Don’t Get Atheism in the Soup!

October 24, 2013

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What time is it? Is it still morning, technically? Well, it is somewhere -- specifically on the West Coast, an alien land to the Morning Heretic, who awakens to find himself in Tacoma for the start of the CFI Summit! And what do you know, here's an awesome piece on the Summit by Steve Maynard at the News Tribune

That's not all, of course. At Newsday, there's coverage of CFI's opposition to the use of a public library on Long Island for the commercial promotion of a fake psychic. 

And! And! CFI-DC announced that February 1, 2014 is the date for the next African Americans for Humanism regional conference!

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More Off-Putting Than Hasselbeck!

October 23, 2013

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The CFI Summit starts tomorrow, where humanists and skeptics will gather to solve all world problems. <listens to earpiece> I'm sorry? <pause> Ah. I'm now being told that this is not true. But I think we ought to at least give it a shot.

CFI-Michigan's Jennifer Beahan, our shining media darling lately, is a guest on WKAR radio to talk about our Living without Religion campaign and the mission of CFI. 

Ali A. Rizvi's posts are always must-read, and he's done it again, this time trying to lend comfort to a grieving friend through the perspective of the nonbeliever. 

Anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy might be rejected by The View's own immune system...

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Not the Genetic Mutagen We Thought it Was

October 22, 2013

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Today is a big day for my own religion, the Cult of Apple, in which the prophet Tim Cook, emissary of The Steve (peace be upon him), reveals the latest Holy Gadgets of Loveliness. It seems as of this moment that the Apple online store is down...it's a sign!!! Steve be praised.

CSI Fellow Mark Boslough uses a metaphor involving a child's blocks to help us understand why we are really in trouble with global warming, no matter the small fluctuations:

Not knowing exactly how energy is "partitioned" into its various forms at any given time is like not knowing how much melting an asteroid will cause, how small the pieces will be when a boiler explodes, how the victims of a drunk driver will die, or how many minutes it will take for the Titanic to sink. 

CFI expresses its disappointment with a Long Island-area public library that hosted a psychic's event, serving mainly as a commercial platform for fake paranormal services. 

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Atheism Times Infinity

October 21, 2013

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Hemant is not so sure about AHA's choice of Barney Frank as "humanist of the year":

Barney Frank came out as an atheist only after he left office, and he did it in a passive manner on the segment of [Bill] Maher’s show that most of his viewers never even saw. For 32 years, Frank’s official religious affiliation was “Jewish,” but he kinda-sorta-wishy-washily came out as an atheist only after it was too late to have made a serious impact on society. 

The Economist reports, troublingly, that science as a discipline may be getting, well, sloppy:

Various factors contribute to the problem. Statistical mistakes are widespread. . . .

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Hitler and Satan Ruin Your Coffee

October 18, 2013

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Point of Inquiry has a new team! Yesterday we announced two new hosts: Lindsay Beyerstein and Josh Zepps, and producer Joshua Billingsley. Completely awesome.

CFI-Michigan makes the news again with the Living without Religion campaign, this time hitting the Detroit Free Press and by extension USA TodayAnother piece from Calvin College's paper in Grand Rapids goes further into the mission of CFI. 

Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis considers our campaign, and seems to think we're in trouble...

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I Am Not Shake-and-Bake

October 17, 2013

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The shutdown is over, but not before the House stenographer began shouting from the dais about how the Freemasons wrote the Constitution, who were "against God," and how "You cannot serve two masters."

The State Department's religious freedom ambassador, Suzan Johnson Cook, resigns.

The great Eye of Google maps the Galapagos.

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One Big Buzzkill

October 16, 2013

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Tibor Krausz at Killing the Buddha rants against what he sees as the pig-headed arrogance of his fellow atheists:

Any self-respecting nonbelievers should champion a rational view of the world where informed decisions are based on empirical evidence, progressive morality and simple common sense, yes. But they also ought to try and live up to the exacting ethical standards that Enlightenment values entail — or, for that matter, to standards of morality that several liberal schools of religious thought require of the faithful. 

Yesterday, CFI announced the winners of our Twitter contest for International Blasphemy Rights Day. Congrats to @SkepticalPoet, @marit_rogne, and @krow9768 (who also have real names).

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Malaysia v. Amazing Mumford

October 15, 2013

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Bill Nye talks to the Tacoma News Tribune for a front-page interview about the CFI Summit

Q: How does the Center for Inquiry fit with your own beliefs?

A: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. We want everybody in the world to be aware of that message. … The Earth is round. The universe is not only expanding, it’s accelerating. … These are extraordinary things, and they can be proven. When someone says I can determine your personality by the date of your birth, that can be shown to be absolutely not true in any way.

At Discovery News, our own Ron Lindsay casts doubt on the recent Jesus-as-hoax claims:

The reality is we are unlikely ever to know the ‘facts’ about Jesus . . . On the one hand, we have many who will take things on faith, accepting some subset of the stories as unquestionably true. On the other hand, there are those who insist that Jesus is an invented figure, a myth or a hoax. I think both of these extremes are almost equally implausible. 

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Your Sense of Humor is Based on a Brain Limitation

October 14, 2013

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Last week religious conservatives gathered for the Values Voters Summit, where among other things, Rand Paul decried a global war on Christianity, and Allen West took exception to CFI's Living without Religion ad campaign (video here, around the 12 minute mark or so):

When you look at the growth of secular humanism -- I was over at the McPherson Square Metro station just two days ago, and there was an advertisement that said "Millions of Americans are happy without religion." [sic] That may be true. But millions of Americans would not have enjoyed the freedoms and liberties if it weren't for people that had religion. [Crowd applauds.] 

I am officially scared of Blemmyae, and so were people of the Middle Ages, apparently. (They were scared of a lot of things.)

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iCloud Communion

October 11, 2013

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I can't believe I missed this when it first hit the web: Malala Yousafzai goes on The Daily Show and humbles everyone.

Bill Nye, keynoter of the CFI Summit this month, is launching a non-dance-related web series with NASA on its Juno probe of Jupiter. 

Rabbis are kidnapping husbands who won't consent to divorce with their wives. 

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