I Saw Goody Proctor with Slender Man!

June 10, 2014

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CFI joins a coalition of secular groups today in a campaign to urge Pakistan to end its censorship of social media and its crackdown on religious dissent with #TwitterTheocracy. Our policy chief Michael De Dora has written a letter to the Pakistani ambassador to the UN, which has been signed by a wide array of groups.

Point of Inquiry this week features trans rights activist Janet Mock, talking to Lindsay Beyerstein about her new memoir. 

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Odd, Misanthropic, Supercilious

June 09, 2014

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CFI's Michael De Dora comments on the unanimous Senate passage of a bill allowing for a prayer plaque at the WWII memorial, here in the Washington Post:

We thought the Senate would take the long view of this and see the policy implications of adding a Christian prayer to a World War II monument. But even more upsetting was the way it was passed. There was no floor debate, no official vote, no one went on the record regarding their position. No one was allowed to speak up and no one did speak up. 

Without naming us, yet linking to us, Mark Tooley at the American Spectator characterizes CFI and its "odd coalition" as perhaps "misanthropic" and definitely "supercilious" for our opposition

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Clap Along if You Feel Like You Are Made of Star Stuff

June 06, 2014

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Tara Culp-Ressler at Think Progress has an excellent piece on our Keep Health Care Safe and Secular campaign:

You’ve seen the headlines: another abortion restriction approved, a record-breaking measles outbreak, a new hospital merger, a controversy over whether an individual should remain on life support. Now, a new campaign from the Center for Inquiry wants you to start connecting the dots.

Boing Boing is the second big outlet this week to highlight Carrie Poppy's Skeptical Inquirer piece on Masaru Emoto's yelling-at-water experiments. The other was Vox.

One dead and three wounded yesterday by a shooter at Seattle Pacific University, a Christian university. 

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A Refuge for Privileged Eccentrics

June 05, 2014

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The Keep Health Care Safe and Secular campaign is underway. Our boss Ron Lindsay explains the reasoning behind the campaign:

Religious interference with the delivery of health care services is a serious matter—in some cases, a deadly serious matter. By all means, getting God off our currency would be a good thing, but frankly, it’s more of a priority to get God out of our physicians’ offices and our hospitals.

Ophelia Benson calls Safe & Secular "much needed." 

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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! 

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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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