Archaeopteryx Matters

January 29, 2016

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Huffington Post's Nick Wing spoke with me about Bernie Sanders' recent comments about God and the candidates' alignment with humanist principles:

"I think everyone believes in God in their own ways," Sanders said in his interview with The Washington Post.

Glossy platitudes like this have become typical in the hyper-religious arena of national politics, but as Fidalgo points out, it's a blanket statement that casually dismisses nonbelievers. Coming from anyone else, it might be expected. But for the godless Americans who have followed Sanders' career and support his presidential campaign, the words sting more. 

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People Abandon Rabbits

January 28, 2016

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Pew releases a trove of data about religious attitudes in politics, including the warming of Christians to Trump, and the incremental lowering of that "would not vote for an atheist" number, which remains very high. 

Muslim scholars will convene in Morocco next week with an aim to emphasize, and hopefully politically codify, the rights of non-Muslims in majority-Islamic countries. Laudable, of course, but while other faiths are specifically cited as having equal rights, no mention at least in the reporting of the rights specifically of nonbelievers.

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Hologram-Filled Catacombs

January 27, 2016

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Bernie Sanders opens up a little more about his religious beliefs, and boy does he get one big thing really wrong right out of the gate:

I think everyone believes in God in their own ways.

No, actually. No, everyone really doesn't. 

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Inverted Snobbery

January 26, 2016

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Those antiabortion activists that secretly recorded conversations with folks at Planned Parenthood? And tried to make it look like they were selling baby parts? Right? Remember? Well funny thing: they managed to get a grand jury to look at what Planned Parenthood was doing, and, doesn't it just figure, and like you'd never guess, but the grand jury winds up indicting not Planned Parenthood, but the people who did the misleading sting videos! Classic, right? And PP has been cleared of any wrongdoing! What do you know, huh? What a world. I tell ya.

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Rivalry and Enmity

January 25, 2016

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Happy Monday! Here's how you'll probably die.

While we were celebrating our merger with the Dawkins Foundation, a judge in Florida handed us a kick in the gut, ruling that explicitly-Christian rehab operations for former prisoners, groups literally called Lamb of God and Prisoners of Christ, aren't "sectarian" and can keep on sucking up taxpayer dollars. We are gobsmacked by how wrong this ruling is, we are not pleased, and we will appeal.

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A Toddler Religion

January 22, 2016

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Lots of talk about the big CFI/Dawkins Foundation merger! Kimberly Winston has a big story at RNS that's running in lots of places, where it's called a "royal wedding," which, you know, may be overstating it somewhat, but I get it. Anyway, it's got positive reactions from Ryan Cragun and Todd Stiefel in there too. Oh, and me. Whatever.

Hemant says, "It sounds like a win-win for both sides." JT says, "I could not be happier about this." Dan Arel says, "Given that secularism is on the rise in the U.S. I believe the merger can only bring more positive change."  

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Warming Up Relentlessly

January 21, 2016

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So this is a big, big day for us. If you didn't already get the email or the press release, let me be the first to tell you that CFI has merged with the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, and their executive director, Robyn Blumner, is taking over for Ron Lindsay as CEO. Huge, right? Do you need a moment? It's cool, it's cool, I get it. There's a lot to figure out and a lot to do, but you can get more information in this handy-dandy F.A.Q. about the merger, which talks about how it will all work, what role Prof. Dawkins will play, and stuff like that.  

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Kicking at Your Screen

January 20, 2016

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Point of Inquiry this week has host Lindsay Beyerstein in conversation with Dr. David Grimes, author of Every Third Woman in America: How Legal Abortion Transformed Our Nation

At Skeptical Inquirer, Matan Shelomi shows how we humans share something in common with produce at the grocery store: we may all be, in a way, GMOs...

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We Should Brace for Change

January 19, 2016

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Skeptical Inquirer's cover story about the dismantling of the Bermuda Triangle mystery 40 years ago by Larry Kusche is now online, and it's good stuff. 

Alexander Stille at The New Yorker looks at the "what did he know and when did he know it" question about Ratzinger and the sexual assault of children by priests. Ratzinger does not come off well, but this is also of note:

Though the sexual-abuse crisis reached its peak in the public sphere during Benedict XVI’s papacy, the single figure most responsible for ignoring this extraordinary accumulation of depravity is the sainted John Paul II.  

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Get Helen Mirren to a Safe House

January 15, 2016

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Tomorrow is Religion Freedom Day, marking the 230th anniversary of the  Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. So we have an action alert we want you to sign on to, to tell Congress to honor the spirit of that statute, the wall of separation, and civil rights for all no matter their beliefs.  

Embodying the opposite of those principles, Saudi Arabia hands a death sentence (yes, another) to Ashraf Fayadh, a poet charged with apostasy. Yes, they're going to kill him for "abandoning Islam."

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