

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A Tinfoil-Hat “We Didn’t Start the Fire”

August 18, 2015

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Well you really don't even need me to link to this, but what the heck. The thing breaking the Internet more than a Kardashian's butt is John Oliver's establishment of a religion in order to expose the awfulness that is television, money-begging, prosperity-gospel-ing evangelists.

Get ready to be punched in the gut, fellow omnivores, as Point of Inquiry has Lindsay Beyerstein's interview with Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society on all the awful things going on in factory farming. 

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