Invalid and Pointless

May 20, 2016

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More things! Things are a constant! How the things do continue to EMERGE and MANIFEST.

For example! Yesterday we made an announcement about all the cool things we'll be doing for the Reason Rally, both at the rally itself and online...

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Flabber, Thoroughly Gasted

May 19, 2016

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Oh so many things today. Fewer things from now on please?

Except good things. We can have good things. Here's two good things:

22-year-old Bangladeshi secular blogger Shammi Haque is granted asylum in Germany, and she is one of those helped by CFI through the Freethought Emergency Fund.

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Eroded, Eclipsed, Liquidated

May 18, 2016

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Shadi Hamid joins Josh Zepps on Point of Inquiry to talk about ISIS, caliphates, and the prospects for reform in Islam today. 

Eric Fanning is confirmed by the Senate as Army Secretary, becoming the first openly gay Armed Forces secretary. Almost as notable: The Senate actually confirmed something.

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Podcasts Cause Cancer

May 17, 2016

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Yesterday the Supreme Court made a non-ruling on Zubik v. Burwell, a non-decision, an sans-vertebra pronouncement that they were remanding the case back to the lower courts. Our legal guru Nick Little says:

How exasperating to now find ourselves back at square one, thanks to the Court’s failure to ensure the seamless provision of reproductive health care to the hundreds of thousands of women employed by religious non-profit organizations.

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I Didn’t Ask to be Synthesized!

May 16, 2016

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Here's something you probably knew about Facebook and the "filter bubble," and Renee Diresta at Fast Colays it out

Once people join a single conspiracy-minded [Facebook] group, they are algorithmically routed to a plethora of others. Join an anti-vaccine group, and your suggestions will include anti-GMO, chemtrail watch, flat Earther (yes, really), and "curing cancer naturally" groups. Rather than pulling a user out of the rabbit hole, the recommendation engine pushes them further in.  

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Escargotic Commotion

May 13, 2016

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We rounded up a huge number of new sign-ons to our statement to Bangladesh, demanding that they pursue justice instead of blaming the victims of Islamist attacks. Lawrence Krauss, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Rev. Gretta Vosper, Taslima Nasrin, Deeyah Khan, and even Open Doors, an organization that fights Christian persecution. We will keep beating this drum.

The Obama administration says all public schools must allow transgender students to use the restroom that they feel matches their gender identity. Can you imagine anything like this happening even 5 or 6 years ago?  

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Snakebites, Insomnia, and Constipation

May 12, 2016

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Rafida Bonya Ahmed marks the anniversary of the murder of Ananta Bijoy Das, a blogger who called her his sister, and who was killed in the same manner as her husband Avijit Roy:

The truth is that the progressive secular community and minorities of all sorts in Bangladesh now don't just have to fear Islamic militants -- we must also fear our own government, which shows no regard for its secular beginnings and chooses instead to appease the fundamentalists.

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Heightened Unrest

May 11, 2016

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Women in Secularism 4 adds two new speakers to the already awesome lineup: Katha Pollitt and Soraya Chemaly. 

Apparently there's been a cult disguised as a kind of women's empowerment group known as the Superstar Machine, and it sounds nuts. Anna Merlan at Jezebel reports in depth...

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The Erosion of Humanity

May 10, 2016

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The DOJ is suiing North Carolina over it's "bathroom law," a suit which Mark Joseph Stern at Slate calls "wonderfully tough" (my nickname in highschool). (No it wasn't.) Stern says:

[The suit is a] clear-headed document that carefully explains why “sex discrimination”—which is barred in employment and education under federal civil rights law— encompasses gender identity discrimination. ...

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Scary Math

May 09, 2016

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The New York Times' editorial board calls out Bangladesh's government for "fueling extremism" as it has "cracked down on freedom of expression and the press." Glad folks are actually starting to notice.

Katherine Stewart in The Nation explores the phenomenon of secular homeschooling parents who have rejected the public education system because of the schools' overt religiosity and religious bullying.

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