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The Morning Heresy 8/7/12: Mars Attacks! Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Today’s morning heretics are Dren Asselmeier and Cody Hashman. Paul is out, I think to find himself through reading Kerouac and fly tying (or just enjoying the new addition to his family), and will be returning… Dren Asselmeier 08/07/12 0
Marty Klein Dr. Marty Klein is a California psychotherapist, sex therapist, and international lecturer in sexuality and public policy. He has been an expert witness or invited plaintiff in many important state and federal obscenity and anti-censorship cases. His landmark book America’s War On Sex, with a foreword by the ACLU’s Nadine Strossen,… Dren Asselmeier 08/06/12 0
The Morning Heresy 8/2/12: Oh, I didn’t know I was better than you Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. Today’s morning heretic is Dren Asselmeier, CFI Campus Organizer and overly-enthusiastic high-fiver. Paul is still out making Tumblrs for how much he loves his Apple devices (just kidding—he is hanging out with his new baby) and… Dren Asselmeier 08/02/12 4 08/03/12
The Morning Heresy 7/31/12: Barry Karr Speaks Your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.  Today’s Morning Heretic is Dren Asselmeier, the master of portmanteau. Paul is out on family leave due to the birth of his second child and will be returning August 13th. Until then, you’ll just have to settle… Dren Asselmeier 07/31/12 1 07/31/12
Potentially the Smackdown of the Year Edward “Eddie” Tabash is a longtime supporter and board member for the Center for Inquiry. He also happens to be a master of debate. You may have seen him debate a costumed Ron Lindsay at the CFI Leadership Conference in 2009 (I sure did), or you may recognize him from… Dren Asselmeier 07/27/12 1 07/27/12
Victor Harris Victor Harris has been a staple on the Bay Area poetry scene for the past twelve years, featuring at various venues in Oakland and Berkeley, he was on the finals stage in Oakland in 2003. He is the recipient of the 2001 Frederic C Fallon Award for poetry from Chabot… Dren Asselmeier 06/14/12 0
CFI On Campus: 2012 Spring Review It is surely no surprise to you that Council for Secular Humanism, Center for Inquiry, and The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, have been busy this spring. Many of our groups have participated in Reason Rally, regional events, and annual conferences, all on top of our normal operations. You may not know,… Dren Asselmeier 05/30/12 0
Paul Fidalgo Paul Fidalgo is communications director of the Center for Inquiry, and previously led communications for the Secular Coalition for America and FairVote: the Center for Voting and Democracy. He holds a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University, where his master’s thesis was on atheists in American politics.… Dren Asselmeier 05/16/12 0
Phil Ferguson Phil is the founder of Champaign Urbana Freethinkers and an investment advisor represetative with 16 years of experience. He owns his own investment company—Polaris Financial Planning. Polaris Financial Planning LLC, is a “fee-only” registered investment advisor and does not receive money from anyone other than the paying clients. Phil Ferguson… Dren Asselmeier 04/13/12 0
Rita Swan and Protecting Children from Religious Exemptions Rita Swan is a former Christian Scientist who is now president of Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD). She is a fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine. The Last Strawberry is her memoir about the death of her infant son. The story explains how the tragedy prompted… Dren Asselmeier 03/09/12 3 03/11/12
CFI On Campus Updates As a writer for the Freethinking blog, and a Campus Organizer for CFI On Campus, I want to let my worlds collide and tell everyone about the cool things that students have been doing. Our affiliates work hard to organize and coordinate events, support groups, volunteering projects, and much, much… Dren Asselmeier 02/16/12 1 02/18/12
This Week’s Good News I don’t know if anyone else is celebrating, but the last week or so has culminated into some pretty good news for the socially progressive crowd. In case you missed it, here is my account of the news. On January 31, Planned Parenthood’s President, Cecile Richards, sent an email with… Dren Asselmeier 02/08/12 0
Azim Shariff Azim Shariff is assistant professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, and director of the Cultural and Morality Lab. His primary research focuses on the functionalist origins and social consequences of religions, with a special focus on pro- and anti-social behavior and attitudes. His work on religion and morality,… Dren Asselmeier 02/06/12 0
I Stand with Planned Parenthood News broke yesterday that Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a well-known breast cancer charity, is no longer going to give grants to its Planned Parenthood affiliates because of “pressure from anti-abortion activists” and because “Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress,” according to this NPR article. This is disappointing… Dren Asselmeier 02/01/12 2 02/10/12
Alix Jules Alix Jules is a secular activist in the Dallas–Ft. Worth area who is commonly involved in issues and topics regarding the role of diversity in the atheist community as well as atheism in diverse communities. He chairs the Dallas–Fort Worth Coalition of Reason’s Diversity Council and is a founding member… Dren Asselmeier 01/30/12 0
Indiana Senate Hates Science, Loves Jesus Okay, so I am being a little facetious with the title here, but the fact is that an Indiana Senate panel “has approved a bill that would allow creationism to be taught in Indiana’s public schools” according to the Chicago Tribune. It’s not law yet, but this is not a good sign… Dren Asselmeier 01/26/12 1 01/27/12
J. Anderson Thomson J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., M.D. (Andy) is a psychiatrist in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is also a staff psychiatrist at Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Virginia Student Health Services, as well as theInstitute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy. He is the forensic psychiatrist for… Dren Asselmeier 01/25/12 0
Kimberly Veal Kimberly Veal is the Executive Director of Black Nonbelievers of Chicago, Inc., and an Information Technology professional and trainer. Her goals include working toward incorporating information technology in underserved communities to create better access to educational and career opportunities by helping to provide career training, developing programs, goods & services,… Dren Asselmeier 01/25/12 0
Leighann Lord Smart, sexy, savvy, funny! If comedy was music, she’d be jazz. Stand-up comedian Leighann Lord has appeared on numerous stand-up comedy shows including Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, The Original HBO Def Comedy All Star Jam, ABC’s The View, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. She’s performed… Dren Asselmeier 01/24/12 0
Ayanna Watson Ayanna Watson is the founder of Black Atheists of America, Inc. (BAAm). BAAm is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between atheism and the black community. The organization has been successful in bringing together black atheists and combating the common misconception of solidarity among black atheists. With BAAm,… Dren Asselmeier 01/23/12 0
Mandisa Thomas Mandisa Thomas is a founder and current President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. Although never formally indoctrinated into belief, Mandisa was heavily exposed to Christianity, Black Nationalism and a bit of Islam. As a child she loved reading, and enjoyed various tales of Gods from different cultures, including Greek and Ghanaian.… Dren Asselmeier 01/23/12 0
Andy Norman Andy Norman teaches philosophy at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University. He is a dynamic presenter who likes to challenge audiences to think hard about reason and faith, science and spirituality, and the foundations of ethics. Andy authors the popular "Brainstormin'" column for the Humanist Network News, and works at developing naturalistic… Dren Asselmeier 01/20/12 0
Amanda Marcotte Feminist author, blogger, and gadfly Amanda Marcotte has been described as “funny. Really funny,” with a “wit is as sharp as the survival knife.” (Sacramento News & Review) Her “writing zings, it crackles, it leaves a mark, and never sugarcoats.” (Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of Daily Kos) And she tends to… Dren Asselmeier 01/06/12 0
Why Students are a Priceless Investment I want to say a few things to inspire students to get involved with community groups and to stay involved with the movement even after they finish being students, and I want to send a message to all secular and skeptical organizations to say that engaging young people is the… Dren Asselmeier 01/04/12 1 01/04/12
Shawn Otto Shawn Lawrence Otto is author of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America, which received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. He is the cofounder and CEO of ScienceDebate2008 and ScienceDebate.org, the largest political initiative in the history of American science. He has appeared on NPR,… Dren Asselmeier 01/04/12 0
Indre Viskontas Dr. Indre Viskontas recently made her television debut as a co-host of Miracle Detectives, a six hour-long episode documentary series airing on The Oprah Winfrey Network. In this series, two investigators travel the US to uncover answers to mysterious incidents that transcend logic. Called ‘the new Scully’, Dr. Viskontas brings… Dren Asselmeier 12/14/11 0
Bob Blaskiewicz Bob Blaskiewicz is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, where he teaches writing courses that revolve around extraordinary claims and American literature and culture. His dissertation was on the novels and memoirs of WWII combat veterans. He is currently researching American conspiracy theories. He edits… Dren Asselmeier 12/05/11 0
Seth Lepore Seth Lepore (writer/performer) holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, focus: Creativity in Education from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Since 1996 he has created over six self-produced one-man shows. Lepore's latest venture is a trilogy of one-man shows on the underbelly of the self-help and new age movement. Losing My… Dren Asselmeier 12/05/11 0
Amanda Knief Amanda Knief is the Administrative Director of American Atheists. Amanda grew up in Iowa, a hotbed of atheism. She has a B.S. in journalism with minors in biology and geology and a law degree--none of which matters to tea party legislators. Amanda worked in the nonpartisan division of Iowa Legislature,… Dren Asselmeier 11/30/11 0
Lawrence Torcello Lawrence Torcello received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University at Buffalo. He is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology. He regularly teaches and publishes on Applied Ethics, especially Bioethics, on Critical Thinking, Ethical Theory, and Social and Political Philosophy. He serves as ethics consultant on two… Dren Asselmeier 11/16/11 0
Mark D. Hatcher Mark D. Hatcher is a PhD candidate of Neurophysiology at Howard University and CFO of Black Atheists of America. He started Secular Students of Howard University (SSHU). SSHU is the first officially recognized secular organization to be held at a historically black college or university. Mark has given talks for… Dren Asselmeier 10/18/11 0
Ed Brayton After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He is now the owner of the Freethought Blogs network… Dren Asselmeier 10/18/11 0
Charles Wynn Dr. Wynn has lectured about science and science education in Puerto Rico, Canada, Malaysia, China, Australia, England, and Russia. His critically acclaimed science trilogy, The Five Biggest Ideas in Science (John Wiley & Sons),Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction: Where Real Science Ends and Pseudoscience Begins (Joseph Henry Press), and The Five Biggest Unsolved… Dren Asselmeier 10/17/11 0
Sara Mayhew International award-winning mangaka and 2009 TED Fellowship member, Sara E. Mayhew is a Canadian writer and illustrator striving to produce manga that promotes critical thinking. Canada's prestigious graphic arts magazine, Applied Arts, featured her in their Young Blood article on "new talent commanding our attention." In 2007, the Ontario Arts… Dren Asselmeier 10/12/11 0
Jason Ball As one of the leading young voices for atheism in Australia, Jason Ball completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2010, majoring in Political Science. He served as President of the University of Melbourne Secular Society from 2008-2010, and is President and co-founder of the Freethought… Dren Asselmeier 10/11/11 0
Nikki Stern Nikki Stern writes political, social and cultural commentary with what NPR host Kurt Andersen describes as "even-keeled grace, tolerance and common sense." She is the author of two books, the most recent of which is Hope in Small Doses, published by Humanist Press, which recommends a version of hope that… Dren Asselmeier 08/26/11 0
Judy Johnson Judy J. Johnson, PhD, is a psychology professor at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta. Her ongoing research is on the nature, development, and measurement of dogmatism. She is the author of What’s So Wrong with Being Absolutely Right: The Dangerous Nature of Dogmatic Belief, published by Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY, 2009.… Dren Asselmeier 07/11/11 0
James Croft James Croft is the Research and Education Fellow at the Humanist Community at Harvard, where he works on the Humanist Community Project, helping build communities for nonreligious people. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is currently studying for his Doctorate in the philosophy of… Dren Asselmeier 07/11/11 0
Jen Hancock   Jennifer is considered one of the top writers and speakers in the Humanist world today. Focusing on critical thinking, personal ethics and personal responsibility, Jennifer’s “dynamic” and “captivating” presentations will leave you “a good deal better informed and always inspired.” With experience as a leader in the Humanist movement… Dren Asselmeier 06/28/11 0
Christopher DiCarlo Dr. Christopher DiCarlo is a fellow, advisor, and board member of the Society of Ontario Free Thinkers and the Centre for Inquiry Canada. He has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences and written many scholarly papers ranging from bioethics to cognitive evolution. His book entitled How to… Dren Asselmeier 06/13/11 0
Greta Christina Greta Christina is one of the most widely-read and well-respected bloggers in the atheist blogosphere. She was recently ranked by an independent analyst as one of the Top Ten most popular atheist bloggers. She is a regular atheist correspondent for AlterNet, the online political magazine with over 1,200,000 hits a… Dren Asselmeier 05/17/11 0
August Berkshire August Berkshire is the president of Minnesota Atheists (MNA) and is a past vice president of Atheist Alliance International (AAI). He serves on the boards of directors of Camp Quest of Minnesota (CQMN) and Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), and is on the speaker’s bureau for the Secular Student Alliance… Dren Asselmeier 05/11/11 0
Seth Mnookin Seth Mnookin is the Co-Director of MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing. He is also the author of The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear which uses a combination of investigative reporting, intellectual and scientific history, and sociological analysis to explore the controversies over vaccines and their rumored connection… Dren Asselmeier 05/06/11 0
Jeremy Beahan Fundamentalist raised and educated, Jeremy graduated from Grace Bible College and Cornerstone University with a dual degree in social studies and religious education. While training for ministry Jeremy underwent a dramatic de-conversion as a culmination to many years of questioning. Today Jeremy works to promote critical thinking and skeptical inquiry… Dren Asselmeier 05/05/11 0
Ted Cox Ted Cox garnered international media attention for his undercover reporting on gay-to-straight therapy programs. A journalist who frequently covers religion, Ted has toured the country speaking to packed rooms about ex-gay programs, the Mormon temple ceremonies, the pro-life movement, and various other forms of religious quackery. When not writing bios… Dren Asselmeier 05/02/11 0
Richard Carrier Richard Carrier is a world-renowned author and speaker. As a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement, Dr. Carrier has appeared across the country and on national television defending sound historical methods and the ethical worldview of secular naturalism. His books and articles have also… Dren Asselmeier 04/27/11 0
Chris Stedman Chris Stedman is the Interfaith and Community Service Fellow for the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University and the Managing Director of State of Formation, a new initiative at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue. Chris received an MA in Religion from Meadville Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago, for… Dren Asselmeier 04/27/11 0
Harriet Hall Harriet Hall, also known as The SkepDoc, is a retired family physician and former flight surgeon who retired from the Air Force as a full colonel. She wrote a book about her experiences as an early woman in the male-dominated fields of medicine, aviation, and the military: Women Aren’t Supposed to… Dren Asselmeier 04/27/11 0