God Would Show Me These Saggy Pants

September 18, 2015

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Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, 21 years old, is the nephew of a cleric the Saudi government doesn't like, and took part in protests in 2012. As punishment, he was arrested, tortured, and now faces a beheading and crucifixion. (A reminder: the latest Point of Inquiry discusses our relationship with the Saudis with guest Craig Unger.)

Donald Trump has an exchange with a man at a campaign event who believes Obama is a Muslim and other terrible things, and given the rules of this being a nonpartisan nonprofit I will not characterize the exchange beyond that. 

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This Whole Movement is Cuckoo

September 17, 2015

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So a lot happened yesterday.

You almost certainly already know about Ahmed, the 14-year-old Texan arrested at school for building a clock which a teacher thought looked like a bomb. The Internet exploded, and people and institutions from NASA to Mark Zuckerberg to the President of the United States expressed their support and invited him to hang out. We tweeted out: "Kids like Ahmed not only inspire a love of science, but remind us to treat each other with respect. #IStandWithAhmed"

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“Safety Dance” on a Pan Flute

September 16, 2015

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A court in Albuquerque requires a divorced mom to attend classes riddled with Christianity, and when she refuses, she is barred from seeing her own kids. The "educator" insisted the classes were not religious, but an undercover report shows very much otherwise. I think we have a problem here.

I'm quoted in a Washington Post piece by Michelle Boorstein on the popularity of Pope Fluffy among non-Catholics, not representing CFI, but sharing my pope-hope that he's playing a progressive long game.

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Funkmaster General

September 15, 2015

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Point of Inquiry this week marks 14 years since 9/11 with a conversation between host Josh Zepps and journalist Craig Unger, author of the book House of Bush, House of Saud. The two largely discuss our strange and complicated relationship with the Saudis, and their various conflicts and interests in the larger Muslim world.

Alabama adopts science standards that require the teaching of evolution and climate change, and the news is that no one seems to be putting up a fight

Bernie Sanders addresses the students of Liberty University

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Not Interesting, No.

September 14, 2015

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On Friday, Ensaf Haidar announced the formation of the Raif Badawi Foundation, advocating for free expression in the Arab world, and our own Michael De Dora was tapped to be a member of its board of directors.  

Michael also contributes to a series of posts at Mukto Mona on the occasion of the late Avijit Roy's birthday:

If only all of us were so fortunate to have someone like Avijit come into our lives. I thank good fortune every day that Avijit came into mine.

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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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