He Remains Very Clever on Ants

October 10, 2014

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Malala Yousafzai (you probably know who she is already) and Kailash Satyarthi (Indian children's rights activist) are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Our legal director Nick Little guest-posts at the Alliance for Justice's website on religious rights in the context of prisons. 

Chris Stedman interviews Sikivu Hutchison about the Moving Social Justice conference taking place at CFI-Los Angeles this weekend. Kimberly Winston previews the event, at which "organizers hope to examine issues of special interest to nonwhite atheists, especially the ills rooted in economic and social inequality."

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Consume As Much As You Can

October 09, 2014

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So many of you reached out to help the Ugandan humanist group HALEA after their violent robbery, and now we have an update from one of their leaders, Kato Mukasa, about the progress they're making as a result. "HALEA can now afford to dream again," he writes. It's an inspiring read.

CFI applauded the recent rulings in favor of marriage equality from the Supreme and Ninth Circuit Courts:

“Legal blockades to same-sex marriage, rooted in religious dogma and inapplicable to a modern, secular society, are collapsing all around the country,” said Ronald A. Lindsay, president and CEO of CFI. “We offer our heartfelt congratulations to those who will be awarded their basic civil rights and the freedom to marry by this decision.” 

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Probably Quite Smart

October 08, 2014

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Because one major victory for marriage equality just wasn't enough for one week, the Ninth Circuit strikes down gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. Judge Stephen Reinhardt:

The lessons of our constitutional history are clear: inclusion strengthens, rather than weakens, our most important institutions ... When same-sex couples are married, just as when opposite-sex couples are married, they serve as models of loving commitment to all.

I know this will surprise you, but the Catholic Church in Ireland is uneasy about the idea of nixing the country's blasphemy law. 

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Two Percent

October 07, 2014

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Just as I was hitting the "submit" button for The Morning Heresy yesterday, the news came down that the Supreme Court had decided not to act on its slate of same-sex marriage cases, opening the flood gates to marriage equality in several states. Robert Barnes at WaPo says, "The court’s action marks a turning point. A majority of Americans now live in states where gay couples can wed, and the court’s decision could soon bring the number of those states to 30, meaning there may be no going back."

The Court also rejected the appeal of an Ohio science teacher who was fired for trying to push creationism on his students.  

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Spluttering with Fury

October 06, 2014

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Happy Monday from the New Scientist:

It's worse than we thought. Scientists may have hugely underestimated the extent of global warming because temperature readings from southern hemisphere seas were inaccurate. 

Whee! 

The Daily Journal profiles our own Reba Boyd Wooden, director of CFI-Indiana, on her work as the head of our Secular Celebrant program (paywalled but with nice pictures). 

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A Healthy Dose of Isopropyl Cyanide

October 03, 2014

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Our own Ed Beck was the special guest of the Secular Coalition for America's national movement update call yesterday, where he gave a great overview of the Keep Health Care Safe and Secular campaign, and you can listen here.

harsh ruling by the the 5th Circuit does enormous damage to Texas women's ability to get an abortion, closing most clinics and leaving only eight left. 

Rev. Alexander Santora writes about last month's Religion Newswriters Conference for the Jersey Journal, and seems uneasy about the "hijacking" of the affair by secular groups, including us...twice! 

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I Was Part of a Jazzercise Class

October 02, 2014

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If you're free at noon today, check out the Secular Coalition's weekly movement conference call, which will have our own Ed Beck talking about our Keep Health Care Safe and Secular campaign. 

Human rights activist Nabeel Rajab of Bahrain is arrested for unspecified tweets that allegedly "denigrated" his government. Just before this, he'd been at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva along with our own Michael De Dora.

Tom Krattenmaker at USA Today explores the potential for atheists running for office...

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Relics of a Fading Fringe

October 01, 2014

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On International Blasphemy Rights Day yesterday, Ireland's government announced its intention to hold a public referendum on its own blasphemy law

Tomorrow, CFI's Ed Beck will be a special guest on the Secular Coalition's weekly conference call update, where he'll talk about our Keep Health Care Safe and Secular campaign. 

A few weeks back, Lindsay Beyerstein interviewed Caitlin Doughty of "Ask a Mortician" on Point of Inquiry. Today, Doughty is interviewed by CFI-DC's Simon Davis for VICE.

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Immortal Pond Scum

September 30, 2014

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It's International Blasphemy Rights Day, what our own Cody Hashman calls "the only day I hold sacred," and yesterday Ron Lindsay took stock of where blasphemy rights stand in 2014. It's quite a day for IBRD, as Iran executes a man, Mohsen Amir-Aslan, for "heresy." From The Guardian:

Amir-Aslani was hanged last week for making “innovations in the religion” and “spreading corruption on earth”, but human rights activists said he was a prisoner of conscience who was put to death because of his religious beliefs. He had interpreted Jonah’s story in the Qur’an as a symbolic tale.

Brian Pellot at Religion News Service uses the occasion to speak up for Raif Badawi and against the global toleration of Saudi Arabia...

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A Fudged Text

September 29, 2014

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Tomorrow is International Blasphemy Rights Day, launched five years ago by CFI. Ron Lindsay takes stock of the state of free expression and blasphemy laws around the world:

It’s a profound irony that the prophets who founded the three major monotheistic religions all complained bitterly about the persecution they and their followers  faced, at least if we are to believe the statements attributed to them. It’s an irony because as soon as these religions gained controlled of a territory they immediately undertook to relentlessly persecute those of different faiths. If the Hebrew Bible is to be credited, the ancient Israelites make the fanatics of ISIS look like UN peacekeepers.

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