Multiple Counts of Pandering

March 03, 2016

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A man in Russia, Viktor Krasnov, could get up to a year in prison for expressing his atheism on Facebook. The charge? "Offending believers' feelings." I thought Russia was supposed to be tough.

Daniel Burke at CNN looks at what Super Tuesday means for various religious blocs, such as the breakup of the religious right and Sanders' appeal to heathens:

Sanders attracted a majority of voters who don't regularly attend worship services in Arkansas and Texas, and came close (46%) in Virginia, helping him win delegates even where he lost states. The four states that Sanders did win -- Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma and his home state of Vermont -- all have large numbers of religiously unaffiliated voters, or "nones." 

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Fall Off of a Cliff

March 02, 2016

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Sorry about the lack of a Heresy yesterday. I had a thing. Onward!

Lookie here, CFI's Nick Little pens an op-ed for Salon on the big Texas abortion case at the Supreme Court, focusing on the shady character behind the state's case:

Vincent Rue is not a medical doctor, but, through surrogates, he has tried to play one in court. And in this role of a lifetime, he has masterminded the dissemination of pseudoscientific testimony in several state court cases —all in an effort to defeat women’s right to an abortion. His act is about to be reviewed by his most important audience yet – the United States Supreme Court.

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Please Die More Quietly

February 29, 2016

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Last week marked one year since the murder of Avijit Roy, and things aren't getting any better in Bangladesh. We're asking you to contact your Member of Congress to back House Resolution 396, demanding that Bangladesh do more to protect the human rights of dissenters and minorities. 

Two weeks is a crazy long time. No way you can remember everything that happened over a whole fortnight. Good thing there's Cause & Effect, CFI's newsletter.

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Natural Born Zodiac Killer

February 26, 2016

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I'm still reeling from that GOP debate last night. I mean, holy buhjeezus what a spectacle. I just. I just don't even know. 

Oh wait, yes I do. Right after the debate, Trump speculated that the IRS was auditing him because "I'm a strong Christian." He really said that! Relatedly, Ben Radford is about to release a new book, Bad Clowns. SEE WHAT I DID THERE

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A Cascade of Computations

February 25, 2016

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The coming of the Depp to the Reason Rally is making news. Our evil plan is working.

Matthew Sheffield created NewsBusters, so I'm not exactly a fan, but at The American Conservative, he gets something very right: The right will have to contend with the fact that "nones" are the future:

In 2016 and beyond, Christian conservatives face a choice. They can embrace identity politics and become a small group of frustrated Christian nationalists who grow ever more resentful toward their fellow Americans, or they can embrace reality 

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Clarifying the Anti-Christ

February 24, 2016

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So, no kidding, Johnny Depp is going to be at the Reason Rally. If he doesn't sing some Sweeney Todd selections I will be sad.

Larissa MacFarquhar is the guest on Point of Inquiry, talking to Lindsay Beyerstein about attitudes toward those who throw themselves into charity and volunteerism

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We Do Violence to Reality

February 23, 2016

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Tamar Wilner at Newsweek reports on the ongoing, often maddening attempts to shut down "cancer quack" Stanislaw Burzynski, who compares his critics to Nazis who will face something akin to "Nuremberg trial."  

Ted Cruz's campaign falsely accuses Marco Rubio of saying that the Bible has "not many answers" in a video, which is quickly proven to be untrue. In the ensuing hubbub, Cruz's communications director Rick Tyler apologizes profusely to Rubio, and Cruz fires Tyler. The irony, of course, is that Rubio had said there were not a lot of answers in the Bible, he'd have been right.

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Cockfighting for Jesus

February 22, 2016

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Ron Lindsay considers the benefits of meditation, and rebuts some of the positions of Sam Harris about the utility of the practice. 

We recently got a report from CFI–Uganda about the great work they're doing to celebrate reason, debunk superstitions, and educate on diseases such as HIV/AIDS.  

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Moral Fuzziness

February 19, 2016

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More more more. More exemptions, cry religious employers, horrified not only by the idea of offering legally mandated contraceptive coverage, but even aghast at having to declare their opposition to doing so! That in itself is a violation of their Religious Freedom™! We say no. Along with our friends at American Atheists, we've submitted an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the case of Zubik v. Burwell to argue that these claims of religious exemption -- exemptions from even having to exempt oneself! -- have gone too far:

“This ludicrous case is a transparent attempt to legislate from the pulpit,” said Nick Little, CFI’s Vice-President and General Counsel. “It showcases the intolerable consequences of [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act], a bad law that has predictably been twisted into a scattershot weapon used by those who want to see their narrow religious beliefs imposed on everyone else. It is religious privilege at its worst.”  

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Heal the Bern

February 18, 2016

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Today's top story: God, taking a cue from Stephen Fry, has left Twitter

While they can't claim a straight line of causation, scientists are warning that outbreaks such as the Zika virus could be greatly accelerated by global warming.

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