The Hell Liberation Front

June 04, 2013

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Buffalo News covers yesterday's pride parade, where CFI was ably and enthusiastically represented

Yesterday we lost New Jersey's Sen. Frank Lautenberg at age 89. Americans United pays tribute to his church-state record. 

You know what CFI's stuffy old headquarters needs? A bunch of you dang KIDS running around. <shakes fist> Dig the new website for this year's Student Leadership Conference

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Now, I’m Not an Atheist, But I Play One on TV

June 03, 2013

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Massimo Pigliucci notes CFI's opposition to Rep. Lamar Smith's transparent attempts to gut science funding, and gives a little credence to Smith's "guidelines" in the abstract. 

John F. Burns at NYT on the grief and angst over the broad daylight slaying of Lee Rigby in London by Islamic extremists. 

Recovering from Religion launches the Hotline Project, a way for folks with religious doubts to find someone to talk to about it. 

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Nothing Short of an Ice Age Can Stop It

May 31, 2013

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Somehow, Americans United got Jane Lynch and Jordan Peele to sing and pelvic-thrust at each other in the name of secularism. I think the rest of us can all go home now. 

Kyle Hill returns with his "Reductio ad Absurdum" column to explore how the world would work if homeopathy were not complete nonsense:

When homeopathy works, when a pool could “know” precisely who peed in it, current technology like memory-foam has nothing on memory-water. 

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Instagramming Atoms

May 30, 2013

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Kimberly Winston reports on the legacy of (and the efforts to resurrect the legacy of) Robert Ingersoll, with commentary from our own Tom Flynn and friend-of-the-blog Jamila Bey. Says Winston:

Ingersoll had the intellect of the late atheist Christopher Hitchens and the crowd appeal of Daily Show host Jon Stewart — or their 19th-century embodiments. 

The more you know (cue streaming sparkly star graphic): The Economist reminds us what the heck the difference is between Sunni and Shia Muslims, because, you know, it's important...

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Hulk Transubstantiate!!!

May 29, 2013

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In the Wall Street JournalAyaan Hirsi Ali demands a hard look at the connection between violence done in the name of Islam and moderates' defenses of "real Islam":

The question requiring an answer at this moment in history is clear: Which group of leaders really speaks for Islam? The officially approved spokesmen for the "Muslim community"? Or the manic street preachers of political Islam, who indoctrinate, encourage and train the killers—and then bless their bloodshed? . . . It is time [moderate leaders] came up with more credible talking points. Their communities have a serious problem. 

The LA Times wants religious freedom to be a factor in the U.S.'s international relations...

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Rats on Mars

May 28, 2013

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CFI chief Ron Lindsay and Hemant Mehta do a HuffPost Live panel on the (non)utility of prayer for folks in desperate need. (Hemant adds, "Go, Ron Lindsay, for remaining calm the whole time while I was about ready to flip over my laptop.")

Meanwhile, Oklahoma Muslims mobilize to help their tornado-stricken neighbors. 

According to this map, chances are if you're a human and an atheist, you probably live in China. Maybe Japan or France. 

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Not the Overwhelming Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Phenomenon That You Thought it Was

May 24, 2013

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Kimberly Winston gets some atheists' reactions to the pope's suddenly not condemning we godless to the fires of Hell. 

However! A Vatican spokesman puts the whole "infallible pope" thing into question by saying, no, atheists are going to Hell

(But you know what the Church is okay with for real? Eating alligators.) 

Now you can help out Rebecca Vitsmun by buying up "Actually I'm an atheist" t-shirts.

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Portlandian Bodily Fluids

May 23, 2013

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Horror in London, as a man identified as a soldier is hacked to death by what seem to be Islamist militants, who film the attack in broad daylight. 

In a tweet, Reza Aslan seems to know what happens next:

Alright Muslims. You know the drill. Some Muslim somewhere did something crazy. Get out there and start apologizing for it.

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Francis and the Accidental Exorcism

May 22, 2013

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The anti-blasphemy machine rolls on: Turkish writer Sevan Nişanyan is sentenced to 58 weeks in prison for “insulting the religious beliefs held by a section of the society.” 

GOP Lt. Governor nominee E.W. Jackson of Virginia (Democrats are a "coalition of the godless") says that anyone who criticizes his hard-right positions "is attacking every church-going person, every family that’s living a traditional family life, everybody who believes that we all deserve the right to live." Chaser: 

I would just say people should not paint me as one-dimensional.

You're making that hard, dude. 

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The Wise Old Goat in a Flock of Sheep

May 21, 2013

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Obviously, most Americans' hearts and minds are concentrated on the victims of the tornadoes in Oklahoma and across the Midwest. We'll have a formal statement soon, and in the mean time please consider donating to help those affected.

Wowie-wow-wow-WOW. The already-loathsome Daily Caller outdoes itself by harrassing and insulting one of our own. Read about the saga of SCA's Lauren Anderson Youngblood and the "Dick pic" email from Christopher Bedford. You rock on, Lauren. <communications directors' secret high-five-handshake>

Ryan Koronowski dismantles the gee-that's-really-wrong WaPo op-ed on climate change by House science chair Lamar Smith.  

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