Excruciating Detail

July 09, 2015

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Both houses of Congress are debating the the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and we need to you to tell them to keep vouchers, which cripple public education to find private religious schools, out of the picture. Actually, both houses rejected voucher amendments last night! Thank you to those who reached out!

In revelations that will surprise no one, it is discovered that ExxonMobile knew that global warming was happening as early as 1981, and yet has spent more than $30 million on efforts to deny it. (This seems relevant to this topic.)

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Usually a Parasite

July 08, 2015

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We got our win on vaccines in California, but a bill for end-of-life options has stalled in the State Assembly over fears of "suicide tourism" (what?!?!?) and, of course, religious pressure.

CFI, along with other organizations of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, write to Congress urging passage of the House resolution calling for the repeal of blasphemy laws worldwide. 

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Harmless to Ingest

July 07, 2015

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Today marks 10 years since the London terror attacks of 7/7. Relatedly, Amanda Hess looks at how young folks seem to really like 9/11 truther jokes

Ron Lindsay writes at Huffington Post that grappling with the ugly side of history is not as simple as taking down some flags; along with the symbols, we need to deal with the system:

Historical knowledge is, all other things being equal, a good thing, but as with other sources of knowledge, it is best to drink it in deeply. 

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A Quite Gobsmacking Power

July 06, 2015

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CFI-Indiana catches wind of the fundamentalist Good News Club's plan to target Indianapolis kids for proselytizing and generally scaring with hellfire. So they put out a warning today for parents to be ready. 

The editorial board of The Oklahoman is unhappy that the State Supreme Court nixed a Ten Commandments monument, and wants the state constitution's Blaine Amendment repealed, the one that keeps states from funding religion. It cites our lawsuit in Florida, calling us "radical secularists." You're welcome.

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Today’s Foghorn, Tomorrow’s Footnote

July 02, 2015

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The US Episcopal Church votes to approve same-sex marriage, striking the words "man and woman" from the marriage canon in favor of gender-neutral wording. 

Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig makes a Christian case for vaccinations at The New Republic:

Vaccination is not only an individual healthcare choice, but a decision to participate in an act of self-sacrifice for one’s broader community. In most cases, the sacrifice is exceedingly small: a little bit of soreness at the injection site, and at worst, a day or so of feeling lousy. But it is worth it, in Christian terms, to protect the vulnerable.  

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Please Wear Socks

July 01, 2015

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Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time signing into law California's SB 277, tossing out belief exemptions for required vaccinations, which is a huge win for reason over conspiracy-mongering. We said in our statement:

By embracing the scientific method and empirical evidence over pseudoscience and conspiracy theories, the children of California will be better protected from preventable infectious diseases, which in turn protects all of us.

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It Seems Like I Was Lying

June 30, 2015

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Happy Asteroid Day. I guess. We're all gonna die. 

Okay but listen. Don't miss this latest Point of Inquiry, recorded at the Reason for Change conference, where Lindsay Beyerstein interviews Asif Mohiuddin, one of my new heroes. Make time for this today, I'm serious. 

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Official Government Clairvoyance

June 29, 2015

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You were probably too excited about the big same-sex marriage decision to read Cause & Effect when it went out on Friday. I forgive you! You can go check it out now

And how about that decision? Our response, you can guess, was pretty positive:

This decision strengthens American secularism, and finally acknowledges what we have always known to be true: People who love each other should be free to marry, no matter what any church has to say about it.  

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Amplitude of Primordial Density Fluctuations

June 26, 2015

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Hey look! CNN asked me to write about new poll numbers showing some positive trends for the electorate's attitude toward atheists. So I did! I said, in part:

As for being the least-electable group in the survey, nonbelievers have finally moved up a rung. Now claiming the space at the bottom of this particular barrel are socialists, with half of all voters ruling them out entirely. Sen. Bernie Sanders will have his work cut out for him. ... 

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EOTUS: Exorcist of the United States

June 25, 2015

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The California Assembly is voting TODAY on nixing belief-exemptions for vaccinations. If you're a resident of that enormous state, contact your representative now.

Our pals at Centre for Inquiry Canada (which operates independently from us) get a seat on Canada's Office of Religious Freedom's advisory committee. Nice.

Bobby Jindal is officially in the 2016 presidential race! Stop laughing.

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