Jesus is Nuclear Glue

June 10, 2013

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Shafiq at the Islamic Society at Leeds University Union says animosity towards Islam "will continue to be justified" until moderates deal with the fact that "we're over-represented in the crazy department."  

France bans a rally by a right-wing group that was to celebrate the victory of a Christian army in the year 721 over Muslims in Toulouse.

Ben Radford looks askance at one woman's experiment with living only on sunlight and water...

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Zimbabwean Underpants Gnomes

June 07, 2013

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Well, this had to happen eventually, didn't it? My hero, Thomas Dolby, performs "She Blinded Me with Science" with a little help from Buzz-Freaking-Aldrin.

Carrie Poppy ventures into a building blueprinted by aliens ("The building is a huge boob. The nipple is open to the sunlight and fresh air.") to take a sleepy sound bath.  

Sally Quinn comes down hard on the Boy Scouts -- despite their new openness to gay youth -- for forcing atheists and gay scouts over 18 to "live a lie." 

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Creation Was an Inside Job

June 06, 2013

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Jaweed Kaleem at HuffPo: The FBI will now formally be tracking hate crimes against a bevy of minority religious groups, including Sikhs, Hindus, and yes, atheists. 

Make way for the chairman of the board! No, not Frank, but CFI's chair Eddie Tabash giving his address on the future of atheism to Atheists United in April.

The ACLU tries to put the brakes on the merger of secular hospitals with Catholic ones

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Nobody Goes to Heaven

June 05, 2013

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Yesterday, CFI's Geneva U.N. representative Elizabeth O'Casey delivered a powerful condemnation of "honor killings" and the governments that allow them:

We can no longer stand by and watch this horrific violence against women go unpunished. This barbaric practice is justified on cultural and religious grounds. We must not allow such grounds to be used to legitimize or excuse such an abhorrent abuse of a woman’s right to life, her right to equality, her right to freedom, or her right to dignity. 

Italian humanist organization UAAR launches a new campaign on how one can "live well without D" as in the "D" in "Dio" or God. The press release is in Italian, but you can always run it through the magical Google machine. 

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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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