As Stale as Gothic Croutons

September 11, 2015

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More or less unrelated to the usual topics of this blog, save for some benign discussion of faith, I recommend Joe Biden's chat with Stephen Colbert

Brendan James at the International Business Times looks at the tenacity of the 9/11 truther movement, and the emotional toll it takes on the believers:

Carrying around the belief that your own government took the lives of 3,000 fellow citizens a few years back is a fair bit heavier than believing the moon landing was a Hollywood production. 

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The Clout of Medieval Forces

September 10, 2015

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In honor of International Blasphemy Rights Day on September 30, our magazine Free Inquiry has a special issue on blasphemy with some really great pieces, and a little cartoon featuring a certain prophet that won a certain competition. Other blasphemous things in this issue include Ron Lindsay, in an essay on how nothing ought to be immune from criticism, says, "L. Ron Hubbard was a fraud and Scientology is a scam." And then, Gregory Paul, in a piece for subscribers only, calls Jesus a coward and a jerk. Whee! 

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No Longer Much of a Theist

September 09, 2015

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Kim Davis is let out of jail, and takes part in a rally that I refuse to watch, featuring an insufferable Mike Huckabee and something what might be a community theatre production ofThe Wiz

Point of Inquiry this week has Erik Loomis, discussing the consequences of corporate outsourcing and the invisible disasters that can occur as a result. 

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Promiscuous Biochemicals

September 08, 2015

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Before you do anything else, catch up with the previous two weeks with Cause & Effect, our super-cool newsletter.  

Sumit Galhotra at the Committee to Protect Journalists says that what Bangladesh does with the arrested suspects in the killing of blogger Washiqur Rahman will tell us (and those still under threat) a lot about the government's actual commitment to ending this crisis.

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Absolutely No Vaksinenekting

September 04, 2015

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How cool is this: The White House chooses Rebecca Goldstein, honorary board member of CFI, for one of ten National Humanities Awards. She'll get her medal on September 10 from the president. Congrats!

Kim Davis is told by SCOTUS to do her job, she refuses, and a judge freaking puts her in jail. Judge David Bunning says:

The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order. If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems. 

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In the 90s, Long Ago

September 03, 2015

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Voice of America reports on the attempts of Bangladesh's secularist writers to get the heck out of Dodge as many of them wish to avoid the fates of their fellow bloggers. CFI's Michael De Dora is also quoted. 

The board of the James Randi Educational Foundation announces that the organization will convert into a grant-making foundation, and continue the Million Dollar Challenge.

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I Fear Not Existing

September 02, 2015

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I was away yesterday, spending a museum day with my boy who's about to start kindergarten. Unreal. 

On Monday, we announced something inspiring, as well as a little worrying: There is now a CFI branch in Pakistan. A lot of you have already let us know how brave you think these folks pf CFI-Pakistan are, and we agree, and also how worried you are about their safety. We are too. As Hemant says, "In a country where Veena Malik and Asia Bibi have received severe punishments for not showing enough deference to Islam, any opponents of Muslim thought must tread lightly."

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It’s a Scam, Sir

August 31, 2015

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Oliver Sacks has died, at age 82. He knew, and we knew, it was coming, but it's a punch in the gut nonetheless. And boy does he leave a lot for people to chew over for the next few centuries. Check him out on our podcast Point of Inquiry from 2012, interviewed by Indre Viskontas, or read the transcript at Skeptical Inquirer

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Rome is Built Over It

August 28, 2015

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I'm at the Religion Newswriters Association Conference as I type, meeting and catching up with a lot of genuinely cool and smart people. I'm going to try and get the Heresy done today in rapid fashion, so let's see what happens.

I've got two statements from the UN human rights folks: One on how the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief will be visiting Bangladesh next week, which is a big deal, given the horrors being visited upon secularists there. The other is a condemnation of Sudan for the public lashing of a woman the government considered indecently dressed.

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Adorable Jingoism

August 26, 2015

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Quick housekeeping note: I'm traveling to the Religion Newswriters Association conference tomorrow, so no time to do the Heresy. I intend to pick it back up Friday, but that's a little up in the air. 

95 years ago today, women finally got the freaking right to vote in the U.S. Can you believe it's not even been 100 years yet? That there are people alive now who were born before we let half the population vote? Amazing.

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