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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Pope Sneaky

September 30, 2015

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Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day, everybody. In honor of this occasion, we're launching a brand-spanking-new website for the Campaign for Free Expression, and it looks really great (big thanks to our web team Matt Licata and Marianna Kreidler). We're also taking the opportunity to talk about the many ways CFI fights for free expression on several fronts, including a new action alert to urge U.S. lawmakers to back the House resolution calling for the repeal of blasphemy laws worldwide. (Get on that one right now.)

WBFO radio in Buffalo marks the day with a 15-minute interview with our own Tom Flynn, discussing the intentions of the special blasphemy edition of Free Inquiry

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Schiaparelli Was Right

September 29, 2015

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Liquid water on Mars. Liquid water on Mars, y'all.

Tomorrow is International Blasphemy Rights Day, and Muhammad Syed of Ex-Muslims of North-America will speak at CFI HQ in Amherst.

Robert P. George is the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and he's also someone who really hates Bill Nye and abortion rights

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False Breakfast Memories

September 28, 2015

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First and foremost, my sincere thanks to Stef McGraw for taking care of the Heresy while I was away for my brother's wedding. Stef did an amazing job, such that I am considering just having her do the Heresy every day from now on. Seriously, she nailed it. Thanks, Stef.

Second and almost-foremost, I was obviously away for all the coverage of the AP's change from climate science "skeptics" to "doubters," which is not as good as "deniers." But there was a lot of coverage! It's great! But for me, the crowning achievement was the interview by Bob Garfield on public radio's On the Media with the AP's Seth Borenstein on the topic, where CFI/CSI are front and center. On the Media is just about my favorite audio program of any kind, and I am absolutely delighted to have CFI be the catalyst for one of its pieces.

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Confirmation bias to start your Friday

September 25, 2015

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(Note: Today's guest Heretic is Stef McGraw. Paul is still away, but will return Monday. Thank god—I don't know how he does this day in and day out! Also, shout out to Outreach staffer Cody Hashman for helping collect articles throughout the week.)

We're going to mix it up and start today by talking about the Republican candi—just kidding we're talking about the Pope again! The Washington Post has a transcript and video of his full address to Congress yesterday. The New York Times offers a good summary of his speech, also noting, "If his words of unity struck a lofty note, though, his choice of issues effectively fed the very divisions he assailed...In the end, both sides could walk away taking vindication from parts of his message." Ah, nothing like some good ol' confirmation bias to start your Friday!

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Pope Pope pope Pope pope

September 24, 2015

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(Note: Paul is gone the rest of the week. Today's guest Heretic is Stef McGraw.)
 
As I type, Pope Francis is addressing Congress. You're lucky I chose to go into work instead of staying in my car to keep listening, because otherwise the Heresy would be done from my phone and probsby looj loke thos.

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The U.S. just got a whole lot Fluffier

September 23, 2015

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(Note: Paul is gone the rest of the week. Today's guest Heretic is Stef McGraw.)
 
Ah man, Paul's really taking vacation at the wrong time--his main man Pope Fluffy is in the U.S! Although I bet even Paul isn't as excited as CNN is; there's so much enthusiasm over there that you'd think another Malaysia Airline flight had gone missing! 

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