Pokemon for Simpletons

June 04, 2014

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The Keep Health Care Safe and Secular campaign is off! Check out the great resources at the website, tell us your stories of contending with religion and pseudoscience in health care, and tweet with #SafeandSecular! Hemant says, "I can’t stress how broad this campaign is — and it needs to be. Atheists and skeptics should be concerned with any number of health care-related issues."

The Richard Dawkins Foundation picks our own Debbie Goddard as their Secular VIP of the Week! 

Iranian American comedian Negin Farsad joins Josh Zepps on Point of Inquiry to give her take on religious identification and the debates over Islam.  

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Some Bastard Child of Soft and Hard Science

June 03, 2014

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Today, CFI launches a major new campaign to fight the influence of religious dogma and junk science in health care: Keep Health Care Safe and Secular. This is a big deal for us, and in a really cool way shows how the seemingly disparate humanist and skeptic sides of CFI really do come from the same place: science and reason on a foundation of compassion, for doing what's right. We've got a big new website (SafeandSecular.org) full of information and actions you can take right now, and of course, a lovely little hashtag: #SafeandSecular. We've put, and will continue to put, an enormous amount of effort into this, from all areas of CFI, so stay tuned. 

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Beats by Kurzweil

June 02, 2014

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CFI sent an action alert Friday to rally support for Meriam Ibrahim, the young mother of two sentenced to death for apostasy, and spread a social media meme around to get the word out. Now it sounds like Sudan may in fact free her. Let's hope so! 

We've been up to a lot lately! Catch up with our fortnightly newsletter Cause & Effect

Great piece in The Atlantic by Emma Green looks at the entrenchment of theism in the US military, the the struggle to get atheist/humanist chaplains. 

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Molded into a Heffalump

May 30, 2014

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Turkey's high court reverses the country's ban on YouTube, saying the ban violates free expression (yay Turkey!), but then a Twitter user is sentenced to 15 months in jail for having a Twitter handle with "Allah" in it and doing a satirical take on the deity (boo Turkey!).  

After PETA ties dairy to autism, Arit John at The Wire sums up the mess:

The problem — other than the offensive play on the "Got Milk?" slogan — is that the research available has been discredited by at least two independent overviews. A 2010 overview by the University of Texas at Austin of 14 studies on the link between autism and casein- and gluten-free diets found that the "overall study quality was poor" and only the least scientific studies implied the diet improved behavior. 

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These Cyborgs for God

May 29, 2014

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Alas, when it comes to U.S. currency, in God, it is presumed, we all trust. Alas.  

The U.S. State Department isn't convinced that Nigeria's government knows where the kidnapped girls are.  

These are not necessarily in our skepto-atheist wheelhouse, but two big things in the tech and culture spaces weigh on the Heretic's mind...

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Eaten by the Shark You Jumped

May 28, 2014

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Lindsay Beyerstein brings much-needed skeptical perspective to the issue of capital punishment with special guest Dahlia Lithwick of Slate on Point of Inquiry

CFI's international programs director Bill Cooke evaluates the conflict in Ukraine, and sees religion as a huge factor.

Sarah Posner blogs-heads with Welton Gaddy of the Interfaith Alliance, and in this clip, he talks about his attempts to get the Obama administration to make good on its promises regarding faith-based initiatives. Posner's tweet has a spoiler about whether they did.

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10 Happy Dancing Lepers

May 27, 2014

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Mark Oppenheimer of the New York Times came to the Women in Secularism 3 conference, and came away with stories of women leaving Islam for atheism

Amy Davis Roth took the opportunity of Women in Secularism to do some portrait-taking (and a few CFIers are in there).  

CNN.com looks at the challenges faced by atheists in the Bible Belt

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The Morning [CENSORED LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU]

May 23, 2014

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We learned from Right Wing Watch and Ed Brayton that the Pat Robertson-founded American Center for Law and Justice has been talking out of both sides of its mouth on blasphemy laws, condemning them in one place and endorsing them in others. I take them to task:

Now we see that for the ACLJ and its affiliates [free expression] extends only to Christians. For dissidents in Russia, be they non-Christian, gay, atheist, or simply at odds with the regime, CFI will seek to defend their freedom of expression; the ACLJ and its friends will work to see them behind bars. 

Robert Mackey at NYT on Twitter agreeing to censor "blasphemous" tweets in Pakistan:

This censorship comes as challenges to Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy law have become increasingly deadly, amid a flurry of arrests, killings and assassination attempts on secularists.

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I Hereby Declare War on Peace and Happiness!

May 22, 2014

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Kimberly Winston reports on the efforts of CFI and its interfaith coalition partners to keep a prayer plaque out of the World War II memorial, here at the Washington Post.

(Winston also interviews Zeke Piestrup, who has a new documentary film about Mr. Apocalypse himself, the late Harold Camping.) 

Here's a new visualization of an old problem: Atheists portrayed as jerks and weirdos on TV. Hmm.

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A Rush to Embrace the Stupid

May 21, 2014

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CFI has joined a coalition of religious and secular groups asking Congress not to add a prayer to the WWII Memorial

Sharon Hill writes at Skeptical Inquirer about attending a conference mixing academics with the paranormal, and she comes away better for it:

[J]ust after I had been outed as one of the “skeptics” in the crowd, one lady rather brusquely asked, “So you’re one of the skeptics? Why are you here?” For the same reason you are, lady, to learn and explore evidence and ideas. ... It's impossible to get that deeper concept if you are prejudiced against the field entirely. Likewise, if you pigeonhole skeptics and close off the skeptical commentary, you risk continuing to waste effort, make mistakes, and fail to progress.

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