Un-Monk-Like

October 14, 2015

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In The GuardianMaryan Namazie admonishes what she calls the apologists for radical Islam on the political left:

For those who have bought into the Islamist narrative, there are no social and political movements, class politics, dissenters, women’s rights campaigners, socialists – just homogenised “Muslims” (read Islamists) who face “intimidation” and “discrimination” if an ex-Muslim woman speaks on a university campus. 

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The Jersey Beanie Baby

October 13, 2015

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Point of Inquiry this week has one of our own: Josh Zepps interviews CFI senior policy analyst Ed Beck, along with SCA's Sarah Levin, to talk about the anti-vaccine movement and our work on vaccination policy. 

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry announces ten new Fellows of the committee and four new Scientific and Technical Consultants.  

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Hungry, Hungry Huitzilopochtli

October 12, 2015

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Joe Nickell has a fascinating post on the newly-minted Catholic saint, Junipero Serra, showing how miracles are determined from an argument from ignorance, and why Serra's canonization is deeply offensive to many Native Americans. 

Bill Moyers chooses a recent piece from Free Inquiry to republish on his website: Wayne L. Trotta's "The Poetry of the First Amendment." 

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A Machine That Has Yet to be Built

October 09, 2015

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So you may have heard that the House of Representatives is more of a mess than usual, unable to find itself a Speaker. (Does that make the House "speechless"?) Anyway, along with the wreckage he's leaving behind, John Boehner is also leaving behind a bill to reauthorize the DC school voucher law, which of course uses taxpayer money to fund private and religious schools. We have an action alert out so you can shout at your Members of Congress. Thwarting our efforts, however, is a bipartisan group of senators, who are trying to reauthorize the bill from the upper chamber. UGH! 

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The Precious Fruit

October 08, 2015

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Wait. I shouldn't...um...

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Ahem. Weren't we supposed to be...like...yesterday...

Never mind. 

Philip Shenon at Politico reports on the declassification of a CIA report that seems to indicate a lot of shadiness by John McCone, CIA director at the time of the Kennedy assassination:

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Annihilation Day

October 07, 2015

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This will be the last Morning Heresy you ever read, which will be one of the last things you ever do, because the world is ending today, according to the eBible Fellowship, whatever the hell that is.

The commissioners of Blount County, Tennessee have voted 10-5 not to seek God's mercy, avoiding his divine wrath over gay marriage. If only they'd listened to the eBible Fellowship, now we're all screwed. 

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Better Call Sol

October 06, 2015

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Gov. Jerry Brown signs into law California's End of Life Option Act, giving the terminally ill the right to seek the assistance of a physician in ending their lives. Check out his fairly moving statement on the matter, and our response, which says in part:

There can be no more intimate, self-defining decision for a person than the decision whether to continue living. That decision must not rest with any church, politician, or cultural tradition, but with the person who is terminally ill.

On Point of Inquiry this week, Lindsay Beyerstein talks to medical journalist Jon Palferman about the mysteries of the brain, in particular in terms of diseases like Parkinson's, which he suffers from himself. 

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The Kim Davis/Mark Wahlberg Equation

October 05, 2015

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Do you feel disoriented, like the past two weeks are just a blur? No worries, Cause & Effect, the official newsletter of CFI, is here to help fill in those gaps. 

The mob-killing of Mohammed Ikhlaq, the man in India who was suspected of slaughtering a cow, gets uglier. David Barstow and Suhasini Raj at NYT report that the activist group largely responsible for the attack, "Save the Cow," is made up of political operatives for Prime Minister Modi's Hindu nationalist party.

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Wicked Good Monstah

October 02, 2015

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Another mass shooting. This time we're at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where a guy kills 10 people, injures 7 more, and is himself killed by police. Reports say he was asking victims about their religion, and as you'll know doubt hear if you haven't already, he was apparently against organized religion, for what it's worth.

The Vatican seems to be doing some damage control around the Kim Davis secret meeting:

The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects. 

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Yes But My FEELINGS

October 01, 2015

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I have a new op-ed up at CNN on the pope and how he found time for Kim Davis (not persecuted) but never says anything about atheists being killed and jailed for speaking out (persecuted):

Instead of defending those who have lost their basic human rights, he wastes his political capital on those who seek to deny rights to others.

WIVB talked to CFI's Tom Flynn about International Blasphemy Rights Day and the special issue of Free Inquiry on blasphemy - it was on the tee-vee, but I don't have online video yet.

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