A Semi-Reputable Curiosity

June 15, 2016

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Without naming him (other than referring to "politicians who tweet"), President Obama gets hot under the collar over Trump's anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant stances. 

The raids in Bangladesh to stop the machete attacks have resulted in over 11,000 people being rounded up, only 145 are said to be "Islamic militants," the rest, well, it's not clear, but the opposition party says it's their own people being targeted. Something is very fishy about this. 

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There Are a Lot of People

June 14, 2016

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Michael De Dora is the guest on Point of Inquiry this week, discussing the crisis in Bangladesh and his work with at the UN. 

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expresses his concern over the Bangladesh crisis, and the Daily Star notes CFI's role in bringing attention to the issue. 

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Macabre Clockwork

June 13, 2016

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"Oh, no, not again," can quickly turn to "here we go again" in a time when mass shootings are becoming a kind of macabre clockwork. But then you have something like Orlando, and it's the worst mass shooting in U.S. history...

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Egg Sexing

June 10, 2016

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Richard Dawkins posts his video address to the Reason Rally: "Today in Washington, we celebrate science and urge the retreat of superstition."

Bangladesh authorities say they know who is responsible for masterminding the rash of murders of secularists and progressives, pinning the blame on two radical Islamic groups who seek to push public opinion toward a more hardline Islamism.

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The Extent of Our Toleration

June 09, 2016

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Hey, Donald Trump, who is Jesus to you?

Somebody I can revere in terms of bravery and in terms of courage and, because I consider the Christian religion so important, somebody I can totally rely on in my own mind. 

Hey Erick Erickson, how'd he do?

The more Trump talks Christianity, the more he sounds like he took a Rosetta Stone class on speaking Christian. 

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Things That Never Happened

June 08, 2016

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The 2016 Reason Rally is now in the books. I am emerging from a haze of exhaustion, humidity, and the rare sense of satisfaction of a job well done. Not just for the Rally itself, for which hundreds of people deserve enormous credit (and vacations), but particularly for the CFI Live website, where Nora Hurley, Matt Licata, and I kept y'all informed and up to date on all the goings-on.

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Light Years of Vast Nothingness

June 03, 2016

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Well here we are. With ancillary activities already well underway, tomorrow morning the second Reason Rally kicks off at the Lincoln Memorial. I'll happily remind you that Nora Hurley, Matt Licata, and I, along with other CFI folks, will be keeping you up to date, and hopefully a little enlightened and amused, with our CFI Live at the Reason Rally site at centerforinquiry.live.

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Space Dagger

June 02, 2016

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Reason Rally preparations are in full swing. We even started a CFI account on Instagram. (Look out for that Instagram, I bet it'll be big...Friendster-big!) The week's first Advocacy Day is already underway. Remember to bookmark centerforinquiry.live and start checking in on Saturday for on-the-ground coverage of the Rally by actual humans like Nora Hurley and Matt Licata, and sort-of humans like me.

Tom Krattenmaker says that the Rally is an example of how the secular population is reaching a tipping point of political impact...

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The Strong Odor of Religious Intrusion

June 01, 2016

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Susan Jacoby is the guest on Point of Inquiry this week, talking about religious conversions -- the big, fall-to-your-knees ones, sure, but also the ones that were done for convenience or other secular reasons. 

In Free Inquiry, Carol Delaney ponders God as an idea, writing, "It is the concept that troubles me, because once a label is put on that awareness, something else happens."

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Ruled by Tentacles

May 31, 2016

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Dan Vergano at BuzzFeed tries to lend some clarity to some of the new information swirling around about a supposed link between cell phones and cancer:

The dose of cellphone radiation [in the study] — not enough to warm the rats, but close — and its duration starting in the womb, make it very hard to extrapolate from the findings to the average person whose cell phone spends most of its time plugged into the dashboard of their car, Willmarth [of the American Brain Tumor Association] said. “What’s remarkable is they are finding any effect at all.”

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