Curbs Nervousness Amazingly

November 03, 2015

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Pew releases a new study showing changing attitudes toward religion. The main finding is that as the religiously affiliated take a slight dip in numbers, and as the "nones" spike slightly up, they also grow further apart: the religious are a little more religious than they were, and the nones are more secular. (Oh, and the nones are the largest "religious" group within the Democratic coalition.) 

For a recent Skeptical Inquirer cover story, Gary J. Galbreath figures out what it is the crew of the HMS Daedalus saw in 1848 when they thought they saw a giant sea serpent.

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Unpublished

November 02, 2015

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Bangladesh. Every day when I start work, I have this quick thought: "Did they kill another one?" This past Saturday, yes, they did. Faisal Arefin Deepan, a publisher of secularist books, was hacked to death in his office. Three other publishers at another company were also attacked, but thankfully survived. In our statement, we press the point that something affirmative must be done. TimeNPR, and the Dhaka Tribune pick up our response.

Poppy McPherson has a piece at BuzzFeed on the horrifying impact these killings are having.

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The Mourning Scare-esy!!!

October 30, 2015

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Pakistan's supreme court would like folks to watch it with the false blasphemy accusations. I can think of a way to cut the number down: don't have a blasphemy law. Raza Habib Raja notes that despite the draconian religious laws of Pakistan, its people are far more moderate, and can have a voice if they choose.

I've been largely uninterested in the story about the high school football team that wants to pray publicly at games ...until the Satanists decided to get involved!  

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A Gaping Hole in the Fabric of Civil Society

October 29, 2015

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Big news in the CFI universe, as Melody Hensley steps down after eight years as executive director of CFI–DC, and Ed Beck (the guy who I know works for us but for the life of me I can't tell you what he does) will take the helm in her place

CFI is hosting a conference on experimental philosophy next month ("X-Phi"), and David Koepsell helps explain what the heck it's all about

Sen. Barbara Boxer introduces a physician-assisted suicide bill akin to the one just passed in her own state of California, "which would allow individuals suffering from an advanced illness with intolerable pain or terminal illness to receive medication for the relief of pain and other end-of-life treatment to minimize suffering." 

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40 Proof Laxative

October 28, 2015

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Point of Inquiry this week features religion journalist extraordinaire Sarah Posner, who chats with Josh Zepps about Trump, Ben Carson, and how weird it is that these guys are managing to appeal to evangelicals. 

Allen Rappeport at NYT does a deep dive into Carson's Seventh-day Adventism in the context of the presidential race.  

Yesterday, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, David Saperstein tweeted, "On Int'l #ReligiousFreedom Day, we affirm the right to hold no religious beliefs at all, and to do so free of persecution & fear." We liked it so much, we meme'd it

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My Lab Partner, Han Solo

October 27, 2015

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The House Science Committee is called "worse than the Benghazi committee" by Vox's David Roberts for its "open-ended, Orwellian attempts to intimidate some of the nation's leading scientists and scientific institutions." Phil Plait shows some of the ways committee chair Lamar Smith is looking to make life hell for scientists at the NOAA.

Richard Dawkins did an event in Florida with CFI–Tampa Bay and others, and video of the whole shebang is up. Herb Silverman, as usual, dressed for the occasion.  

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What a Fraud You’ll Feel Like

October 26, 2015

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The New Yorker, just in time for Halloween, republishes its 2002 profile of CFI's own Joe Nickell, with the best caricature of him ever. 

Today, however, Joe warns folks about a telephone scam where callers claim to be the IRS, and investigates claims of "miracles" from the painting of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa.

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Cryptids Love Cheetos

October 23, 2015

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CFI's legal eagle (sorry) Nick Little is one of the guests on Science for the People on the topic of mandatory vaccinations. 

Also over the radio waves, WSFU covers CFI's lawsuit over taxpayer-funded sectarian prison rehabilitation in Florida (of course).  

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Klingons, If You Will

October 22, 2015

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CFI has for years now been involved in a lawsuit in Florida, challenging the state funding of sectarian Christian prison rehabilitation programs, and things are starting to move. The Blaze and Broward-Palm Beach New Times cover the story, with the latter quoting our boss Ron Lindsay who says, "The ministries that are defendants in this case — and by their own admission, they are ministries — are absolutely free to carry out their activities. However, they cannot use tax dollars to do so." 

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The Qatari Heresy

October 21, 2015

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Two stories about Qatar! One: UN human rights leaders call upon Qatar to release a poet, Mohammed al-Ajami, who has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for reciting a poem in his home critical of the Crown Prince. 

Meanwhile, Ahmed "Cool Clock" Mohamed, just after meeting the president, is going to move to Qatar with his family so he can attend the Qatar Foundation Young Innovators Program. Listen, Texas. These people have chosen Qatar over you. Self-reflect.

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